The fourth of the seven knockout matches on the April 10 episode of “The Voice” pitted two of Adam Levine‘s artists — Malik Davage and Mark Isaiah — against each other. We asked if you thought Levine made the right choice by going with Isaiah and you agreed by a whopping 87% to 13%. If you haven’t voted in our poll yet, watch their performances below and then cast your ballot. And be sure to sound off in our comments section too.
Davage had a good time with “Rock With You,” which had been a hit for his idol, Michael Jackson, back in 1979. Levine had warned him to make sure that we could hear every word of the lyrics and he tried hard to deliver on his promise to do so. Isaiah went with “Love Yourself,” a 2015 No. 1 for Justin Bieber. Under the guidance of his coach, Isaiah worked on structuring the tune so that it built to a climax and on the night, he wowed all the coaches with his powerhouse performance.
Levine was the only coach to turn for Davage who had the crowd hopping during his March 7 blind audition with Miguel‘s 2011 hip-hop hit “Sure Thing.” As such, this rising star ended up on his team without any competition from another coach. In his March 27 battle against Kawan DeBose, both were faced with rehearsing”Love Me Now,” 2016 hit for singer/songwriter John Legend in front of him. These two artists struggled with the song and each other. On the night Davage did better and was Levine’s choice to take through to the knockouts.
Despite being only 19, Isaiah showed off his vocal control on his February 27 blind audition with a rendition of the Shawn Mendes 2016 hit “Mercy.” While Levine and Gwen Stefani both wanted to mentor him, Isaiah opted for the former, who spoke glowingly of his radio-friendly voice. While Gaby Borromeo had once been signed to Legend’s label, that didn’t give her the edge when faced with singing the Zayn Malik ballad “Pillowtalk”, which hit No. 1 last year, in the March 20 battle. Isaiah, who has the look of a teen idol as Malik once did as part of boy band One Direction, was the clear winner. And with none of the other coaches wanting to use a steal, Borromeo exited.
Do you think Levine made the right choice by going with Davage? Watch the two performances and then vote in our poll below. And be sure to sound off in our comments section too.
Malik Davage (‘Rock with You’)
Mark Isaiah (‘Love Yourself’)