The Voice

Song by song grades for Team Kelly Clarkson on The Voice


Brynn Cartelli performs during the live playoffs on The Voice. (NBC Photo

Brynn Cartelli performs during the live playoffs on The Voice. (NBC Photo

Brynn Cartelli is the youngest contestant on Season 14 of The Voice.

She’ll also be competing with the Top 12 next week after topping all members of Team Kelly Clarkson in the voting Monday night.

That leaves the other five members of Team Kelly to perform again Wednesday night in hopes of landing one of the other two Team Kelly spots in the Top 12.

Returning to perform Wednesday will be Alexa Cappelli, D.R. King, Dylan Hartigan, Tish Haynes Keys and Kaleb Lee.

One singer will advance based on fan voting, then one will be saved by Kelly.

Check back Wednesday. I’ll be live blogging the show with song by song grades.

Here’s a look back at Monday’s performances.

Alexa Cappelli, “It Hurt So Bad” by Susan Tedeschi: Dang, look at young Alexa go. I didn’t know she had that much fire and sass to deliver on stage. Perhaps some of it was inspired by her sassy coach. Anyway, she got a little shouty here and there, but that’s nitpicking on what overall was a very strong and fun performance. My only concern, Alexa is Cali-based, and that could be a problem with the live-voting format for the playoffs. Grade: B

Brynn Cartelli, “Unstoppable” by Sia: Hmm, Brynn would become the youngest winner The Voice has ever had should she prevail a month or so from now. Just think, three season ago, she would have been too young to audition. She’s quickly becoming one of my Season 14 favorites. And I think this was her best performance yet. She starts out on the keys, then gets up and stomps around the stage like she owns it. All the while delivering a powerful vocal? At her age? Yep, she deserved the quick pass to the finals. Grade: A

D.R. King, “Home” by Marc Broussard: Boy, Team Kelly certainly brought the energy to The Voice stage. I keep forgetting how talented D.R. is. Until it’s his turn to sing every round. He delivered another reminder that he should be more than an afterthought on Team Kelly with this high-energy performance. Grade: B

Dylan Hartigan, “Come Pick Me Up” by Ryan Adams: Dylan found his stride toward the end of the song, but the opening was very shaky vocally and I’m not sure he hit when he went for a high note midway through the performance. He needs to bounce back in a big way Wednesday. Grade: C–

Kaleb Lee, “You Don’t Even Know Who I Am” by Patty Loveless: Kaleb became the man in black for this performance. And his growl was in full effect. But I wasn’t as impressed as when he performed “Free” in the knockouts and convinced Kelly to keep him instead of Justin Kilgore, who had turned four chairs in the blinds. Grade: B–

Tish Haynes Keys, “Nothing Left For You” by Sam Smith: Tish might not be voted into the Top 12. Voice voters have always shown too little appreciation for R&B female singers. But this soulful, powerful, spot-on vocal should provide coach Kelly with another wonderful reason why Tish would be worthy of a save if it comes to that. She certainly one of my favorite singers among the Season 14 cast. Grade: A–

See also …
Predictions on who will make the Top 12
How the live voting will work
Social media leaders for Team Kelly

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