The first of the three knockout matches on the April 4 episode of “The Voice” pitted two of Alicia Keys‘ artists — Dawson Coyle and Anatalia Villaranda — against each other. We asked if you thought Keys made the right choice by going with Villaranda and you agreed by a three-to-one margin of 75% to 25%. 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.
Coyle went with “Demons,” a 2013 hit for the rock band Imagine Dragons. It worked well for him, especially after Keys counseled him to concentrate on conveying the lyrics. Villaranda opted for a pop version of “Two Black Cadillacs” a 2012 country No. 1 for Carrie Underwood, the 2005 winner of “American Idol.” After Keys finally chose to go with Villaranda, Coyle was hoping for a steal from his one-time coach Blake Shelton but it was not to be.
In his blind audition on March 14, Coyle had the crowd hopping with a track from the 2016 album “Hard Love” by American Christian rock band Needtobreathe. However only Shelton turned so this 16-year-old from Williamstown, NJ ended up as the final artist on his team. His March 21 battle with Aliyah Moulden was the last of the night, but it was the first in which any of the three other coaches fought to get the loser for their team. Inexplicably, Shelton chose to showcase his two teen talents with a song that was a hit way back in 1985 for the new wave band Katrina and the Waves. After being denied three full performances in a row, we saw Moulden and Coyle having fun with this dance tune. Shelton opted to keep Moulden, who sounded stronger in the choruses, while Keys opted to use her second and final steal on Coyle.
Despite only being 16, Villaranda has been singing for years. This Californian’s version of the 2010 Bruno Mars hit “Runaway Girl” on the February 27 blind audition episode had all four judges hitting their buttons. They were surprised to discover that this big voice was coming out of such a little girl. After each made an impassioned plea for her vote, she chose to work with her idol, Keys. Her March 20 battle saw her pitted against veteran singer Missy Robertson on the tune “Tightrope.” Villaranda soared when singing Janelle Monae‘s 2010 soul track, which was featured on the third season finale of “90210.” By comparison, Robertson was subdued and did not inspire any of the other three coaches to want her for their teams.
Do you think Keys made the right choice by going with Villaranda? Watch the two performances and then vote in our poll below. And be sure to sound off in our comments section too.
Dawson Coyle: “Demons”
Anatalia Villaranda: “Two Black Cadillacs”