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, Tuesday night marks the second 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. Coach Blake Shelton and coach Cee Lo Green have already used their steals while coach Adam Levine and coach Christina Aguilera still have one apiece.
Knockout Round 1: Team Adam: Lina Gaudenzi vs. Preston Pohl
Lina Gaudenzi chose to sing “I’d Rather Go Blind” by Etta James in order to show a more soulful side to her voice. Levine tells her that she needs to land the notes more and focus on the song. He changed the arrangement of the song in order to help Gaudenzi sing it better. Preston Pohl chose to sing “No Woman No Cry” by Bob Marley because he wanted to show the laid-back side to his voice. Levine told Pohl to pick his moments in the song and to give more emotion. After the individual performances, Levine chose to move Pohl through to the live shows.
Knockout Round 2: Team Blake: E.G Daily vs. Ray Boudreaux
E.G. Daily chose to sing, “I Can’t Make You Love Me” by Bonnie Raitt. Daily picked the song in order to display her more mature sound. Shelton told her to control her voice because she has edge but needs to show her softer sound during this performance. Ray Boudreaux chose to sing “Hard To Handle” by Otis Redding because he wants to make soul music his career path. Shelton said he is more and more impressed each time he hears Boudreaux sing. After each individual performance, he chose to move Boudreaux through to the live shows.
Knockout Round 3: Team Christina: Anthony Paul vs. Jacquie Lee
Anthony Paul chose to sing “The Other Side” by Jason Derulo because Paul wants to be a pop artist and thinks this song will showcase that. Aguilera didn’t think the song was the right choice for him because it didn’t do his voice justice. Jacquie Lee chose to sing “Stompa” by Serena Ryder because she wanted to show her blues music side. Aguilera told Lee to move around the stage more to have the performance match the song. After the individual performances, she chose Lee to move forward to the live shows.
Knockout Round 4: Team Cee Lo: Stephanie Anne Johnson vs. Tamara Chauniece
Stephanie Anne Johnson chose to sing “Don’t Know Why” by Norah Jones because she wants her “music to sound like soul food tastes.” Green told her to embellish because the song needs to be more vulnerable. Tamara Chauniece chose to sing “No One” by Alicia Keys and is singing it reggae style. Green told her that her character needs to be seen through the song in order for it to work. After the individual performances, he chose to move Chauniece through to the live shows. However, Aguilera used her last steal to get Stephanie back on her team and move her through to the live shows.
Knockout Round 5: Team Adam: James Wolpert vs. Juhi
James Wolpert chose to sing “More Than A Feeling” by Boston because classical rock pushes the limits of what he can do vocally. Levine agreed that the song is very demanding and requires a lot to accomplish. Juhi chose to sing “Heard It Through The Grape Vine” by Marvin Gaye. Levine tells her that she needs to be a little sharper in order to be perfect. After the individual performances, he moves Wolpert forward to the live shows.
Knockout Round 6: Team Blake: Austin Jenckes vs. Brandon Chase
Austin Jenckes chose to sing “I’ll Be” by Edwin McCain because it describes the relationship he had with his father. Shelton tells him the emotion in the song is amazing for him and works very well. Brandon Chase chose to sing “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” by Eli Young Band. After the individual performances, Shelton chose to move Jenckes forward into the live shows.
Knockout Round 7: Team Cee Lo: Caroline Pennell vs. George Horga Jr.
Caroline Pennell chose to sing “The Way I Am” by Ingrid because she likes to sing indie-pop music. Green urged her to use her voice and come into her own for the song. George Horga Jr. chose “Because of You” by Ne-Yo because he like pop music and that is the type of artist he wants to become. Green tells him he needs to perform the song rather than just sing it. After the individual performances, Green chose to move Pennell through to the live shows.
Knockout Round 8: Team Christina: Matthew Schuler vs. William Champlin
Matthe Schuler chose to sing "Cosmic Love" by Florence and the Machine because Schuler thinks it's an unexpected, intense song. Aguilera thinks the song choice was great but he needs to pace himself and not overexert his voice. William Champlin chose to sing "When I Was Your Man" by Bruno Mars because he wants to show everyone exactly what kind of artist he wants to be. Aguilera told him that he needs to find the vulnerability with this song and connect to the audience. After the individual performances, Aguilera chose to move Schuler through to the live shows. However, Levine used his last steal in order to get Champlin back on his team and through to the live shows.
Live shows of "The Voice" will start Monday on NBC at 8 p.m EST.
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