Blake Shelton was blown away by his soul singer Noivas after hearing his performance of Adele’s hit Skyfall on Monday’s semifinals episode of The Voice.
The 46-year-old country star, who previously announced this was his final season on The Voice, gushed about Noivas, real name Savion Wright, of Jasper, Texas, as the final eight performed on the NBC singing competition show.
‘Every time he does something he does it differently than he did it the last time,’ said Blake, who previously stole Noivas during the Battle rounds. Whatever he feels in that moment happens in that moment. I don’t care if it’s on TV or if we are rehearsing what’s going on but it’s always incredible. That’s why everybody loves you, dude.’
Noivas, 31, told Blake during rehearsal that the Adele song, his first ballad, had a deeper meaning for him.
‘Anytime somebody attempts to cover Adele it’s always going to be a challenge,’ Blake said to the camera. ‘These are the semifinals and right now is the time to pull out all the stops.’
Semifinals episode: Blake Shelton was blown away by his soul singer Noivas after hearing his performance of Adele’s hit Skyfall on Monday’s semifinals episode of The Voice
Noivas told Blake this song meant a lot to him because his wife almost died during childbirth of their second child when her blood pressure dropped. He said the situation was so threatening that he could have lost his wife and his baby. Noivas dedicated the song to both of them.
‘The song encapsulates the feeling I had,’ Noivas said.
During his performance on stage, Noivas fell to his knees at the end and then laid flat on the stage. The judges gave him a standing ovation.
‘Noivas from Team Blake gives us our first standing ovation of the night,’ said show host Carson Daly, 49. ‘Everybody okay?’
Noivas took a while to stand up and was crying when he did. The crowd cheered for him.
Ryley Tate Wilson, 15, from Montgomery, Alabama, was the first contestant during the two-hour episode. He told new coach Niall Horan, 29, that his social media has been blowing up since he’s been on the show.
‘I do feel protective of him because I remember exactly what it was like to be on a TV show and being that young,’ Niall said. ‘ He’s like a deer in the headlights.’
Ryley picked Vienna by Billy Joel and sat behind a white baby grand piano for his performance. Niall said Ryley was a real star in the making.
Dramatic performance: During his performance on stage, Noivas fell to his knees at the end and then laid flat on the stage
Adele song: The judges gave Noivas a standing ovation for his cover of Skyfall by Adele
Talented teenager: Ryley Tate Wilson, 15, from Montgomery, Alabama, was the first contestant during the two-hour episode
Great eight: The final eight of Grace West, Noivas, Gina Miles, Ryley Tate Wilson, Ray Uriel, Sorelle, D. Smooth and Holly Brand performed and three acts were eliminated after a live vote
‘This kid is just off the charts,’ Niall said. ‘Get your votes in tonight because that was just unbelievable.’
Ray Uriel, 25, of Gary, Indiana, went next for Team Chance. Ray told new coach Chance, 30, he was super grateful and appreciative. Ray sang New Edition’s song Can You Stand The Rain.
During his performance, Ray charmed the crowd who cheered for him.
‘It’s so chill and smooth your voice,’ Kelly Clarkson, 41, said. ‘It’s the most relaxing, tasteful, sensual kind of vibe you have going on and I love it.’
‘Man, I’m a fan,’ Blake said. ‘You are just so smooth, so cool on stage. Killer job, dude.’
Team Kelly’s Mississippi country singer Holly Brand, 23, performed Reba McEntire’s hit Rumor Has It. Kelly said she picked the song for Holly after seeing her working with Reba on the show.
‘That was impeccable,’ Niall said. ‘Reba would be very happy with that. I love the way you stripped it back. Very nice.’
Smooth rendition: Ray Uriel, 25, of Gary, Indiana, went next for Team Chance and sang New Edition’s song Can You Stand The Rain
Country singer: Team Kelly’s Mississippi country singer Holly Brand, 23, performed Reba McEntire’s hit Rumor Has It
‘You killed the whole performance,’ Chance said. ‘Amazing stuff.’
Gina Miles, 19, from Paxton, Illinois, told her coach Niall that she had been uplifted by the support from her small town. Gina sang All I Want by Kodaline that she thought was a perfect song for her.
‘We found your pocket now,’ Niall said. ‘This kind of haunting vibe.’
Gina, wearing a floral mini, performed surrounded by a stage full of flowers.
‘That was breathtaking,’ Chance said. ‘I thought that was awesome.’
