I'm still not sure what I think of the new format, where the coach chooses the three to advance instead of voting. And, I do think that if it had been decided by votes, the outcome of Blake's Top 3 would have been different.
|Audra McLaughlin - Credit: Tyler Golden / NBC|
I've been a fan of hers since the beginning, and her amazing country tone still captivates. Her range was perfect for the song, and she hit pretty much all her big notes with no problems. When she's on stage, one can't help but be drawn into her and her voice. Her vocals come so naturally and effortlessly, that she is able to connect more deeply to the song and to us. With Audra, you not only hear her sing... you feel her sing.
Ryan Whyte Maloney came on next with “Second Chance.” It was a tough song to do, but I think he did really well. It's still hard to match what comes out of him with the look he portrays, and I'm still awed by his incredible range.
He had his guitar and seemed to be filled with confidence. For what the song demanded of him, I think he nailed it. His range was there, and even though there were some (very few) issues, he connected with the audience and hit all his power notes with pride. It was a great performance to watch.
Jake Worthington was no surprise as he performed “Anywhere With You.” The man is purely and simply country to the core. His sound is so solid and authentic, and his energy and personality is infectious. He moved around the stage and engaged the audience with control and confidence. Regardless of how far Jake goes in this competition, I honestly see a CMA appearance in his future.
My only critique is that he needs to work on and add some 'moves' while he's on stage... maybe he can sneak into Shakira's or Usher's room and get a little side coaching, because I've seen Blake dance and...
|Sisaundra Lewis - Credit: Tyler Golden / NBC|
|Team Blake - Credit: NBC|
But it is what it is, and I do congratulate Blake's Top 3. I do also wish Ryan and Madilyn continued growth and success, and I look forward to what their futures will bring to the world of music.
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