While Longmeadow 15-year-old Brynn Cartelli, the youngest contestant on this season of NBC’s “The Voice,” rehearsed Andra Day’s rendition of “What the World Needs Now Is Love” on Monday night’s episode of the singing competition, Cartelli’s coach, Kelly Clarkson, told the high school freshman that the song has “quite a message for someone so young.”
“Being on ‘The Voice,’ I have a voice,” Cartelli said during a taped portion of the episode before she performed. “I’m speaking for my generation, and that’s huge. It’s a tough time in the world. Everyone deserves love.”
The show’s eight semifinalists sang twice on Monday night, performing a song they felt carries a meaningful message, and a duet with another contestant. For her second performance, Cartelli and contestant Britton Buchanan, a member of Key’s team, sang a mash-up of “FourFiveSeconds” by Rihanna, Kanye West, and Paul McCartney and “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” by The Rolling Stones. (The other judges this season are Alicia Keys, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton.)
“I don’t think its a big secret that Brynn is a unicorn,” Clarkson said during the episode before Cartelli performed. “To find someone that young that you invest in and, just, you get to watch them grow, it’s a really incredible thing. Brynn was my first chair turn, and I have believed that she would be in the finale since that day.”
Clarkson has stated on the show that she thinks Cartelli will win the competition.
“You are a master at mastering whatever the performance is that you’ve been given or decided to do,” Shelton told Cartelli after her individual performance. “Every time you step on that stage, you really, really embrace whatever the song is, whatever the moment is, and you’re so believable. It’s so easy to get lost in your performances. Great job.”
“The Voice” also surprised Cartelli’s two closest friends from Longmeadow, flying them to California to watch their friend perform on Monday’s show.
Berklee College of Music student Jackie Foster is another semifinalist on this season of “The Voice.” While rehearsing for Monday’s performance, she told her coach, Keys, that she was missing her graduation from Berklee this past weekend due to the show.
“I can’t go. I’m going to have a little cupcake and, like, treat myself,” Foster told Keys. “Because I’ve got a song to do, baby. I’ve got a song.”
Foster sang “Here I Go Again” by Whitesnake. Keys applauded her for singing with a sense of abandonment and freedom during her performance.
“You did it,” Keys said. “You owned it. You made it yours, you made it ‘Jackie.’ You did it proud. You smashed it.”
Foster and contestant Rayshun LaMarr, a member of Levine’s team, also sang a mash-up of “Believer” and “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons.
Four contestants will be eliminated on Tuesday, and the final four will perform on Monday during the show’s finale. The winning artist will be rewarded with a recording contract.