Even though Hurricane Sandy was wreaking havoc on the east coast, The Voice soldiered on with the debut of its knockout round.
They had no time to waste, considering the show had to get through 20 performances in 2 hours!
The knockout round is a new addition to the singing competition. Following the battle rounds, each coach had 10 artists left on their team.
During Monday’s episode, coaches Adam Levine and Cee Lo Green had to pair up two artists from their own teams to compete against each other in back-to-back solos. Levine and Green then decided who would move on to the live shows.
“The artists get to pick their own songs. I mean after getting coached a little bit, making it through the battle rounds and the blind auditions,” Carson explained earlier this morning.
“This is the first chance for Adam to look at someone like Joselyn Rivera or Kayla Nevarez and say, ‘Hey girls, who do you see yourself as an artist?’ Pick a song that best reflects kind of the direction you want to go.”
TEAM ADAM: JOSELYN RIVERA VS. KAYLA NEVAREZ
For Team Adam, lady luck was on the side of those who he stole during the battle rounds.
Joselyn Rivera brought down the house with her rendition of Beyonce’s “Love On Top.”
“Joselyn Rivera, who was a steal…She’s on Team Adam, but he stole her from Team Christina,” Carson pointed out. “She did that Beyonce song and I thought did a really great job.”
TEAM ADAM: LOREN ALLRED VS. NICOLE NELSON
This was one of the most buzzed-about knockouts here in the office this morning. Nicole Nelson has been solid since day one of the blind auditions, whereas Loren Allred has slowly been gaining more traction episode by episode.
Allred decided to challenge herself by performing the late Amy Winehouse’s “You Know I’m No Good.”
“She’s normally a wedding singer and he gave her a whole speech during the practice like, ‘If you’re going to go out there and sing Amy Winehouse, one of the most troubled people, you really have to tap into something,’ Carson recounted. “And she did. She gave a great performance of that song.”
TEAM CEE LO: MACKENZIE BOURG VS. DANIEL ROSA
Daniel Rosa has been a crowd favorite ever since he failed to advance past the blind auditions in season two, but one of the most unique performances last night came from his competition, pop singer MacKenzie Bourg.
The 19-year-old put his own spin on Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” and all the coaches loved it.
“He committed nicely to that,” Carson commented.
TEAM CEE LO: MYCLE WASTMAN VS. NICHOLAS DAVID
For this knockout, Cee Lo paired together two of his most soulful male singers.
Nicholas David mesmerized the crowd with his rendition of “Put Your Records On.”
“He’s cool. Man, that guy’s funky,” Carson said. “That’s what music needs. Some different people, you know, and I think you’re starting to see them take stride here.”
WINNER: Nicholas David
- Who was your favorite from last night’s knockout round? Share with us in the comments section!
-Sarah Carroll, 97.1 AMP Radio/Los Angeles