NBCThe Knockout Rounds began on The Voice Monday night. Teammates were paired off, performing back-to-back in front of coaches Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton and Pharrell Williams, with a spot in the Live Playoffs on the line.
Each coach has one steal to use during the Knockout Rounds.
fun. singer Nate Ruess was on hand during rehearsals to serve as guest adviser.
Here’s a rundown of what happened during the two-hour episode:
Team Christina’s Ashley Morgan and Sonic opened the latest round of competition. Sonic chose Alicia Keys‘ “A Woman’s Worth.” Nate advised her to lose herself in the song. Ashley went with the Pat Benatar hit “Heartbreaker.”
Blake thought Sonic was more in Christina’s wheelhouse in terms of her approach to singing. Christina said Ashley could still let loose more, but Sonic sometimes will try a note and fall short. Sonic won the Knockout, and Ashley was not stolen by one of the other coaches.
Brian Johnson and Sarah Potenza were put together by their coach, Blake. Brian performed James Morrison‘s “Nothing Ever Hurt Like You,” while Sarah tackled “Wasted Love” by former Voice runner-up Matt McAndrew. Matt surprised Sarah during rehearsals.
Pharrell said Brian hit certain notes “masterfully,” and Sarah closed her song so gracefully. Adam said the two artists were “unbelievably even.” Blake declared that both of them blew people away. Sarah advanced, and Adam stole Brian.
Team Adam’s Nathan Hermida and Clinton Washington went head-to-head. Nathan sang Sam Smith‘s “Leave Your Lover,” and Clinton covered Hunter Hayes‘ “Wanted.”
Christina praised Nathan for his “courageousness.” Pharrell said he witnessed two singers with a lot of potential. Adam liked seeing the versatility from Clinton with his song choice, while he noted how Nathan opened up with his pick. Adam kept Nathan on his team.
Pharrell mixed things up with a three-way Knockout between Mia Z, Paul Pfau and Sawyer Fredericks. It was necessary because Anthony Riley dropped out of the competition for personal reasons. Mia belted out Sam and Dave’s “Hold On I’m Comin’”; Paul selected the John Mayer version of “I Don’t Need No Doctor”; and Sawyer delivered a rendition of Howie Day‘s “Collide.”
Blake was impressed by how Mia navigated the melody in her song. Acknowledging the rare circumstance he was facing, Pharrell was forced to choose two winners. He settled on Sawyer and Mia, explaining to the cameras that he didn’t know where to take Paul’s talent.
Meghan Linsey and Travis Ewing of Team Blake were next up. Meghan decided on the Aretha Franklin classic “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.” Travis performed Gavin DeGraw‘s “I Don’t Want To Be.”
Christina loved Travis’ extended note, and she thought Meghan got better and better as her song went on. Blake named Meghan the winner, later saying she “sang for her life.”
The final Knockout involved Team Christina’s Kimberly Nichole and Koryn Hawthorne. Nate felt Koryn brought a different element to her song choice, Pink‘s “Try.” Kimberly covered Sting‘s “If You Love Somebody Set Them Free.”
Adam pointed out that Koryn was able to keep up with Kimberly. Blake said Kimberly had fun, and it was infectious, while Koryn’s performance was intense. Christina called it the best Knockout of the season so far. Kimberly moved on in the competition. Pharrell stole Koryn as Christina jumped up and down in delight.
The Knockout Rounds continue Tuesday night at 8 p.m. Eastern time on NBC.
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