On Monday’s episode of The Voice (Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on CTV), the knockout round came to an end with some of the most impressive performances we’ve seen so far this season. Coaches Kelly Clarkson, Adam Levine, Alicia Keys and Blake Shelton were joined by advisers and former The Voice winners Cassadee Pope, Jordan Smith, Chris Blue and Chloe Kohanski and helped guide their singers towards hitting notes we didn’t think they could. Honestly, many of the contestants didn’t think they could hit those notes either.
Not only were the performances dramatic, but the saves and steals also had contestants crying tears of joy, which, as always, resulted in us crying. What?! Music is emotional!
Now let’s look at the final night of knockouts once more with feeling.
GETTING TO KNOW THE CONTESTANTS
As we get further into the competition, we get to know the personalities of the contestants and not just the most tragic thing that has ever happened to them. Team Alicia’s Britton Buchanan, aka Little Matt Damon, is still a teenager, but on Monday night we learned that he’s mature, funny and humble. He’s also got a great voice and great tone and once he gets more comfortable on stage he’ll be unstoppable. The fact that we have now seen his personality and like it means we’re more likely to vote for him in the live shows as well.
THANK YOU, JESUS
We got a first on Monday night’s knockout episode. While Kelly Clarkson standing in her chair dancing, praising, and dropping it like it’s hot during the actual performances isn’t anything new (and we love it so much every time), Tish Haynes Keys is the first artist to make Kelly dance during rehearsal. “Lady Marmalade” is a song that can trip up hugely accomplished singers, but Haynes makes it look as easy as folding laundry. Oh yeah, Kelly danced during the knockout performance too. We did as well.
SONG CHOICE IS KING
We harp on this a lot, but contestants live and die by song choice on reality singing shows. Throughout his performances so far, we’ve been surprised that Dylan Hartigan has continue to advance, even earning a steal in the battle round from Blake. But on Monday night, Hartigan performed “You Are The Best Thing” and finally found a song that showcased his strengths from start to finish. It was enough for Kelly to use her one steal for Dylan, with Hartigan getting saved twice now. If this dude wins, it’s got to be a first for most saves.
The great thing about covers is that they have the ability to make us fall in love with songs we didn’t previously like. Case in point, Miley Cyrus’ “The Climb.” We don’t know what magic Wilkes spun, but “The Climb” is a jam. Our bad.
RAYSHUN IS CONFIDENT, Y’ALL
So much can change between rehearsals and the actual performance and one person who exemplified that point on Monday night was Rayshun LaMarr. When he announced he was going to perform Alicia Key’s “Fallin’,” Adam was nervous, Jordan was nervous, and we were nervous. The rehearsals weren’t great, and we thought for sure Rayshun had just secured his ticket home. But the performance? The performance was on point.
I HAVE TO LIE DOWN
There’s a reason that Sharane Calister and Kelsea Johnson were left as the final performers of the knockout round.
They. Were. Both. So. Good. Just watch, please.
D.R. King, “(I Know) I’m Losing You” (WINNER) vs. Tish Haynes Keys, “Lady Marmalade” (Saved by Kelly)
Alexa Capelli, “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” (WINNER) vs. Jorge Eduardo, “Adore”
Britton Buchanan, “New York State of Mind” (WINNER) vs. Dallas Caroline,“Bless the Broken Road”
Kelsea Johnson, “Rise Up” (Winner) vs. Sharane Calister, “All I Could Do Was Cry” (Stolen by Team Adam)
Wilkes, “The Climb” (WINNER) vs. Dylan Hartigan, “You Are The Best Thing” (Stolen by Team Kelly)
Rayshun LaMarr, “Fallin” (WINNER) vs. Gary Edwards, “Many Rivers To Cross” (Stolen by Team Blake)
Reid Umstattd, “Let Him Fly” (WINNER) vs. Jordyn Simone, “Tell Me You Love Me”