The semifinals have arrived on NBC's "The Voice", with eight contestants competing for just three guaranteed spots in next week's finals. Coaches Adam Levine, Alicia Keys, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani brought their 'A' game to try and turn their artists into finalists, but some fared better than others. Who succeeded and who will have to fight for the Twitter Instant Save? Here's what music fans need to know from the "Live Semifinal Performances" episode.
1) Team Adam shouldn't be discounted yet
Levine's team is on the ropes, with Jesse Larson being the only thing standing between Team Adam and elimination. But that also means that Levine can focus all of his time and energy on Larson's performances, and that showed on Monday. Larson partnered with Team Blake's TSoul for an energetic cover version of "I Wish" that you can watch by using the media player included with this article. Then when it came time for his solo performance, his version of "I Was Wrong" was good enough that it should get him into the finals easily.
2) Is Lauren Duski the front-runner?
Season 12 has not had the breakout artist that other cycles of "The Voice" have had. But there's one person building up momentum, and that's Team Blake's Lauren Duski. The singer's version of "Ghost In This House" had reached the Top 10 on the iTunes Singles Chart by Monday evening, which would be Duski's third straight single to get the iTunes vote multiplier. That's more than any other artist. Given the emphasis placed on iTunes results when it comes to "The Voice" results, it's safe to say that Duski is in the lead right now and could secure yet another win for Team Blake.
3) Covering a coach's song has officially become overrated
This has been a point of discussion with "The Voice" before, but the novelty of artists performing a coach's song has worn off by Season 12. That was born out when Alicia Keys had two of her own artists cover her biggest hit "If I Ain't Got You." Vanessa Ferguson and Chris Blue certainly gave it all they had, but it just felt weird to have two Team Alicia artists singing an Alicia Keys song when they had the entire semifinal stage in front of them. It didn't help matters that "If I Ain't Got You" has been covered on "The Voice" multiple times, most notably by Jesse Campbell and Anthony Evans in Season 2. Thus the performance came off more like deja vu than an awesome duet. Will it affect either artist's chances of making it into the finals on Tuesday?
"The Voice" airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET.