4. Moushumi (Team Pharrell):
Moushumi’s popularity extends across the entire globe as she inspires fellow teens with her background to pursue their dreams, so when she tries Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself” on for size, it feels a little like she’s tucking herself away into a safe zone in response to all that attention. Sure, she’s still got really pretty tones, but her control waivers quite a bit with every note stretch throughout. Pharrell’s still sure she belongs in this biz, but we suspect she might have a tough road to the Top 12 after tonight.
5. Lacy Mandigo (Team Pharrell):
Having a metal rockin’ dad to show her the ropes has proven to be beneficial to Lacy Mandigo in more ways than one. Not only has she utterly rejected the “cute little girl” image Blake Shelton says she gives off at first glance (EYEROLL for that one, Blake), but she’s also had the chance to meet cool people like Pat Benatar, whose “Love Is a Battlefield” she’s jamming out with tonight. Lacy, who’s been saved not just once but twice throughout this competition, doesn’t really show us anything new with her performance of the song. Per usual, she’s got no trouble landing all the marks for ferocity and grunt-style singing the tune calls for, and she closes out with an eyebrow-raising bang again, but given the depth chart on Team Pharrell, she might not have done enough to keep going.
6. Owen Danoff (Team Adam):
The second musical legacy of the evening is Owen Danoff. He originally planned to go into film scoring and hasn’t always considered himself a vocalist, but this show is making him realize that, yes, he’s definitely got it. After the knockouts, he’s developed a new sense of confidence (“something really clicked”), so when he lands on “Hero” by Family of the Year as his first live performance on this stage, he’s really ready to own it.
As Blake mentions, it’s as though no one else ever sang the song before because he surrenders so completely to the music that it’s a seamless performance. Is it dynamic? Not really, even though he was aiming for something more contemporary. Is it a showcase of his entire range? No way. But it’s still a solid performance that proves he’s definitely got it. If Team Laith slacks even a little, he might just make it through.
7. Shalyah Fearing (Team Adam):
It’s hard to believe that Shalyah Fearing’s future on this show has ever been in question because she is, without a doubt, the most riveting singer of them all. There’s something so incredibly magnetic about the way that she performs that, pardon the pun, it makes everyone within earshot stop and really listen to what she’s doing — as with tonight’s rendition of “Listen” by Beyoncé.
During the rehearsals, it sounds like this might be just a little too difficult of a challenge for her, but she’s a great listener (agh, sorry again) to her coach, who wisely advises her to make it a “slow burn” to the tippy-top notes, and what she pulls off is literally show stopping. As in, they actually have to slice coaching commentary time in half because of the endless ovation that follows her booming, colossal performance. Even Carson Daly is compelled to chime in with his verdict on what just happened, accurately pegging it “like watching an Olympic skater stick every landing.” Masterful.
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8. Nate Butler (comeback artist from Team Adam):
For Adam’s knockout comeback, he draws from his own squad and plucks Nate Butler because, he’s right, Nate did get a “raw deal” in that round. The guy has proven himself to be quite the smooth stage operator, so him choosing Hall & Oates’s “Sara Smile” seems like a perfect tonal match for him.
While his performance is pitchy in some instances, it’s also impressively laden with range and, as Adam puts it, “subtleties and nuance” that he might just develop enough of a following here to avoid sending him home (again).
9. Caity Peters (Team Pharrell):
Even thinking about approaching an Adele song is like walking a tightrope over an interstate. But Caity Peters wants to break free of her ballad shell and show a new, up-tempo side of herself by way of the British icon’s “I’ll Be Waiting.” And if we hadn’t just had Shalyah Fearing in our ears, this might arrive as more of a power punch than it does, but by comparison, this effort is unfortunately a little humdrum.
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