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My Experience At The Voice Top 12 Live Show

Emily Deissler |
April 14, 2015 | 12:03 a.m. PDT


(Twitter/ @NBCTheVoice)
(Twitter/ @NBCTheVoice)
Words cannot even begin to describe how amazing it was in the audience of the top 12 live show taping of season eight of NBC's "The Voice" Monday night.  

The top 12 battled against each another for a place in the top 10. They all poured their hearts onto the stage in performances ranging from inspiring to uplifting to downright funky, but only 10 can move on to the next round.

I experienced the show from the pit as well as seats in the stands. It was a great experience to be in the mosh because I was so close to the contestants and the energy of the audience around me was incredible. People were clapping, cheering (perhaps screaming is the better word), swaying their arms, and grooving to the music. Being so close to the contestants made me feel like a part of the show, but it was quite difficult to see the coaches over the heads of the tall individuals in front of me.

I moved to the seats in the stand where I gained a new perspective to the show. We had a great view of not only the contestants, but of the coaches too. The vibe in the stands was also amazing. We all screamed at the top of our lungs when various contestants hit brilliant notes and when Adam Levine, Pharrel Williams, Christina Aguilera or Blake Shelton looked over in our direction we all waved our arms and screamed for their attention.

It was an absolutely unreal feeling to be in such an intimate setting with the talented contestants and all four  exceptional superstars, Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton and Pharrell Williams. Whether it was watching the performances or listening to the coaches’ comments or interactions with one another, it was all highly entertaining. And let’s not forget that the show just wouldn’t be complete without Adam and Blake’s side comments and hilarious bromance.

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Reba McEntire also appeared as a guest mentor for the contestants while they were rehearsing their songs. She offered the contestants some great advice and her humble and warm presence won over both the contestants and the audience.

Not to mention that the quality of the vocal performances was stunning and the acoustics in the room made for great sound quality. Contestant after contestant gave their all, but a few shone brighter than others. Now, let’s take a look at the five best performances of the night.

Team Blake’s Hannah Kirby started off the show with Stevie Nicks’ “Edge of Seventeen” and set the bar high for the performers following her. She powered through the song and didn’t let her performance hinder her from impressively executing her vocals.

Team Pharrell’s Koryn Hawthorne’s performance of Kelly Clarkson’s powerful ballad, “Stronger,” was brilliant. Needless to say Pharrell made an incalculably great decision to save her last Wednesday.

Something about Team Pharrell’s Sawyer Fredericks’ voice is simply moving. Perhaps it’s the inflections and rasps in his voice or its beautiful purity or even his conviction for the lyrics he sings. Either way, Sawyer just has a way of fully engaging the audience. For just being 16 years old his achievements are astonishing. He's definitely one of my favorite contenders this season. Check out his rendition last night of John Lennon's "Imagine."

It’s also hard to believe that Mia Z of Pharrell’s team is so young when you listen to her remarkable vocals. Last night she sang The Rolling Stones' "Miss You." I was in awe when she hit what Pharrell describes as the “dolphin” pitched note near the end.  Not only did she sing and perform well, but she also seemed to really be enjoying herself (believe me, we all were).

But my favorite performance of the night was Kimberly Nichole’s powerful rendition of The Animals' “House of the Rising Sun.” The Team Xtina member not only had phenomenal vocals but her stage presence was incredibly commanding. She made the song her own and was truly in her element. There just could not have been a better closing to the show. If you haven’t already seen it, check it out and prepare to be amazed.

With so many great performances, you may be wondering what team I am?  I love all of the coaches, but this season, I’m Team #Pharrell all the way.

Who will advance? Only time will tell, but for now, I’m just going to sit back and replay their performances over and over again. And I suggest you do the same.

Reach Staff Contributor Emily Deissler here.



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