The first of this year’s knockout battles on “The Voice” for Monday delivered a first for the NBC reality show. Three artists had to duel instead of a duo because a contender left the program.
Coach Pharrell Williams informed his team that Anthony Riley departed due to “personal reasons.” That meant Sawyer Fredericks, Paul Pfau, and Mia Z faced off with two being safe and one going home. Fredericks performed “Collide” (Howie Day) against Pfau singing “I Don’t Need No Doctor” (John Mayer) and Mia with “Hold On, I’m Comin'” (Sam and Dave). Pfau was the odd one out and is now done.
During these knockout rounds this week and next, each coach has Nate Ruess (.fun) as an advisor and one steal to save a performer from elimination.
In other battles on Monday:
Coach Blake Shelton had Brian Johnson singing “Nothing Ever Hurt Like You” (James Morrison) against Sarah Potenza performing “Wasted Love” (from past contestant Matt McAndrew). He chose Potenza, but Adam Levine stepped in to save Johnson.
The Team Pharrell triple battle was next, and then Shelton chose Meghan Linsey performing “Natural Woman” (Aretha Franklin) over Travis Ewing singing “I Don’t Wanna Be” (Gavin DeGraw).
The final knockout round of Monday night was also from Team Christina. She chose Kimberly Nichole performing “Try” (Pink) over Koryn Hawthorne with “If You Love Somebody” (Sting). Williams jumped in at the last moment to use his one and only steal on Hawthorne.
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