In the final two Battle rounds of “The Voice” this week, coach Alicia Keys pitted three pairs of her artists against each other. She had to choose one singer in each duet to take on to the knockout rounds. Keys already had five of the eight artists that will move on to the next stage of the competition from last week’s two battle rounds. (Vote for the best of those picks from week one here.)
Keys lost her one previous season on “The Voice.” Which of her picks from this week do you think could win her the competition over rival coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani? Below, a description of what each of these artists did to get her attention. Be sure to cast your vote in our poll and then sound off in the comments section.
Blind Audition: “One of Us” (March 6)
David Cassidy‘s nephew, who grew up in Hollywood, delivered a soulful rendition of the 1995 Joan Osborne hit “One of Us” that had both Keys and Levine vying for his vote. As this softly spoken 18-year-old accompanied himself on the piano, it was not surprising he chose Keys who does the same.
Battle Round: “Dancing on My Own” vs. Hunter Plake (March 27)
This pairing might have been the last of the night, but it was the first in which two of the three other coaches fought to get the loser for their team. Inexplicably, Keys chose to have her two remaining male artists sing this 2010 hit tune by Swedish dance diva Robyn. After being denied three full performances in a row, we saw Cassidy and Plake give it their all. Keys opted to keep Cassidy, who sounded stronger in the choruses, while Stefani opted to use her second and final steal on Plake.
Blind Audition: “Don’t Let Me Down” (March 13)
This 31-year-old from Greensboro, NC is classically trained and knows her way around a song. She rocked the house with her performance of “Don’t Let Me Down,” the 2016 hit for The Chainsmokers. While Levine took a pass, Ferguson had Keys, Shelton and Stefani fighting for her affections. Shelton tried to make his case that he would not try to countrify her but ,in the end, she went with her idol, Keys.
Battle Round: “Killing Me Softly with His Song” vs. Autumn Turner (March 27)
Roberta Flack had a huge hit in 1973 with this chart-topping soul song, which won both Record and Song of the Year at the Grammys. In 1997, the Fugees did a cover that won them a Grammy for Best R&B Duo/Group Performance. Ferguson masterfully blended the two versions and got the backing of Keys while Turner struggled to connect with the lyrics. However, Levine and Stefani saw potential in her and she chose to work with the former, becoming the first of his steals.
Blind Audition: “A Love of My Own” (February 28)
This Los Angeleno, 26, impressed all the judges but Levine with her rendition of soul singer Carla Thomas‘ 1961 signature tune “A Love of My Own.” Keys convinced her to join forces by engaging her in a little sing-song repartee.
Battle Audition:”Every Little Bit Hurts” vs. Lauryn Judd (March 28)
For the second night in a row, we had a veteran pitted against a young talent (on Monday it was the upstart, Stephanie Price, who prevailed). Keys showcased these two singers with this 1964 Motown hit for Brenda Holloway. Passero was in her comfort zone while teenager Judd struggled. After Keys went with Passero, Judd’s only hope was if Levine used his last steal but he passed.