The Voice 22 Recaps: Knockouts End, Top 16 Revealed!

The Voice Knockouts Part 3
Pictured: (l-r) Alyssa Witrado, Daysia, Sasha Hurtado — (Photo by: Elizabeth Morris/NBC)

The Voice season 22 Knockouts END tonight. A brand new format means that instead of TWO acts facing off against each other with a solo song for a spot on their coaches team, THREE will face off against each other. Only ONE moves on. One or Two of the eliminated acts CAN be stolen by another coach. Each coach gets ONE steal.

A Top 16 will be revealed ahead of next week’s Live Show kickoff on Monday November 14. Tonight will feature the final five Knockouts. John Legend still has steal to use. 

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Coaches Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and John Legend. Pop star Camila Cabello have big decisions to make as they whittle the field from 36 to a Top 16.  Carson Daly hosts.  We’ll be live blogging all the Knockout performances right here.

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Kayla Von Der Helde, Cara Brindisi, Justin Aaron – Team Gwen Stefani

Gwen wants Kara to sing the song even harder. “I want to take her to the next level,” Gwen says. Justin is a gospel singer, but wants to show more sides of his artistry. Gwen suggests more swag for Justin, and that  Kayle stick to the melody of her song. 

Cara Brindisi – Love Me Like a Man by Bonnie Raitt – This song is from early in Bonnie Raitt’s career. It harkens back to her Cambridge, Massachusetts days in the early 70s. It’s a great song! And a great song choice. Cara’s bluesy rasp is perfect. She throws in a few high notes for good measure. That performance was FIERCE. 

Justin Aaron – Can We Talk by Tevin Campbell – Choir boy Justin took Gwen’s notes and performs the sexy song like a big come on. He sings with a pleasing R&B tone. He’s got a hint of rasp. He nails the key change. Good dynamics and build from Justin. Camila is out of her seat feeling a little something something! 

Kayla Von Der Heide – Losing My Religion by R.E.M. – Kayla is having a few tuning issues. But regardless, she sings with a trembly, emotional tone. She’s interesting. But not really The Voice type. The weirdos usually don’t get far. Kayla would be awesome fronting an alt/rock band. 

Camila calls it the “sexiest knockout.” Camila thinks she and Justin had a moment. No kidding. She calls Cara’s performance both sexy and empowered. She can’t pick. Blake also had praise for all three singers, but he’d go with Justin. John calls Justin a “superstar,” Cara “flawless,” and appreciated the “flutter” in Kayla’s emotional voice. Gwen described how she coached Justin to be flirty, Gwen picks Justin, Kayla and Cara are eliminated. Eh. I would have chosen Cara or Kayla over Justin, who delivered a solid, well built, but generic performance. 

Austin Montgomery, Eva Ullman, Brayden Lape – Team Blake Shelton

Blake put together three of his youngest singers. Austin picked his song for his grandma. Never a good reason to pick a song. Blake coaches him to control his vibrato. Eva is very nervous and having pitch problems. Blake tries to help He doesn’t give Brayden many notes, except to make sure and connect to the song. 

Austin Montgomery – You Look So Good in Love by George Strait. – Austin’s fast vibrato pulls him off the note sometimes. He’s got potential, but he could use some vocal lessons, to work out the pitch issues and to deepen his tone and even out that vibrato. He’s not ready for prime-time yet. 

Brayden Lape – Mercy by Brett Young – Brayden is not an amazing vocalist, but he’s sincere and open hearted. He allows himself to be vulnerable, which for a male teen singer is everything a potential fanbase could want. 

Eva Ullman – Dangerous Woman by Ariana Grande – Eva took on a big song from a big singer. And it’s too big for her. She doesn’t make the song her own or make it special. She still needs to figure out who she is. 

Camila calls Bayden’s voice “emotionally innocent.” She calls Austin an “old soul.” Gwen loves Brayden’s understated style. John loves the quiver in Austin’s voice. He believes Eva “nailed” her song. Blake doesn’t think Austin has sounded better. Blake picks Brayden, Austin and Eva are eliminated. He believes Brayden can win.

