On Tuesday’s episode of The Voice (Monday and Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET/MT on CTV TWO), the Knockouts continued, which means more contestants got to walk into rehearsal and be greeted by the shining beam of light that is celebrity mentor Mariah Carey.
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Coaches Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson continued their efforts to pare their teams down to the strongest contestants, which on Tuesday night meant partnering the singers who sound the most alike. These pairings make the most sense since you don’t want your entire team to sound the same, but issues come into play when the two singers who sound alike are also two of the strongest singers on a team. We’re looking at Team J Hud. Where were the saves, people?!
Tuesday’s episode included one surprising song choice after another, starting with country singer Dave Fenley performing Lionel Richie’s “Stuck On You.” We didn’t think it was a country song. Blake didn’t think it was a country song. Collectively, we were wrong. Fenley nailed his cover and has us trying to imagine “All Night Long” and “Hello” with a twang.
Lionel Richie would have been an obvious choice for soul singer Franc West, but instead West took on The Weeknd’s “Call Out My Name” and completely revamped the song, turning it into a smooth R&B track. Clarkson said this performance was the first time she ‘got’ Franc and we weren’t surprised he ‘got’ the win on Team J Hud.
Sadly, Franc’s win meant we had to say goodbye to Tyshawn Colquitt following his performance of “Pillowtalk.” Where the saves at, coaches? One of the biggest reasons people are sent home on The Voice is because they don’t choose songs that show off their range. Tyshawn, understanding the importance of song choice more than anyone on The Voice this season, has successfully hit every note in his arsenal (and there are a lot) in his three performances. Plus, he’s so lovely and gives out pound cake. Bring back Tyshawn!
Teen singer Abby Cates went with Kelly Clarkson’s “Because of You,” which wasn’t shocking as a song choice for the burgeoning pop singer but was a shocking song choice as a member of Team Kelly. We’re trying to remember what it was like to be 17 and feel invincible in a way that enabled you to perform a superstar’s song in front of the superstar. Abby’s performance strayed slightly from Clarkson’s original and was strong enough to earn her the win. Or Kelly just really likes her own song. During rehearsal, Clarkson revealed the famous song’s inspiration, saying that she wrote the “Because Of You” when she was 16-years-old and angry, with her mother encouraging her to channel her feelings about her parents’ divorce into art. Twenty years and 25 million album sales later and we’d have to say that was good advice.
STANDINGS AFTER NIGHT TWO OF THE KNOCK OUTS
Abby Cates – Advancing to Knockouts
Claire DeJean – Eliminated
Zaxai – Advancing to Knockouts
Kymberli Joye – Advancing to Knockouts
Keith Paulso – Stolen from Team Adam
Tyshawn Colquitt – Eliminated
Franc West – Advancing to Knockouts
MaKenize Thomas – Advancing to Knockouts
SandyRedd – Saved by Team J Hud
Patrique Fortson – Advancing to Knockouts
Dave Fenley – Advancing to Knockouts
Natasia GreyCloud – Stolen from Team Kelly
Funsho – Advancing to Knockouts
Kameron Marlowe – Stolen From Team Blake
Tyke James – Advancing to Knockouts
Reagan Strange – Advancing to Knockouts
Radha – Saved by Team Adam
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