All the talk this past week centered around why Jamaican-born singer, Anita Antoinette has not received much buzz in her native country during her run on The Voice. That may soon change as she continues to surge on the American talent show after being voted into the Top 10 Tuesday night following her performance of Bob Marley’s Redemption Song 24 hours earlier.
Antoinette received the second most votes of any competitor among the Top 12 coming into the results show, only trailing Team Adam’s Matt McAndrew. Her latest success validates talk surrounding her, from judges and viewers alike, as one of the favourites to take this year’s crown.
Having wowed onlookers with her performance of Meghan Trainor’s All About The Bass last week, Antoinette went back to her proverbial break and butter by going back to Reggae for her Top 12 set. Pulling a play from the Tessanne Chin playbook, Antoinette did a rendition of Rendition Song amidst a crowd filled with lights to help set up the ambience.
Unlike Chin, who turned up the decibels with sensational high note after high note with her version of the song’s chorus, Antoinette kept it low, but equally managed to ‘ride di riddim,’ as she showed some of the same vocal range and ability to draw in her audience that has been consistent since the blind auditions.
Her coach, Gwen Stefani was particularly moved, saying, “It was authentic, it was beautiful, and it was true,” she said. “I just feel blessed to be a part of it.” Fellow coach, Adam Levine, who coached Chin to victory on the show late last year, called her an ‘ambassador’ of Jamaica and credited her talent and ability to parlay Marley’s message with clarity.
The voters certainly agreed and helped her advance in the first segment of Tuesday’s show; a show in which she also performed alongside her Team Gwen colleagues and coach Stefani.
Antoinette’s journey continues next Monday when the Top 10 will be back in action.