Emma Brooke, Kim Cruse, The Marilynds – Team John Legend

John saved The Marilynds, a sibling duo, in the Battles. He gives them advice on when to harmonize, and when to sing unison.  John calls “I Hope” a sneaky revenge song and coaches Emma to navigate the switch from innocent to evil. She’s classically trained–John suggests she loosen up. He strips down the arrangement to allow Kim’s “country stank” to shine through. 

Kim Cruse – I Can’t Stand the Rain by Ann Peebles (TIna Turner) – Kim brings her own flavor to this very popular Tina Turner song. Her tone is sturdy and strong. She can power her way through a performance with a compelling fierceness. She means what she’s singing. Her strong vibrato cuts right through. Tremendous.

Emma Brooke – I Hope by Gabby Barrett – Emma sings with a beautiful tone, and her range is impressive, but her phrasing plods. She could use more vibrato on those long notes. John advised her to tell a “revenge” story, but she didn’t bring the anger the song needs.  

The Marilynds – Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol – It’s the duo’s best performance so far. They sing with beautiful harmonies. Great song choice, and they manage not to pageant up their performance.

Blake compared the Marilynds to Wilson Phillips. Camila calls Kim a “dragon.” She liked Emma’s song choice, but declares that Kim set the stage on fire. Gwen calls the Marilynds “artistic.” She wants to see Kim’s performance again…and again. John thought Emma pulled off her song. He felt Kim “owned every moment.” He calls The Marilynds authentic and powerful. John picks Kim, The Marilynds and Emma are eliminated

Devix, Andrew Igbokidi, Steven McMorran – Team Camila Cabello

Andrew really likes his song choice, even though it’s not necessarily in his genre, Camila suggests that he lengthen his notes and loosen up his body. She has him running around flapping his arms. Camila saved him in the battles. Steven is 40 and has been married a long time. Camila encourages Steven to change up some of his phrasing to mix it up. Devix’s mentions his mom who has cerebral palsy. Camila helps Devix find more fun and expressiveness in his performance.

Devix – Yellow by Coldplay – A creative singer, Devix does some interesting stuff with a song that an be deadly boring. His voice opens up with a cry on the chorus. He brings emotion and verve to his interpretation. Very good. This is better than Chris Martin’s version. 

Andrew Igbokidi – Everybody Hurts by R.E.M. – This poor guy seems to deal with nerves constantly. Consequently, his performances tend to be stiff. If he could loosen up, he has the potential to be an interesting singer. The second half of his performance was better than the first.

Steven McMorran – It Will Rain by Bruno Mars – Steven has major Michael Bolton vibes. He’s a power singer, but old fashioned and somewhat bland. Having said that, if he made the lives, there would probably be a place for his Adult Contemporary stylings. 

Gwen loves Andrew’s tone ad approves of Steven’s song choice. John calls Andrew “unpredictable,” and Devix “cool.” Camila didn’t love Andrews’s song choice, but she appreciates that he took her notes. She feels Steven’s personality has blossomed. Camila picks Devix, Steven and Andrew are eliminated.

Alyssa Witrado, Sasha Hurtado, Daysia Reneau –  Team Gwen Stefani 

NBC previewed this Knockout last week. Gwen advises Sasha to sing the song as if she wrote it. Daysia lost her mother recently. Gwen calls her song choice “perfect” for her and offers tips on sounding more confident and controlled. Alyssa is a huge Gwen stan who sang “Don’t Speak” for her Blind. Gwen pushes Alyssa to be more “punky.” 

Alyssa Witrado – Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen – Gwen is so smitten with this extremely underbaked young singer. And it’s because she’s a huge stan? It must be. She has some strong moments here, but she lacks control and precise tuning. She’s been meh throughout the competition so far. 

