The last of the six knockout matches on the April 3 episode of “The Voice” pitted two of Alicia Keys‘ artists — Ashley Levin and Lilli Passero — against each other. We asked if you thought Keys made the right choice by going with Levin and you agreed with her by a margin of 68% to 32%. 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.
For her knockout song, Levin tackled “Fancy,” a 1969 hit for Bobbie Gentry that Reba McEntire had made her own in 1991. She decided to add some soul to this country tune and the combo worked wonders. Passero took on “Tears Dry on Their Own,” a 2007 R&B hit for Amy Winehouse, and was a revelation. Keys struggled with her decision before choosing Levin. After Adam Levine and Blake Shelton made their case to Passero, she opted to become part of Team Adam Levine.
For her March 2 blind audition, Levin delivered a stellar blues-tinged rendition of Patti Griffin‘s 1996 track “Let Him Fly.” Keys, Shelton and Gwen Stefani all turned after she was a good ways into the song and Shelton convinced her that he would be the best fit for her style. Her March 20 battle round with Casi Joys on “How Blue” might have been the last of the night, but it was the first in which all three of the other coaches fought to get the loser for their team. Joy and Levin were both outstanding as they crooned Reba McEntire‘s 1984 No. 1 country hit. Before revealing his choice, Shelton acknowledged he had made a mistake with this match-up: “I told you girls from the second I heard you singing together, I wish I hadn’t.” After he opted to take Joy to the knockouts, the others all wanted Levin, who went with Keys in the end.
Passero impressed all the judges but Levine during her February 28 blind audition with her rendition of soul singer Carla Thomas‘ 1961 signature tune “A Love of My Own.” Keys convinced her to join forces by engaging her in a little sing-song repartee. She prevailed in her battle on March 28 against Lauryn Judd when they duetted on”Every Little Bit Hurts,” a 1964 Motown hit for Brenda Holloway.
Do you think Keys made the right choice by going with Levin? Watch the two performances and then vote in our poll below. And be sure to sound off in our comments section too.
Ashley Levin (“Fancy”)
Lilli Passero (“Tears Dry on Their Own”)