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Amanda Bell
November 14, 2017 AT 10:03 PM EST

The Voice

type
TV Show
genre
Reality TV, Music
run date
04/26/11
performer
Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Hudson
broadcaster
NBC
seasons
13
Current Status
In Season

Jon Mero

Well, well, well, look who’s just staked his claim for all the hearts. We haven’t gotten to know much about Jon Mero aside from his strong sense of showmanship this season because he’s usually resorted to busy, bustling numbers, which are fun but don’t exactly give us anything that sticks.

Tonight, though, he manages to do what so few have before — sing an Adele song without murdering everyone’s eardrums. In fact, it’s not only not bad; it’s pretty glorious. “When We Were Young” is one of the most well known songs off of 25, so it’s a big risk tackling something so big and taxing, but man alive does Jon nail it. He sounds good, with his supple tones and smart note choices, and, perhaps more importantly, he also manages to capture the emotion of the number — which means he’s confident enough in his voice to focus more on the mood than the melody. This is far and away his most impressive moment of the season, and it couldn’t come at a more critical time than now, when audiences don’t even know why he won his knockout since it was semi-montaged. Well played. So, so well played.

Addison Agen

It’s hard not to get excited when Addison Agen is up to bat because she’s one of the few who’s really, to borrow a phrase from Jennifer Hudson, consistently “owning her moments” on The Voice. This girl is only 16 and has never had a single voice lesson (!!), and yet she knows exactly what she can and should do with every lyric of Bonnie Raitt’s “Angel from Montgomery.”

It’s not a carbon copy of the original — let’s face it, few have the right rasp to replicate anything by Bonnie — but she puts enough power and poetry behind her delivery that it all just flows into the crowd. This tune is right in her folksy, full-hearted wheelhouse, and she knows just when to pull back her volume and end on a subtle note. She’s also something of an enigma, style-wise, because there are moments where she sounds like she’s coming in with some “Norah Jones at the coffeehouse”-style sweetness, and in others, she’s got a deeper, more mature jazz sound. The fact that she’s equally compelling in either approach — even throwing both in the same line, at times — does speak to Addison’s unique offering for this competition going forward. She’s one to watch, here and in real life. Miley Cyrus was crazy to let her go, but Adam’s use of steals has obviously just been tops this season. 

RESULTS:

  1. Adam first chooses Addison Agen to stay because, he says, “it’d be disservice to planet Earth” to not see how far she can take this thing. Indeed.
  2. The second contestant to earn a pass to the next level is Jon Mero, who’s done enough tonight to prove there’s more to be heard from him.
  3. Last but not least, he opts to advance Adam Cunningham over Emily, Anthony, and Whitney. It’s the right call because, as much as he might believe in their chances and capabilities, Adam’s was the most cohesive and honest performance of these four tonight.

TEAM STANDINGS:

  • Team Adam: Addison Agen, Jon Mero, Adam Cunningham
  • Team Miley: Janice Freeman, Brooke Simpson, Ashland Craft, Moriah Formica, Adam Pearce
  • Team Jennifer: Davon Fleming, Shi’Ann Jones, Noah Mac
  • Team Blake: Keisha Renee, Red Marlow, Chloe Kohanski
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