The Voice Season 18 returned on Monday night, and it’s time to vote! The Top 17 artists performed from their homes, while the coaches offered feedback remotely. Only nine will move on to next week’s semifinals.
The show opened with a performance from Mega Mentor James Taylor singing “Shower the People” with the Season 18 contestants, all from different locations. Host Carson Daly appeared in The Voice studio to introduce the show.
Next, the winner of the four-way knockout was revealed to be Michael Williams from Team Nick. He joined the Top 17 to perform in the playoffs tonight. The performances were prerecorded, and the field will be narrowed down to the Top 9 on Tuesday.
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Thunderstorm Artis (Team Nick)
This singer performed “Summertime” from Portland while playing guitar. He even threw a whistling solo into the performance. Thunderstorm’s former judge John Legend called it a “beautiful performance.” Nick called it the “perfect way” to start the show, and said he was “envious” of Thunderstorm’s whistling ability.
Allegra Miles (Team Nick)
Allegra performed “New York State of Mind” by Billy Joel from her home in Florida. Blake said the singing has never been better than when the artists are at home. Nick told Allegra she’s shown a lot of growth over the course of the show, calling it her “best performance.”
Arei Moon (Team Nick)
Also performing from Florida, Arei sang “Finesse” by Bruno Mars. Kelly said she loved how ’90s her performance was. Nick praised her for embracing the new format, and said she “killed it.”
Roderick Chambers (Team Nick)
Roderick performed “Lost Without U” by Robin Thicke from California. John said he loved the song choice and said Roderick goes between his head voice and chest voice “effortlessly.” Nick said he loved the falsetto Roderick demonstrated, adding that he can see Twitter talking about this performance.
Michael Williams (Team Nick)
This four-way knockout winner performed “Sign of the Times” by Harry Styles from Ohio. Kelly praised him for making the song his own. Nick congratulated Michael for winning the knockout and said he was “proud” of him for that performance.
Zan Fiskum (Team Legend)
Zan performed “Blowin’ in the Wind” by Bob Dylan from her RV in Washington. John complimented her for her “artistry” and the “nuance” in her voice. He called it a “gorgeous, gorgeous performance.” Kelly said it was the best performance of the song she’d ever heard.
Mike Jerel (Team Legend)
Mike performed from his college campus in Georgia, singing “All My Life” by K-Ci & JoJo. John praised Mike’s creativity in making the song his own, complimenting the “power” in his voice.
Mandi Castillo (Team Legend)
Mandi sang “¡Corre!” by Jesse & Joy in Spanish from California. Blake said she had him in the palm of her hand during the performance. John told her she made him “so proud,” saying she brought so much “passion and power” to the performance.
CammWess (Team Legend)
CammWess sang “Ain’t Not Sunshine” by Bill Withers from South Carolina, while playing the guitar. Kelly said it was a “bummer” that she let him go from her team. John told him he “knocked it out of the park,” calling his tone “honey butter.”
Megan Danielle (Team Kelly)
Megan performed “Anyone” by Demi Lovato from Georgia. Nick said she “made the world listen” with her performance. Kelly told Megan that she would be shocked if she doesn’t make it to the finale.
Mandi Thomas (Team Kelly)
Mandi performed “I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack from Memphis. Kelly said her performance had a “cool vibe,” telling her she can sing anything, and that she’s “proud” to have her on her team.
Micah Iverson (Team Kelly)
Micah performed “Your Song” by Elton John on the keyboard from his home in Atlanta. Blake praised Micah’s ability to “explode” with big notes without running out of breath. Kelly said he’s one of the most talented singers in the competition, thanking him for picking her as his coach.
Cedrice (Team Kelly)
Cedrice performed “Everything I Wanted” by Billie Eilish from San Diego, while lying on a couch. “You are so crazy cool, man!” Kelly told Cedrice, calling her a “standalone artist” and saying she can’t wait to buy her records.
Toneisha Harris (Team Blake)
Toneisha sang “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” by Kelly Clarkson from Georgia. John said he thinks she’ll be in the finale, calling her a “phenomenal singer.” Kelly offered to be a background singer for her, while Blake called it the best vocal performance of the night.
Joei Fulco (Team Blake)
Joei performed “Runaway” by Del Shannon from California. Nick said Joei’s voice is “so fun to listen to,” saying she owned her environment. Blake added that Joei’s voice is “infectious” and “unique.”
Joanna Serenko (Team Blake)
Joanna performed “Rich Girl” by Hall & Oates from St. Louis. Kelly called her “fabulous and fun,” saying she has a “captivating spirit.” Blake said she made it her own song, and he heard it in a way he hadn’t before.
Todd Tilghman (Team Blake)
Todd performed “Glory of Love” by Peter Cetera from his church in Mississippi. Blake called Todd “the karate kid,” and encouraged fans to vote for him. He added that he deserves to “go all the way.”
What did you think of tonight’s performances? Did the at-home version of the show work for you? Let us know in the comments. Remember to vote, and tune in to The Voice tomorrow night on NBC for the results.