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‘The Voice’ Recap: Top 8 Pull Out All the Stops in the Semifinals

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The Voice Season 22 returned on Monday night for the Semifinals, as the Top 8 took the stage for their last chance to make it into next week’s finale. The artists gave their all to the performances, earning several standing ovations from the coaches.

Monday’s episode also featured duets from the artists singing Whitney Houston songs in honor of the new biopic I Wanna Dance with Somebody. Voting will be open until Tuesday at 7 a.m. ET for viewers to choose who they want to see in the Top 5.

The Voice Artists Earn Standing Ovations

Several artists earned standing ovations for their powerful performances on Monday night, including Team Legend artist Parijita Bastola, who performed Sia’s “Unstoppable.” The coaches marveled at the fact that she’s only 17 years old.

Later on, fellow Team Legend artist Kim Cruse also stunned the panel with her powerhouse cover of “Summertime.” They said they want to go to Kim’s concert, while Gwen Stefani shared her belief that it was a perfect performance.

Then it was Omar Jose Cardona’s turn to bring the house down with his cover of “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion. Stefani told the Team Legend singer that there was “no way that that was real.” Even host Carson Daly said it felt like a finale performance.

The night ended on an emotional note, as Team Camila artist Morgan Myles performed “Always Remember Us This Way” by Lady Gaga in tribute to her late cousin and grandfather, who both passed away of brain cancer. She even played piano for the powerful performance.


Blake Shelton Invokes the Show’s Country Fanbase

Coach Blake Shelton said what a lot of people were probably thinking after his artist Bryce Leatherwood took the stage for a performance of “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away” by Justin Moore, which also earned a standing ovation.

Shelton told Bryce that he “engaged the army of country music fans that watch this show,” adding that people want the singer to represent their favorite genre. Meanwhile, John Legend told Leatherwood that this was his best performance so far.

It’s true that The Voice has a lot of country fans casting votes from week to week, and Team Blake has been thriving this season. Could it be enough to give Bryce a win at the end of the season, or will he be overtaken by an artist from another genre? We’ll find out Tuesday night which five artists made it through to the finale.

What was your favorite performance from Monday night’s show? Let us know in the comments below, and don’t forget to vote on the NBC website or through The Voice app.

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