Monday night’s episode of ‘The Voice’ was the first night of the knockout round. It is similar to the battle rounds, because two people from a team perform and the coach gets to choose which person he/she wants to keep. However, they sing individually instead of doing a duet and each singer gets to choose a solo song. By the end of all of the knockout rounds, each coach will have eliminated half of the people on their teams. Monday night focused on Team Shakira and Team Adam.
The first pair was Tawnya Reynolds and Garrett Gardner of Team Shakira and it was clear right away that they were very different because Reynolds performed “Hell on Heels” by the Pistol Annies while Gardner chose to sing “Too Close” by Alex Clare. It was no surprise when Shakria chose Garner because she seemed to really enjoy his performance.
Team Adam’s first pair was Midas Whale singing “Higher Ground” by Stevie Wonder and Amber Carrington singing “I’m With You” by Avril Lavign. Levine chose Carrington. His team was up again, this time with Amy Whitcomb singing “House of the Rising Sun” by The Animals and Caroline Glacer singing “Little Talks” by Of Monsters and Men. They were complete opposites and ended up choosing Glacer.
Team Shakria was up again. Kris Thomas sang Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World” and was a little nervous but pulled it off. His partner, Mary Miranda, sang her first English song and surprised the audience with “Every Breath You Take” by Sting but just couldn’t make the performance work despite her beautiful voice.
Team’s Adam Orlando Dixon went up against Judith Hill and Hill’s experience was a clear advantage. She performed “Always on My Mind” and delivered a powerhouse performance while Dixon had a weak rendition of “All My Life” so there was no competition and no one was surprised when Adam chose Judith Hill.
Shakira chose two Latina singers, Karina Iglesias and Monique Abaddie, to go up against each other. Abaddie chose to take a risk by singing a Celine Dion, but the judges were not impressed.
Team’s Adam’s final brawl was between Warren Stone and Sarah Simmons.Stone’s performance of “I Just Died in Your Arms” was good, it could not stand up to Simmon’s version of “Wild Horses.”
Team Shakira’s final pairing was Sasha Allen and Shawna P. Allen sang “At Last” and during the performance, she engulfed the entire audience. Shawna P then sang “Maybe I’m Amazing” but was no competition for Allen’s inspiring performance.
After this round, Shakira’s team consisted of Kris Thomas, Karina Iglesias, Sasha Allen, and Garret Gardner. Team Adam now has Amber Carrington, Caroline Glaser, Judith Hill, and Sarah Simmons.
Next time will be Team Usher and Team Blake.