Keeping up with ‘The Voice’: The Live Shows, Semifinals 


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Team Blake’s Wendy Moten sings “You’re All I Need to Get By” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell.

Riya Mahanta and Katherine Wu

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

This week on “The Voice” was the live semifinals. The Top 8 contestants competed on Monday for a spot in the Final 5. On Tuesday, the four contestants with the most votes automatically advanced to the Finals, and the remaining four competed for the final spot. 

This week was also “‘90s duet week,” in which each contestant sang a duet of a ‘90s song with another contestant in addition to their performance.

Since there are only five contestants left now, we will be ranking our top three contestants this week!


Our Top Three

1. Representing Team Blake Shelton, Wendy Moten performed “You’re All I Need To Get By” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. Viewers have been saying that Moten has been saving her vocals for the finale, and boy, were they right. This performance was just on a different level: the high notes, the tone, and the liveliness. We can’t wait to see her in the finale!

2. For Team Kelly Clarkson, Girl Named Tom sang “River,” by Joni Mitchell. They stripped it all the way down for a tender feel with tight harmonies and good solo moments from all three siblings. The trio revealed that they had a connection with Mitchell after she noticed one of their YouTube covers before they were on “The Voice,” and their emotion showed throughout the song.

3. Hailey Mia, also from Team Clarkson, performed “Someone You Loved” by Lewis Capaldi. Mia is only 14 years old, yet she has such a mature tone. Her rendition of the song was so emotion-filled and vocally pristine. The subtle note changes really captured the audience as she delivered once again.


‘90s Duets and Special Performances

For the first duet, Moten and Paris Winningham, both members of Team Blake, sang “Change The World” by Eric Clapton. They shared sweet little moments and interactions throughout the performance, and both contestants displayed what they could do best: Moten with her signature high notes and Winningham with the soul and texture. The performance had a laid-back, effortless feel to it, and the dynamic between the two delighted many fans. 

The next duet was between Jim and Sasha Allen from Team Ariana Grande and Lana Scott from Team Blake. They sang “Hold My Hand” by Hootie & the Blowfish, and we felt that both parties were able to sing better when together. Jim and Sasha Allen were able to sing outside their comfort zones to deliver a phenomenal performance, while Scott shined in the moments when Jim and Sasha Allen were singing along with the background vocals. 

For the third duet, contestants on Team John Legend, Jershika Maple and Joshua Vacanti duetted with “Hand in My Pocket” by Alanis Morissette. The performance was so fun, and we could tell they enjoyed it. Maple also showcased her harmonica skills, and overall the performance was one where we couldn’t stop smiling.

Finally, for the last performance, Clarkson’s contestants Girl Named Tom and Mia performed “Hold On” by Wilson Phillips. Mia fit in naturally with Girl Named Tom, and they blended together to deliver perfect harmonies while also showcasing everyone’s voices. 

Guest singer Carly Pearce showed up on Tuesday to perform her song “29.” The lyrics were powerful, and Pearce’s makeup looked great on stage. 

Legend and Shelton also performed on Tuesday, with Legend singing his new holiday single “You Deserve it All,” and Shelton performing his new single “Come Back As A Country Boy.” 


Instant Save & Results

The four contestants with the least votes this week were Jim and Sasha Allen, Vacanti, Maple and Scott. Once again, we were surprised to see Maple in the Instant Save as she has been such a good and consistent vocalist. Maple delivered a powerful rendition of “Break Every Chain” by Tasha Cobbs Leonard with so much grit and emotion, which surely secured her the instant save spot once again. We were also surprised to see Vacanti in the bottom, as his range and tone are so impressive. He performed Céline Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” and although we are sad to see him go, he’s going to be on The Ellen Show, which is a great opportunity for him! Scott sang “Things A Man Oughta Know” by Laney Wilson, and while it was one of her stronger performances, it wasn’t enough to advance to the finale.


Coach Rosters (as of Dec. 7)

Team Kelly: Girl Named Tom, Hailey Mia

Team Legend: Jershika Maple

Team Ariana: N/A

Team Blake: Wendy Moten, Paris Winningham


Tomorrow is the finale of season 21 of the Voice! We loved to see all the contestants grow and progress, and are so excited for the finale. Make sure to tune in, as this is the last week of The Voice this year!