Blake Shelton has a tough decision to make on this Monday night’s episode of The Voice. The show’s official Twitter posted a video of Team Blake’s Knockout performances, and Shelton described his decision as “soul-crushing.”
To start the Knockout, Hailey Green performed Shelton’s own song, “God’s Country.” Safe to say, she killed it. Green’s voice starts off so low and almost gravelly; Kelly Clarkson even describes her as having a Janis Joplin-esque sound.
Her voice starts off dark in the beginning, but she ends up belting it by the chorus, really laying into the vocals. At one point, Ariana Grande even has to stand up in her seat. Green possesses a heavy sound. Her voice is almost rough and guttural but in the best way. It’s a way that just slams into you when you hear it.
Libianca, on the other hand, has a softer, lighter sound. She performed “everything i wanted” by Billie Eilish, and completely knocked it out of the park. Her voice is almost nasally in comparison to Green’s, but it works well for her. Libianca hit a few high notes that blew the judges away, and had both Ariana Grande and John Legend out of their seats.
‘The Voice’: Blake Shelton Has a Difficult Decision to Make
When it came time for the judges’ comments, Ariana Grande described Hailey Green’s voice as “strong” and “powerful,” and said it was “brave” of her “to perform the one and only Blake Shelton’s song right in front of him.” As for Libianca, Grande said she loved how she saved the high note for the end to show off her range. She voted for Libianca.
John Legend said Green’s voice filled the room, and wondered how Libianca would follow her energetic performance. Legend then described Libianca’s performance as “a masterclass in vocals.” He voted for Libianca as well.
Kelly Clarkson, on the other hand, voted for Hailey Green. She called her a “baby Janis Joplin,” saying “I haven’t heard a female in that lane since Gretchen Wilson.” She praised Libianca’s “texture” and “vibe,” but ultimately leaned more towards Green, saying she didn’t think anyone else on the show was singing like that.
Now, it comes down to Blake Shelton to decide who to send home from his team. Is it Hailey Green, who beautifully performed one of his own songs? Or Libianca, who wowed two out of three judges with her angelic vocals?
Don’t expect any bias when it comes to a performer singing one of his own songs on The Voice; Shelton focuses solely on the artistry, and will judge Green and Libianca fairly and equally. He did jokingly ask his fellow judges for help making his decision; he knows this is going to be a tough one.