Tuesday’s episode of The Voice (Monday and Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET on CTV2) featured one of the most second-hand-stressful moments of the season. When one contestant decided to cover John Legend, who is notoriously hard on artists who take on his songs, it was hard to watch and maybe harder to look away. The episode also featured the final steal of the Knockouts and a last look at Mega Mentor Taylor Swift, who found her twin in Gracee Shriver. Finding a blonde who wears cowboy boots, girly dresses, red lipstick and plays the guitar may have been rare in 2008, but in 2019? Everyone wants to look like Tay Tay.
RICKY COVERS COACH JOHN
While coaches Blake Shelton danced through an earlier performance of his song “Ol’ Red” and Kelly Clarkson credited Lauren Hall with interpreting “Breakaway” better than Clarkson did in her youth, getting Coach John to like a cover of his own song is much less uncertain. Up until this point, Legend has liked a total of zero covers of his songs on The Voice, which Ricky knew, but went ahead with the track anyways—call it confidence or naivete. Thankfully, it appeared to be the former, with Ricky earning the only standing ovation from all four coaches on Tuesday night. Ricky’s soaring range and huge notes even won over John, who likely had an easier time critiquing Ricky because the men sound absolutely nothing alike. All together now—phew.
JOHN MAKES A SHOCKING PICK
John liking Ricky’s performance wasn’t his most shocking move of the night, somehow. His biggest surprise move came in picking Marybeth Byrd over teen crooner Preston C. Howell. Marybeth’s performance of Adele’s “All I Ask” wasn’t pitch perfect, but it did show off the personality in her voice and the fact that she is strong enough to even attempt Adele. As for Preston, his performance of “The Way You Look Tonight” was sweet and classic but didn’t really show listeners who Preston was outside of someone who does a great Sinatra impression. Still, Preston’s last performance during the Battle Rounds was significantly weaker than this week and he still made it through. With the Live Show coming up, the cute teen seemed like a smart pick (the voters will love him). In a surprise move, John went with Marybeth, proving once again that sometimes you should take risks and sing an Adele or John Legend song. At least Preston isn’t going home. Blake and Gwen Stefani have plans to adopt him.
DAMALI DOES DEMI
On Monday night’s episode, Team Gwen’s Destiny Rayne took on Demi Lovato’s “Tell Me You Love Me” and fell short of hitting the huge notes that Demi is famous for belting. Trying her hand at Demi on Tuesday was Team Kelly’s Damali, who hasn’t seemed like much of a threat this season. That is, until now. Instead of trying to imitate Demi’s thick and rich vocals, Damali put her own, quieter spin on the track and used her personal experience of dealing with addiction in her family to fill in the vocals gaps with a performance that was gripping and visceral. Contestants, take note: Damali is coming for you.
GRACEE JOINS HER OAKIE
Oklahoma singer Gracee Shriver was initially blocked from Team Blake by Kelly in the Blind Auditions, but the two Oakies finally had their reunion on Tuesday night. Following Gracee’s passionate and playful performance of “Leave The Pieces,” Kelly said that choosing between Gracee and Damali “…will forever be the hardest decision I have ever made on this show.” Really? She didn’t even cry. In another surprise pick of the night, Clarkson decided to not go country and instead stick with pop singer Damali, leaving Gracee up for grabs for Coach Blake, who had the final steal of the season. Okkkkkkklahoma, where the wind comes sweepin’ down the plain!
The Voice airs Monday and Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET on CTV2.