Daysia – Get here by Oleta Adams – Daysia delivers a pretty performance, but this song is old fashioned and overdone on singing shows. However, her phrasing at the end is lovely. 

Sasha Hurtado – Make it Rain by Ed Sheeran – It’s a masterful performance from beginning to end. Bluesy, beautifully phrased and deeply felt. This might be THE performance of the Knockouts. What a gifted singer. She knows how to use that little bit of rasp in her voice. She’s only 18! 

John compares Alyssa to Gwen. “She’s my daughter!” Gwen says. He calls Daysia an “old soul” and Sasha “flawless.” He would pick Sasha after a “tour de force” performance. Blake thinks she won. Incredibly, Camila let Sasha go in the Battles. She compliments her confidence while noting Alyssa’s “star power.” Gwen thinks Alyssa is “awesome.” She calls Daysia “iconic.” and Sasha’s performance “perfect.” Gwen picks her mini-me Alyssa, John uses his steal on Sasha, Daysia is eliminated. Gwen hugs a crying Daysia. Thank God John saved Sasha. She’s such a great singer, and two coaches gave her up. 

The Voice 22 Top 16

Team John Legend

  • Omar Cardona 
  • Parijita Bastola 
  • Kim Cruse 
  • Sasha Hurtado (Stolen from Gwen)

Team Gwen Stefani

  • Alyssa Witrado 
  • Justin Aaron 
  • Kique Gomez 
  • Kevin Hawkins (Stolen from Blake)

Team Camila Cabello

  • Devix 
  • Eric Who 
  • Morgan Myles 
  • Kate Kalvach (Stolen from Blake)

Team Blake Shelton

  • Bodie 
  • Brayden Lape 
  • Bryce Leatherwood 
  • Rowan Grace (Stolen from Gwen)

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    time to finish out them brutal 3 way KOs with too much fluff, disappointment, and an EPIC STEAL that no one ever saw coming wow

  2. If they’re being shown, that was already the plan. TPTB don’t care about a few squawks.

  3. The steal will be last, so she’s probably screwed. Blake should have saved his. He wasted it.

  4. Gwen has made mostly solid decisions. Let hear what happens. One never knows.

  5. Oh, why do I think Gwen might not pick Kara, but don’t see how the others could top it!

  6. I like this arrangement, but I don’t like all the vibrato. Too much.

  7. i’m not big on her vibrato but this is pretty interesting overall.
    that said cara wins for me, and it’s not close

  8. Not a fan – I actually found it annoying – like she was singing for herself to herself – too slow and plodding.

  9. Cara sang best. I found Kayla the most interesting. Justin can leave. I am sure he will win.

  10. I’ve found the adjective that describes this season for me: desultory

  11. It’s an SAT word for sure, but it captures my attitude perfectly.

  12. Justin is gonna have to go against kique … good luck sir lol

  13. There’s always one that slips through and still gets aired at 11 pm on Election Day. Death penalty offense!

  14. they had no reason to montage Eric last week if they show everyone in full

  15. After sending home 2 per KO, only 1 per team goes home after playoffs

  16. oh gosh, Brayden in rehearsal just got me! Hope it’s as good in actual performance!

  17. I have always wanted to send them all a note with exactly what they DO NOT DO.

  18. And finally Max is back!!!! I began to worry after he lost his sister. He just ran howling from the room with a look back to me like WTF is that.

  19. He sang low in blinds. Why not pick a song that shows his low voice instead of hanging up there?

  20. He just needed to wait more than a year before entering this show

  21. brayden doesn’t sound bad but a good tone can only carry you so far if you can’t do much to support it

  22. YIIIIKES girl i’m glad you weren’t montaged but this is not a good performance to have as your only one aired

  23. Is “thank you” the correct response to being told all the girls are falling in love with you, lol?

  24. Well they will not get the Whats My Line Parting gift, a carton of Marlboros.

  25. I like that story – went fishing and then it would start to rain thus….

  26. I wanted Kim to destroy some male opponents, but eh, I guess this is fine too. The sisters are annoying.

  27. Except for KIM and a couple, the KOs have been quite disappointing, especially compared to the battles

  28. lmao emma and the sisters don’t have a chance, if i was them i’d just leave

  29. lmao emma and the sisters don’t have a chance, if i was them i’d just leave

  30. I think we all already know the winner of this KO. But if there was any doubt, the voice YouTube channel just uploaded Kim’s performance and Kim’s only ?

