Mark Isaiah showed up at The Voice’s Top 11 results show with a big ol’ target on his back. Not only had he been in the bottom two the previous week, but according to our poll then (and our newer one last night), you enjoy his singing about as much as you would mine — in other words, not at all. But was Tuesday night his final performance?
Before we found out, of course, there was the filler. Team Alicia tackled “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” — a curious choice, considering that Chris Blue is the group’s standout. Still, they harmonized nicely — especially that ending! — and we got a little hint of what a coach/Chris duet would sound like. Team Gwen, in turn, tackled Coldplay’s “Fix You,” which seemed like it shouldn’t have worked at all for country girl Brennley Brown, but frankly, she outsang her coach. (Maybe there’s nothing the kid can’t do?) Finally, Season 10 winner Alisan Porter brought down the house with her new song “Deep Water.” But, as a newbie to the show, am I allowed to ask, did she always throw so much affectation into her performances?
And, in the moments of truth…
Sent to Safety (in Chronological Order)
Lauren Duski (Team Blake)
Jesse Larson (Team Adam)
Chris Blue (Team Alicia)
Brennley Brown (Team Gwen)
Aliyah Moulden (Team Blake)
Lilli Passero (Team Adam)
Vanessa Ferguson (Team Alicia)
Hunter Plake (Team Gwen)
TSoul (Team Blake)
Stephanie Rice (Team Alicia), “Issues” — Grade: A- | Props to Stephanie for choosing this Fiona Apple-esque song by Julia Michaels to wow us — it worked. For me, anyway. It allowed her to show off a quirky side that we hadn’t really heard before, while at the same time, affording her moments to rock. A winning combo, and one that it’s too bad her coach didn’t discover.
Mark Isaiah (Team Adam), “7 Years” — Grade: C | The much-maligned Mark started off pretty promisingly on his Lukas Graham cover. But the fact of the matter is, he just doesn’t have the training yet to live up to the promise of his voice. Everybody said Quizz Swanigan was too young to truly be a contender, but he seemed to know — whether instinctively or because he’s studied — how to sell a vocal. Mark, try as he might, simply doesn’t.
Saved: Mark Isaiah
Eliminated: Stephanie Rice
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