Courtney Harrell performs on “The Voice”’; Trae Patton/NBC(LOS ANGELES) — On Monday’s edition of The Voice, the 11 remaining artists for Teams Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys all performed for a chance to earn America’s vote.
Ali Caldwell, representing Team Miley, kicked things off with “9 to 5,” originally written and performed by Miley’s godmother, Dolly Parton. Ali’s coach thought she did Aunt Dolly proud, adding that the R&B singer is “a star from the beginning.”
Next, Team Blake’s Sundance Head paid homage to opposing coach Alicia Keys with a countrified version of her hit, “No One.” In the video package preceding the performance, Blake urged Sundance to hit that “next little notch” with his voice. The performance earned the approval of Keys, who noted that Sundance made her listen to her own song “in a whole new light.” Shelton called the performance a “breakout moment” for Head.
Miley gave her alt-rock artist Aaron Gibson — who narrowly escaped elimination last week — Nine Inch Nails’ “Hurt” to perform, hoping it would give viewers a better look at what makes Gibson’s voice “so special.” Afterward, Cyrus declared it a “perfect performance,” possibly the best of the night.
Courtney Harrell, representing Team Blake, was next, tackling “What I Did for Love,” from the musical A Chorus Line. Harrell was pleased with Blake’s choice of songs, noting that she sang it in high school and could relate to the lyrics. During rehearsals, Shelton urged Courtney to “get as Whitney with it” as she possibly could, referring to the late Whitney Houston. Afterwards, Alicia praised Courtney for taking her “on a journey.” Blake called the performance Harrell’s best of the competition.
Team Adam was up next, represented by country artist Josh Gallagher singing Brett Eldredge’s “Drunk on Your Love.” Adam chose the song for his artist, explaining that he needed “to have some fun.” Miley applauded the way Josh interacted with the audience. Adam agreed, noting there was no one better in the competition at connecting with the crowd.
Another Team Adam artist, Billy Gilman, on the advice of his coach, showed his intimate side on Adele’s “All I Ask.” Blake called the performance “perfect,” noting that Billy never hits a bad note. Adam called the performance “pure and real and honest.”
Team Alicia’s Christian Cuevas, who’d popped the question to his girlfriend a night earlier, was in the mood to have a little fun with Toto’s “Rosanna.” Alicia praised the clarity in Christian’s voice, noting that it brings “shivers and chills.” She urged America to vote for Cuevas, calling him “the voice of a generation.”
Austin Allsup, representing Team Blake, followed with Bob Seger’s “Turn the Page,” a song the veteran touring artist could definitely relate to. Adam called it unquestionably Allsup’s best performance so far, noting he gave it everything he had. Blake called Austin an “Avenger,” referring to the Marvel comic book characters.
Team Miley’s Darby Walker, 17, delivered her version of the Lesley Gore classic, “You Don’t Own Me.” Alicia applauded the rendition, declaring that Darby “owned” the song. Miley loved that the teen sang about freedom and having fun, calling her a role model for all girls her age.
Brendan Fletcher from Team Adam, delivered his rendition of Bruce Springsteen’s “The River.” Beforehand, Levine advised his artist to take temporary ownership of the song, explaining that the lyrics needed to express Brendan’s feelings. At the end of the performance, Blake noted that Fletcher had a great “storytelling voice.” Adam urged America to “champion something that’s one-in-a-million,” explaining that Brendan’s voice is “truly different.”
Team Alicia’s Wé McDonald closed the show with a version of Rihanna’s “Love on the Brain.” Keys praised the 17-year-old for having talent beyond her years.
The Voice returns Tuesday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
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