On the April 17 live two-hour episode of “The Voice,” the five artists on Team Blake Shelton that made it through the knockout rounds performed as did his pick from those previously eliminated. Two — Lauren Duski and Aliyah Moulden — won the public vote and made it through to the top 12. Shelton then had to choose from his four eliminated acts — Casi Joy, Aaliyah Rose, Felicia Temple and TSoul — to also take on to the next round.
We asked you if TSoul was the right choice or should Shelton have gone with one of the other three. An impressive 45% of you agreed with him. Of the 55% of you who dissented, 40% of your vote was for Joy, 12% for Temple and 3% for Rose.
If you haven’t voted in our poll yet, take a read of our review of their performances and then weigh in with your choice as to the best of these four artists by voting in our poll and sounding off in the comments section.
Casi Joy: “Parachute”
Joy didn’t live up to her name with this low-key rendition of Chris Stapleton‘s 2016 country hit “Parachute.” Perhaps it was having to lead off the live show that caused this case of jitters. While Shelton praised her performance and noted, “It’s hard for me to imagine you not moving forward,” viewers were less impressed.
Aaliyah Rose: “Brass in Pocket”
This song, a 1980 rock hit for The Pretenders, was an odd choice for this teen talent. The lyrics are quite risque and didn’t sound right being sung by this 14-year-old YouTube sensation. While Shelton observed, “You couldn’t be cuter,” viewers were not so enamored and she was eliminated.
Felicia Temple: “Defying Gravity”
Temple was Shelton’s Coach Comeback; he had stolen her from Alicia Keys in the battle round but lost faith in her during her knockout against Joy. She has alway favored power ballads and went with “Defying Gravity,” the act one showstopper from the musical “Wicked.” Shelton cheered her on and declared, “I’m glad to be on this journey with you.” But viewers were less taken with her singing charms.
TSoul: “Knock on Wood”
TSoul had the joint rocking with “Knock on Wood,” a No. 1 hit for soul singer Eddie Floyd back in 1966. TSoul made the music come alive and updated the signature sound of the song. Shelton was impressed with his rendition, noting, “That was so much fun. That is what performing is supposed to be all about.”