Keeping up with “The Voice”: The Live Shows, Week Two

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Sibling trio “Girl Named Tom” weaves together enchanting harmonies in their cover of “Dust in the Wind” by Kansas during the second week of the Lives.

Riya Mahanta and Katherine Wu

Before reading this piece, check out our blog post about the first week of the Live Shows if you missed it!

This week on “The Voice” was the second round of live performances. The Top 13 contestants competed on Monday for a spot in the Top 11 to continue in the competition. On Tuesday, the 10 contestants with the most votes were announced and automatically moved on, and the remaining three competed for the final spot. 

This week was also “dedication week”: each contestant chose a song and dedicated their performances to a special person in their lives. 

 

Our Top Five

1. On Team John Legend, Jershika Maple sang “God Only Knows” by for KING & COUNTRY. She dedicated this song to two of her fourth grade teachers, who believed in her while she was struggling with dyslexia. At the beginning of the performance, she engaged her lower register, but by the chorus she was hitting her signature high notes, displaying her huge range. Her performance was full of emotion, which brought Clarkson to tears.

2. For Team Kelly Clarkson, sibling trio Girl Named Tom showcased their technique and ability to harmonize in their rendition of “Dust in the Wind” by Kansas. The three siblings dedicated their performance to their grandma, who had dementia. During their performance, Girl Named Tom harmonized effortlessly, and sister Bekah Liechty stood out in her solo parts, with her angelic tone. We loved how simple their performance was, and it showed that they didn’t need anything fancy to make them look better.

3. After winning the instant save last week, Hailey Mia representing team Clarkson proved she deserves the spot. She performed “I’ll Stand by You” by The Pretenders, and dedicated it to Clarkson. Her tone throughout the entire performance was spot on, and her high notes were flawless. Her dress was also stunning, with a long pastel blue train!

4. Wendy Moten, on coach Blake Shelton’s team, dedicated her performance of “Blue Bayou” by Linda Ronstadt to her high school music teacher, who introduced her to classical music. Moten’s song choice and performance showed a different side of her voice, proving she didn’t need to rely on her high notes to deliver a mesmerizing performance.

5. Jeremy Rosado, also on team Clarkson, performed “Because You Loved Me” by Celine Dion and dedicated it to his dad. Rosado displayed his technique and ability to fit into and interpret any song. He also utilized his skill to convey emotion and connect with the audience.

 

Team & Coach Performances

On Tuesday, between the result announcements, two of the four teams performed with their coaches. 

As the first out of the team performances, Team Legend performed “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing,” by Stevie Wonder. The performance had a black and white theme, and all three of Legend’s remaining contestants took the stage along with Legend himself. The arrangement showed off the skill of everyone on Legend’s team, with no one left behind. Shadale showed her power, while Maple executed expert-level runs. Joshua Vacanti had lots of range and Legend effortlessly showed off his famous tone. 

For their team performance, Team Clarkson performed “U move, I move,” by Legend as a surprise for the coach. The harmonies in the arrangement were tight, and each contestant was able to shine. Even though Clarkson’s team had the most contestants, they all blended together seamlessly, and Clarkson showed her incredible power while still letting everyone else shine. 

 

Instant Save & Results

The three contestants with the least votes this week were Shadale from Team Legend, Ryleigh Plank from Team Ariana Grande, and Gymani from Team Clarkson. We were surprised that Gymani was in the bottom three, as she was a four-chair-turn contestant and seemed to be a fan favorite. With all three performances, we agreed with viewers that Gymani should move on, although we were sad to see Shadale go. Gymani’s performance was so fun and lively, and you could tell that she had a lot of confidence, unlike Shadele. 

 

Team Rosters (as of Nov.16) after The Live Shows, Week Two

Team Kelly: Jeremy Rosado, Girl Named Tom, Gymani, Hailey Mia

Team Legend: Jershika Maple, Joshua Vacanti

Team Ariana: Jim and Sasha Allen,Holly Forbes

Team Blake: Wendy Moten, Paris Winningham, Lana Scott

 

Two more people will be eliminated next week, and viewers will again be able to vote to help determine the results. There are only a few weeks remaining, so make sure to tune in on Mon., Nov. 22 to support your favorite artists!