Out of the six battles on Tuesday’s episode of “The Voice,” only one showdown produced a steal. Coach Blake Shelton had a face-off of Aliyah Moulden vs. Dawson Coyle with the 80s hit song “Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina and the Waves (watch above). Blake had a difficult decision but picked Aliyah to stay on his team for Season 12. Rival coach Alicia Keys used her final steal of this round to save teen Dawson for her own.
Our writer Denton Davidson ranked this battle as one of his favorites on Tuesday. He says, “These young pop singers were paired up to battle it out for one spot on Team Blake, which has historically been dominated by country artists. Taking advice from their mentor, Luke Bryan, the duo flirted on stage, making for a fun, but admittedly amateurish performance. Although it felt a bit like I was transported back to an episode of “Glee,” it was impossible not to smile watching them. Despite his rival coaches favoring Dawson, Blake went with gut in picking Aliyah as the winner. Alicia surprised everyone when she used the only steal of the night on Dawson stating, ‘The ladies are going to eat you alive.'”
The NBC bio for Aliyah: “Aliyah is being raised solely by her mother since her father passed away from lung cancer when she was only one month old. Music helped Aliyah find herself in high school, and her mother signed her up for vocal lessons. She has opened for Caroline Sunshine, Todrick Hall and Jesse McCartney. This past summer, she sang in the BET Experience at the L.A. Convention Center.”
The NBC bio for Dawson: “Dawson grew up taking various lessons at a local church, where he became hooked on the guitar. Although he was no good, he was drawn to singing. Singing calms his Tourette syndrome, which manifests with various physical tics. Singing has also given him the confidence to perform professionally for the past two years. His family’s home recently burned down and they have been living with his grandparents. His parents are going to go on the road with him and see where music takes them.”
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