‘The Voice’ Contestants Crush Cover of Vince Gill’s ‘Don’t Let Our Love Start Slippin’ Away’

by Leanne Stahulak

“The Voice” contestants keep crushing their Battle Round performances, making it harder and harder for the coaches to pick who goes and who stays.

Blake Shelton faced an especially difficult decision last night. Two of his team members, 17-year-old Carson Peters and 26-year-old Clint Sherman, absolutely nailed a cover of country star Vince Gill’s hit “Don’t Let Our Love Start Slippin’ Away.”

Peters adopted more of a raspy, rock’n’roll sort of tone for the duet. Sherman, on the other hand, brought in more of an R&B sound mixed with classic country. “The Voice” coach Ariana Grande called it one of her “favorite performances so far.”

“I loved it so much. I’m about to start yee-hawing up in here,” Grande said. “You both sang that so well.”

Ultimately, she leaned in Peters’ direction because she couldn’t believe his age. Coach John Legend leaned the opposite way, but he still applauded Peters’ work.

“I loved Carson in the blinds. I turned for him, and I think he’s a fantastic talent, fun to watch, electric energy,” Legend shared. “But Clint, you were so confident. Your tone sounded so rich and powerful. You shocked me, man.”

Kelly Clarkson also agreed that Sherman shocked the coaches in a good way. She applauded his “tone” and his “notes” but also complimented Peters’ look and sound.

“Carson, I was like, ‘Oh my god, 17 years old, looking like a country Patrick Swayze,'” Clarkson said. “I think that you’re an incredibly gifted talent. You have a really cool rasp and you have a really cool voice.”

Ultimately, it came down to “The Voice” coach Blake Shelton to decide who would advance on the show.

‘The Voice’ Coach Blake Shelton Applauds Contestants for Tackling Vince Gill Song

Before revealing his choice, “The Voice” coach Blake Shelton praised the two young stars for tackling a notoriously difficult cover.

“People don’t normally cover Vince Gill’s songs. It’s kind of one that you avoid. So thank you guys for working so hard on this thing,” Shelton said.

He complimented Sherman’s “soulful R&B type sound” that blends well with country music. Shelton also pointed out Peters’ “rock edge” which surprised the coach in a good way.

“I figured it would be more down the middle sound like Vince Gill,” Shelton said. “And found a whole other different sound that Carson has that he implemented into the song. I saw two totally different things than I thought I would and I loved both of them. You guys stepped up to the plate and did it so thank you. Great job.”

So, who won “The Voice” battle? Shelton chose Carson Peters.

“I just feel like Carson had the edge. He’s just got a few different gears he can go to as a vocalist,” Shelton shared. “Carson’s only 17 years old, and as a coach, that’s very exciting. Also, we haven’t yet heard him play fiddle, I can’t wait for that.”

Check out their electric performance below from the official “The Voice” Twitter page!