‘The Voice’ Season 12 recap: Knockout round two ends with jaw-dropping steal

After showcasing six knockouts on a two-hour episode Monday, “The Voice” episode on Tuesday (April 4) was just half as long and, therefore, had time for only three match-ups between artists on the teams of coaches Alicia Keys, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani. The fourth — Adam Levine — sat on the sidelines and could not even make use of his one steal in this round as he’d already done so on Monday (Stefani had also used her one steal then). Next Monday’s show will be two-hours and packed with the seven remaining knockouts. By the end of it, we will have the 20 artists who will take place in the live shows.

Below, take a read of our recap of each of the three knockouts (and one steal) on Tuesday’s episode and then weigh in with your choice as to the best of these match-ups by voting in our poll and sounding off in the comments section.

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Alicia Keys: Dawson Coyle (“Demons”) vs. Anatalia Villaranda (“Two Black Cadillacs”)
Coyle went with “Demons,” a 2013 hit for the rock band Imagine Dragons. It worked well for him, especially after Keys counseled him to concentrate on conveying the lyrics. Villaranda opted for a pop version of “Two Black Cadillacs” a 2012 country No. 1 for Carrie Underwood, the 2005 winner of “American Idol.” After Keys finally chose to go with Villaranda, Coyle was hoping for a steal from Shelton but it was not to be.

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Blake Shelton: Enid Ortiz (“When We Were Young”) vs. TSoul (“These Arms of Mine”)
Ortiz had gotten Shelton to turn for her in the blind audition with “All I Ask,” a track off of Adele‘s Grammy-winning album “25.” She returned to that disc in this round and went with the No. 1 tune  “When We Were Young.” While she delivered an emotional rendition of this ballad, TSoul stole the show with his powerhouse performance of the 1962 Otis Redding classic soul song, “These Arms of Mine.” With Shelton choosing to take TSoul to the live shows, Ortiz needed Keys to thrown her a lifeline but it was not to be.

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Gwen Stefani: Brennley Brown (“Up to the Mountain”) vs. Aaliyah Rose (“Like I’m Gonna Lose You”)
Stefani pitted her two 14-year-old girl singers against each other. Brown opted for the 2007 Patti Griffin folk tune “Up to the Mountain,” which was inspired by the final speech given by Martin Luther King, Jr. before he was assassinated in 1968. The original “American Idol” champ Kelly Clarkson had covered this to much acclaim on a 2007 charity episode of that talent competition. Brown did herself proud, structuring the tune so that it built to an emotional climax. As Rose got her start as a YouTube star with her covers of Meghan Trainor tunes it made sense for this teen singing sensation to pick Trainor’s 2015 top 10 hit “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” as her knockout song. After Stefani went with Brown, her fellow Shelton used his one steal on Rose, “because she’s got this incredible presence; she’s got this old voice to be only 14 years old, and it’s just fascinating to me.”

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