In anticipation of the new film Yesterday, the eight semi-finalists on The Voice performed duets of Beatles songs Monday night for a coveted spot on the finals.
In addition to their solo performances, each contestant had to sing a Beatles duet with another semi-finalist, including the hits ‘Eleanor Rigby’, ‘Yesterday’, ‘Hey Jude’ and ‘Help!’. The four finalists will be determined by the viewers’ votes at home and will be announced live on NBC Tuesday night.
The first duet of the night featured Kim Cherry (Team Blake Shelton) and Shawn Sounds (Team John Legend) on an emotionally stirring cover of ‘Eleanor Rigby’. Cherry’s rapping took a backseat and showcased her stripped down vocals singing in perfect harmony.
“This song makes me think about sadness,” said Sounds while Cherry added, “it was like being surrounded by a lot of people, but it’s still lonely if they don’t see you”.
The following duet paired up show favourite Maelyn Jarmon (Team Legend) with the sole remaining member on Kelly Clarkson’s team, Rod Stokes, for their rendition of ‘Yesterday’ that earned a standing ovation from all four coaches.
One of the most ambitious arrangements of the night came courtesy of Dexter Roberts and Gyth Rigdon, both on Team Blake, who put a country twist on ‘Hey Jude’. Turning the stage into a makeshift recording studio, the two singers went toe to toe, while an engineer and session musicians looked on.
Another Team Blake duet rounded out the night with country singers Andrew Sevener and Carter Lloyd Horne joining up for a rousing rendition of ‘Help!’ that drove the crowd wild.
The semi-final episode was a special collaboration with the film Yesterday that’s scheduled to hit theatres on 28 June. From two of Britain’s greatest filmmakers, director Danny Boyle and screenwriter Richard Curtis, Yesterday imagines a world where The Beatles never existed except in the memory of one man, a struggling singer-songwriter named Jack Malik (played by Himesh Patel) who rises to fame performing the Fab Four’s tunes.