Coach Alicia Keys faced a difficult decision on Monday’s episode of “The Voice.” She pitted Felicia Temple vs. Quizz Swanigan in the first battle round of Season 12 for the Emmy-winning reality show with the song “Titanium” by David Guetta with Sia (watch above). Alicia ultimately chose youngster Quizz, but then rival coach Blake Shelton swooped in to steal away Felicia for his own team moving forward. Adam Levine and Gwen Stefani liked both but did not attempt steals this time.
Our writer John Benutty ranked this battle as one of his favorites on Monday. He says, “Felicia entered this battle feeling like Quizz was a hard artist to beat because of his personality and how impressive he is at such a young age. But if Quizz’s youth is an asset, it’s also a hurdle that he feels he needs to overcome because of the changes his voice is going through. Felicia gave a very controlled, yet reserved performance that proves she has what it takes to compete, but Quizz is by far the more exciting and surprising artist not only because of his age, but because he breathes more life into songs. Alicia chose Quizz because of his innocence and I think because she realizes there’s more growth to achieve in working with him. Blake saw the value in Felicia’s talent and decided to keep her in the competition by stealing her for his team.”
The NBC bio for Felicia: “Felicia comes from a musical family. Her dad has been touring with The Sugarhill Gang for as long as she can remember. She grew up playing piano and learning sheet music, even earning the nickname Felicia Keys around school. She gigged with her dad and uncle throughout high school and later obtained her degree in nursing while pursuing a solo career. She was diagnosed with cancer last June. After completing six rounds of chemo, Felicia feels this is her moment.”
The NBC bio for Quizz: “Quizz has been fighting for his life from the time he was born due to lung disease and a bone disorder. In and out of hospitals, he overcame the illnesses and starting singing in church. From ages five to 10, he posted videos online and was featured on many TV shows. He was even featured in a Michael Jackson stage production that toured the nation. In 2014, he moved to Los Angeles with his family and has had a recurring voiceover gig and also performed opposite Wesley Snipes on NBC’s “The Player.” He has taken some time to focus on school and perfecting his talents by writing and working in the studio.”
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