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Many of the performances listed in the "favorite performances" threads are over-the-top or super powerful performances, and for good reason! However, there are tons of amazing performances that are more subtle or softer but just as moving (not sure if understated is quite the right word). What are some of your favorites? Here are a few I can think of for me off the top of my head:

 

Karli Webster vs. Addison Agen - Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Terrence Cunningam vs. Livia Faith - Stars

Claire DeJean - Hurt Somebody

 

 

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As for my actual favorite understated performances:

 

Jackie Foster - Gravity

Jake Wells - When The Stars Go Blue

Thunderstorm vs Cedrice - Stay

Myracle Holloway - Everybody Hurts

Payge vs Lauren - If The World Was Ending

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Katrina Cain - Rihannon

Mendeleyev’s blind

Zan vs Brittney - Closer to Fine

Zan - Light On

Claire DeJean - Hurt Somebody

Reagan Strange & Corey Ward’s versions of Dancing On My Own

Jacob Miller - The Times They Are A Changing

 

and many, many , many more. These are just off the top of my head. I tend to enjoy these types of performances a loooot

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Katrina Cain - Rihannon

Cami Clune - Skinny Love

Addison Agen - Jolene

Christiana Danielle - Hotline Bling

Joanna Serenko - All My Loving

MaKenzie Thomas - How Deep Is Your Love

Destiny Rayne - Make You Feel My Love (underrated)

 

And many more that I can't think of right now lmao

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Gotta second Jacob Miller's blind. Dylan delivered with conviction, and great guitar playing to boost it. 

 

I loved Terrence's and Mendeleyev's auditions as well.

 

Both James Wolpert's and Addison Agen's versions of A Case of You were great too.

 

 

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2 hours ago, anonymouskid_35 said:

Idk if they're understated here in IDF but I haven't seen anyone (so far) mentioning them here on the forum

 

I don't think that's what they meant by understated but work lol

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8 hours ago, AliXRose said:

Katrina Cain - Rihannon

Cami Clune - Skinny Love

Addison Agen - Jolene

Christiana Danielle - Hotline Bling

Joanna Serenko - All My Loving

MaKenzie Thomas - How Deep Is Your Love

Destiny Rayne - Make You Feel My Love (underrated)

 

And many more that I can't think of right now lmao

Yes!! I love all of these!! Destiny Rayne is super underrated - I wish she had gotten a better KO song, but her BA and battle were both great!

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Addison Agen - "Jolene"

Katrina Cain - "Rhiannon"

Mercedes Ferreira-Dias  - "She Used to Be Mine" 

Damali - "Sober" 

Zan Fiskum - "Blowin' in the Wind" 

Cami Clune - "Skinny Love"

Madeline Consoer - "Die From A Broken Heart" 

DeSz - "Landslide" (Unpopular, but I loved seeing a more emotional & vulnerable performance from DeSz). 

 

I tend to prefer understated performances over BIG performances, so I'm sure there are more.

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18 minutes ago, Angeles said:

Addison Agen - "Jolene"

Katrina Cain - "Rhiannon"

Mercedes Ferreira-Dias  - "She Used to Be Mine" 

Damali - "Sober" 

Zan Fiskum - "Blowin' in the Wind" 

Cami Clune - "Skinny Love"

Madeline Consoer - "Die From A Broken Heart" 

DeSz - "Landslide" (Unpopular, but I loved seeing a more emotional & vulnerable performance from DeSz). 

 

I tend to prefer understated performances over BIG performances, so I'm sure there are more.

finally someone mentioned these! I would also add Micah Iverson "Graveyard" and Mandi Castillo "True Colors" & her blind and knockout

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Kay Hammock- Kiss Me

Cali Wilson- Dreams + Wicked Game

Maelyn Jarmon- Mad World + Stay

Katrina Cain- Rihanonn 

Mercedes/Gihanna- She used to be mine.

Katie Basden- Gypsy 

Damali- Sober

Lauren Duski- When you say nothing at all

Micah Iverson- Graveyard

Tayler Green- Time after Time

Mandi Castillo- Blind + Knockout

Kendra Checketts- Cold Water

Addison Agen- Jolene

Chloe Kohanski- Total Eclipse Of The Heart

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Just realized that Maelyn is the epitome of this thread so yeah her entire run !

 

Mandi Castillo - Stand By Me

Mandi Castillo - True Colors

Joanna Serenko - Angel From Montgomery

Joanna Serenko - Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight

Allegra Miles - Use Somebody

Zan Fiskum - Always Remember Us This Way (that ending omg)

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