The second of the three knockout matches on the April 4 episode of “The Voice” pitted two of Blake Shelton‘s artists — Enid Ortiz and TSoul — against each other. We asked if you thought Shelton made the right choice by going with TSoul and you agreed by a solid margin of 66% to 34%. If you haven’t voted in our poll yet, watch their performances below and then cast your ballot. And be sure to sound off in our comments section too.
Ortiz had gotten Shelton to turn for her in the blind audition with “All I Ask,” a track off of Adele‘s Grammy-winning album “25.” She returned to that disc in this round and went with the No. 1 tune “When We Were Young.” While she delivered an emotional rendition of this ballad, TSoul stole the show with his powerhouse performance of the 1962 Otis Redding classic soul song, “These Arms of Mine.” With Shelton choosing to take TSoul through to the live shows, Ortiz needed Keys to thrown her a lifeline but it was not to be.
In her March 13 blind audition, Ortiz, a 25-year-old from Tampa, FL, inspired Shelton to hit his red button. That was a surprise as he tends to prefer those with a country flavor over pop stylings. We didn’t see her full battle on March 27 with Valerie Ponizio when they duetted on “Love Triangle.” Rather, there was just a short snippet of them singing this 2016 country hit for singer/songwriter RaeLynn. Ortiz was deemed the winner of this match-up by Shelton.
In his March 13 blind audition, TSoul made Al Green‘s 1974 hit “Take Me to the River” sound like a contemporary tune with his unique song stylings. The 29-year-old from Richmond, VA went with Shelton over Levine as he liked his endorsement of his sound. For his March 27 battle, he was pitted against Josh Hoyer on “In the Midnight Hour,” a 1965 hit for Wilson Pickett. Not surprisingly, TSoul connected with this similarly styled song as that of his blind audition and was Shelton’s pick.
Do you think Shelton made the right choice by going with TSoul? Watch the two performances and then vote in our poll below. And be sure to sound off in our comments section too.
Enid Ortiz: “When We Were Young”
TSoul: “These Arms of Mine”