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'The Voice:' Top 8 sing their hearts out

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On Monday night “The Voice” kicked off the show where the top 8 seek to advance to the final 5, with a performance that honestly deserved a standing ovation from Sisaundra Lewis. It was a heartfelt rendition that undeniably depicted a singer who is rising and will be the achiever of great things to come.

Then it was Josh Kaufman’s turn to perform and the audience and viewers alike could not have asked for anything better, his rendition of “I Can’t Make You Love Me” was perfect for his unique vocals that are powerful and filled with passion. Kat Perkins was next in the lineup, and she brought the house down and gave a breakthrough performance, with assertiveness and creativity she sang “Get Lucky” and the applause would not stop, Kat without question will move on to next week’s top 5, and it was dumbfounding that such a performer was in the bottom 3 last week.

Up next was Delvin Choice whose emotion and passion showed through in his rendition of “I Believe I Can Fly”; also it epitomized what this show is about, as well as what every contestant strives for and hope to achieve. Audra McLaughlin was next and although her voice is wonderful, she did not outdo any of the previous 5 performances. Jake Worthington followed and yes indeed his voice is great and his overall look is conducive to him achieving many great things, however, last night left a lot to be desired. Last in the lineup was Christina Grimme and her performance just did not quite resonate as much as her previous appearances and it would not be surprising if she is among the bottom 3 on tonight’s show. Kristen Merlin’s performance was not as impressive as others in the lineup and it will not be surprising if she is sent home tonight.

As a footnote there were performances by the 2 singers who will be the new judges in next season Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams…Only time will tell. “The Voice” runs on Monday and Tuesday at 8 p.m. EDT on NBC.

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