“The Voice” is reviving the Coach Comeback, which it used in seasons 9 and 10, for this 12th edition. Each of the four coaches — Alicia Keys, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani — will bring one artist that they bounced from their team in the knockouts back to the show for the live playoffs that kick off on April 17.
Levine has to choose from the following four artists who he eliminated. Read our recaps of each and then vote in our poll as to which of these you think is the strongest pick.
Malik Davage (“Rock with You”) lost to Mark Isaiah (“Love Yourself”) on April 10
Davage had a good time with “Rock With You,” which had been a hit for his idol, Michael Jackson, back in 1979. Levine had warned him to make sure that we could hear every word of the lyrics and he tried hard to deliver on his promise to do so. Isaiah shined on “Love Yourself,” a 2015 No. 1 for Justin Bieber. Under the guidance of his coach, Isaiah worked on structuring the tune so that it built to a climax and on the night, he wowed all the coaches with his powerhouse performance.
Johnny Hayes (“Statesboro Blues”) lost to Josh West (“Carry On Wayward Son”) on April 3
Hayes rocked out on the Blind Willie McTell‘s 1928 blues song “Statesboro Blues,” which had been a hit for The Allman Band in 1971. Levine had warned him to make sure that we could hear every word of the lyrics and he tried hard to deliver on his promise to do so. West went with “Carry On Wayward Son,” the 1977 hit for rock band Kansas. Under the guidance of his coach, West worked on structuring the tune so that it built to a climax and on the night, he wowed all the coaches with his powerhouse performance.
Davina Leone (“Toxic”) lost to Jesse Larson (“The Letter”) on April 10
Larson had the joint jumping with “The Letter,” a 1967 No. 1 for The Box Tops that Joe Cocker covered in 1970. His singing was matched by his guitar playing. As Leone got her start as a YouTube star with her covers of Britney Spears tunes it made sense for this teen singing sensation to pick Spears’ 2004 top 10 hit “Toxic” as her knockout song. After Levine went Larson, she needed Keys to steal her but that didn’t happen.
Autumn Turner (“Respect”) lost to Hanna Eyre (“Bleeding Love”) on April 3
Eyre liked the sound of “Bleeding Love,” which had been a huge hit worldwide in 2007 for Leona Lewis, who had won the U.K. version of “The X Factor” the year before. Levine counselled the 15-year-old to find the sweet spots in the song that could show off her voice. Turner, who Levine stole away from Keys in the Battle round, took on “Respect,” a 1965 hit for Otis Redding that Aretha Franklin made her own in 1967. Eyre was the winner, praised by all the coaches for her song choice, while Turner was faulted for trying to sing a song so associated with one artist.