It’s the last two weeks of “The Voice” season 21 and Monday’s Semi-Finals episode had the Top 8 artists performing two times. They performed a solo song, which was up for voting. In their second performances they were paired-up for duets where they sang iconic 90’s songs. The Top 8 artists are: Jershika Maple, Joshua Vacanti, Jim & Sasha Allen, Girl Named Tom, Lana Scott, Paris Winningham, Wendy Moten, and Hailey Mia.
Their coaches were inspired by the 90s in their wardrobe. Except Blake Shelton who wore his black suit. Tuesday’s Semi-Finals Results show eliminated three artists, revealing from America’s votes the Top 5 artists that will move on to next week’s Finals, and Finale episodes to air next Monday, December 13th, Tuesday, December 14th. Host Carson Daly noted that each coach is not guaranteed to have an artist in the Finale. The results are based on America’s votes. As viewers saw at the end of Tuesday’s Results show, there was indeed one coach left without any artists heading to season 21’s Finals.
Monday night’s episode opened with Team Ariana’s Jim & Sasha Allen who performed the song “Mrs. Robinson” by Simon & Garfunkel.
Previously on “The Voice,” father/son duo, Jim & Sasha, had to compete in the Instant Save. Then they charted on iTunes. Ariana said “it just speaks volumes” They sang “Mrs Robinson” which has never been done on the show. Sasha said “lyrically it’s really sick and since we’re both songwriters, it feels right.” Ariana said she Face Time’s with them for two hours. Sasha said Ariana is so involved in their song choices. “The stakes are super high this week and we’re fighting for that spot in the Finale,” said Sasha. He said the support he’s gotten from his girlfriend has completely changed his life. Ariana said this is the performance that’s going to ensure Jim and Sasha’s spot in the Finale.
John reacted that he loved how comfortable they felt and they were “so at ease in their own space.” Kelly loved how they switched off in the harmonies. “I don’t think in eight seasons I’ve seen Paul (band leader) sing along” while playing. Ariana said she truly feels like each week, their performances become her favorite. She added, “Amazing vocals,” it’s infectious and she can’t wait to sing with them.
Jershika won the Instant Save last week. She said she left her heart on the stage. John said the Instant Save competition sparked the most competitive fire that he’s seen in her. Jershika got the song “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” by Elton John. She said it’s the perfect song for the moment. The sun is her dream. Jershika said music is her passion and the show really helped her to see that. John said Jershika has such a great spirit and loves working with her. “She belongs in the Final Five with this performance.” John advised Jershika to communicate with her heart and her emotions.
Blake reacted that if there was ever a performance on this show that says “I’m going to prove to America that I was the right person last week, you just made that statement.” Ariana called it “powerful” and incredible and she looks like a Queen. John said the whole performance and the way it was put together…”you deserve to be in this space.”
WENDY MOTEN & PARIS WINNINGHAM duet:
The first 90s duet of the night was performed by Paris Winningham and Wendy Moten from Team Blake. There were few contestants on the show that remember the 90s. They sang “Change the World” by Eric Clapton. Paris said what he likes about Wendy is that she has proven that she can sing whatever she wants.
Blake was excited to have his whole Team still in the competition, and Lana as the only Country artist on the show. Lana said she wanted to make her performance a dedication to her Mom. Lana sang a Carrie Underwood song. Blake advised Lana that if there’s ever a time to get lost in the moment, now would be that time. Blake said Lana is one of his favorite artists he’s ever had on the show. He said if she can leave her heart wide-open on the stage, he thinks it will put her into the finale.
Blake was verbally ecstatic about Lana’s performance. John said he loves the tone of Lana’s voice, the crackle in her voice and her energy. He loved how inspiring this performance was to her and inspiring to others out there. Blake said he told her how important this performance is. More important than the Finale, and she’s never turned it up like that.
Last week, Hailey sang “Peter Pan” by Kelsea Ballerini. Kelsea contacted Hailey and told her that she wanted to harmonize with Hailey. The song that Hailey got this week was “Someone You Loved ” by Lewis Capaldi. It’s a song that she sang so much her mother told her to sing something different. Kelly advised Hailey to show-off her range with this song. Kelly called it “a great song” to get Hailey to the Finale. Being on “The Voice” has been a full circle experience. Hailey told Kelly that two years ago, she was on the floor singing a Kelly Clarkson song, and now she’s in front of Kelly and being coached by her on “The Voice.”
