Singing on “The Voice” can be intimidating, but performing a certified platinum song by one of the coaches right in front of them adds that much more pressure.
Gwen Stefani’s artist, Rose Short, took on that challenge on the NBC singing competition Monday as the Top 10 laid it on the line ahead of next week’s semifinals.
“It’s the biggest song I think (Shelton’s) ever had,” Stefani said of her boyfriend’s ballad. “This song is country, rap, pop, soul, all in one. That’s basically what Rose is.”
And Stefani was confident that the Texas native would nail it and eventually be crowned the winner, thanks to Shelton: “We are going to win ‘The Voice’ with Blake Shelton’s song.”
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Short didn’t disappoint with her powerful, gospel-inspired rendition that had Shelton bowing down and the rest of the coaches on their feet.
“You were killing it, my gosh!” Shelton said. “It makes me rethink my entire arrangement. … Was that the same song? That was incredible.”
Host Carson Daly quipped, “That made Blake Shelton’s original sound like the demo.”
Shelton’s artist, Kat Hammock, returned the favor by taking on a song near and dear to Stefani’s heart – Shania Twain’s “You’re Still the One.”
“That is one of my favorite songs and Blake knows that,” Stefani said. “That was magical. You are magical. … You are the most original person on this show.”
Shelton called Hammock angelic: “It’s like, if the angel people put on their Christmas tree would bust out in a song, that’s what they would sound like.”
Hello Sunday had their coach, Kelly Clarkson, in tears following their emotional take on Demi Lovato’s “Stone Cold.” The performance was dedicated to Chelsea Grover, one half of the soulful duo, who lives with type 1 diabetes.
“I just need a minute to collect myself. That was super-pretty and sad,” Clarkson said. “Hello Sunday has now made Taylor (Swift) cry and they made me cry.”
Jake Hoot – Clarkson’s most-streamed “Voice” artist overnight on Apple Music for two weeks in a row – dedicated his performance of Rhett Atkins’ “That Ain’t My Truck” to his cousin Colton, a Marine who was killed in Afghanistan in 2010.
His performance prompted Shelton to do something out of the ordinary: compliment Clarkson, his arch nemesis for most of Season 17.
“Jake, as hard as it is to say, Kelly is doing an incredible job,” Shelton said about the last country artist in the competition. He added the disclaimer, “I have been drinking.”
A shocked Clarkson replied, “Hell has frozen over.”
Shelton’s shenanigans were back moments later following Katie Kadan’s soulful, rock rendition of “Rolling in the Deep” by Adele.
The country crooner said he “started creating conspiracy theories in my head” because Team John’s Kadan “can’t be that good.” Shelton added, “This is a setup deal. There’s no way someone is this good that hasn’t made it in the music industry.”
The Top 10 performances also included Shane Q’s take on Billy Ocean’s “Caribbean Queen” (Clarkson); Joana Martinez’s rendition of “Impossible” by Christina Aguilera (Stefani); Marybeth Byrd’s spin on Selena Gomez’s “Lose You to Love Me” (John Legend); Ricky Duran’s performance of Albert King’s “Born Under a Bad Sign” (Shelton); and Will Breman, who closed the show for Team John with his version of “My Body” by Young The Giant.
“This was like your show and everyone opened up for you,” Clarkson said to Breman.
Stefani and Shelton are at a slight disadvantage. Both of their teams are down to two singers, compared with Legend and Clarkson’s teams of three.
Viewers will decide which eight singers advance to the semifinals by voting. Results will be revealed during Tuesday’s elimination show on NBC at 8 EST/PST.
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