Country music legend Reba McEntire lit up the stage on 'The Voice' during the Playoffs' second round Monday night, saving Team Reba contestant Ms. Monét with a Super Save. Monét, 51, delivered a stunning rendition of Aretha Franklin’s classic “Until You Come Back to Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do),” showcasing not only her vocal prowess but also her spirited stage presence.
The performance, while captivating, received mixed reactions from the coaches. John Legend, while acknowledging Monét's immense talent, suggested a more restrained approach might have served the song better. "You’ve been such a gift to this show," Legend commented, "but sometimes less is more." Despite Legend's reservations, McEntire was thoroughly impressed, praising Monét's performance as “absolutely beautiful." McEntire's emotional response underscored her deep connection with the singer.
"Watching you on that stage made me so proud," McEntire said. "You've got so much to teach us all. I'm thrilled you're back on my team." The sentiment was reciprocated by Monét, who revealed that her performance was a tribute to McEntire.
This heartfelt admission moved McEntire to tears, as she responded with a simple yet powerful, "I just love ya."
Stefani's Super Save
In another highlight of the evening, Gwen Stefani used her Super Save to bring back Team Niall's Lennon VanderDoes, who had previously been eliminated.
VanderDoes returned with a powerful performance of “Falling Slowly” by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, impressing McEntire with his unique vocal tone. As the episode progressed, the focus shifted to the fate of Team Reba's singers.
Jordan Rainer, Jacquie Roar, and Ruby Leigh advanced to the top 12, each delivering performances that resonated with both the audience and the coaches. Rainer’s rendition of “Boondocks” by Little Big Town, Roar’s powerful take on Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain,” and Leigh’s touching cover of Linda Ronstadt’s “Long, Long Time” showcased the diverse talents within Team Reba.
Team Gwen also saw its share of triumphs, with BIAS, Tanner Massey, and Kara Tenae advancing to the live shows. Each artist brought something unique to the table, from BIAS’s soulful rendition of “Where I Find God” to Massey’s dynamic performance of “Impossible” and Tenae’s powerful interpretation of SWV’s “Rain”.
As the competition intensifies, both Team Reba and Team Gwen are poised with a blend of country, pop, and soul/R&B artists, setting the stage for an exciting and unpredictable live show series. As Stefani noted, “Team Gwen is amazing. America, get ready”.