  31. Parijita´s knockout was pretty tame imo. But yeah, Team Legend is just them, and I won´t accept anybody else stealing their spots.

  32. Unpopular opinion, but if john wants a contender to win it all… pick emma (based on what we’ve seen in the past results)

  33. Oh oh Camilla’s arms are crossed against her body- only her head is wobbling.

  34. I wonder what Cara’s fate would be if she had chosen Blake. I think she could’ve won a knockout against any two of Brayden, Eva, and Austin.

  35. Kim queen!

    She should’ve gotten a score as big like Brayden thou

  36. at least she won I guess, but yiiikes at that margin of winning

  37. You know Camilla’s movements are a bit awkward so maybe don’t do exactly follow her movements.

  38. I think only Coldplay can sing these songs in a full arena as otherwise they seem a bit ordinary. Devix is okay.

  39. i mean he sounded fine but overall i think he’s pretty boring

  40. Why is tonight the best KO episode and it’s the last one lmao

  41. Man this is like the second song with the word rain in it today

  42. i really don’t like how strainy his notes sound
    devix wins for me but imo they can all go

  43. so there’s no way morgan and kate don’t get camila’s pvs, right?

  44. someone bout to sing wendy’s “come in out of the rain” at this rate

  45. I suggested Brook Benton, Rainy Night in Ga, but Boz Scaggs does a killer cover

  46. In torture? In pain? This was a celebration of Freddie´s hedonistic lifestyle. That´s why Brian didn´t like the song.

  47. i just realized that the only girl on gwen’s live team is the winner of this KO
    1 girl out of 4 in a KO team that consisted of 6 girls to 2 guys, ouch lmao

  48. You have to have big huge hutzpah to bring anything to this song. She is meh, sorry

  49. The beginning of Alyssa was beautiful and I really wish she kept the whole song like that because once it got upbeat things fell a bit down

  50. Daysia is good but I think she came on the show at too young an age – she needs more experience.

  51. Yes! He was robbed…should have won Idol. I think he lost votes because he is gay. Ryan Seacrest emphasized it constantly, talking about his guyliner, etc.

  52. Sasha sounds nice but no one will ever touch koryns version for me

  53. Koryn’s version is better than both Foy Vance and Ed Sheeran. She stole that song for her own.

  54. Koryn’s version was LEGENDARY, she really brought the energy that this song really needs to sound good.
    Sasha sounds solid, but there’s something missing from this

  55. Anyways have a gn all!

    Will be watching Kim slay over and over again

    Take care and remember to vote safely and responsibly!

  56. That’s very interesting. Not much of a playoff losing just 3 people but I’m not mad abt it. Funniest part is that this season is probably one that I wouldn’t mind seeing half of the ppl left go lol

  57. Whaat? Sasha didn’t win? Geez, Gwen, you were doing pretty well until you picked your stan over a CLEARLY better performer.

  58. It sucks that The Voice doesn’t provide video of all the performances. Why? Would’ve loved to have heard Cara Brindisi.

  59. No, no, no, Braydon! You don’t smile while singing, “Have mercy!” You pulled me right out of what otherwise would have been a perfectly acceptable performance. Just NO!

  60. Same. I could’ve thrown a tomato at him (not really) when he started smiling while singing, “If you ever loved me, have mercy.” He was doing an okay job, but that just killed the mood for me and took me completely out of the song.

