The fifth season of “The Voice” premiered on NBC Sept. 23, with the first blind auditions. After each coach turned their chairs and began fighting for their 12 artists, the battle rounds began. During the battle rounds each coach pits their teams against each other while performing a song together.
After each battle, the other coaches weigh in and the team coach eventually decides who must go. Each coach also may steal two artists other coaches have eliminated. Monday marked the third night of battle rounds. Now that the battle rounds are over, Monday night marks the first night of the knockout rounds where two artists once again go head to head from the same team, this time performing songs they have chosen with their respective coaches. Each coach also gains one more steal to use.
Knockout Round 1: Team Christina: Amber Nicole vs. Josh Logan
Nicole chooses to sing “Mama Knows Best” by Jessie J. Coach Christina Aguilera told Nicole to move along with the music, and to control her nerves and pitch. In order to win the knockout round, Nicole knows she must bring the song alive. Logan chooses to sing “Living For The City” by Stevie Wonder. Logan tells Aguilera how much he loves soul music. Aguilera is hesitant about Logan singing a Stevie Wonder song, but is confident that he will do well. Logan says, “I want to win this for my son and my mother.” After the individual performances, the coaches were impressed with both artists. Aguilera eventually chose Josh sending him through to the live shows. Quickly, both coach Cee Lo Green and coach Blake Shelton both push their buttons for a steal. Nicole goes with Green.
Knockout Round 2: Team CeeLo: Kat Robichaud vs. Monika Leigh
Kat chose to sing, “You Ought Know” by Alanis Morissette. Green warns her that the song is very wordy and that she needs to take her time with the song. Monika, who was stolen by Green during the battle rounds, choses to sing “Hit The Road Jack” by Ray Charles. She picked the song because she wants to show the blues side of her voice. Green tells Monika to careful not to get winded. After the individual performances, the coaches gave their feedback to the artists and advised Green as to whom he should chose. Green eventually picked Robichaud to move through into the live shows.
Knockout Round 3: Team Blake: Holly Henry vs. Nic Hawk
Holly Henry chose to sing “Creep” by Radiohead due to the emotion that comes with the song. Shelton tells her to work on her pitch to make sure the song comes across well. Shelton tells her the song is challenge, Henry agrees by looks forward to it. Hawk chose to sing “Genie In A Bottle” by Aguilera, but he is doing it in a different arrangement. Shelton tells Hawk that his notes in the lower range are all over the place and he needs to control it more. After the performances, each of the coaches gave coach Blake their opinions and feedback. Eventually Shelton chose Hawk to move forward into the live shows.
Knockout Round 4: Team Adam: Ashley DuBose vs. Tessanne Chin
Ashley Dubose chose to sing “Hey Soul Sister” by Train because DuBose thinks the song shows a more upbeat side of her voice. Coach Adam Levine believes the song choice was great because it works with her voice and gives her notes on how to sing it. Tessanne Chin chose to sing “Stronger” by Kelly Clarkson. Chin chose this song to showcase her vocals in a “specific way.” Levine tells her that her notes need a little bit of work but her performance is incredible. After the individual performance Levine chose her, saying her performance is incredible. After the individual performance he chose Chin to more forward to the live shows.
Knockout Round 5: Team Blake: Brianna vs. Shelbie Z.
Briana Cuoco chose to sing “Don’t Speak” by No Doubt. Shelton asks Cuoco whether or not she has the control to sing the song. He worries about the song because it is a risky decision. Shelbie Z. chose “Last Night” by Carrie Underwood because she has experience with the song. Shelton tells her she needs to find a spot to breathe within the song so she can truly sing it. Shelton thinks that Shelby Z. can certainly make a name for herself in country music. After the individual performances Shelton chose Shelbie Z. to move forward to the live performances.
Knockout Round 6: Team Adam: Grey vs. James Irwin
Grey chose to sing “Already Gone” by Kelly Clarkson because she wants to tell a story with the song. Grey says the song is emotional and she needs to stay on the beat to evoke that to the audience. Levine urges her to hit the hard high notes to make the song incredible. James Irwin chose to sing “Breakeven” by The Script because he wanted to show everyone that he could hit the higher notes. Levine tells him that he needs to sing with conviction in order to progress further. After the individual performances, he chose Grey to move forward into the live shows.
Knockout Round 7: Team Christina: Destinee Quinn vs. Olivia Henken
Destinee Quinn chose to sing “See You Again” by Carrie Underwood to pay tribute to the women she has lost from her family. Aguilera approves of the song choice because it’s coming from a personal place. Olivia chose to sing, “You’re No Good” by Linda Ronstadt. Aguilera tells Henken to control her notes because she shouldn’t try to hit every high note. After the performances, Aguilera chose to move Henken through to the live shows.
Knockout Round 8: Team Cee Lo: Cole Vosbury vs. Jonny Gray
Cole Vosbury chose to sing “Let Her Go” by Passenger, which he chose because it’s a song that he would personally write. Green tells him that the song needs to have passion behind it because the audience needs to connect to the performance. Jonny Gray chose to sing “We Can Work It Out” by The Beatles. Green is confident that every person in the audience will connect with that song because they will know it. After the performances Green chose Gray to move forward into the live shows. However, Levine and Shelton used their steals to get Cole Vosbury on their team. Eventually, Vosbury chose to go with Shelton.
The knockout rounds will air Tuesday on NBC at 9 p.m. EDT.
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