In the first Knockout round on “The Voice” Monday, there were six matchups. After each coach chose the winner of that respective duel, the other three coaches had a chance to steal the loser and take them on-board their team. However, only two of the six also-rans — Lilli Passero and Quizz Swanigan, both of whom started off on Alicia Keys‘ team — were thrown a lifeline by one of the other coaches. Below, take a read of our recap of how each of these artists was stolen and then weigh in with your choice as to the best of the steals by voting in our poll and sounding off in the comments section.
Lilli Passero (“Tears Dry on Their Own”): vs Ashley Levin (“Fancy)
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.
Quizz Swanigan (“Chains”): vs. Chris Blue (“Superstition”)
Blue went with “Superstition,” a 1973 No. 1 for singer/songwriter Stevie Wonder. It worked well for him, especially after Keys counseled him to concentrate on conveying the lyrics rather than showboating. Thirteen-year-old Swanigan opted for “Chains” by Nick Jonas, a one-time member of a boy band who released this track when he went solo in 2014. After Keys finally chose to go with Blue, Gwen Stefani stole Swanigan as she was impressed when he had combined song and dance so effortlessly.