  61. Hi all! Final night of Kos

    Fun note: Kayla made a statement about montages and was able to get this KO trio fully aired! Massive props

  62. Still go with Jason and Cara. I love Jason but seems I am alone in that sentiment.

  63. WHAT?
    I swear, I thought Cara and Justin would have swapped there

  64. Thankfully, this is the last night of these ridiculous political ads.

  65. I wish Camilla wasn’t focused on during the performances. As her enthusiasm is a bit distracting especially when i isn’t her singers performing.

    bruhhh cara was robbed, she should have gotten an EPIC STEAL :(

  67. Once again, the least interesting of the three, wins on The Voice.

  68. thanks for showing his battle first to hype them up nbc, you must be proud

  69. George Strait is a legend. If you can´t sing, don´t sing his songs.

  70. this song has been sung so many times on this show and SandyRedd’s version is still untouchable by far

  71. LMAOOOOO that was an obvious landslide incoming, his opponents were just that bad

  72. nice to see Brayden get to the lives but tbh he kinda got carried there with super weak opponents in the battles and KOs. he’s just not ready for this competition and i think the lives are going to eat him alive

  73. I am surprised they did not do the old cartoon schtick with the cane pulling them off the stage.

  74. This. I feel that he got a very easy path. Put him against Bodie, or even Bryce, and he gets eaten alive.

  75. He might make it over Rowan during playoffs. I hope Rowan has a shining moment though.

  76. Sounds good. I don’t have your skills so betting on the 2bln lottery…lol

  77. I love Chasing Cars, but the song goes nowhere. One Direction delivered an excellent version on The X Factor.

  78. The others have to be sitting there thinking what’s the point of even singing

  79. Oh oh Camilla’s arms are crossed against her body- only her head is wobbling.

  80. I think if Kim had a more “familiar” song choice her % would have been def higher

    She killed it either way so I’m content

  81. goodnight yall this knockout was leak and I didn’t like ANY of these ladies

  82. alyssa i love queen but i really don’t think this is a good song for you

  83. Always a good time to remember Lacy kaye booth’s cover of this song

  84. Alyssa: Well A for effort but way too big for her. C- for getting lost.

  85. Agreed – she’s just not ready and should have waited to audition

  86. Agree. Again, her tone is beautiful but the vocal was a bit erratic

  87. Daysia wasn’t perfect but I do wish that she auditioned with more experience, because she’s got potential

  88. I just want to see Kara sing. Her double montage is the most annoying happening this year. She sang gorgeous in both shown snippets

  89. Ugh. I don´t like Alyssa but this loss gives Justin a higher chance. Sigh.

  90. Daysia had the most ability. Some of the notes she hit were so so beautiful

    i mean, it’s pretty obvious she’s Gwen’s favorite. Gwen said Alyssa was her daughter for god’s sake!

  92. Can’t keep track! Oh I got this all wrong anyway. I would never have chosen Alyssa.

  93. and sasha joins the exclusive club of people who worked with 3 coaches after getting that EPIC STEAL THAT NO ONE EVER PREDICTED WOW NO WAY

  94. john’s team is pretty stacked – we can get rid of omar though

  95. Guess I was lucky that I closed my eyes and listened. I thought his vocal was terrific. Love his tone. He conveyed the lyric well, at least with his voice. Honestly, If I looked as good as him, I would probably smile all the time too.

  96. I’m not really a Gabby Barrett fan, but I think “I Hope” is a great song, and the girl who sang it last night made me realize how well Gabby sings it.

  97. So many talented young female performers going into the battles and Gwen narrows it down to three mediocre at best males and her mini me, possibly the least talented of the group. Without being Blake Shelton like hyperbolic, Cara’s performance last night was on the best vocals I have heard in quite some time here. She nailed every aspect of it, connected emotionally , didn’t miss a note, and stayed true to the melody while not being karaoke, I believed every note she sang. I also loved Haley but let’s face it,artists like her get drowned every season in an avalanche of bland country and R&B artists who bring nothing unique to the table.

  98. I thought Daysia had a rocky start to “Get Here,” but got so much better later. A lot of potential not fully realized yet.

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