It was an epic battle between Matthew Schuler & Will Champlin during the final night of knockout rounds Oct. 29, but they weren’t the only ones fighting to stay on stage!
As The Voice‘s remaining 16 artists put it all on the line, the coaches continued to cut down their teams, eventually left with the final five they’ll take to the live rounds. Read on to see who will be facing off next week!
Team Adam: Lina Gaudenzi vs. Preston Pohl
With this match-up, Adam Levine was looking for the most unique artist. Lina Gaudenzi gave a very soulful performance of “I’d Rather Go Blind” by Etta James, and Preston Pohl sang “No Woman, No Cry” by Bob Marley. Even though his was a laid back song that kind of lulled the crowd, Preston won Adam’s vote. Adam said Preston has his own niche, while unfortunately, “there’s a version of [Lina] in other singers.”
Team Blake: E.G. Daily vs. Ray Boudreaux
Blake Shelton said both E.G. Daily and Ray Boudreaux have distinctive voices, but he was looking to see who has the skill to take their voice further. E.G. sang “I Can’t Make You Love Me” by Bonnie Raitt, and gave a very mediocre performance that was disappointingly pitchy. The coaches had nice things to say, but E.G. really missed her big notes at the end. Ray rocked out to Otis Redding‘s “Hard to Handel,” and he blew E.G.’s performance out of the water! Blake couldn’t help but choose him, and Adam even thinks Ray is a “front runner” on Blake’s team.
Team Christina: Anthony Paul vs. Jacquie Lee
Both of these artists are young, and Christina Aguilera wanted to see who could perform best under pressure. Anthony Paul chose to sing “The Other Side” by Jason Derulo. Christina was nervous that song wouldn’t allow him to be the artist she knows he can be. Still, he put himself out there — and fell flat. Jacquie Lee, on the other hand, brought out her sassy side with “Stompa” by Serena Ryder. She commanded the stage and won Christina’s vote, who said she sees a little of herself in Jacquie!
Team Cee Lo: Stephanie Anne Johnson vs. Tamara Chauniece
Cee Lo Green pinned his steal from the final battle round, Stephanie Anne Johnson, against Tamara Chauniece and it was a tough matchup. Stephanie Anne said she wanted her music to “sound like soul food tastes.” She gave a unique twist to Norah Jone‘s “Don’t Know Why” and really made it her own, while Tamara put a reggae spin on “No One” by Alice Keys, which Blake couldn’t get enough of. Both artists were so original, but Cee Lo had to choose. He picked Tamara, which left Stephanie up for grabs — and Christina stole her back!
Team Adam: James Wolpert vs. Juhi
Adam said there were no two more different people on his team, he wanted to put them in the same situation to see who could thrive. James Wolpert ditched his glasses to sing “More Than A Feeling” by Boston. It was rocky at first, but as soon as he hit the chorus he let loose! Juhi sang “I Heard It Through The Grape Vine” by Marvin Gaye. She tried to give it a little something but James was a tough act to follow. Even after his rocky start, James won Adam’s vote.
Team Blake: Austin Jenckes vs. Brandon Chase
Blake put two very emotional singers up against one another. Austin Jenckes sang “I’ll Be” by Edwin McCain and he did ok; there were a few pitchy moments. Brandon Chase also had a little trouble with “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” by Eli Young Band. When there’s pitch issues, Blake prefers to go with the artist who’s more sharp than flat and so he chose Austin.
Team Cee Lo: Caroline Pennell vs. George Horga Jr.
Both of these artists have a commercial quality about them, but Cee Lo was looking for the one with the most potential to make it big. Caroline Pennell captalized on her unique inflection with Ingrid Michaelson‘s “The Way I Am,” while George Horga sang a very pop-y “Because of You” by Ne-Yo — and it was a little flat. Caroline’s performance made Blake want to “buy a cat” and “curl up by the fire”. Christina said her voice was “effortlessly angelic.” Cee Lo made the right choice, keeping Caroline.
Team Christina: Matthew Schuler vs Will Champlin
The best knock out of the night was, by far, the match up of Matthew Schuler and Will Champlin. Christina wanted to see which of these two rocker guys could really ignite the crowd. Matthew delivered an epic version of “Cosmic Love” by Florence and the Machine, belting out some key vocals. Will sang “When I Was Your Man” by Bruno Mars and honestly gave just as epic — if slightly more subtle — a performance. It was a tough choice for Christina but she went with her gut and kept Matthew. It wasn’t quite over for Will though, Adam used his only knockout round steel to put Will back on his team. “You’re like the Mike Tyson of the voice,” Cee Lo said to Will.
What a night! What did you think you of the final night of the knockout rounds, Hollywoodlifers? Let us know!
Watch: Matthew Schuler vs. Will Champlin
— Jordan Clifford