“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.
Shelton 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.
Enid Ortiz (“When We Were Young”) lost to TSoul (“These Arms of Mine”) on April 4
Ortiz had gotten Shelton to turn for her in the blind audition with “All I Ask,” a track off of Adele‘s Grammy-winning album “25.” She returned to that disc in this round and went with the No. 1 tune “When We Were Young.” While she delivered an emotional rendition of this ballad, TSoul stole the show with his powerhouse performance of the 1962 Otis Redding classic soul song, “These Arms of Mine.” With Shelton choosing to take TSoul to the live shows, Ortiz needed Keys to thrown her a lifeline but it was not to be.
Caroline Sky (“At Last”) lost to Aliyah Moulden (“Before He Cheats”) on April 10
Moulden connected with the crowd with her rendition of Carrie Underwood‘s Grammy-winning”Before He Cheats.” With the guidance of her coach, she gave this 2005 country tune an edge. Sky tried her best with “At Last,” the 1941 big band tune that Etta James made her own in 1960. Even though did a decent job, her coach opted for Moulden, who had been with his team from the blind auditions.
Felicia Temple (“My Heart Will Go On”) lost to Casi Joy (“My Church”) on April 3
Joy connected with the crowd with her rendition of Maren Morris‘ Grammy-winning “My Church.” With the guidance of her coach, she gave the 2016 country tune an edge. Temple tried her best with “My Heart Will Go On,” the “Titanic” theme song that had been a worldwide hit for battle round mentor Celine Dion in 1997. Shelton had stolen Temple from Keys and she tried hard to show him and us that he had not made a mistake. Even though she made this iconic song her own, her new coach opted for Joy, who had been with his team from the blind auditions.
Andrea Thomas (“Cry”) lost to Lauren Duski (“When You Say Nothing At All”) on April 10
Duski went with “When You Say Nothing At All,” a 1995 country hit for Alison Krauss that Irish singer Ronan Keating turned into a pop hit in 1999 when it was featured in the film “Notting Hill.” It worked well for her, especially after Shelton counseled her to concentrate on conveying the lyrics. Thomas opted for a pop version of “Cry” a 2002 country No. 1 for Faith Hill. After Shelton finally chose to go with Duski, Thomas was hoping for a steal from Keys who passed.