Alicia Keys has been on fire during Season 12 of “The Voice” with one of the strongest teams in recent memory. On Tuesday’s knockout round, she continued to coach her artists very well, matching up Anatalia Villaranda vs. Dawson Coyle in a fun showdown. Anatalia was her choice to move forward to the live rounds on April 17 with her performance of “Two Black Cadillacs.” Dawson had been a charming contestant this year, but his rendition of “Demons” was his last on the NBC program (watch their knockout performances below).
Our writer John Denutty ranked this battle as a very good one on Tuesday’s episode. He says, “For her knockout performance Anatalia took off her soul and pop hat and put on her country hat, choosing to sing a Carrie Underwood track with mature themes. Dawson on the other hand stays in his wheelhouse, picking an Imagine Dragons song that he connects with personally. Though country was technically outside of Anatalia’s comfort zone, the track still allowed her to show her power on an epic chorus. Dawson also had that opportunity, but he never seemed as comfortable on stage as Anatalia which I think made the difference for Alicia who chose Anatalia to move on with her to the live playoffs.”
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 Anatalia: “Anatalia comes from a Filipino family, and growing up, her grandparents were her biggest fans. She began pursuing music at age 10, where she impressed everyone at talent shows across Southern California. At 11, she joined an R&B/pop group called 5LP (Five Little Princesses), which participated in Nickelodeon summer mall tours. After touring, they came close to signing a record deal, but it fell through and the group parted ways.”
The NBC bio for Dawson: “Dawson grew up taking various lessons at a local church, where he became hooked on the guitar. Although he was no good, he was drawn to singing. Singing calms his Tourette syndrome, which manifests with various physical tics. Singing has also given him the confidence to perform professionally for the past two years. His family’s home recently burned down and they have been living with his grandparents. His parents are going to go on the road with him and see where music takes them.”