The voice Coach Kelly Clarkson is the undisputed queen of covers. She naturally gained fame by interpreting other artists’ songs at another singing competition, American idol, and recently her viral “Kellyoke” segments have become the highlights of her daily chat show. There seems to be no tune, no matter how iconic or ubiquitous, that Kelly can not do herself, ranging from Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face” and Kylie Minogue’s “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” to Erasures “Always” and Yazoo’s “Only You”, to even “Should I Stay or Should I Go”
“I just realized something,” Kelly told Luis during the pre-designed Battle Rounds exercises. “You have the one song in the story that I’m afraid to cover, ‘Despacito.’ … And I’ve been practicing so hard because I love singing in Spanish or in just different languages. ”
“Yes that is many texts. It’s word for me! Luis admitted with a laugh.
“And it’s like the greatest song of all time. I’m like, ‘You know what? I will let it be, ”Kelly said humbly.
I’m sure loyal Kelly Clarkson Show and The voice viewers – and apparently Luis himself, who exclaimed, “Oh, come on, you have to cover it now! ”When he learned about Kelly’s” Despacito “anxiety – believes that Kelly could completely kill Fonsi and father Yankees smash if she ever decided to give it a try. Maybe one day, with Luis’ encouragement, she’ll add it to her “Kellyoke” playlist; we just have to wait and see.
In the meantime, we’ll also have to wait for the Knockout Rounds, which begin on April 19, to watch Kelly The voice full time again. Last week it was announced that Kelly had fallen ill and therefore had recruited one of his former team advisers, Kelsea Ballerini, to fill his red chair during this season’s actual Battle Rounds performances. Kelsea returned as a replacement coach on Monday, and while Kelly was once again greatly missed, her team was in good hands, with Kelsea consulting Kelly via text message every step of the way. Monday’s episode ended with two Team Kelly members interpreting Fantastic Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” – a song that Kelly performed during a “Kellyoke” segment earlier this year – and they did such a dream job that Kelsea joked, “This that’s why Kelly did not show up today! “But in the end, with Chelsea’s remote guidance, Kelsea made the right call.
Below are the matches from Monday’s show:
TEAM BLAKE: Cam Anthony vs. Emma Caroline, “10,000 Hours”
Cam and Emma are very different singers – Cam is an R&B belt with evangelical roots; Emma is a winning country genius – so Dan + Shay’s crossover pop hit seemed like a good middle ground for them. Dan + Shay even served as Blake Shelton’s Battle Mentors, generously claiming that Cam and Emma’s rendering was better than their original! Maybe they were half right. There really was no middle ground here: Emma displayed a beautiful, licking tone, but Cam was absolutely dominated in this fight. While he is six years younger than Emma, his experience as a former prodigy (he started singing at the age of 4 and performed once on Ellen and in the White House) made him a natural for television. Cam was expressive and in his element, played for the cameras and the virtual audience as well as for his duet partner. Emma conversely froze up and held back. “It’s frustrating to know you’re such a great singer, and I do not know if you know if you’re such a great singer because of your body language, ”Blake told Emma, before understandably choosing Cam, who he said was“ born to do it. “That’s why it was so surprising when Emma took her walk of shame down the stage down the front steps of the stage when Blake used her one Save of the Season on her. “I want to scare some stage presence in you!” he said, explaining his wry last-minute decision to press his button. But I have a feeling that Emma will be even more scared when she has to compete against the other coaches’ rescued participants in the next round’s scary four-way knockout.
WINNER: Cam Anthony / SAVED: Emma Caroline advances to Four-Way Knockout
TEAM KELLY: Halley Greg vs. Gihanna Zoë, “Thinking Out Loud”
This match was portrayed as another slam dunk, but I don’t think the coaches gave enough credit to underdog Halley. At best, they complimented Halley on adjectives like “quirky” and “interesting” along with their frequent mention that her voice was not as big or technically flawless as her opponent’s. But Halley exclaimed a Minnie Riperton-like dog-whistle-decibel note out of nowhere, and that alone impressed me. Yes, Gihanna was the stronger singer overall (although coach Nick Jonas was a bit hyperbolic when she compared her to Beyoncé – twice!), but I appreciated the sweetness, warmth, and “imperfections” of Halley’s voice. This was a fight I had not objected to, resulting in a Save, but after Kelsea texted Kelly, she followed her boss’s orders to pick Gihanna and let Halley go. As it turned out, Kelsea still had to save that Save for later.
