How can a Knockout Round of The Voice be simultaneously “Simply the Best” and “Impossible”? Easy – just have Samara Brown and Shadale compete against each other. On Friday, coach John Legend has to make yet another difficult choice between two extremely talented and polished singers. Now that we’re further into the competition, the decision may come down to small details like a bit more grit or range. Or, the difference between the two competitors could involve much more important elements, like passion and emotion.
Legend certainly had his work cut out for him with this round in particular. Both Brown and Shadale are powerful vocalists that have a handle on the technical skills. Their performances were no doubt entertaining, but what will be the final factor that places one singer above the other?
First up to the microphone was Brown with her rendition of Tina Turner’s “Simply the Best.” Brown infused the song with plenty of voice breaks to show her flexibility in range. Following the booming performance, Shadale bared her soul on stage with her version of “Impossible” by Shontelle.
Listen to the two stars rock the stage in The Voice clip below.
The performances demonstrated the two starkly different sides of performing on stage. On one hand, artists can focus on the technical aspects of the trade. On the other, they can convey the harder emotions that resonate with the audience, like heartbreak and despair.
Perhaps The Voice vocalist that can master both of these skills will be the one that takes home the season victory.
‘The Voice’ Judges Share Their Thoughts on Team Legend Vocalists
Following Shadale’s performance, The Voice judge Kelly Clarkson had to collect herself before she could share her feedback. The competitor’s rendition of the song was so moving that it brought Clarkson to tears. The judge applauded Shadale for her ability to captivate the audience and translate her emotions so fluently through the song while still staying on key.
While Clarkson clearly cast her vote for Shadale, the next two The Voice judges weren’t so clear on their decisions. Both Ariana Grande and Blake Shelton expressed their admiration for their varying styles. Shelton shared that he particularly appreciated how Brown delivered one of Tina Turner’s happier songs. He also commended Shadale for taking her performance from “great” to “exceptional.”
Meanwhile, Grande described Brown as the vocalist “that got away” from her team.
Finally, their own The Voice coach Legend shared his insight. While he compared Shadale to legendary Mary J. Blige, he also stated that Brown was “one of the best vocalists on the show.”
It’s going to be an extremely close call, and likely, not everyone’s going to agree. But in the end, the choice is up to John Legend and whether he thinks the contestant can take him to the end of the competition.