It’s night one of the knockouts on The Voice (Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on CTV) and that means coaches Kelly Clarkson, Adam Levine, Alicia Keys and Blake Shelton are joined by advisers and former The Voice winners Cassadee Pope, Jordan Smith, Chris Blue and Chloe Kohanski. It also means it’s time to introduce another new rule this season.
Just added to the knockout rounds is ‘the save’, which gives each coach one chance to save someone on their team. Each coach still has one steal each as well, giving them the chance to mix up their team once again. It also means that we now have a whole new reason to celebrate/scream at the screen, depending on when coaches use their saves.
We yelled, we cried, and we wished people would have chosen different songs. Check out what happened on night one of the knockouts.
NO STRANGER PAIRING
As pointed out by Adam, no stranger pairing than Jacyln Lovey and Kyla Jade has taken place on The Voice. Jaclyn had beautiful moments, but in one line she can deliver a stunning note and then completely lose it on the next word. It’s likely an age thing, with the 17-year-old needing more guidance and time on stage to find exactly how to work with her voice. What she was missing in vocal delivery she made up for in performance, looking comfortable and confident.
Speaking of confidence, Blake was worried that Kyla didn’t have the confidence to move from a background singer to the front of the stage. We were worried too. Turns out, that was a waste of time. No one owns Kyla, but girlfriend definitely owned the stage, the performance, and for a few seconds, Kelly Clarkson’s heart.
SUPERSTAR CASSADEE POPE
Every season we watch The Voice and are amazed by the talent we see and hear each week, yet The Voice hasn’t had much success with their winners. The asterisk to that point is Season 3 winner Cassadee Pope, who has enjoyed success post-Voice. She’s also one of the few winners who had a professional music career before joining the show. This made us especially excited to see Pope return during the knockouts to act as an adviser and possibly share her secrets. She didn’t, but she did make Justin Kilgore really, really happy.
— The Voice (@NBCTheVoice) April 3, 2018
BRING ME TO ANOTHER SONG
It’s difficult to listen to a great singer perform a song you don’t like and find a way to enjoy it. If we feel like that as viewers, how do the coaches not let song choice cloud their judgement? Case in point, Jackie Foster performing Evanescence’s “Bring Me To Life.” It’s a powerful song and Amy Lee is a great singer, but personally, I’m not a fan.
That makes it really difficult to compare Foster to her knockout partner Mia Boostrom and her performance of the great blues classic “Wade In The Water.” Looks like we were the only ones who weren’t Evanescence fans, since Kelly, Alicia and Blake tried to steal Jackie and Adam tried to save her. As pointed out by Blake, he and Alicia are the only two Coaches who haven’t kicked Jackie off their team. Too bad for Blake, Jackie was more of an Alicia fan.
MICHAEL BUBLE 2.0
The Voice is all about finding a unique singer, which is why we struggle with Team Blake’s Austin Giorgio. He’s got a great voice, he’s an exciting performer to watch, and he’s hugely talented. But dang, that dude sounds just like Michael Bublé. Like, exactly. On the other hand, Austin is unique among the other contestants on The Voice. Is that unique enough? We don’t know, but Blake saving Austin made the young singer and us cry, so let’s see what this kid can do.
BE A HUMAN BEING
Chris Blue told Johnny Bliss and Miya Bass that the best piece of advice he got from Alicia Keys was that you’re a human being, not a human doing. That’s some deep stuff right there and we’d expect nothing less from Ms. Keys.
— The Voice (@NBCTheVoice) April 3, 2018
WE LOVE WHEN THE COACHES GET NERVOUS
For his performance, Johnny Bliss told Alicia Keys and advisor Chris Blue that he would be singing Sia’s “Alive,” a decision that made both singers visibly concerned. Fair enough. That song is HIGH, y’all. Amazingly, Johnny not only nailed the notes, but made it his own by changing some of the lyrics to Spanish. We try to stay neutral, but Johnny Bliss had the performance of the night.
TEAM KELLY (1 Save and 1 Steal Left)
Kaleb Lee “Free”(WINNER) vs. Justin Kilgore “Shameless”
TEAM ALICIA (1 Save, 0 Steals Left)
Johnny Bliss, “Alive” (WINNER) vs. Miya Bass, “Castle On The Hill
TEAM BLAKE (0 Saves, 1 Steal Left)
Kyla Jade, “You Don’t Own Me” (WINNER) vs. Jacylyn Lovey, “Put Your Records On”
Spensha Baker “Broken Halos” (WINNER) vs. Austin Giorgio, “Almost Like Being In Love” (Saved)
TEAM ADAM (0 Saves, 1 Steal Left)
Mia Boostrom “Wade In The Water” (WINNER) vs. Jackie Foster “Bring Me To Life” (Stolen by Alicia)
Jackie Verna, “American Honey” (WINNER) vs. Drew Cole, “Slow Hands” (Saved)