The welcomed return of the Knockout Round continued on Tuesday’s episode of The Voice (Monday and Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET on CTV2) with coaches Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, Kelly Clarkson and John Legend taking a backseat to mega mentor Taylor Swift, who very quickly made the four music giants into last week’s news. Shake it off, famous people.
Getting to choose their own songs once again, Tuesday’s performers swung for the fences and went with classics ranging from the Mamas and the Papas, to Céline Dion and Sia. Leaning into the go big or go home concept, going big worked out. Thanks to Swift, who focused more on performances than vocals, Tuesday’s performers not only sounded like pros, they looked the part as well.
KHALEA’S TRIBUTE TO HER MOTHER
Khalea’s role as a frontrunner this season continued on Tuesday with her performance of Céline Dion’s “Because You Love Me,” which she dedicated to her late mother. As Kelly said, Khalea made singing a Céline song look easy, which even the most tone-deaf music fan knows is no small feat. Her soaring notes and beautiful diva moments clinched the win over James, who veered away from the typical thanking of the coach during his goodbye and instead said that there was no one better to lose to than Khalea. True and also #classy.
KYNDAL’S ELASTIC HEART
Kyndal continues to be the underrated underdog this season. Following her performance of “Elastic Heart,” the coaches all delivered the same critique, saying she sounded almost too similar to Sia. Maybe, or maybe she’s just great at song choice and interpretation. One thing everyone can agree on is that Kyndal performed a huge radio hit in a way that undoubtedly made many listeners hear the song in a completely new light.
JOANA’S CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’
It’s always a bit of a nail-biter when a young contestant takes on a dark and emotional track, but perpetually happy 15-year-old Joana Martinez somehow managed to find the depth and grit necessary to not only nail “California Dreamin,” but make it her own in a way that wouldn’t alienate people who love the original. And because it can’t be said enough, she’s only 15!
RICKY’S GOOD BOYFRIEND MOVE
Ricky Duran has been a clear favourite all season and on Tuesday, he took his coach Blake Shelton’s advice and went with a song by The Black Crowes. It also happens to be his girlfriend’s favourite song, which is a bonus. Surprisingly, it wasn’t the strongest performance from Ricky, but even an ‘okay’ Ricky Duran night is still enough to make it to the finale.
The Voice airs Monday and Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET on CTV2.