‘The Voice’ kicked off its first night of knock-out rounds Oct. 28 by introducing a game-changing, but not-so-secret, weapon for each of the coaches: another steal! Each coach now has the chance to snatch one last singer from another team before the live rounds begin.
While The Voice‘s knock-out rounds offer the first opportunity for one-on-one coaching, they’re also a time during which each coach has to cut his or her team in half. Read on to see if your favorite contestants will be advancing to the live rounds!
Team Christina: Amber Nicole vs. Josh Logan
Amber Nicole sang Jessie J‘s “Mama knows best,” which she chose for the power, and she came blasting out of the vocal gates within the first few phrases. Josh Logan anted-up with Stevie Wonder‘s “Living for the city,” and he rocked it. “You did that song serious justice,” said Adam Levine, as Josh showed the coaches a whole new side of himself they’d never seen before. Christina loves that he keeps surprising the coaches, and she had to keep him for herself. But Amber Nicole wasn’t done just yet; she got a double steal right off the bat! Blake Shelton and Cee Lo Green both pushed their buttons for her, and she definitely took a risk by choosing Cee Lo — but says she loves a challenge.
Team Cee Lo: Kat Robichaud vs. Monika Leigh
Kat Robichaud sang “You Oughta Know” by Alanis Morissette and gave a hard-hitting performance that played well with her rough rocker chick vocal inflection; it even got a standing ovation from Christina Aguilera! Monika Leigh, who was stolen by Cee Lo during the battle rounds, sang “Hit the Road Jack” by Ray Charles. She gave a very sultry, bluesy performance, but it was a little shaky in some parts. Cee Lo admitted that she is “a better singer than this performance allowed her to show.” But based on this performance alone, Kat’s intensity won out.
Team Blake: Holly Henry vs. Nic Hawk
Holly Henry performed “Creep” by Radiohead. Taking on the song’s haunting melody and demanding vocals, Holly got a little pitchy at points, but Christina thought her song choice was fearless and loved it. Adam, however, thought her emotion overshadowed her vocals. Nic Hawk re-tweaked “Genie in a Bottle” by The Voice‘s own Christina Aquilera, which was an unexpected song choice — and a daring one at that. “It’s always a challenge to do a judge’s song,” said Blake, but Nic made it his own, giving the classic a “neo-soul” twist, as he put it. It brought Christina down memory lane and won him Blake’s vote.
Team Adam: Ashley DuBose vs. Tessanne Chin
These two powerhouse vocalists were my favorite performances of the night. Ashley DuBose surprised Adam with her choice to sing “Hey, Soul Sister” by Train, but once he heard how she slowed down the melody and really grooved with it, he was on board. “I like how she’s a bit of a chameleon,” Adam admitted. Tessanne Chin killed it with “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” by Kelly Clarkson, even after a bit of a rough rehearsal. Adam said, “If this is her on a bad day, we’re in good shape.” Christina was blown away by Tessanne, and said she made singing Kelly’s traditionally difficult song sound easy. Adam chose Tessanne, as he thought she was the strongest vocalist at this point in the competition, so unfortunately, Ashley’s headed home. I’m honestly was shocked that no one stole her.
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Team Blake: Briana Cuoco vs. Shelby Z.
Blake stole Briana during the battle rounds, giving her a second chance on The Voice. Singing No Doubt‘s “Don’t Speak,” she wanted to show a bit of her rocker side, but her performance was breathy and a bit too pitchy. She saved herself at the end with a couple vocal runs, but unfortunately, it just wasn’t enough to outshine Shelby Z. Shelby pulled out a sure-fire winner from her arsenal with “Last Name” by Carrie Underwood. She’s competed with the song many times before, and knew it would do well for her. Christina said it was the most confident performance she’s seen in the knock outs. Blake couldn’t help but pick Shelby.
Team Adam: Grey vs. James Irwin
Adam wanted to see who could take it up a notch and show more emotion — and Grey has “one of the purest voices” he’s ever heard. Singing “Already Gone” by Kelly Clarkson, her rendition made you want to just sway along with the beat. James Irwin sang “Break Even” by The Script, wanting to show off his upper register, and he got a lot of compliments from the judges for his range. It was a tough choice for Adam, but he chose Grey.
Team Christina: Destinee Quinn vs. Olivia Henken
With only room for one country singer on her team, Christina put Destinee Quinn up against Olivia Henken. Destinee sang “See You Again” by Carrie Underwood, which was a big song for her, and you could tell she got a little tired toward the end. Olivia Henken sang “You’re No Good” by Linda Ronstadt and had a few pitch issues, herself. It was pretty dead even for both Adam and Blake, as both girls’ good moments and bad moments evened out. Christina went with Olivia, even though it wasn’t her best performance.
Team Cee Lo: Cole Vosbury vs. Jonny Gray
Cole Vosbury and Jonny Gray gave the final knock-out performance of the evening, and these boys rocked it. Cole sang “Let Her Go” by Passenger, and his passionate performance really showed the crux of who he is as an artist. Jonny, meanwhile, went full-force with the Beatles‘ “We Can Work It Out.” Adam said right off the bat that he was going to steel whomever Cee Lo didn’t choose, so when Cee Lo kept Jonny, that left Cole up for grabs. Both Adam and Blake pushed their buttons to steal, and Cole went with Blake.
These were some tough choices for the coaches. Do you think they made the right decisions, HollywoodLifers? Vote and let us know your favorite knock-out of the night.
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— Jordan Clifford