Welcome to the Knockout Rounds! "The Voice" has added yet another new creation to the show, where the coaches pair up their singers on the spot to perform a song of their choice and immediately send one home. Pressure much?
Monday night, Adam Levine and Cee Lo Green cut their teams in half as their contestants faced each other.
First two to face the knockout rounds were Joselyn Rivera and Kayla Nevarez, who both have a pop star sound which left Adam only wanting one to advance. Rivera killed (in a good way, of course) Beyonc's "Love on Top" by hitting all the difficult notes, while Nevarez gave a slightly more melodic rendition of "Shark in the Water" by V V Brown. And although Nevarez's changes is what Adam wanted, he decided to keep Rivera.
Adam put Joe Kirkland and Bryan Keith against each other (they also have a similar sound--are you starting to see a pattern here?). Kirkland went with "Mean" by Taylor Swift while Keith went with a classic, "Everything I Do (I Do It for You)" by Bryan Adams. It was fun to see Joe take on a T.Swift track, but Keith's spot-on performance of Adams' hit took him to the next round.
Next up was Amanda Brown who sang "Paris (Ooh La La)" by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals against Michelle Brooks-Thompson, who belted "Spotlight" by Jennifer Hudson. Brown seemed to show off an even bigger talent than we gave her credit for, and although Michelle's performance was on point, it didn't compete with Amanda's, at least in Adam's eyes, who chose to advance Brown.
Loren Allred sang "You Know I'm No Good" by Amy Winehouse, while her knockout round competitor Nicole Nelson chose "If I Ain't Got You" by Alicia Keys. It would seem like Nelson had the upper hand in this battle, but Allred absolutely blows everyone's mind with her vocals, and gets to move forward in the competition.
Lastly for Team Adam, Melanie Martinez took on "Bulletproof" by La Roux, while Sam James performed "Walking in Memphis" by Marc Cohn. Martinez used her (strong) creative juices to make "Bulletproof" all her own, which made Adam's choice a little bit easier. Yes, that means he chose Melanie.
Team Cee Lo
Green puts fan-favorite Avery Wilson against spunky and energetic Cody Belew. Wilson sang Chris Brown's "Yeah 3x" while Belew performed "Jolene" by Dolly Parton. This might have seemed like a no-brainer at first, but Cee Lo is very unpredictable. And just like that, the guy we thought was going to take it all was out, and Cody was advancing.
The next pairing was indie-sounding singers Mackenzie Bourg and Daniel Rosa. We know it was coming someday--Bourg performed Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe," while Rosa sang "Back to December" by Ms. Swift. Bourg completely changes up the catchy tune, which ultimately turned out to be a good thing, because it outshined Rosa's emotional performance in Cee Lo's mind.
Terisa Griffin took a chance by choosing to sing Whitney Houston's "Saving All My Love for You," while fellow powerhouse singer Trevin Hunte gave a soulful rendition of "Against All Odds" by Phil Collins. Let's just say it now, Hunte is a force to be reckoned with, and he moves on in the competition.
Nicholas David got a little playful with Corinne Bailey Rae "Put Your Records On" whereas Michael Wastman went with "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" by Elton John. Both performances were good, but nothing struck as remarkable. Regardless, Cee Lo chose to advance Nicholas.
The last performance of the night was between rockers Caitlin Michelle and Diego Val. Diego chose "Are You Gonna Go My Way" by Lenny Kravitz, while Caitlin belts "Bring Me Back to Life" by Evanescence. It was a tough call to make, especially with both of their awesome stage presence, but Cee Lo ultimately picked Diego.
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