Tuesday was a night of soul as told by six young artists on Season 12 of “The Voice” in the second knockout round of the competition. After the artists of Team Alicia Keys ruled Monday night’s episode, two artists from Team Gwen Stefani continued the streak of female power by owning the evening. As for the men, Blake Shelton used his steal to save the losing artist from the night’s best match-up while Team Adam Levine takes the night off.
Here’s my rundown of the three performances of the night, ranked from top to bottom. Sound off in the comments and let us know if you think one of these artists has what it takes to win. Also be sure to read through our recent power rankings of all four teams: Team Adam, Team Alicia, Team Blake, and Team Gwen.
1. Aaliyah Rose (“Like I’m Gonna Lose You”) vs. Brennley Brown (“Up to the Mountain”) – Team Gwen
Gwen’s dream artist this season has been a young, pop female singer that she can cultivate in much the same way that her own career began. In Aaliyah and Brennley (who she stole from Blake in the battle rounds), Gwen finally has that chance. Both artists chose soulful songs that expanded their identity as pop and country artists. Both girls gave full, rich and textured performances, proving that they are capable for work well beyond what their young ages would suggest. For that reason it’s fitting that both artists will be performing in the live playoffs — Gwen gave the win to Brennley, leaving Aaliyah available for Blake to steal.
2. Anatalia Villaranda (“Two Black Cadillacs”) vs. Dawson Coyle (“Demons”) – Team Alicia
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 stayed 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.
3. Enid Ortiz (“When We Were Young”) vs. TSoul (“These Arms of Mine”) – Team Blake
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.