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Now I will list every semifinal performance (NOT INCLUDING DUETS): 

Choose your favorite five, and your most disliked five.

S1:

Frenchie Davis - Like a Prayer 

Nakia - Whataya Want From Me

Dia Frampton - Losing My Religion

Casey Weston - I Will Always Love You

Beverly McClellan - The Thrill Is Gone

Javier Colon: Fix You

Xenia - The Man Who Can't Be Moved

Vicci Martinez - Dog Days Are Over

 

S2: 

Tony Lucca - How You Like Me Now?

Erin Willett - Without You

Chris Mann - Ave Maria

Jamar Rogers - If You Don't Know Me by Now

Jermaine Paul - Open Arms

Katrina Parker - Killing Me Softly With His Song

Lindsey Pavao - Skinny Love 

Juliet Simms - It's a Man's Man's Man's World

 

S3: 

Trevin Hunte - Wind Beneath My Wings

Nicholas David - You Are So Beautiful

Cassadee Pope - Stupid Boy

Terry McDermott - Let It Be

 

S4:

The Swon Brothers - Turn the Page [] Danny's Song

Sasha Allen - I Will Always Love You [] Bad Girls

Michelle Chamuel - Time After Time [] Clarity

Danielle Bradbery - Who I Am [] Please Remember Me

Amber Carrington - Firework [] Sad

 

S5:

James Wolpert - With or Without You

Will Champlin - Carry On 

Jacquie Lee - Angel 

Cole Vosbury - Shameless

Tessanne Chin - Bridge over Troubled Water

 

S6:
Kristen Merlin - Gunpowder & Lead [] Foolish Games

Josh Kaufman - All of Me [] Love Runs Out

Kat Perkins - Let It Go [] Chandelier 

Jake Worthington - Good Ol' Boys [] Heaven

Christina Grimmie - Some Nights [] Hide and Seek

 

S7:

Damien Lawson - She's Out of My Life [] I Don't Want to Wait

Craig Wayne Boyd - Workin' Man Blues [] The Old Rugged Cross 

Taylor John Williams - Falling Slowly [] Blank Space

Matt McAndrew - Make It Rain [] I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For

Chris Jamison - Sugar [] When I Was Your Man 

 

S8: 

Joshua Davis - I Can't Make You Love Me [] When I Paint My Masterpiece

Koryn Hawthorne - One []  Oh Mary Don't You Weep

Meghan Linsey - I'm Not the Only One [] Tennessee Whiskey 

India Carney - Gravity [] Earth Song

Sawyer Fredericks - For What It's Worth [] A Thousand Years

 

S9: 

Barrett Baber - Ghost

Shelby Brown - Even God Must Get the Blues

Jeffery Austin - Believe 

Braiden Sunshine - Amazing Grace

Zach Seabaugh - The Climb

Madi Davis - Big Girls Don't Cry 

Emily Ann Roberts - 9 to 5

Amy Vachal - To Make You Feel My Love 

Jordan Smith - Somebody to Love

 

S10:

Shalyah Fearing - And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going 

Paxton Ingram - I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)

Laith Al Saadi - One and Only

Alisan Porter - Desperado

Adam Wakefield - I'm Sorry

Bryan Bautista - Hurt

Mary Sarah - I Told You So

Hannah Huston - When a Man Loves a Woman

 

S11:

Christian Cuevas - To Worship You I Live

Ali Caldwell - I Will Always Love You

Brandon Fletcher - Angel

We McDonalds - Scars to Your Beautiful 

Aaron Gibson - (Everything I Do) I Do It for You

Josh Gallagher - Danny's Song

Sundance Head - Love Can Build a Bridge 

Billy Gilman - I Surrender 

 

S12: 

Hunter Plake - With or Without You

TSoul - Ain't No Way

Brennley Brown - Suds in the Bucket

Lauren Duski - Ghost In This House

Chris Blue - Take Me to the King

Vannessa Ferguson - Superstar

Jesse Larson - I Was Wrong

Aliyah Moulden - I Can Only Imagine

 

S13:

Adam Cunningham - I'm Already There

Davon Fleming - Gravity

Red Marlow - Go Rest High on That Mountain

Keisha Renee - What Hurts The Most 

Chloe Kohanski - I Want To Know What Love Is

Noah Mac - River

Addison Agen - Both Sides, Now 

Brooke Simpson - Faithfully 

 

S14:

