The sixth of the seven knockout matches on the April 10 episode of “The Voice” pitted two of Blake Shelton‘s artists — Aliyah Moulden and Caroline Sky — against each other. We asked if you thought Shelton made the right choice by going with Moulden and you agreed by an overwhelming 96% to 4%. 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.
Moulden connected with the crowd with her rendition of Carrie Underwood‘s Grammy-winning”Before He Cheats.” With the guidance of her coach, she gave this 2005 country tune an edge. Sky tried her best with “At Last,” the 1941 big band tune that Etta James made her own in 1960. Even though she did a decent job, her coach opted for Moulden who had been with his team from the blind auditions.
For her February 28 blind audition, Moulden showcased her voice with a take on the 1956 Elvis Presley hit “Hound Dog.” This 15-year-old powerhouse convinced Shelton to turn quickly. The only surprise was that it took so long for Alicia Keys and Gwen Stefani to join him. In her March 21 battle with Dawson Coyle, the two teen talents were saddled with “Walking on Sunshine,” a song that was a hit way back in 1985 for the new wave band Katrina and the Waves. After being denied three full performances in a row, we saw Moulden and Coyle having fun with this dance tune. Shelton opted to keep Moulden, who sounded stronger in the choruses, while Keys chose to use her second and final steal on Coyle.
Sky soared in her March 7 blind audition with “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” Carole King‘s plaintive 1960 hits for The Shirelles. Stefani nabbed this 16-year-old talent for her team but only after a hard-fought battle with her fellow, Shelton. Although Shelton tried to convince Sky to fly with him by pointing out his successful mentoring of other young talents, in the end Stefani succeeded by connecting with her on a more personal level. For her March 27 battle against Stephanie Rice, both had to sing “The First Cut Is the Deepest.” Cat Stevens wrote this song in 1967 and, after P. P. Arnold had a hit with it, he included it on his own album that year. Keith Hampshire (1973), Rod Stewart (1977) and Sheryl Crow (2003) all enjoyed success with their versions of this melancholy tune. Rice was a revelation as she brought her own compelling backstory to the stage. While Stefani chose her, Shelton was impressed with Sky who, despite her age, also connected to the track. “Your voice is delicate and beautiful, and it kind of shreds at the same time,” he observed before using his second and final steal.
Do you think Shelton made the right choice by going with Moulden? Watch the two performances and then vote in our poll below. And be sure to sound off in our comments section too.
Aliyah Moulden (‘Before He Cheats’)
Caroline Sky (‘At Last’)