Tuesday’s live two-hour episode of “The Voice” episode was crammed with performances by six artists each from teams coached by Adam Levine and Gwen Stefani. Each coach brought back one artist to join the five that had made it through the knockout rounds. East coast viewers voted in real-time via Twitter and the official app for the top two artists from each team with the coaches getting to pick one more from their bottom four.
Below, take a read of our recap of each of the performances and then weigh in with your choice as to the best of these dozen artists by voting in our poll and sounding off in the comments section.
Johnny Gates: “Hands to Myself” (Gwen Stefani): Eliminated
Gates was Stefani’s Coach Comeback. She had picked him in the blind audition and chose him in the battle round. But in the knockout, she went with Hunter Plake instead. For his return to the competition, he redeemed himself with a sizzling performance of “Hand to Myself,” a 2015 dance hit for Selena Gomez. While Stefani praised his performance and noted “you have such an incredible spirit and attitude,” viewers were less impressed.
Troy Ramey: “A Case of You” (Gwen Stefani): Coach Choice
Ramey became the third “Voice” artist to tackle Joni Mitchell’s 1971 classic “A Case of You” James Wolpert (Season 5) and Madi Davis (Season 9). It was a good fit for this singer/songwriter and earned him much praise from his coach: “I saw you in a way I never saw you before, like I can see you at your own show.” After the public passed on him, Stefani threw Ramey a lifeline and chose him from the four eliminated artists to continue on in the show.
Quizz Swanigan: “My Girl” (Gwen Stefani): Eliminated
Swanigan loves the Motown sound and is lead singer in a Jackson 5 tribute band so it was not surprising that he chose “My Girl,” a chart topper for The Temptations back in 1964 as his knockout song. While he won over his coach, who enthused, “you’re magical,” viewers were not so enamored and he was eliminated.
Brennley Brown: “Fly” (Gwen Stefani): Public Vote
Brown picked the perfect song, “Fly,” a 2015 hit for country duo Maddie & Tae. Stefani was effusive in her praise, “You have so much style, so much personality, and I know everyone’s going to vote for you.” And the public did indeed, putting her through to the top 12.
JChosen: “Nothing Compares 2 U” (Gwen Stefani): Eliminated
This Prince song was a huge hit for Sinead O’Connor in 1990. But this song overwhelmed the singer, who struggled to connect with its lyrics. As Stefani observed, “I just know that that was super-challenging, emotionally, to sing that song. I know you felt like it was such a tall order and it was.”
Hunter Plake: “Elastic Heart” (Gwen Stefani): Public Vote
Saving the best for last, Stefani did well by Plake by having him sing the plaintive”Elastic Heart,” which had been a big hit worldwide for Sia in 2015. The singer and song were perfectly matched and Stefani gushed, “You are the star on my team.” And she was soon proven right as he won the public vote.
Johnny Hayes: “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” (Adam Levine): Eliminated
Levine kicked off his sextet by having his Coach Comeback pick sing “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” a big hit for The Temptations back in 1966. That Hayes was able to make this music sound contemporary is a testament to his talent. While he won Levine who praised him for his attitude — “You came out here as if nothing ever happened in the negative” — he lost the public vote.
Hanna Eyre: “Skyscraper” (Adam Levine): Eliminated
Eyre chose to cover “Skyscraper,” one of Demi Lovato‘s first hits that ruled the charts in 2011. She struggled to make anything new out of this sassy number and delivered a low-key version that earned praise from Keys who called her “the sweetest human being” but failed to impress viewers.
Josh West: “More Than a Feeling” (Adam Levine): Eliminated
West tackled “More Than a Feeling,” the signature song of the 1970s rock band Boston. While he gave it his all, in the end his performance of this classic was found to be lacking. Levine praised his tenacity by noting, “you’re a badass and you’re so good for the show because you kick ass,” he did not choose to rescue him after he fell in the public vote.
Mark Isaiah: “All Time Low” (Adam Levine): Coach Choice
Isaish tried his best with”All Time Low,” the 2016 hit that launched singer/songwriter Jon Bellion but he was in over his head. Levine realized this and pleaded with viewers to “please vote for him, because I will do good.” When the public didn’t come through with the votes needed, Levine chose to bring him through to the next round.
Lilli Passero: “It’s Too Late” (Adam Levine): Public Vote
Passero had everyone cheering when she finished her pitch perfect performance of Carole King‘s iconic “It’s Too Late,” which won Record of the Year at the 1972 Grammys. After Levine declared her to be “a world-class singer,” the public agreed and she won the popular vote.
Jesse Larson: “Sir Duke” (Adam Levine): Public Vote
Larson took a risk by tackling “Sir Duke” Stevie Wonder‘s 1976 tribute to bandleader Duke Ellington. Choosing to accompany himself on guitar, Larson delivered a raw version of this classic that won praise from Levine who described him for “by far the best vocal of the night.” And the public agreed.