'The Voice' recap: Tears and fears

The Voice. (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC)

The Voice. (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC)

Jason MacNeil, Special to QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:30 AM ET

There were some watery eyes Monday evening on The Voice, some from glee and others fearing the chopping block.

Kat Perkins showed a softer side with Fleetwod Mac's Landslide while being accompanied by a guitarist. Perkins got some pointers during the rehearsals from coach Adam Levine and adviser Graham Nash, tips she took to heart. Blake Shelton and Usher liked the performance while coach Adam Levine said she was a “blissfully perfect” singer.

Levine was also pleased with Christina Grimmie's reworking of Drake's Hold On, We're Going Home. Seated at piano, Grimmie made it her own with an excellent performance that had her belting out the closing notes perfectly. All the judges lapped it up with Shelton saying she morphed from a singer to an artist.

Shakira's talent Tess Boyer was strong at times during Paramore's Ain't It Fun. Despite getting misty-eyed in the rehearsals, Boyer sounded confident and “comfortable” according to Levine. Shelton said it was “dead-on pitch perfect” and Shakira thought she was “sassy.”

Probably the first big moment was from country singer Audra McLaughlin who shone on Reba McEntire's You Lie. The country ballad soars and McLaughlin rose to the occasion. Shakira felt McLaughlin was worthy of being in the top five and Shelton loved it from start to finish.

Up next was Josh Kaufman who seemed lonesome for his family. He might be going home soon given his mediocre rendition of Kenny Loggins' This Is It that had him going from a velvet smooth opening to a terribly forced soulful ending. Levine again rued letting Kaufman go but Usher said he went into his “manly falsetto” which worked.

Another country singer still vying for the crown is Jake Worthington. Worthington's humility showed through early when covering George Strait's Run while getting tips from Shelton and adviser Scott Hendricks. Onstage Worthington ambled through the tune but never dazzled. The judges seemed lukewarm with Shakira saying it was “remarkable” he was still here. Ouch.

Perhaps the most daring song was Bria Kelly toning things down for Avril Lavigne's I'm With You. The tender ballad wasn't a stretch but she broke out halfway through to make that loud/soft dichotomy work quite well. Shakira loved Kelly's conviction however Levine didn't think she connected with the tune like she should have.

Thankfully Delvin Choice was the highlight with a slow-burning nugget in Gary Clark Jr.'s Bright Lights. It took a while to gel but when it did it was ballsy and brilliant. Choice worked the crowd nicely too although stopping for crowd adoration was questionable.

Kristen Merlin's microphone didn't cut out on her this time, enabling her to glide through Passenger's Let Her Go. Merlin displayed a folksy, warm tone during the song and showed a depth that wasn't as apparent earlier in the competition. She most likely secured a spot moving on as the judges praised the performance's quality.

Finally Sisaundra Lewis closed the show with Steve Perry's Oh Sherrie. The '80s power ballad again was almost Tina Turner-like with Lewis in full control with almost criminal ease. No words were really needed but the judges were amazed again.

 

 


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