AceShowbiz - In Monday, May 15 episode of "The Voice" season 12, the eight semifinalists performed live and fought against each other for 4 spots in next week's finals. They took the stage to perform solo as well as perform special duet performances.
Hunter Plake (Team %cGwen Stefani%) was up first, performing "With or Without You" by %cU2%. Unlike his recent performances, Hunter didn't alter much the original song but still managed to sing beautifully and authentically. %cBlake Shelton% praised him, saying that it was his best vocal performance.
The next performance was a terrific duet from %cAlicia Keys%' two remaining artists, Vanessa Ferguson and Chris Blue. They chose Alicia's hit "If I Ain't Got You". Both Vanessa and Chris showcased their amazing range of vocals and delivered the emotional dynamics of the song. All four coaches gave them a standing ovation at the end of the performance.
TSoul (Team Blake) shot for the finals with his rendition of "Ain't No Way" by %cAretha Franklin%. His soulful performance convinced Blake that it had all the elements that kept TSoul in the competition. Blake added, "I don't know if I've ever actually said this to you, but man, I'm so proud of you."
Brennley Brown (Team Gwen) followed after, singing country song "Suds in the Bucket" by %cSara Evans%. The 15-year-old switched gears as she opted for a more upbeat score this week. Gwen praised her for singing an up-tempo song, before adding that such decision definitely took confidence.
Hunter performed again, but this time he was paired with Aliyah Moulden (Team Blake) to perform "Let It Go" by %cJames Bay%. Despite their different vocal colors, the two artists blended perfectly, bringing a terrific performance of the song.
Lauren Duski from Team Blake later sang "Ghost in This House" by %cShenandoah%. Lauren, who related to the song in personal level, perfectly nailed the song. Her incredible voice told a story of the song to the audience.
Performing next were TSoul and Jesse Larson (Team %cAdam Levine%). The two singers belted out "I Wish" by %cStevie Wonder%. As they were both talented and powerful singers, they looked like they were having fun during the epic performance.
Chris took the stage to perform "Take Me to the King" by %cTamela Mann%. He flaunted his falsetto in the emotional and captivating performance. Just like last week, he earned a standing ovation from the coaches.
Chris' performance was later followed by Vanessa who sang "Superstar" by %cLuther Vandross%. With the help of Alicia, Vanessa managed to find an emotional connection to the lyrics and brought such an alluring and emotional performance to the stage that night. "I want you to stay; I want you to show America more," Alicia praised her.
Looking equally stunning, Brennley and Lauren flaunted their skills in a duet of "A Good Hearted Woman" by %cLeAnn Rimes%. Both were country powerhouses, thus it was bound to be expected that they nailed the song flawlessly.
Jesse, Adam's last remaining singer, performed next. He chose "I Was Wrong" by %cChris Stapleton% as the song he performed in the semifinals. "My belief in Jesse is so real. I genuinely believe that this guy is the best we've got," said Adam.
Rounding out that night performances was Aliyah with "I Can Only Imagine" by %cMercyMe%. Aliyah successfully proved herself as a versatile artist in the bold performance. Her coach, Blake, praised her for her significant growth throughout the season, dubbing her the "model 'Voice' contestant."