The Voice staged its second night of the Knockout Rounds on Tuesday night. Once again, Taylor Swift dispensed advice to the artists during rehearsals.
Artists from Gwen Stefani, Adam Levine and Pharrell Williams‘ teams competed during the episode. The contestants on Team Blake Shelton didn’t make an appearance.
The one-hour broadcast began with a face-off between Team Gwen’s Taylor John Williams and Troy Ritchie. Troy chose the OutKast hit “Hey Ya!” At Taylor Swift’s suggestion, he performed a slow, acoustic version of the first verse before abandoning the guitar and singing the rest of the song as OutKast did a decade ago.
As was the case on Monday night with Team Pharrell member Taylor Phelan, Swift had to advise a contestant who shared the same first name as her, in Taylor John Williams. She joked that Taylor John could go by “Taylor Three Names” in order to avoid confusion. He picked Tears for Fears‘ “Mad World,” which Swift thought was smart because many people are unfamiliar with it.
Adam questioned Troy’s song choice, but Blake disagreed, saying Troy had the enthusiasm of Richard Simmons and the seriousness of Napoleon Dynamite. Gwen named Taylor the winner. Troy was not stolen by another coach.
Adam paired Alessandra Castronovo with Mia Pfirrman. Mia covered Christina Perri‘s “Human.” Taylor advised Mia to be more vulnerable in her singing. She also suggested that Mia grab the mic toward the end of the song and come forward on the stage.
Alessandra selected Emeli Sandé‘s “Next To Me.” Taylor wanted her to put a little more grit into her voice so she doesn’t sound too much like Emeli.
Blake said he would name Alessandra the winner because he would more easily recognize her voice on the radio. Pharrell said he too would choose Alessandra. Gwen was impressed by Mia’s low, soft notes in the beginning of her performance, and favored her. Saying she was more polished and confident, Adam kept Mia on his team. Alessandra went home.
In the final Knockout of the night, Elyjuh Rene went head-to-head with Ricky Manning for Team Pharrell. Elyjuh went with Chris Brown‘s “With You.” Taylor told him to loosen up his vocals.
Ricky took on “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus. Taylor urged him to make bold eye contact with the audience when singing.
Adam said Ricky came off like a star being born. Blake added that Ricky delivered his favorite performance of the Knockout Rounds so far. To the surprise of Gwen, Pharrell declared Elyjuh the winner. Gwen then stole Ricky, saying, “I feel like I might’ve just won The Voice.”
The Knockout Rounds continue next Monday and Tuesday night on NBC.
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