Coach Adam Levine really didn’t have a difficult decision at all when it came to the knockout round on Monday’s episode of “The Voice.” He pitted Davina Leone singing “Toxic” vs. Jesse Larson performing “The Letter,” with the latter singer absolutely blowing the roof off the building. Jesse is moving on to the first live shows of Season 12 next Monday, April 17 (watch their knockout performances below).
Our writer Denton Davidson ranked this battle all seven showdowns from Monday’s final knockout round. He says, “For no real rhyme or reason, Adam paired up a young pop singer with a seasoned blues artist. Davina restructured a Britney Spears dance track into a dark, sultry ballad. Although the result was interesting, there wasn’t anything particularly gripping about the performance. Jesse took on a Joe Cocker classic, unleashing a gritty, inspired vocal while shredding it on an electric guitar. It was a somewhat uneven matchup with Jesse proving he could be a dark horse to win Adam his fourth title. Adam indeed chose Jesse as the winner, sending Davina home.”
Be sure to read through our recent power rankings of all four teams: Team Adam, Team Alicia, Team Blake, and Team Gwen. You can also tour through each original team’s photo galleries within these same articles.
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.”
The NBC bio for Jesse: “Jesse’s father was his biggest influence and introduced him to classic blues at a young age. After his father suddenly died of a heart attack, he began to lose his drive and considered quitting music. Then he got a call to audition for Prince. After many auditions, he got the opportunity to play for Judith Hill, whom Prince was producing. After Prince’s sudden death, the tour was canceled, but the experience reignited Jesse’s passion for music.”