The third of the seven knockout matches on the April 10 episode of “The Voice” pitted two of Adam Levine‘s artists — Jesse Larson and Davina Leone — against each other. Do you think Levine made the right choice by going with Larson? Watch the two performances and then vote in our poll below. And be sure to sound off in our comments section too.
Larson rocked the house 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 Alicia Keys to steal her but that didn’t happen.
Levine was the only coach who turned during Larson’s February 28 blind audition when he sang the 1971 John Lennon classic “Jealous Guy.” This Minneapolis native, 34, is a lifelong music fan who builds his own guitars and fronts a garage band. While his looks are similar to those of last year’s winner, Sundance Head, his sound is uniquely his own. His March 28 battle against Taylor Alexander had them duetting on “Shameless.” Garth Brooks had a huge hit in 1991 with this chart-topping song, which Billy Joel had written and recorded two years earlier for his album “Storm Front.” While the countrified tune was more in Alexander’s wheelhouse, it was Larson that dominated the duet. Keys was effusive in her praise of the latter, “I think that your voice has such a unique style to it,” as was Gwen Stefani who gushed, ” you can do anything with your voice.”
We didn’t see Leone rock the house in her March 13 blind audition with the 2016 Sia track “Cheap Thrills” but we do know that Stefani was the only coach to hit her button and turn for her. For the last battle song on March 28, which pitted Leone against Brandon Royal, Stefani chose “In the Night.” This 2015 hit for The Weeknd has a range that strained both artists in contention. In the end, Royal was able to impress his mentor more, with Stefani observing, “To sing a chorus that’s that high effortlessly, but with enough effort that it’s, like, crying and emotional, I’m really proud of you.” But Leone had a lifeline as Levine still had one steal that he had to use.
Do you think Levine made the right choice by going with Larson? Watch the two performances and then vote in our poll below. And be sure to sound off in our comments section too.
Jesse Larson (‘The Letter’)
Davina Leone (‘Toxic’)