The fifth of the six knockout matches on the April 3 episode of “The Voice” pitted two of Adam Levine‘s artists — Johnny Hayes and Josh West — against each other. We asked if you thought Levine made the right choice by going with West and you disagreed with him by a margin of 63% to 37%. If you haven’t voted in our poll yet, watch their performances below and then cast your ballot. And be sure to sound off in our comments section too.
Hayes had a good time with 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.
After being rejected by all the coaches last season, Hayes, a soulful rock singer from Mobile, AL, returned seeking redemption on the February 27 blind audition episode. After only singing a few bars of the 1966 Otis Redding hit “Try a Little Tenderness,” the 29-year-old had both Levine and Stefani hitting their buttons. Hayes was won over by Levine’s passion for him and his music. In his March 27 battle with Julien Martinez, Hayes had a chance to sing another Redding track, “Hard to Handle,” which he wrote and recorded hortly before his death in 1967. The Black Crowes had a hit with a blues rock version in 1990. Hayes was inspired by the latter’s take on the track and easily eclipsed Martinez in their duet.
West wowed in his March 6 blind audition. This lanky seventeen-year-old from Glendale, AZ was the last act on this episode and and sang the 1993 Duran Duran hit “Ordinary World,” which is seven years older than he is. All four judges quickly hit their buttons and each made a strong case as to why this teen talent should pick them. In the end he went with Levine as they share similar tastes in music. We didn’t see his full March 21 battle with Nala Price on the song “Everybody Wants to Rule the World.” Rather, there was just a short snippet of them singing this 1985 No. 1 for the English new wave band Tears for Fears.
Do you think Levine made the right choice by going with West? Watch the two performances and then vote in our poll below. And be sure to sound off in our comments section too.
Johnny Hayes (“Statesboro Blues”)
Josh West (“Carry On Wayward Son”)