The voice swung the ax Tuesday. And rocked it, and rocked it, and rocked it, reducing the Top 20 of Season 21 to a lucky Top 13.
Without Ariana Grande’s huge social media follow-up, I would have thought her team would have been totally wiped out. Monday, you will recall, had been less of a night’s rest for them than a horrible one.
Blake Shelton probably has the strongest team, along with Wendy Moten and Paris Winningham, but looking at Monday’s recap, it was Kelly Clarkson’s team that had done the best. No candidate got a score below “B” – at least from me.
John Legend’s group also scored for the most part. Yes, David Vogel got a ‘C’, but better to give a performance that was ‘just OK’ than one that made people say ‘Oh no’. (Looking at you, Team Ari’s Bella DeNapoli – and sadly.)
Which singers were left standing when the dust settled? And which candidate had the chance to return to the competition? Read on, and it will all be revealed. (I might even remember to include all the reviews tonight; I hope!)
SAVED BY AMERICA’S VOTE
Girl named Tom (Team Kelly)
Jeremy Rosado (Kelly Team)
Jershika Maple (Legend Team)
Joshua Vacanti (Team Legend)
Jim and Sasha Allen (Team Ariana)
Holly Forbes (Team Ariana)
Wendy Moten (Team Blake)
Paris Winningham (Team Blake)
SAVED BY THEIR COACH
Gymani (Kelly Team)
Shadale (Team Legend)
Ryleigh Plank (Team Ariana)
Lana Scott (Team Blake)
Katie Rae (Team Kelly)
David Vogel (Team legend)
Raquel Trinidad (Ariana Team)
LiBianca (Team Blake)
WILDCARD INSTANT BACKUP
Samuel Harness (Team Legend), âBefore You Goâ – Rating: A + | This guy’s grater is killing me; it looks like a feeling that was scratched so brutally that it bled and scabbed over. And he absolutely tore shreds his cover of Lewis Capaldi. I seem to be in the minority on this point, but it was actually my favorite Monday. (Wendy Moten is great and all, but Samuel gives me a more authentic feel.) I hated seeing him even having to compete for the Wildcard.
Bella DeNapoli (Team Ariana), “Ain’t No Other Man” – Grade: C | After the disaster that hit Bella on Monday, I hoped to see her redeem herself, and I to guess she did – at least in the sense that it was mostly an improvement. But his performance doesn’t pack a punch. On the contrary, it made me want to go back and listen to Samuel again. And Bella’s shoppingâ¦ eesh. It was painful, like the sound of air escaping from nightmares. i wanted to run of them.
Peedy Chavis (Team Blake), “Stranger in My House” – Grade: B- | This slower number allowed us to really focus on Peedy’s voice rather than his showmanship. It wasn’t necessarily a good thing. He is fine but only OKAY. If he took over the microphone at a karaoke party, no one would complain. But without his crowd-pleasing moves and CW look, I couldn’t imagine anyone lining up for one of his shows.
Hailey Mia (Team Kelly), “Jar of Hearts” – Rating: B | This kid is so poised and solid, it’s a bummer that she ended up in the ass. (Not as disappointing as having Samuel there, but still disappointing.) On her cover of Christina Perri, she touched on some pitch issues, but was still more impressive than at least a few singers the audience voted good for. . all the way up to Top 13. (What happened with those close-ups, by the way? If we were more in Hailey’s face, we could have taken her nose!)
Vaughn Mugol (Team Ariana), âLay Me Downâ – Rating: B + | The returnee, re-elected via a Returned to internship that didn’t really put him in a Returned to internshipsounded light years better on his cover of Sam Smith than on the disastrous duo that got him eliminated. (Not that that would have been hard to do.) For my money he sang a little too much, but could we really blame him for trying so (too?) Hard to get a second chance? It was the kind of redemption I had hoped for for Bella.
SAVED BY AMERICA’S VOTE | Hailey Mia (Team Kelly)
ELIMINATED | Bella DeNapoli (Team Ariana), Peedy Chavis (Team Blake), Samuel Harness (Team Legend) and Vaughn Mugol (Team Ariana)