The Knockouts began on the 15th season of NBC The voice Monday night, with coaches Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine introducing their artists who managed to overcome the grueling Battle Round.
The remaining 32 artists were able to choose their own songs to sing against their confrontation, and the winner will advance to the Playoffs live. The coaches only have a steal for this round, but they also have the opportunity to save an artist in this round if the match is particularly close.
The key advisor of this season is Mariah Carey, who helped prepare the artists to do their best.
The first artists were Keith Paluso and Tyke James of Team Adam. Paluso chose to sing "Tú eres lo mejor" by Ray LaMontagne. Carey encouraged him to soften the beginning, and Paluso finally found the right tone for the soft and emotional song. His phrasing and control of breathing were strong, giving a poignant performance. The high note also landed.
James sang Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire" and, despite the song's common choice, he found ways to make it his own. He connected with the lyrics and let his personality manifest, and Clarkson called it "bold." Ultimately, it depended on Levine, and he chose Tyke but tried to save Paluso, but Clarkson also pounced on the theft. Paluso chose the Kelly team.
Cody Ray Raymond of Team Kelly had to leave the program for personal reasons, so the next Knockout showdown involved three artists. Kymberli Joye, Zaxai and Natasia Greycloud clashed in a battle of the divas.
Joye sang "The Middle" by Maren Morris and Zedd, and her evangelical background was revealed, which led to strong defenses and careers. She exhibited an impressive range and made the song herself.
Greycloud continued with his performance of "Tennessee Whiskey" by Chris Stapleton. The country singer showed her range and her great creative sensibility, making it clear that Pop-Country is the right path for her. It already seemed like a closed coup de grace.
Then, Zaxai took a step forward with his interpretation of "Crusin & # 39;" of Smokey Robinson. The choice of the song went very well, and Carey worked with him in his falsetto. Zaxai brought charisma and strong voices to his performance, leaving Clarkson with a very difficult decision. He left with Joye and Zaxai, leaving Greycloud on the cutting board, but Shelton, as expected, stole the country singer.
Next, MaKenzie Thomas and Mike Parker of Team Jennifer clashed. Parker sang "Breakeven" by The Script, and while he worked hard on the essay, his nerves still showed up in his final performance. He took risks with the agreement, but they did not pay off.
Thomas proved to be the strongest vocalist with her performance of "How Deep Is Your Love". He brought a jazz sound to the song and showed an impressive art. Hudson went with Thomas and Parker went home.
Radha and Reagan Strange of Team Adam were the following, and Radha sang "I'll Be There There" by Michael Jackson (who was famous for Carey). The ambitious young singer followed Carey's advice on how to beat the emotions of the song, but she also played high notes.
Strange gave an equally strong power-pop performance of Robyn's "Dancing on My Own", which left Levine with a difficult decision, since both young singers have a similar style and rank. Levine chose Strange as the winner, but he also saved Radha, keeping both of them in play.
Katrina Cain and Funsho of the Blake team faced each other. Cain sang "Do not leave me down" by The Chainsmokers, an election that played with his strengths. She also played high notes and showed her unique tone.
Singing "Earned It" by The Weeknd, Funsho was able to show his falsetto and give a very clean pop sound behind his voice. He kept it close to the original, but it worked. Shelton chose Funsho as the winner, and Cain went home.
To close the evening, Patrique Forston and Sandy Redd, of the Jennifer team, sang against each other. Fortson sang "I do not want to miss anything" of Aerosmith, and his experience was reflected in his performance. He played the dynamics and made it his.
However, it was a well-matched Knockout, and Reddiana's performance of "Dangerous Woman" by Ariana Grande contributed to her strengths. His bold voice filled the room, and he proved that he can offer a strong presence on stage. Hudson crowned Forston as the winner, but also saved Redd, so both artists are still competing.