Tuesday brought the final battle round for Gwen Stefani and the other coaches on Season 12 of “The Voice.” The No Doubt pop star pitted Brandon Royal vs. Davina Leone with “In the Night” by The Weeknd for a superb showdown. She ultimately chose Brandon to fill the last slot on her knockout round team, meaning Davina could have gone home. Instead she was immediately stolen away by rival coach Adam Levine (watch their battle performance above).
Our writer Denton Davidson ranked this battle as the best match-up on Tuesday. He says, “The chemistry between these two artists made the performance fun to watch from beginning to end. Their interaction flowed naturally as Brandon showed off the effortless power in his voice and Davina worked the stage like we hadn’t gotten to see her do before. To reward Brandon for his impressive vocals and keep him away from his biggest fan, Blake Shelton, Gwen chose him as the winner. But don’t feel bad for Davina, who was swiftly stolen by Adam and will continue on to the knockout rounds.”
The NBC bio for Brandon: “When Brandon was growing up, his mother wanted him to be a singer. After an accident that placed him in a body cast for two months, he turned to music. He created various groups but put music on the back burner to pursue volleyball, for which he earned a college scholarship. Throughout college, he got back into music and joined the group BEST, which eventually became the duo Them Island Boyz, winner of the first-annual Virgin Islands Idol. He moved to Orlando to pursue a career as a firefighter/EMT and pursues music when he is not working 24-hour shifts.”
The NBC bio for Davina: “Davina comes from a multilingual French-Italian home where she writes in various languages and composes her music on both piano and guitar. She first revealed her talent at age 10 by landing the starring role in a production of “Annie.” She has won two YouTube awards for her successful YouTube channel and has since opened for OneRepublic at Sundance and performed on E!’s “Hello Ross” in 2013. Davina was a victim of bullying that began at age 14, forcing her to switch schools multiple times. She has always looked to music as an outlet.”