Jamaica’s hopes to see a second songstress from the island wearing the proverbial crown on The Voice were dashed Tuesday night after Anita Antoinette was eliminated from the American talent show.
Antoinette’s fate was left in the hands of the American viewing public as her rendition of Passenger’s Let Her Go was not enough to win the Connecticut-based singer enough votes, a week after she secured the second most votes of any singer, clinching her an early berth into the Top 10. Antoinette ended up vying for survival alongside fellow Team Gwen singer, Ryan Sill and Team Blake singer, Reagan James. Sill was saved by America’s Twitter votes by a sizeable margin at the end of the live results show.
Following up on her stirring performance of Bob Marley’s Redemption Song last week, Antoinette’s coach, Gwen Stefani again went to the reggae well, this time selected Let Her Go, but had her do a reggae-inspired version of the song – check it out here – similar to the cover Christopher Martin did last year. The effort was very commendable – her perfomance routine and Janelle Monae-like haircut pearticularly noticeable – but at times, her vocals weren’t able to reach that next level, staying monotone for most of the song.
Coaches were largely impressed, however, with Stefani and fellow coach, Blake Shelton pointing out the fun-loving nature of her personality and work.
Antoinette’s iTunes numbers during voting time gave some indication she was in trouble going into the live round, finishing ninth among the 10 competitors in terms of sales. When the live results were announced, she, James and Sill, the three lowest ranked among Voice competitors on iTunes were the ones fighting it out to be saved by America.
Given one last chance to show viewers why she deserved to stay, Antoinette performed Jason Mraz’s The Remedy (performance video above), in which she again showed her capabilities, but also showed some of the same vocal issues she had the night before.
That said, Antoinette’s journey on The Voice was one to applaud given her progress in the competition and after last week, was considered a favourite to win it and follow in the footsteps of Tessanne Chin. Though she has been eliminated, Antoinette is still eligible to be brought back as a wildcard later in the competition.
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