Brynn Cartelli - What the World Needs Now is Love

Jackie Foster - Here I Go Again 

Rayshunn Lamarr - Imagine

Spensha Baker - My Church

Kyla Jade - Let It Be

Kaleb Lee - It Is Well With My Soul 

Pryor Baird - Change the World

Britton Buchanan - The Rising 

 

S15:

Sarah Grace - Sign of the Times

MaKenzie Thomas - Vision of Love 

Kymberli Joye - Never Alone

Chris Kroeze - Can't You See 

Kennedy Holmes - This Is Me 

Reagan Strange - You Are the Reason 

Chevel Shepherd - Blue 

Kirk Jay - I Swear 

 

S16:

Andrew Sevener - Long Haired Country Boy 

Gyth Rigdon - God Bless The USA

Kim Cherry - Together Again

Carter Lloyd Horne - Take Me to Church

Rod Stokes - Go Rest High on That Mountain 

Maelyn Jarmon - Stay

Dexter Roberts - Here Without You

Shawn Sounds - A Song For You 

 

S17:

Katie Kadan - Lady Marmalade 

Kat Hammock - Somewhere Only We Know

Marybeth Byrd - Before He Cheats

Hello Sunday - Don't You Worry Bout a Thing

Ricky Duran - Let It Be

Will Breman - Locked Out of Heaven 

Rose Short - I Want To Know What Love Is 

Jake Hoot - Desperado

 

S18: 

Joanna Serenko - Lean On Me 

Micah Iverson - I Will Follow You Into the Dark 

Todd Tilghman - Love, Me

Zan Fiskum - Never Be the Same 

Thunderstorm Artis - Home 

Megan Danielle - What Hurts The Most

Allegra Miles - Overjoyed

Toneisha Harris - Because You Loved Me 

CammWess - Rainbow

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This is hard tbh, but I have to go with:

(BEST)

1. Maelyn Jarmon - Stay

2. Amber Carrington - Sad

3. Addison Agen - Both Sides Now

4. Ali Caldwell - I Will Always Love You

5. Kyla Jade - Let It Be

HM: Keisha Renee - What Hurts The Most, Lauren Duski - Ghost In This House, Juliet Simms - Its A Man's World, Tessanne Chin - Bridge Over Troubled Water, Hannah Huston - When A Man Loves A Woman

 

Will give WORST, in a bit as I think more.

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Strictly talking semifinal wise

BEST:

1- Jordan Smith - Somebody to Love

2- Noah Mac - River

3- Kyla Jade - Let it Be

4- Tessanne Chin - Bridge over Troubled Water

5- Sundance Head - Love Can Build a Bridge 

Jordan is the undisputable king when it comes to the semifinals for me, I mean, he tackled Queen and nailed it. Noah and Kyla had by far their best weeks and exhibited their artistry at their full level, and Tessanne and Sundance pretty much secured the win with their performances.

WORST:

1- Carter Lloyd Horne - Take Me To Church

2- Zach Seabaugh - The Climb

3- Gyth Rigdon - God Bless the USA

4- Brennley Brown - Suds in the Bucket

5- Aaron Gibson - (Everything I Do) I Do It for You

I loved¬†Aaron throughout the season, but that was not good in the least. We all know what happened with Carter, Gyth had a huge song and didn¬īt live up to it, Zach had by far his worst performance, and Brennley had a legitimate shot at the finale but that song did it in for her.

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No specific order.

 

Top 5:

Maelyn Jarmon - Stay

Rose Short - I Want to Know What Love Is

Kyla Jade - Let it Be

Brooke Simpson - Faithfully

Jordan Smith - Somebody to Love 

 

Bottom 5:

Kirk Jay - I Swear

Gyth Rigdon - God Bless The U.S.A

Barrett Baber - Ghost

Will Breman - Locked Out of Heaven 

Carter Lloyd Horne - Take Me to Church

 

This was actually really hard to decide for both categories.

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Top 6 (after Jordan, no order within and I couldn't pick just one between Maelyn and Amber):

 

#1: Jordan Smith - Somebody to Love

  • Kyla Jade - Let it Be
  • Lauren Duski - Ghost in This House
  • Maelyn Jarmon - Stay
  • Rose Short - I Want to Know What Love Is
  • Amber Carrington - Sad

The Two Most Spectacularly Bad:

  • Gyth Rigdon - God Bless the USA
  • Carter Lloyd Horne - Take Me To Church

Big Yikes(TM) Moments:

  • Taylor John Williams - Falling Slowly
  • Braiden Sunshine - Amazing Grace
  • Zach Seabaugh - The Climb
  • Brennley Brown - Suds In The Bucket
  • Hello Sunday - Don't You Worry Bout a Thing

Putting Jordan anywhere but #1 on this list feels like a crime - there's a very few performances that get me to go "Holy [EXPLETIVE]" but nailing a Queen song will do that. Speaking of crimes,  Rose ending up in the middle three after that was absolutely a crime. Kyla and Lauren also had their best nights then and both covers get me emotional. I tried to pick between Maelyn and Amber but both of them were on a whole other level of good with those songs.

