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The Top 12 have been determined, and starting next Monday on NBC, The Voice will be in the Live Shows. The coaches no longer have a say in who stays or who goes home. Those decisions now fall to the viewers and their votes.
I have a feeling that every Live Show is going to be amazing. Each artist seems to grow and get better with every performance, and from what we've seen so far, I can't even imagine how powerful and exciting their live performances are going to be. I can say this... Monday nights are going to be explosive, and I will bet that this season will have the narrowest margins between votes that The Voice has ever seen.
Team Usher was the final team to perform for the Playoffs... five great singers... three spots in the Live Shows. My predictions were right with two of Usher's choices, but the third one, Usher went a different direction that I thought he would.
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With much soul, Stevie Jo performed “The Thrill Is Gone.” He was one I predicted would move on, and I was a little bit surprised when Usher didn't choose him. His performance last night was consistent. He had great energy and showed us the depth of his range. I felt his vocals were coming from somewhere deep within him, which is what a great R&B/Soul singer should do. He really put himself out there on stage, and I felt it was very well received by the crowd. But...
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Closing out the show, and ending the Playoffs Round, was Josh Kaufman with “It Will Rain.” The audience reacted very positively within the first few bars of the song, and he just rode that wave. Josh's voice is rather unique and has a very solid and controlled tone. Usher really scored a great vocalist when he stole Josh from Adam. Josh is very passionate on stage, but he never lets it get out of control. The power is there. His range is broad, and he connects so strongly with the audience whenever he is on stage. I think it was his great falsetto near the end that probably sealed his advancement to the Live Shows.
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All 5 performances from last night's Final Playoffs are available on iTunes.