“The Voice” knockout rounds continued last night with some great highs, unexpected lows and historic steals.
Artists and their coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green came fists-up to land one of the five spots in the live rounds. While there were some usual peaks, this knockout proved tough for many who fell prey to nerves and landed on the outs. But in a couple very cool moments on the show, Xtina and Levine made history with a steal-back move that gave two artists the third chance of a lifetime.
Here’s some of the night’s highlights:
Team Cee Lo:
Stephanie Ann Johnson vs. Tamara Chauniece
Former Team Christina member Johnson wanted to show a different side of herself when she decided to sing “Don’t Know Why” by Nora Jones. Her acoustic performance got mixed reviews, leaving Levine feeling disinterested and Xtina feeling invigorated. Tamara Chauniece, though, had all the coaches in the palm of her hands as she belted Alicia Keys’ hit “No One.” Aguilera thought she “blew the roof off the house” while Green compared her to a “young Anita Baker.” And with that, Chauniece won the knockout.
And then came the steal. For the first time in “Voice” history, a coach stole back their own eliminated contestant — Xtina believed in Johnson so much that she brought her back “home,” where she’ll get a chance to prove herself, yet again.
Lina Guadenzi vs. Preston Pohl
Gaudenzi had something to prove when she took on Etta James’ “I’d Rather Go Blind” for the knockouts. The songstress was stolen by Levine and fought to bring an “honest” and “vulnerable” dimension to her singing. And when Pohl sings, you listen. “You have my undivided attention,” the Goodie Mob singer told the soul artist after his cool rendition of Bob Marley’s “No Woman No Cry.” The effortless performance made Levine’s decision easier as he chose Pohl for the live rounds.
E.G. Daily vs. Ray Boudreaux
Daily was committed to breaking out of her voice-over shell when she took on “I Can’t Make You Love Me.” The former “Rugrats” star’s natural rasp helped and hurt her at the same time, causing her voice to break towards the end of her performance, so when Boudreaux took the stage he had an obvious advantage. The aspiring soul singer sang a “studly” version of Otis Redding’s “Hard to Handle,” leaving his coach “jealous” of his abilities. “Ray makes me feel less than a man,” Shelton said before relieving Daily from his team.
Matthew Schuler vs. Will Champlain
By far the strongest knockout of the night was led by Schuler’s interesting song choice of “Cosmic Love.” Schuler’s pristine and powerful voice shone in ways indescribable but the coaches tried. Green called him the “Mike Tyson of ’The Voice’ ” and Xtina said he “slayed that song.” Champlain, though, didn’t falter during his set. Former Team Adam member Champlain took a rock approach to Bruno Mars’ hit “When I Was Your Man” finding the vulnerability his coach so desperately wanted for him. “You came out here like a champ,” Aguilera told Champlain but couldn’t deny Schuler’s “magical” abilities.
The night ended on a high note for Champlain because with one steal left, his former coach Adam Levine finally pushed his button, bringing the rocker back to his roots.
Team Cee Lo:
“The Voice” will continue for live rounds in a special three-episode week airing Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.