On Monday night’s final Knockout episode of The Voice (Monday and Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET/MT on CTV TWO), Coaches Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson and Adam Levine narrowed their teams down to six singers who will make their way to the Live Shows starting next week. It was a toss up between who we’re sadder to see go; all the talented performers who got cut this round, or celebrity mentor Mariah Carey.
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She’s so knowledgeable! She’s kind! She’s surprisingly funny! Plus, watching contestants walk into a room and be greeted by the Grammy winner never gets old. It’s Mariah freaking Carey.
— The Voice (@NBCTheVoice) November 6, 2018
Two things became very clear during this season’s Knockout Round. One, we really don’t know what ‘head voice’ is but we do know that the coaches love talking about it. Do any of the contestants actually know the term or did they all just run back to their hotel rooms and Google the phrase?
And two, Mariah Carey went to beauty school and wants everyone to know it. We counted six mentions of the chanteuse informing the performers of her previous academic leanings. Of all her accolades, it’s really endearing that beauty school is the one she continuously brings up.
The final night of Knockout performances featured the most shocking save we’ve seen all season and the one that had us in tears. We thought we would make it to the Live Shows without crying, but here we are in our own puddle.
The moment came when Colton Smith, who was originally on Team Jennifer and was saved by Team Blake, flubbed his performance of “Lady Marmalade.” Revealing in his intro that he’s has multiple ear surgeries that have left him with scar tissue and difficulty hearing, Colton found himself unable to hear the band near the end of the song. It looked like this was going to be the end of the road for Colton. He was up against country singer Kirk Jay, who delivered his strongest performance to date with “In Case You Didn’t Know.” Blake picked Kirk, which seemed like the obvious choice, but in a shocking moment, Jennifer stole Colton back to her team! All the feels! We’re having all the feels!
Stealing a contestant back is a rarity, especially after they’ve struggled through their performance, but Team J Hud Productions is all about second chances. During Season 13, Hudson picked Stephan Marcellus during his Blind Audition even after he forgot the words to “Take Me To Church.” American Idol alum Hudson knows firsthand the pressure of performing on TV very early in your career and that has been a huge positive influence on her coaching skills. Seconds chances are rare but important. Colton cried. We cried. Jennifer is awesome.
Not only were we sad to see Mariah Carey go (she’ll at least be back on the charts), but we also said goodbye to our fave Jake Wells. We love that he tried to do something different with Coldplay’s “Yellow,” but he wasn’t the right person to sing it. Ugh. He was our first draft pick for Fantasy Voice League.
Then there was 15-year-old Anthony Arya. We have to write that he’s 15 because it appears to be mandatory on The Voice to constantly circle back to a contestant’s age if they’re not legally old enough to vote. We didn’t really get it when Adam turned his chair for Anthony and we were shocked when J Hud saved Anthony, but on Monday night we finally got it. Anthony has the spark that turns singer-songwriters into legends. Unfortunately, we saw the magic in the 15-year-old (did we hit the quota?) just as he was sent packing.
For the final pairing of the Knockouts, it was Team Blake again, this time with rocker Chris Kroeze going against blues singer Michael Lee. Both men could teach a masterclass in how to pick a track for a singing competition. Chris delivered an emotional and powerful performance of Cam’s “Burning House,” which showed off his impressive range. Do we hear a little Janis Joplin in Chris’ voice?
As for Michael, he delivered a fiery performance of The Allman Brothers’ “Whipping Post.” It was difficult to tell whether Michael sang the pants off that song or simply chose a song that riles up any crowd. Maybe it’s both. Blake was smart to hang onto his save for these two. If you want a singer that will consistently deliver, Michael and Chris are your best bets.
FINAL LINE UP GOING INTO THE LIVE SHOWS
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