'The Voice' Season 8 Recap & Review: Top 8 Revealed as Deanna Johnson & Rob Taylor Go Home
The Voice season eight is continuing to cut singers by the pair. Tonight (April 21), the top 10 were cut down to a rounded out eight. Blake Shelton and Pharrell Williams' teams went by unscathed, while Adam Levine's team continued to be trimmed down and Christina Aguilera lost her first singer.
Oh, and Reba McEntire was there too to perform her new single.
How did everything play out for our coaches? Check out our team by team rundown:
Team Pharrell kicked off the show with P himself joining Koryn Hawthrone and Sawyer Fredericks on the stage for a performance of Gavin DeGraw's "I Don't Wanna Be."
Pharrell's remaining two singers were some of the strongest on Monday night, with Koryn and Sawyer both giving some of the strongest performances The Voice has seen thus far in season eight. The two were rewarded in kind, being the first and third voted through to safety.
It was another week unscathed for four-time The Voice champion Blake Shelton had all three of his artists go through. Corey Kent White was the first of his batch to be called to safety. The Voice is so insistent on saying that he's this season's lone country artist that he will continue to get through on that no matter how little heart or authenticity he has to him... Oh well.
Blake's remaining two performers, the versatile and soulful Meghan Linsey and the explosive Hannah Kirby were both safe as well, after putting it all out there.
Like Team Blake, Christina has a strong batch of performers on her team, and that showed in tonight's results, with India Carney and Kimberly Nichole both easily making it in to the top eight with ease after giving powerhouse performances. India was a true star on Monday night, selling her Whitney Houston cover. Though Kimberly's performance wasn't her absolute best, she's such a raw performer and a natural talent that she was easy to move through.
Poor song choice got to the best of Rob Taylor, who wound up at the bottom of the barrel despite having plenty of raw talent. The bottom isn't wholly unfamiliar to Rob, who had to be saved by Christina to get into the top 12. He chose to perform "Sitting on the Dock of the Bay," which is always, like, the most dull song choice. His lower register shined through here, but that was never the money. Overall, this was fairly forgettable and not nearly buzzy enough to push him through to the top eight.
Adam first joined his two remaining singers for a cover of "The Joker." It felt appropriate, given that yesterday was 4/20, and the three sang it well with their rock-influences.
It was a bad night for Team Adam. For the second week in a row, he comprised most of the bottom three as Deanna Johnson and Joshua Davis both found themselves at risk after poor song choices and lackluster performances.
Deanna was the second of the three bottom contestants to perform, and she too on Kris Kristofferson's "Help Me Make It Through the Night," which seemed like a real plea to the audience.
Joshua was up next, taking on Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down." After being unable to find his key on Monday night, he was much improved here and in his own element, with his whispered vocals and confidence helping to carry him through the performance. At its core, this song choice isn't especially saucy, but it worked well to show the sort of artist that Joshua is and it seemed likely to carry him through, especially since it seems like the older demographic of The Voice would far prefer Joshua to Rob or Deanna.