The Voice 24 Recap: Knockouts Part 3 Live Blog Results with Videos
The Voice season 24 Knockouts CONCLUDE tonight with Part 4, featuring Mega Mentor Wynonna Judd who will assist the coaches–Reba McEntire, John Legend, Gwen Stefani and Niall Horan with their three-way Knockouts. Each coach gets a steal and a save (and maybe more!) Carson Daly returns as host.
Unfortunately, Niall Horan’s tour schedule clashed with the Knockouts rehearsal schedule, so season 25 “double chair” coaches Dan + Shay took his place. Niall will watch his team members perform and will choose the winners.
Every Steal has been used. Only John’s SAVE remains.
Team John Legend – Mac Royals, Taylor Deneen, Brandon Montel
Mac Royals – Lost Without U by Robin Thicke
Mac’s dad was incarcerated throughout his childhood. After getting out, his father opened a successful club. Mac first covered the song at 17. John suggested Mac connect with someone while he sings. Gwen maybe! Wynonna thinks he has superstar quality. “He’s slick as snot on a doorknob,” she says. Ew!
He starts the song with some sexy talk, a thing I usually hate, but he pulls it off. The performance is smooth as silk. His head voice is gorgeous. He throws in a few sexy moves too. John is on his feet. SING THAT! YOU LOOK LIKE A SUPERSTAR! John shouts
Taylor Deneen – Sweet Thing by Rufus and Chaka Khan
Chaka is one of Taylor’s favorite artists. Once in concert, the star plucked Taylor out of the crowd for a duet. John and Wynonna suggest Taylor be more sultry and less happy. To help the vibe along, John asks the band to slow it up a little.
This Knockout so far is sultry city. Taylor sticks to the original arrangement of the song, but manages to add her own flourishes. Every ad lib has intention. It’s a beautifully controlled performance–high notes and all!
Brandon Montel – Nobody Gets Me by SZA
John says it’s OK not to try for the highest notes. Wynonna asks Brandon to “tell me a story!” He explains that he and a partner broke up after a 6 year relationship–he relates to the song. John stole Brandon from Gwen.
Brandon is a talented singer, but he’s up against some very formidable competition. He chose a good song for his vocal style, and he’s infusing it with emotion, but next to Mac and Taylor, he’s not as strong a singer.
Reba gushes over Taylor’s showmanship and range. She’d pick Taylor. Niall calls what Taylor did with the song “nuts” but based on growth he’d pick Mac. Gwen noticed that Mac was flirting with her. She compares his performance to the Grammys. She’d pick him. John calls Brandon’s performance his best yet. John says to Mac “You are not playing today.” John thought Taylor did Chaka justice. John picks Mac, but then uses his save on Taylor, Brandon is eliminated.
Team Reba McEntire – Jordan Rainer, Caitlin Quisenberry, Elizabeth Evans
Jordan keeps Reba and Wynonna laughing in rehearsals. The Knockout, montaged, features Jordan’s performance of “hole in the bottle” by Kelsea Ballerini. Reba picks Jordan, Caitlin Quisenberry and Elizabeth Evans are eliminated. According to spoilers, Caitlin sang “Lady Like” by Ingrid Andress and Elizabeth performed “You Broke Me First” by Tate McRae.
Carson teases a Twist. HA HA HA. Has your favorite been eliminated? NOT SO FAST!
Team Niall Horan – Alexa Wildish, Julia Roome, Lennon Vanderdoes
Alexa Wildish – Believe by Cher
Alexa strips down the Cher classic to sing with acoustic guitar. A broken relationship inspired her. She made Wynonna cry. She compares Alexa to a young Joni Mitchell, which is high praise indeed. The duo suggest she go all the way with emotion and not hold back.
Alexa has a tone to die for. That, paired with the ability to tell a nuanced story with her voice makes her a powerhouse performer. She’s not out there shouting notes, but her superpower is her exquisite phrasing. She reminds me a lot of another folkie singer from the 60/70s, Judy Collins.
Julia Roome – Unstoppable by Sia
Before music, Julia did a lot of sports. Unstoppable was her jam. SHE’S ONLY 13. Wynonna sees herself in Julia. “Follow your heart with that song.” She also dispenses some mama-like advice about being professional. The duo suggest she work on her timing.
For a middle schooler, Julia is pretty incredible. She sounds like she’s at least 16! Heh. She’s still a work in progress. Dan + Shay’s note about timing was astute. In a couple more years she’ll be unstoppable, indeed. Having said that, tonight is Julia’s best performance so far.
Lennon VanderDoes – I Won’t Give Up by Jason Mraz
The lyrics remind Lennon of his marriage. He’s been playing at any gigs that will have him, and he’s NOT giving up. Wynonna and Dan + Shay are impressed with his sweet high voice. The pair tell him to relax and stay in the moment. Wynonna shares that it’s more important to be loved than to be right and she advises that Lennon opens his eyes. “You’re adorable,” she says.
Lennon knows how to use his unusually high tenor to great effect. Like Alexa, his timing and phrasing are beautiful. He’s a little pitchy here and there, but Lennon THROWS himself into the performance. It’s impactful.
Niall and John are in tears. Gwen calls Alexa magical. There is no winner for her. John blames the tears on being a father. JOHN KEEPS CRYING. “I felt you being fully yourself,” he says to Lennon, while still choked up. Reba hands him a tissue. “It felt so passionate and so moving.” He calls Alexa’s performance “flawless.” He thinks Julia could win The Voice. Niall calls it his favorite moment on The Voice so far. Niall picks Alexa, Julia and Lennon are eliminated. OR ARE THEY?
No more steals or saves! OH NOES. But…..THERE IS A TWIST. Carson explains to the coaches backstage that The Voice has CHANGED THE RULES. Each coach gets to SAVE a contestant from their team or from another team.
But we won’t find out WHO is super-saved and by whom until next week. Check out the spoilers linked above if you NEED to know. BUT DON’T SPOIL THEM HERE IN COMMENTS OK. A Top 24 will compete in The Playoffs.