The Voice aired its first batch of knockout rounds last night, and we saw a couple of exciting steals and some major contenders leave the competition. Ed Sheeran came by as a mega mentor, and there were plenty of incredible performances.
First up, Jonathan Mouton went against major fan-favorite Wendy Moten on team Blake. Mouton went with a powerful rendition of “I can See Clearly Now” while Moten covered Aretha Franklin’s “Ain’t no way.” Unsurprisingly, the win went to Moten, whose been absolutely dominating the competition thus far and viewed as a major contender for the win this year. But Mouton’s cover of “I can See Clearly Now” was worth praise of its own.
The singer unfortunately didn’t get a steal, ending his time on The Voice and making him the first contestant eliminated by the knockouts.
‘The Voice’ Saw Multiple Contestants Leave
The next competition of the night was for Team Ariana. Raquel Trinidad and Katie Rae went head to head. The two artists are quite different, and that’s definetly highlighted by their song choices. Trinidad sang “Valerie” by the Zutons while Rae covered, “Hold on to Me” by Lauren Daigle.
Grande wound up going with Raquel. Rae said her goodbyes, nearly pushing Grande to tears, before Kelly Clarkson swooped in and stole Katie Rae for herself.
Next up, team Kelly members Gymani and Kinsey Rose went head to head. Gymani covered “Pillow Talk” by Zayn and Kinsey Rose sang “Strawberry Wine” by Deana Carter. Gymani wound up winning the knockout round. Kinsey wound up becoming the second artist to say goodbye to the show last night.
On team Legend, Joshua Vacanti, covered “Falling” by Harry Styles and went up against Sabrina Dias who chose to sing “Photograph” by Ed Sheeran before learning Sheeran was the mega mentor. Ultimately, Vacanti took the win, sending Sabrina Dias out the door.
The Last Two Performances of the Night Saw Major Powerhouses go Head to Head
In one of the most exciting battle rounds of the night, team Blake’s Hailey Green went up Against LiBianca. Green’s performance of Blake Shelton’s “God’s Country” may have been her best yet. The seriously jaw-dropping performance was going to be hard to beat. But LiBianca’s chill inducing and vocally exquisite performance of “everything i wanted” by Billy Eilish put her over the edge, earning her the win.
The final performance of the night put two powerhouse performers against each other. Or, rather, four. Team Kelly acts Girl Named Tom and Holly Forbes went head to head. Girl Named Tom had an incredible performance of “Wichita Lineman” by Glen Campbell and really showed off their harmonies while Holly Forbes played it a bit safe with “Superstar” by Delaney and Bonnie. Ultimately, Girl Named Tom advanced.
But the show isn’t over for Holly Forbes. Both Ariana Grande and John Legend tried to steal her. Holly’s audition was a four chair turn where Ariana used the block on John. Ariana finally got what she wanted, and Holly decided to join team Ariana.
The knockouts are far from over, and you can tune in tonight at 8/7 central to see the next batch of hopefuls compete.