To lead off Monday’s last knockout round of “The Voice,” five-time coaching champ Blake Shelton chose to pair Andrea Thomas vs. Lauren Duski in a terrific showdown. Andrea selected the tune “Cry” while Lauren took on “When You Say Nothing At All.” It did seem to be a tough decision for Blake, but he ultimately is taking Lauren to the first live shows of Season 12 next Monday, April 17 (watch their knockout performances below).
Our writer Denton Davidson ranked this battle as a great one on Monday’s episode. He says, “Blake pitted these two against each other because they are both pop-leaning country singers. While they may have looked similar on paper, they couldn’t have taken more different approaches in this knockout. Andrea powered her way through a Faith Hill hit, showing off every note her vocal range possesses. Lauren followed with a much more reserved, but emotional rendition of an Alison Krauss classic. In the end, less proved to be more as Blake chose Lauren as the winner, and ended Andrea’s season.”
Be sure to read through our recent power rankings of all four teams: Team Adam, Team Alicia, Team Blake, and Team Gwen. You can also tour through each original team’s photo galleries within these same articles.
The NBC bio for Andrea: “Andrea grew up in a family of gospel singers. Her grandfather, Jimmy Jones, was inducted into the Country Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 1999. When her grandfather started a TV show on a local Christian network, she sang every week from age eight to 16. She’s a session vocalist and lead singer in a cover band. From 2012-2015, she sang backup for Carrie Underwood.”
The NBC bio for Lauren: “At a young age, Lauren entered many karaoke competitions, leading to several years of touring Michigan and performing classic country hits with JR Country Band. They opened for Lonestar, Randy Travis and Bill Anderson. After high school, Lauren shifted her focus from writing music to dental school. She met independent filmmaking couple Ann Gillis and husband Marvin, and they encouraged her to move to Nashville, taking Lauren under their wing. After Ann was diagnosed with ALS, Lauren felt the need to give back to her by becoming her full-time caretaker.”