Blake Shelton thought he would have a great knockout round match-up on Tuesday’s episode of “The Voice.” It turned out not to be exactly what he wanted as he had a showdown of Enid Ortiz singing “When We Were Young” vs. TSoul performing “These Arms of Mine.” The final decision of who would move on to the live rounds on April 17 was pretty easy when he selected TSoul to advance. That’s now the end of the road for Enid on Season 12 (watch their knockout performances below).
Our writer John Denutty ranked this battle in last place on Tuesday’s episode. He says, “Blake paired his two soul artists together for this contest, both of whom struggled with their confidence. Enid chose an Adele song for the second time this season and while she can meet the high bar of notes that Adele sets, Enid lacks the control and stamina that it takes to handle such big songs. Before the match, Blake declared that the winner would be the artist that showed the deeper emotional connection to the their song and in that regard TSoul excelled. Covering an Otis Redding classic, TSoul showed the intimacy and passion that Blake was looking for. For that reason, Blake gave the win to TSoul, sending him to the live playoffs and eliminating Enid from the competition.”
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 Enid: “Enid grew up in a town with one of the highest crime rates in the country. She played with the boys and was constantly picked on for her rare skin disease, vitiligo. She would avoid being photographed for fear of embarrassment. She moved to Tampa with her family at 15 to find medical care and avoid crime. Throughout high school, she sang at various open mics and local gigs and eventually joined jam band Ragged Old Souls. Enid feels she is coming into her own and her self-image is slowly improving through every performance opportunity.”
The NBC bio for TSoul: “When TSoul was a child, his grandmother would sit him at her piano and teach him how to play. The first time he sang in public was in the middle school choir. In college, TSoul joined his school’s gospel choir, where he had the chance to perform all over Europe, including for the Pope at the Vatican. At 20 years old, with no job and no backup plan, TSoul decided to commit to following his dream of music completely while couch surfing with friends in New York and Atlanta. When he is not gigging or writing music, he helps with his family’s catering business for extra income.”