Ariana said Hailey never sounded more beautiful and she just keeps getting better and better. Kelly was still in shock that Hailey is only 15-years-old. She said more important than getting to the Finale is showcasing every part of her voice and getting to advance. Kelly said she’s glad she Stole Hailey (from Team Ariana).
JIM & SASHA and LANA SCOTT duet: Lana Scott (Team Blake) and duo Jim & Sasha Allen (Team Ariana) performed the song “Hold My Hand” by Hootie and the Blowfish.
Two years ago, they were just starting out as a band and now they’re in “The Voice” Semi-Finals. They sang “River” by Joni Mitchell. Kelly said this song is going back to their roots, which is folk music. Kelly said the song also allows them to show their individual strengths and not just their strength as a group. Becca said they made a video of a Joni Mitchell song. Her friend sent it to Joni Mitchell, who then sent a gift to Becca for her 21st birthday. Kelly said everyone will hear in this performance why they were a four-chair-turn.
John said “we’re so lucky to have you here.” He loved them singing Joni Mitchell. “It was such a cool choice for you.” He ended by saying it was a beautiful performance. ” I loved it. So well done.” Kelly said they’re always working until the very end. Kelly said it shows, and they leave no moment unspoken for. “You are the most special thing I’ve ever seen on the show. So, thank you for picking me.”
JOSHUA VACANTI & JERSHIKA Duet: They performed “Hand in My Pocket” by Alanis Morrisette
Wendy is recovering from a broken hand and an injured hand. Wendy said her husband is going crazy that he can’t be there with her on this journey. She dedicated the song “You’re All I Need to Get By” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell to her husband. Blake said it’s the perfect song to get Wendy into the finale. When she does the stuff that other people can’t do to blow the roof off the place. Blake might just be correct.
Ariana asked Wendy, “are you out of your mind?” She continued, “it’s the most ridiculous” thing she’s ever seen. “Insane…that’s just crazy.” Ariana finished with, “everything that you ever could have given, you gave.” Blake was astounded that Wendy was sitting on a stool like Kenny Rogers, and blowing the roof off.” He said that wasn’t just Finale worthy, music history just happened.” All John Legend could say was “it’s ludicrous.” Kelly said nothing. No one knew what else to say. The coaches were blown-away and speechless!
GIRL NAMED TOM & HAILEY MIA duet: They performed “Hold On” by Wilson Phillips. They’re the youngest artists in the competition.
Last week Paris performed “Amazed” and got emotional afterwards. He said it was because he sang that song at the worst time in his life, and now is in the best time in his life. This week, Paris sang “Close the Door” by Teddy Pendergrass. Paris said it’s the perfect song for this moment since he’s closing the door to all the odd, past jobs he had to do before this. Paris said, “I’m just grateful for everything music has done for me.” Blake said the Finale is won by what happens in the Semi Finals. Blake advised Paris to show a funnier side to himself.
Kelly said that was so good. “Your voice is so beautiful and raw and just perfect!” Blake said Paris did exactly what he needed to do. That fun side of his personality. “Literally, I don’t know about y’all. I mean I’m married to Gwen Stefani. But, you made me feel something…my heart was pounding for Paris.” Carson Daly reacted “Blake just said too much.”
Last week, America voted Joshua through to the Top 8. Joshua said he wasn’t even sure if he would make it past the Blinds. He got the song “Ashes” by Celine Dion, co-written by Jordan Smith (“The Voice” season 9 winner). Joshua said Jordan is an amazing artist, and he followed him after the show. Joshua said in a “weird” way he thinks him and Jordan are connected. They are both from a small town. John said Joshua has so much soul, so much passion, and he’s only scratched the surface of what he can do. He can sing soul, he can sing Broadway. John predicted that it will be an inspiring performance.
Ariana joked that she felt like this was for her tonight. “Thank you so much for my dedicated performance tonight.” Ariana added that Joshua is like a vocal technician and brilliant. John said he’s a brilliant vocalist and a brilliant story-teller. He’s theatrical and meets the moment of the song and what he’s trying to accomplish with the song. He called his falsetto “haunting and spiritual…you are incredible.”
