“One of the greatest opportunities we’ve had is to work with Kelly. She’s been in our shoes, she’s been down every road we’ve been down, and her biggest takeaway was to have fun. It can be stressful, it can be a whirlwind of emotions, but just have fun,” Kaleb Lee tells AXS following his live performance on Monday’s episode of “The Voice.”
Lee and 15-year-old Brynn Cartelli, both under the guidance of Coach Kelly Clarkson, stopped to talk with AXS on the red carpet, as they are now two out of the Top 11 contestants who remain. “Everyone in the Top 11 is like an older sibling to me. It’s intimidating but at the same time it’s such an honor that I get to start my career with something like ‘The Voice,’ Cartelli added.
The April 30 show had each of the artists performing songs picked by fans who submitted via Xfinity’s “Suggest-A-Song” feature in The Voice Official App. Team Blake was all in agreement that the fans did a great job in choosing songs that were just right for everyone. Pryor Baird’s rendition of Bob Seger’s “Night Moves” seemed to be a standout moment for the artist. As far as other standout moments go, Spensha Baker tells AXS that for her, this whole experience has been amazing. Kyla Jade described the moment she was picked first by America as one that was extremely humbling. “I never get to use this word, but it was the look of befuddlement,” she chuckled.
Team Alicia also shared some of their fondest memories. “If I could pinpoint one moment, and it’s ingrained in my memory forever, it’s when I picked Alicia from knockouts,” Jackie Foster recalled. “She wasn’t expecting it at all. It became a meme, too. That was it for me.”
“I think it’s being with these amazing and talented people,” Christiana Danielle described as her favorite part. “You learn so much and you just thrive because everyone else is thriving. It’s very contagious, I love it.”
As the competition edges closer to this season’s winner, it’s clear that the one thing all of the coaches have in common, is driving home the message that having fun and enjoying the ride is essential. Team Adam paid it forward with some words of wisdom for others out there looking to step out of their comfort zone.
“Follow your dreams and don’t hold back,” Sharane Calister said. Jackie Verna explained, “The number one thing, especially if you’re going to do something like this, is to always be doing what you want to do.”
Rayshun LaMarr also offered up his own advice. “Take a chance. You never know what will happen. Don’t ever give up on yourself. There are a lot of people who have dreams and goals and visions, but are too afraid to take that step. Just go and let the wind push you,” he said. “Once you do it, you’re going to be so happy with yourself."
"At this point it’s in America’s hands," LaMarr says. "We’ve done the hard work, we’ve done what we could and now it’s up to America.”
On Tuesday, May 1, at 8/7 c on NBC, you can watch the live results to find out who makes the Top 10. Nine artists chosen by America’s votes will be revealed as safe. Whoever falls in the bottom two, will then compete for the Instant Save and one will be eliminated. Adam Levine and Alicia Keys will be performing with their teams and the Season 4 winner of “Voice on Snapchat” will also be revealed. Tune in tonight to see Kelly Clarkson, Alicia Keys, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, along with host Carson Daly in action.