Monday’s first knockout round of “The Voice” had coach Alicia Keys matching up one of her original team members in Lilli Passero vs. stolen artist Ashley Levin. Lilli selected “Tears Dry on Their Own” for her performance while Ashley chose to meld country with soul on the tune “Fancy.” In the end Alicia did not show blind loyalty to the artist she has known the longest but went with her more recent addition of Ashley as the winner of the round. Rival coach Adam Levine then jumped in to steal away Lilli for his own. (watch their knockout performances below).
Our writer Denton Davidson ranked this battle as one of his favorites on Monday. He says, “Ashley was originally on Team Blake Shelton, but lost to Casi Joy in a close battle. She then became the first country artist to work with Alicia and she delivered with a Reba McEntire hit. Her voice is pure and she’s a natural on stage with potential to win over viewers over time. Lilli has been a frontrunner this season since Alicia serenaded her right onto her team during the blind auditions. Her old-school vibe was the perfect match for an Amy Winehouse cover, which Lilli delivered with sophisticated perfection. Alicia chose Ashley as the winner, and Adam earned a much needed upgrade for his team by stealing Lilli.”
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 Ashley: “Ashley has been singing and dancing since she was three. She moved to Augusta, Georgia, in middle school and attended a fine arts magnet school. In high school, she noticed her dad forgetting things, but assumed it was due to old age. In college, he was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s, so she moved in with him in Miami. She juggled school and music while helping her father. She recently made the difficult decision to pursue music in Nashville, leaving behind her siblings and father, whose health has worsened.”
The NBC bio for Lilli: “Lilli’s parents are the ultimate theater nerds, both having professional careers in musical theater. Lilli’s life was all about performing, acting and singing, and she went on to study acting at Carnegie Mellon University. She graduated and moved to Hollywood to pursue acting, going on many auditions and landing various guest spots, including on NBC’s ‘Go On.’ She currently works as a server but continues to audition and even had a starring role in ‘Cabaret,’ in which she received positive feedback on her voice.”