‘I’m so proud of you,’ Niall said. ‘It’s just insane the person that you have become on this show. How much confidence. You strolled around the stage tonight night you owned the place.’
Sorelle, the sister pop-trio from Lexington, Ohio, on Team Chance went next. They performed Fallin’ by Alicia Keys, which Chance said was one of his favorite songs. They dedicated their performance to their grandmother who had passed away.
‘That was incredible,’ Kelly said.
Small town: Gina Miles, 19, from Paxton, Illinois, told her coach Niall that she had been uplifted by the support from her small town before she sang All I Want by Kodaline
Killed it: Sorelle, the sister pop-trio from Lexington, Ohio, on Team Chance performed Fallin’ by Alicia Keys
‘I’m blown away, that was just crazy,’ Chance said. ‘I love that you all keep that same confidence for live or rehearsals. You guys are just always ready to deliver.’
When the show returned from commercials, Reba, 68, was sitting in Blake’s chair.
‘What is going on here?’ Carson asked. ‘If you don’t know, now you know Reba is going to be in this chair next season. It’s official!’
Carson asked Reba who previously served as a mentor what she was most excited about.
‘I’m looking forward to being here with all you all,’ Reba said. ‘You treated me so nicely. I appreciate the hospitality so much that you showed me earlier and to be able to come in and form my team. I’m so looking forward to it.’
‘If you don’t mind I still have a week left,’ Blake said, asking for his chair back.
‘No,’ Reba said. ‘I like this chair.’
‘You are in my seat. For God sakes let me finish the show,’ Blake said before he hugged Reba.
Country star: When the show returned from commercials, Reba McEntire, 68, was sitting in Blake’s chair
New judge: ‘What is going on here?’ Carson asked. ‘If you don’t know, now you know Reba is going to be in this chair next season. It’s official!’
Big hug: ‘You are in my seat. For God sakes let me finish the show,’ Blake said before he hugged Reba
D. Smooth, 25, from Birmingham, Alabama, on Team Kelly went next. He thanked Kelly for picking him. Kelly selected Ed Sheeran’s song Thinking Out Loud for him to perform. The coaches gave him a standing ovation when he finished.
‘I don’t know how you don’t vote that guy on to the finale,’ Blake said. ‘What dimension does that not happen? That was just an incredible showcase and vocal ability.’
‘Your voice is seamless,’ Kelly said. ‘It’s straight from your soul.’
The final performer was Grace West, 19, of Canton, Michigan, of Blake’s team. Grace picked Tammy Wynette’s song Till I Can Make It On My Own. Blake said the song has never been done before on the show.
‘Grace makes it feel effortless but this is a mountain of a song,’ Blake said.
Grace took the stage backed by an orchestra dressed in white.
‘There’s a reason no one’s ever done that song on the show, you can’t do it and you just did it, ‘ Blake said. ‘I will be stunned if you don’t make it into the finale.’
Niall also took the stage to perform his new song Meltdown. Followed by Chance who performed with three of his artists singing his hit song Same Drugs.
Nailed it: D. Smooth, 25, from Birmingham, Alabama, on Team Kelly went next and sang Ed Sheeran’s song Thinking Out Loud
On stage: Niall also took the stage to perform his new song Meltdown
Fan favorite: The audience had their hands up in the air while Niall performed
Hit song: Chance performed with three of his artists and delivered his hit song Same Drugs
Group effort: Kala Banham, Manasseh Samone, Jamar Langley joined their coach Chance for the performance
Carson, for the first time ever, then announced live the five contestants who would be moving on to the finals. Carson first welcomed all eight contestants to the stage and asked what the show had meant to them.
Anna from Sorelle told Carson how important this journey had been for them.
‘We spent years in our bedroom doing what we are doing on this stage right now,’ Anna said. ‘It’s just coming full circle and I’m so happy I’m doing it with my sister.’
Noivas said if he moved on it would be validation for him.
‘I’ve been doing this for a long time, I think it is an inspiring story for people to never give up on their dreams,’ Noivas said.
Carson announced Grace from Team Blake; D. Smooth from Team Kelly; Gina from Team Niall; Sorelle from Team Chance; and lastly Noivas from Team Blake were advancing to the season 23 finale.
‘All four coaches have artists representing in the finale next week,’ Carson announced. ‘And what a show it’s going to be.’
The Voice will return next Monday for the season finale on NBC.