The final of the three knockout matches on the April 4 episode of “The Voice” pitted two of Gwen Stefani‘s artists —Brennley Brown and Aaliyah Rose — against each other. We asked if you thought Stefani made the right choice by going with Brown and you agreed by a whopping 98% to 2%. 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.
Stefani pitted her two 14-year-old girl singers against each other. Brown opted for the 2007 Patti Griffin folk tune “Up to the Mountain,” which was inspired by the final speech given by Martin Luther King, Jr. before he was assassinated in 1968. The original “American Idol” champ Kelly Clarkson had covered this to much acclaim on a 2007 charity episode of that talent competition. Brown did herself proud, structuring the tune so that it built to an emotional climax. As Rose got her start as a YouTube star with her covers of Meghan Trainor tunes it made sense for this teen singing sensation to pick Trainor’s 2015 top 10 hit “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” as her knockout song. After Stefani went with Brown, her fellow Shelton used his one steal on Rose, “because she’s got this incredible presence; she’s got this old voice to be only 14 years old, and it’s just fascinating to me.”
On her February 27 blind audition, Brown, a 14-year-old from Apple Valley, CA started off shaky but finished strong with her interpretation of Keith Urban‘s 2006 Grammy-winning “Stupid Boy.” She impressed Alicia Keys and Blake Shelton and went with the latter. On the March 20 battle, Shelton pitted her against Lauren Duski on “Better Man.” Duski did an outstanding job conveying the emotional intricacies of this 2016 Little Big Town tune about a break-up while 15-year-old Brown, whose never had a boyfriend, struggled to connect to the lyrics written by Taylor Swift. After Shelton sided with Duski, Adam Levine and Stefani tried to rescue Brown. Stefani won her over in the end by telling her, “There something about your innocence that I would want to work with.”
In her March 6 blind audition, Rose delivered a stirring version of “Rise Up,” a track from Andra Day‘s 2015 debut disc “Cheers to the Fall.” However, Stefani was the only coach to hit her red button for this 14-year-old from Provo, UT. She then matched her with Savannah Leighton on “Treat You Better” for a March 21 battle. But viewers were denied more than a few seconds of these two artists singing this 2016 Shawn Mendes pop hit. “The Voice” producers should have listened to the lyrics and treated them better. Stefani went with Rose and ith no coach throwing her a lifeline, 16-year-old Leighton, who had wowed in the blind auditions with Katy Perry‘s 2013 hit “Unconditionally,” was gone for good.
Do you think Stefani made the right choice by going with Brown? Watch the two performances and then vote in our poll below. And be sure to sound off in our comments section too.
Brennley Brown: “Up to the Mountain”
Aaliyah Rose: “Like I’m Gonna Lose You”