 

Gyth's cringefest cemented him as the big threat to Maelyn given it's full of things Minivan laps up with a spoon, but vocally it was rough; Carter's performance is the only thing protecting Gyth from being the worst of the night. I understand Carter wanted to make his fans happy, but the song was just not in the right key for him and was too high in range. Taylor John Williams came off a high point and crashed spectacularly. Zach and Braiden had their best nights on the semifinals, but it doesn't mean that either of them should've been in the semifinals in the first place. Brennley was a victim of bad song selection; Hello Sunday's was a hot mess all around.

 

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Some of my favorites ones: 

- Rose Short - "I Want To Know What Love It Is"

- Jordan Smith - "Somebody to LoVe"

- Thunderstorm Artis - "Home"

- Amber Carrington - "Sad"

- Maelyn Jarmon- "Stay"

HONORABLE MENTIONS: Chris Jamison - "When I Was Your Man"

- Hanna Huston - "When A Man Loves a Woman"

- Addison Agen - "Both Sides Now"

- Lauren Duski - "Ghost In This House"

 

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Best

 

1. Jordan Smith - Somebody to Love

2. Amber Carrington - Sad

3. Rose Short - IWTKWLI

4. Chris Jamison - When I Was Your Man

5. Tessanne Chin - Bridge Over Troubled Water (perfect vocals, incredible ending)

 

HM:
Kyla Jade - Let It Be

Juliet Simms - IAMMMW

Alisan Porter - Desperado

Koryn Hawthrone - Oh Mary Don’t You Weep (underrated af)

Josh Kaufman - All Of Me / Love Runs Out

Addison Agen - Both Sides Now

Maelyn Jarmon - Stay

Danielle Bradbery - Please Remember Me
 

Worst

 

There are way too many bad performances to mention, but Barrett’s Ghost, Jake Worthington’s Good Old Boys (his entire run in general), Jackie’s Here I Go Again, Brennley’s iconic bus and almost all S16 performance (specially Carter’s) are big trainwrecks.

 

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Songs that were done more than once in the semifinals on my list:

3 times ~ I Will Always Love You by Dolly Parton [] This was covered by Casey Weston of S1, Sasha Allen of S4, and Ali Caldwell of S11.

3 times ~ Let it Be by The Beatles [] This was covered by Terry McDermott of S3, Kyla Jade of S14, and Ricky Duran of S17.

2 times ~ With or Without You by U2 [] This was covered by James Wolpert of S5 and Hunter Plake of S12.

2 times ~ Danny's Song by Kenny Loggins [] This was covered by The Swon Brothers of S4 and Josh Gallagher of S11.

2 times ~ IWTKWLI by Foreigner [] This was covered by Chloe Kohanski of S13 and Rose Short of S17.

2 times ~ Desperado by Eagles [] This was covered by Alisan Porter of S10 and Jake Hoot of S17.

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1- King Jordan _ Somebody To Love ( Without a doubt this is the best SF performance ever and for me this is the best performance in the history of the voice , I mean not many people in this world can nail QUEEN after all Freddie was one of the best vocalist of his time  .  This was the performance where Jordan showcased his full range he went high and low like it was nothing )

2- Queen Tessanne _ Bridge Over Troubled Water ( This was an amaizing vocal and my god that was the best ending of a song that I have ever seen on the voice and this was the first time in s5 where an artist reached #1 spot on itunes )

3- Craig Wayne Boyd _ The Old Rugged Cross ( This was really the best performance of craig and also the best performance of that season. And after that performance it was game over for the other contestants , thats why despite having the best Finale performance Wasted Love Matt still lost )

4- Kyla Jade _ Let It Be ( No one can argue that after Amanda, Kyla is the best vocalist that has ever been on the voice  and this was one of the best vocal performance in the Voice history , She hit three consecutive G#5 notes and then sustained the last one . Her not winning was a crime and that was one of the few times where even  I actually believed that someone is ROBBED )

5- Todd Tilgman _ Love Me ( This was actually a perfect song choice for Todd at that time. Even If T-storm had a little chance of winning, after that it was game over )

 

HM: 

