"The Voice" Season 7 has reached the penultimate week of the show and the competition has tightened up with the remaining top five contestants, giving all they have to find a place in the finals.
Top five contestants - Damien, Matt McAndrew, Chris Jamison, Craig Wayne Boyd, and Taylor John Williams - performed two songs each in the semi-finals on Monday. One song was chosen by their coach, and the other by the contestants.
Semi-Finals Performance Recap:
Adam Levine gave Michael Jackson's "She's Out of My Life" to Damien, which was pretty challenging, but he did a good job. Some may want a little more emotion from his performance, but he is a talented artiste.
He then chose Paula Cole's "I Don't Want to Wait" for his second song. It was not a killer performance, but he might win critical acclaims for daring to move out of his comfort zone and dare to do something different.
Craig Wayne Boyd of Team Blake took on the song, "Workin' Man Blues" by Merle Haggard, but it was an ordinary rendition. Blake Shelton's bad song choice is to be blamed for the poor performance and it hurts more when it came at a critical stage of the competition. Craig then performed gospel song, "The Old Rugged Cross" and it was a good performance.
Taylor John Williams of Team Gwen sang Swell Season's "Falling Slowly", chosen by her coach, but it exposed his weakness instead of his strength. He was not comfortable in the lower register and his pitch was shaky too. He then took on the song, "Blank Space" by Taylor Swift. It was certainly better than his first performance, but it looked like that was not enough to take him to the finale though it is left to the viewers to decide.
Matt McAndrew of Team Adam sang Ed Sheeran's "Make It Rain" and it was a great rendition. In fact, this performance brought life to the semi-finals that started on a dull note. He then took on U2's "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For", and it was another good performance, perhaps enough to take him all the way to the finale.
Chris Jamison of Team Adam took on Maroon 5's "Sugar". Interestingly, his coach who sang the original, chose the song for him. He gave justice to the song by putting up a good show. He then chose Bruno Mars' "When I Was Your Man" for his second performance of the night and it was even better than the previous rendition. He seems to have all it takes to win the competition.