A save and steal highlights the penultimate battle, featuring one of the most compelling vocals ever on a singing show and a fan-favorite farewell.
It was a rough night for Camila Cabello on “The Voice” and it had nothing to do with her artists or any of Coach’s other contestants.
She learned the hard way how difficult acting is, because that audience wasn’t on her side for most of the night. Her attempts to crack jokes were often met with silence, and at one point she was actually booed. Did Blake Shelton pay them to do this?
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Luckily, she fared better with her team, as they delivered one of the most “electric” performances of the night. The night saw a save and a steal used as the battles neared their conclusion with the show on Tuesday night.
Perhaps the most amazing thing of all for us is the fact that the coaches agreed with us on all but one of their decisions. This season, they’ve been really atrocious in getting it right (agree with us), sending home a lot of great singers.
Instead, their mistake tonight was to pair some of the best vocalists on their team, which means no matter what, we had to say goodbye to some exceptional vocalists. It definitely happened, as one of the Blinds’ biggest fan favorites had to say goodbye.
Fair warning, as I’m safe at home, I’ll probably be a bit harsher than my colleagues. Blake Shelton, Camille Hair, Gwen Stefaniand john legend. And just for fun, I’m going to rank the performances from worst to first and then see how they go over the season.
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Kevin Hawkins vs. Hillary Torchiana
(Team Blake – “Preach”, John Legend) Kevin is the artist who was blocked from Team Legend by Gwen, but then chose Blake. Is that why Blake gave him a John Legend song to sing for this Battle Round? This song was definitely more in Kevin’s way, but he also topped Hillary throughout. Worse still, she missed her grade more than once and Kevin was perfect. He overdid it at first, but when he settled into his rhythm, it was truly magical. Hillary definitely stepped out of her comfort zone with this one and had some extremely effective moments, but she just wasn’t consistent enough with it.
Results: Kevin wins
Kique vs. Tanner Howe
(Team Gwen – “Forget Me Not”, Simple Minds) Interestingly, Gwen insisted that they do karaoke exactly as written, with no artistic license allowed. It’s iconic, but it takes that extra layer out of the battle. Now it’s really just the voice and the way they interpret what was written without deviations. On the day of the battle, Kique stepped in in a big way, nailing the big “Hey!” and still finding subtle ways to make it her own, leaning into a few notes and injecting just a hint of personality. Tanner has a very clean and smooth voice, but Kique brought something extra that made our ears sound a little sharper every time he started singing.
Results: Kique wins
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Kate Kalvach vs. Madison Hughes
(Team Blake – “Every Rose Has Its Thorn”, Poison) Kate was a bit in her head during rehearsals about Madison’s mastery of her lower register which she overcompensated with higher, fatter notes, but she didn’t nail them all. The ones she hit were very powerful and compelling, but we always found ourselves drawn to Madison every time she started singing. She’s sitting in this pocket that’s all hers and you can’t stop focusing on her, even when they’re singing together. Kate has a great voice, but it doesn’t stand out as much, so we’d give this one to Madison. She nailed everything she wanted and has an undeniable vocal presence, we’d love to see how much further she could grow.
Results: kate wins
Alyssa Witrado vs. Ian Harrison
(Team Gwen – “happier than ever”, Billie Eilish) Ian wasn’t as strong in that softer part of the song where Billie dwells so beautifully, but when he opened up to her full bosom voice, he was there. With a bit of a grunt and a whole lot of pain, he really sold the frustration with the lyrics. Alyssa lived quite comfortably in her softer tone and never really strayed from it. Her voice was a perfect fit for this, and she had so much personality and stage presence on top. We really felt it was his battle until Ian started hitting harder. In the end, it was a dead end because her full voice was so compelling and believable. If we had to choose, we’d probably go with Alyssa because she didn’t expose any weaknesses, and Ian did.
Results: Alyssa wins (John steals Ian) [Team Legend]
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Devix vs. Sasha Hurtado
(Team Camila – “Electric Feel”, MGMT) Everything about this performance worked. Sasha has such a unique voice quality that there is almost a crispness to her tone that pierces your eardrums. Devix has several tones in his own, with a soft whisper, a beautiful falsetto head voice, and then his powerful full-throated voice. All these voices are so convincing that we were drawn to him every time he sang. But each time Sasha took over, she took control of the moment just as effectively. His power and range are equally impressive. For how interesting his voice is, we’d give the edge to Devix, but it’s an extremely slim advantage as they both really killed that opportunity.
By the way, Camila really struggled with this audience. When she joked at one point thanking Blake for choosing her song when it was John’s song, she was met with dead silence. At another point, she joked about having her own goat to bring out (a nod to when Blake did during the Blinds) again to shut up. This time, Blake even asked the audience to please laugh at his jokes. Things took an even more surprising turn when she agreed with Blake that Sasha was a touch of confidence away from a breakthrough moment, then joked that he was right “for the first time” she got. is actually boo. Who’s booing one of the stars of this show… of this show?
Results: Devix wins (Gwen steals Sasha) [Team Gwen]
David Andrew vs. Kim Cruze
(Team Legend – “Heartbreak Anniversary”, GIVĒON) David has this incredible range and such a tender voice that is so warm and enveloping. But Kim’s voice comes from a whole other place, it’s almost indescribable. It’s almost as if his voice is too large for a human ear canal. It’s not that she’s loud, it’s so full and enveloping that when she sings, you get everything you could possibly need at that moment. She’s complete ear food with a tone all her own, but that can only be compared to some of the great singers of all time. David is an incredible artist, but Kim is a force of nature.
Results: Kim wins
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“Finally, something funny happened on the show.” –Blake (after Camila’s fall)
“I fell in childbirth.” –Camille
“I thought the fall was over, then it continued.” –Blake
“I know you put grease on my shoe to make this happen.” –Camille
“The Voice” continues Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
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