The fourth of the nine battles on the March 27 episode of “The Voice” pitted two of Adam Levine‘s artists — Malik Davage and Kawan DeBose — against each other. For their battle song, Levine chose “Love Me Now,” a 2016 hit for his advisor, John Legend.
Faced with rehearsing this tune in front of the singer/songwriter, these two artists struggled with the song and each other. On the night Davage did better and was Levine’s choice to take through to the knockouts. But after his own coach knocked DeBose, Gwen Stefani did not want him for her team either.
When Davage did his blind audition on March 7, Levine was the only coach to turn for this 23-year-old from the nation’s capital who had the crowd hopping with Miguel‘s 2011 hip-hop hit “Sure Thing.” As such, this rising star ended up on his team without any competition from another coach. Debose had impressed a day earlier with his rendition of Marvin Gayes‘ 1973 classic “Let’s Get It On.” While Stefani and Blake Shelton also turned for him, DeBose opted for Levine after the coach likened him to Prince.
Over the course of the four Battle episodes, the 12 artists on each team will be split into six pairs and have to sing the same song for their survival. The four coaches — Alicia Keys, Levine, Shelton and Stefani — will then have to decide which contender in each battle to take to the Knockout rounds.
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