On “The Voice” Top 8 eliminations results show, the four artists with the most of America’s votes were announced. The last and fifth spot was decided on with an Instant Save vote at the end of the show. Coaches Blake Shelton and John Legend each performed on “The Voice” stage. A special guest performance came from Carly Pearce who just won the Best Female Vocalist at the CMA’S this year who opened the show.
Next, the Top 8 artists came out onto the stage. Host Carson Daly had his first question for Wendy Moten. He asked what winning means to her. Wendy answered “I honestly didn’t think I’d make it this far. I met some of the most iconic people,” and she’s “ready for the next 30 years!” Daly asked Lana what she wants viewers to know about her. Lana said what she wants the world to know about her is “I think that above what we do, above all the noise is how we treat each other. And you’re going to hear that in my music.”
The first artist announced as advancing was Wendy Moten (Team Blake). After that, John Legend performed “You Deserve it All.”
The next question was for Hailey Mia from Team Kelly. That was, how has Kelly shaped her? She said this whole thing has “met the world to me.” Kelly taught her confidence, how to be comfortable and not think too much about doing things, just do it. Jershika performed an Elton John classic on Monday’s show. What did she learn about herself? Jershika responded that she can do anything that she puts her mind to and she’s not in competition with anyone except herself..
The next artists announced as Finalists were: Girl Named Tom (Team Kelly), and Paris Winningham (Team Blake).
Then, Blake Shelton performed “Comeback as a Country Boy” on “The Voice” stage.
The artists were brought back out onto the stage. Daly prompted Jim & Sasha Allen from Team Ariana about working with their coach. Sasha said his favorite moments with his coach Ariana Grande has nothing to do with the show. She’s helped him throughout wardrobe malfunctions and laryngitis.
Joshua said before being on “The Voice” he really doubted himself. Being on the stage and working with John he’s walking around with more confidence. “I’m believing that I’m going to have another chance to show America just how special I am,” said Joshua.
The next artist announced as moving on to the Top 5 was: Hailey Mia (Team Kelly)! The four remaining artists had to perform for the Instant Save Vote. They were: Jim & Sasha Allen, Jershika Maple, Joshua Vacanti, and Lana Scott.
Lana Scott performed Country song “Things a Man Oughta to Know” by Lainy Wilson. Kelly reacted that she loves the sound of Lana’s Country. It’s the kind she grew up on and as a Country fan, they need voices like hers. She hopes that Lana continues music. Blake said that song encompasses everything that Lana is good at. There’s a little bit of sarcasm.
Joshua Vacanti performed “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion. Kelly said Joshua is making performing Celine Dion look easy. She asked Joshua to please perform musical theater after the show. His coach, John Legend, said Joshua has so much grace ,showmanship and has performed Finale level performances throughout the show. He deserves to be in the finale.
Jim & Sasha Allen performed “Rick Girl” by Hall & Oates. Kelly reacted that (as a parent) there’s nothing that beats this moment for Jim. They have such different energy, so it’s fun and it works so well. Ariana said she’s so proud of them both. They are incredible vocalists with “necessary energy for the show.”
Jershika Maple performed “Break Every Chain” by Tasha Cobbs. Jershika was emotional after her performance. John said she brought herself to tears again. But also brought other Americans to tears with that performance. She’s one of the best vocalists he’s worked with and she deserves to go to the Finale. John has two artists up for the Instant Save. He urged people to vote and “do the right thing.”
Lana said that her coach Blake Shelton far surpassed her hope of ever working with him and thanked him for everything. Joshua was crying and told John that he’s so grateful for him, and loves Jershika. Sasha Allen said “10 seconds,” which was the amount of time he had. He told Ariana that he adores her and said “I love you so much!” Jershika Maple thanked her coach John Legend for encouraging her and thanked Kelly, her former coach.
Blake said to Lana “why are we doing this? This is awful. I’m not saying bye to you…we got stuff to do. I’m so proud of you buddy.” Ariana was crying and said the best gift was meeting them (Jim & Sasha Allen). John Legend said to Jershika and Joshua that he wants them to know how inspiring they are to them. There’s so much on the line for you. Being in the public eye for the first time. He said he’s been inspired by both of them. They are incredible performers. John added that they have such professionalism and grace. “It’s so stunning and inspiring to see you operate in this space.”
INSTANT SAVE WINNER: Jershika Maple (Team Legend)