WINNER: Gihanna Zoë
TEAM LEGEND: Durell Anthony vs. Zania Alaké, “Emotion”
This song choice was inspired by the Bee Gees’ recent amazing documentary (where Nick makes a como) and by John Legend’s wife Chrissy Teigen’s love for Destiny’s Child remake of this Gibbs-written ballad. It was the perfect fit for both participants’ buttery voices, and their slow-jam duet was like something straight out of the 1978 Soul Train Awards. Vocally, this was a fairly even match and just an all-around excellent performance; I prefer matches that feel less like, well, actual matches and more like professional duets. But Zania was the more charismatic and compelling entertainer here. John said they were both “wonderful” and specifically praised Durell’s falsetto, but he ultimately chose Zania because he was impressed with how much she “stepped up” and “really delivered” after taking guidance from her team advisor. for the week, “Vocal” Bible ”itself, Brandy.
TEAM BLAKE: Keegan Ferrell vs. Jordan Matthew Young, “Calling All Angels”
Thirty-four-year-old roots rocker Jordan has a lot of grit and grit in his voice (Dan + Shay paid him a big compliment by comparing him to Black Crowes’ Chris Robinson), while 21-year-old Keegan is a silky pop crooner – saw this Train-power ballad really seemed to favor Jordan. And that was exactly how it played out on stage. Keegan did his best, but he was clearly out of his element and approached the song gently, and he seemed ready to fail. That said, “Calling All Angels” was a good showcase for Jordan’s rugged bellows, which Blake vividly described as “weathered” and “hot,” one could argue that Keegan, a bedroom-pop producer, is more relevant to current marketplace than a bar-band journeyman like Jordan. And that’s an argument pop star Nick was willing to make when he used his one Steal of the Season on Keegan. I’m still not sure if Keegan has the stage presence to go far in this competition, but I think he deserves the chance to show what he can really do, so he’s on the right team for now. (Side note: Keegan originally had the option to join Team Kelly, but he thought Blake could take him to the “next level.” Oops.)
WINNER: Jordan Matthew Young / CHAIR: Keegan Ferrell moves to Team Jonas
TEAM JONAS: Lindsay Joan Vs. Zae Romeo, “Rewrite the Stars”
Zae was a four-chair ride in Blind Auditions, and he therefore apparently had the advantage. But Lindsay is a theater veteran who has performed in Kinky boots, then a fight with one Greatest showman melody and two mentors (coach Nick and team advisor Darren Criss) with acting experience could easily have skewed in her favor instead. This fight ended up being close competition, all down to a matter of taste; of course, Lindsay’s style was more traditional on Broadway than for Maverick stylist Zae, and eventually “Nick went with the gut” and chose the latter contestant, which was hardly a shock. But if this match was sent as part of You’re the one I want, How to solve a problem like Maria, The Glee project, or Legally Blonde: The Musical – The Search for Elle Woodsthe result could have been completely different.
WINNER: Zae Romeo
TEAM LEGEND: Ciana Pelekai vs. Denisha Dalton, “You Broke Me First”
More like “You Montaged Me First” amirit? The season’s Battle Rounds had so far managed to avoid assembly, but luck ran out for poor Ciana and Denisha, whose entire Battles experience was reduced to less than a minute of broadcast on Monday. It was a messy minute where the two women practically shouted at each other, so perhaps this brutal editing was justified. From what I could gather, John was right to choose Ciana, and I remember enjoying her fresh, funny blind audition for “Dance Monkey.” But Denisha’s “Pillowtalk” play had also been excellent, so I wonder what went wrong here. Oh well. We’ll see if Ciana gets more screentime next time.
WINNER: Ciana Pelekai
TEAM KELLY: Corey Ward vs. Savanna Woods, “Dreams”
Stevie Nicks-written classics were certainly in the wheelhouse of Savannah; she even said she grew up singing Fleetwood Mac with her former band. But the song also worked wonderfully with Corey’s rasp, and these two shared the kind of burning-up TV screen chemistry that Kelly said usually takes years to build. “I have no notes. I do not want to ruin what just happened. I stay out of the way, ”she gasped happily during the test. Corey and Savanna’s instant connection was translated to the main stage with a vocal mix and natural lightness that left Kelsea in awe. (Kelsea once covered “Dreams” with Halsey and knows how hard it can be to make such an “iconic” song for her own.) Kelsea leaned toward Savanna, but the three regular coaches rooted Corey. Of course, this was ultimately Kelly’s call, and after an intense SMS exchange with Kelly, Kelsea revealed that the winner of this match was Corey … and the recipient of Team Kelly’s Save was Savanna! “Kelly knew this was going to be difficult and she was down for the rescue,” Kelsea explained – suggesting she had at least had something to say about this outcome. Well, the one who made the decision to save Savanna, that was the right decision. Savanna did not deserve to have her Vote dreams shattered.
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