In just her second season on “The Voice,” coach Alicia Keys already knows how to pair excellent singers for tough competitions. That was the case on Tuesday’s battle round between Chris Blue and RJ Collins with the Miguel tune “Adorn” (watch above). It was an epic moment on Season 12 of the show, with Alicia ultimately picking Chris. Rival coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, and Gwen Stefani did not jump in for a steal, so RJ is gone.
Our writer Denton Davidson ranked this battle as the greatest showdown on Tuesday. He says, “Alicia paired Chris and RJ together with a contemporary R&B song that was able to show what each would sound like if they were to record an album today. The two were a fun pair to watch in rehearsals, as neither were afraid to lay all their cards on the table, running and riffing all over the notes. Both brought plenty of passion to the performance, with RJ’s more contemporary style blending perfectly with Chris’ throwback sound. Although the two were evenly matched, Blake made a bold prediction that Chris would end up in the finale, and Alicia chose him as the winner. Unfortunately, that marked the end of the road for RJ.”
The NBC bio for Chris: “Chris grew up in a family of seven in a tiny house. His mother decided to put the family in a band called the Blue Family, where they sang at local churches. It later became the Blue Brothers and they performed across the Midwest and later at the Bobby Jones Gospel show on BET. After high school, Chris worked various jobs and even attempted to go back to school. For the past six years, he has worked as a worship leader. During this time, he met his fiancée, Stephanie, who is from England. They have been in a long-distance relationship ever since. She’s been battling bone marrow cancer for most of her life and flatlined during surgery recently. It’s hard on Chris, who has been struggling with not being there through the hard times.”
The NBC bio for RJ: “RJ started playing various instruments at a young age, and by age nine began writing and singing. He used music as a way to stay out of trouble. Tragically, in 2009, his older brother was shot and killed. RJ dedicated his life to music because it was his brother’s wish for him to do so. He kept his singing quiet at first, but his friends pushed him to perform publicly.”
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