Sawyer Fredericks _ A Thousand Years 

Josh Kaufman _ All Of Me

Dexter Roberts _ Here Without You

Chris Blue _ Take Me To King

Billy Gilman _ I Surrender 

The Swon Brothers _ Danny Song

Danielle Bradbery _ Pls Remember Me

Chris Kroeze _ Cant You See

Jake Hoot _ Desperado

 

Worst Performances

 

1- Carter Lloyed Horne _ Take Me To Church ( He was off key almost all the time during that song )

2- Gyth Rigdon _ God Bless The Usa ( I really love him but this performance really lessened his chances because it showed how rough his vocals can be )

3- Barret Baber _ Ghoost ( He is my top 20 fav contestants ever and his audition is one of my top 10 best auditions ever , but this performance was really a mess. I wanted him to be in the Finale but after that performance I was shocked to see him beat Madi and Jeffery on PV )

4- Taylor John Williams _ Falling Slowly ( A week before it he performed Royals and it was his best performance, but all of a sudden he really flopped hard and this was his worst performance )

5- Braiden Sunshine _ Amaizing Grace ( Do I need to say anything ) 

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Best (This was so damn hard... and the fact that it's 3/5 S13 is a testament to how stressful the S13 semis were for me lol):

1. Addison Agen - Both Sides Now

2.Chloe Kohanski - I Want to Know What Love Is

3. Rose Short - I Want to Know What Love Is

4. Noah Mac - River

5. Hunter Plake - With or Without You

HM: Laith Al-Saadi - One & Only, Kyla Jade (and Ricky Duran) - Let It Be, Maelyn Jarmon - Stay, Madi Davis - Big Girls Don't Cry

 

Worst:

1. Barrett Baber - Ghost

2. Amber Carrington - Firework

3. Brennley Brown - Suds in the Bucket

4. Gyth Rigdon - God Bless the USA

5. Reagan Strange - You Are the Reason

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15 hours ago, MatthewPalermo said:

No specific order.

 

Top 5:

Maelyn Jarmon - Stay

Rose Short - I Want to Know What Love Is

Kyla Jade - Let it Be

Brooke Simpson - Faithfully

Jordan Smith - Somebody to Love 

 

Bottom 5:

Kirk Jay - I Swear

Gyth Rigdon - God Bless The U.S.A

Barrett Baber - Ghost

Will Breman - Locked Out of Heaven 

Carter Lloyd Horne - Take Me to Church

 

This was actually really hard to decide for both categories.

 

I love Will but LOH was really just bad, John just flopped on that song choice.

 

Out of all posted, this pretty hitted the nail on the head with me. Except with the Bottom 5, I would put

 

Carter Lloyd Horne- Take Me to Church

Gyth Rigdon- God Bless the U.S.A

Reagan Strange- You are the Reason

Zach Seabugh- The Climb

Brennley Brown- Suds in the Bucket

 

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Addison Agen - Both Sides Now 

Kyla Jade - Let It Be

Rose Short - I Want To Know What Love Is 

Keisha Renee - What Hurts The Most 

 

Addison once again showed how beautifully she can convey emotion, while Kyla showed us a more restrained version of herself. Rose killed it with this song, and Keisha was imo robbed of at least getting a shot at the IS after this amazing performance. 

 

 

 

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6 hours ago, Someone648 said:

1. Addison Agen - Both Sides Now

 

3. Rose Short - I Want to Know What Love Is

 

Agreed on these two position-wise; I continue to be shocked at how well Addison can convey emotion, and this performance was an amazing example of that. I really felt like I was taking in the meaning of the song as she went, even though when listening to music, I don't usually internalize the lyrics/meaning of the lyrics.

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1 hour ago, ashwinner said:

Agreed on these two position-wise; I continue to be shocked at how well Addison can convey emotion, and this performance was an amazing example of that. I really felt like I was taking in the meaning of the song as she went, even though when listening to music, I don't usually internalize the lyrics/meaning of the lyrics.

Addison wasn't even my favorite that season (I was rooting for Chloe and Noah) but damn if that performance didn't make her my third favorite. It gave me chills.

Easily one of the best/most appropriate song choices of the whole show.

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31 minutes ago, FloorWax said:

Surprised I'm not seeing more love for Chloe's version of IDKWLI. I prefer her version to Rose's even though Rose is the superior vocalist.

I love Chloe's version but I liked other stuff from her in the live shows better (TEOTH being the first thing that comes to mind) and I had to narrow it down so that put it on the chopping block - if I'd had an "honorable mentions" section that would go there. 

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