Monday’s episode of “The Voice” kicks off the first of the Battle rounds. Over the course of four shows, the dozen artists on each team will be split into six pairs and have to sing for their survival. The four coaches — Adam Levine, Alicia Keys, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani — will have to decide which of each contender to take to the Knockout rounds. And the other three coaches will have a chance to throw the loser of the battle a lifeline, by taking them on-board their team.
Last week, we asked you which artist on each team sounds most like a winner. Below, a description of each of the four artists that reaped the most votes, including their song choice, episode appearance and current count in our poll. (Be sure to cast your vote in each poll if you haven’t done so already by clicking on the name of the coach.)
But which of these four artists is the most likely to take the title? Vote in the poll at the bottom of this post and then sound off in the comments section.
Alicia Keys: Missy Robertson – “Scars to Your Beautiful” (March 6): 43%
This Sacramento native, 34, performed the Alessia Cara 2016 hit “Scars to Your Beautiful.” Keys and Shelton decided at the last second to turn. In the end, it was Keys who connected with her.
Adam Levine: Jesse Larson – “Jealous Guy” (February 28): 32%
Levine was the only coach who liked Larson’s version of the 1971 John Lennon classic “Jealous Guy.” This Minneapolis native, 34, is a lifelong music fan who builds his own guitars and fronts a garage band. While his looks are similar to those of last year’s winner, Sundance Head, his sound is uniquely his own.
Blake Shelton: Josh Hoyer – “Oh Girl” (March 7): 65%
After being passed over by the first three acts for whom he turned, fourth time proved the charm for Shelton, who snared the last act of the night, a 40-year-old crooner from Lincoln, NE. Again, he had to tousle with Stefani for this artist, who sang “Oh Girl,” a 1972 hit for soul group The Chi-Lites. This time, Shelton’s invocation of his winning record proved to be the deciding factor.
Gwen Stefani: Johnny Gates – “Maggie May” (March 7): 29%
This 31-year-old from Providence, RI rocked the house with his performance of the 1971 Rod Stewart hit “Maggie May.” While Levine took a pass as he already has several strong male rockers on his team, Gates had Keys, Shelton and Stefani fighting for his affections. Shelton tried to make his case that he would not try to countrify this lead vocalist of a garage band, but with Levine adding his support to Stefani she prevailed in the end.
Now, it is time to have this quartet face off to find out which is most likely to win season 12. Who do you think sounds like a winner? And if you don’t think it is one of these four, be sure to leave the name of the artist that you think will claim the Season 12 championship in the comments section so we can include them in our next poll.