The Voice Recap Season 19 Knockouts 1
The Voice season 19 Knockouts begin tonight with coaches Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson John Legend and Gwen Stefani. Carson Daly hosts. We’ll be live blogging all the Knockout performances and Results right here.
Former The Voice coach Usher will serve as Mega Mentor. He WON The Voice season 6 with team member Josh Kaufman.
Twenty-eight contestants remain. Each coach will pair up their remaining artists who will choose a song to perform in front of the coaches. The coach will pick a winner to advance to the Live Playoffs. The remaining singer will be eliminated OR stolen by another coach
Each coach gets one steal a (The four saves from Battles will compete in a four way knockout)
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The Voice Recap Season 19 Knockouts 1
Team John Legend – Tamara Jade vs Casmé
Both artists have been grinding for 20 years. Casme had volunteered for Usher’s New Look charity. John compliments her rock singing. He suggests that she tighten the delivery at the beginning. Usher compliments her stage presence. Tamara is next. She watched Usher perform her song choice for the Obama inauguration. Tamara’s mom is a teacher. Usher admires her passion, but warns her not to let the performance get away from her
Tamara Jade – Higher Ground by Stevie Wonder – Tamara is a front runner right now, I think. I can’t imagine her not winning this matchup. She’s soulful, churchy, passionate, but sings with a ton of control. Her runs are tasteful. Also, she personalizes the song in a way that makes her performance hard to deny.
Casmé – Wrecking Ball by Miley Cyrus – Showing versatility makes sense. But this is not a good song choice. Casmé is having problems staying in tune. Her phrasing is all over the place. It’s a shame, because her stage presence and energy are infectious. But this song is not it. Tamara is the clear winner of this Knockout.
Gwen called Casmé’s performance beautiful, Tamara’s voice “ridiculous.” She would pick her. Kelly can’t choose. Blake thought Casmé finished stronger than she started. But Tamara was perfect. John noted how risky Casmé’s song choice was. John picks Tamara, Casmé is eliminated I hate to see Casmé go, but her song choice did her in.
Team Gwen Stefani – Payge Turner vs Ryan Berg
Payge grew up feeling like an outsider which is why she connects to the song. As an outsider herself, Gwen feels a special kinship with Payge. She can imagine playing in a band together. Gwen pushes Payge to act out the song’s meaning even more. Usher suggests she make it even more awkward. Payge is so into it, she’s moved to tears. Ryan dedicates his song to his girlfriend. They’ve been together 7 years. Gwen warns that it takes away from the emotion if he pushes too hard on the gas. Usher encourages his falsetto. We previewed this performance HERE.
Payge Turner – Creep by Radiohead – This song has been covered over and over again on singing shows. But Payge’s rendition is truly unique. She’s pouring emotion into performance. It’s naked vulnerability. It’s probably one of my favorite covers of this song, and that’s saying a lot.
Ryan Berg – Making Me Look Good Again by Drake White – It’s too bad Ryan is up against a talent like Payge. He’s your standard issue blue eyed soul singer, but he’s solid. Great tone, creative phrasing–I wonder if he’s a songwriter? I’m not sure why Gwen would pit these two very different artists up against each other.
Kelly thinks they are both incredible, but completely different storytellers. Blake says Ryan sounds like a beast. Blake compares Payge’s performance to an out of body experience. John was utterly stunned by Payge. He’d chose her. Gwen is proud that Payge took all her notes. She thinks Ryan wakes up on stage in the moment. Gwen picks Payge, Ryan is eliminated. Aw. I hate to see Ryan go.
Team Blake Shelton – Ben Allen vs Worth the Wait
Ben’s Battle was montaged. He’s two years into a marriage with a city gal. Blake suggests that Ben add a little more finesse. He’s overdoing the dips. Worth The Wait, a family trio, harmonize on country songs. Usher suggests the lead singer step step forward and not hold back. The group was told the same thing during the Battles. Oh. The mom’s 80 year old parents just tested positive for Covid.
Ben Allen – She Got the Best of Me by Luke Combs – He does that Scotty McCreery deep voice thing, but not as well. His tone is rich, though. He’s a little too twangy, but he is toning down the dips and country affectations, which is a good thing.
Worth the Wait – Delta Dawn by Tanya Tucker – The group is at their best when harmonizing. It’s true, there’s nothing like family harmonies. When individual singers step out for solos, they aren’t as impressive. There are many solo singers in this competition who are better.
SOMEBODY IS GETTING STOLEN. John calls Ben “consistently good” and describes Worth the Wait’s performance as their best. He’d pick them. Gwen calls Ben’s performance her favorite. Kelly thinks Ben is rock solid. Kelly loves the group’s blend. Blake calls Ben classic. Blake picks Worth the Wait, Gwen Steals Ben Well, that should be interesting collaboration. She’ll probably give him a makeover like she did Craig Wayne Boyd.