On Monday’s edition of “The Voice,” the eight artists sang solo but were also paired up to perform duets. In a first for the show, viewers can vote for the best of these pairings either via Twitter or by purchasing them on iTunes with the results figuring in to the individual vote counts. So, it was in the interest of each of the artists to make sure that they worked will with their one-time partner.
While the two acts on Team Alicia Keys were paired together, the three from Team Blake Shelton were assigned to the two from Team Gwen Stefani and one left on Team Adam Levine respectively. Which of the four duets was the best? Vote in our poll at the bottom of this recap and sound off in the comments section. Read about and vote on the best of the eight solo performances too.
Chris Blue (Alicia Keys) & Vanessa Ferguson (Alicia Keys)
“If I Ain’t Got You”
Keys had a hit in 2004 with this self-penned track from her second album, “The Diary of Alicia Keys.” After reaching #4 on the charts, it contended for Song of the Year at the Grammys and won her Best R&B Female Performance. Her two acts did her proud. Ferguson, who was in the bottom three last week, came back strong and was more than a match for Blue who struggled with some of the early notes but finished in fine style.
Aliyah Moulden (Blake Shelton) & Hunter Plake (Gwen Stefani)
“Let it Go”
These two talents were a mismatch as they tackled this 2015 Top 10 hit for English singer/songwriter James Bay. After Plake kicked off with his trademark rasp wrapping itself around these lyrics, Moulden chimed in with her distinctive sound. But the two, like oil and water, just didn’t gel well together.
Jesse Larson (Adam Levine) & TSoul (Blake Shelton)
Stevie Wonder had a No. 1 hit in 1976 with this self-penned tune from his Grammy-winning album “Songs in the Key of Life.” These two artists looked like they belonged together on stage but each tried too hard to stand out from the other, leaving the sum of the parts less than individual pieces.
Brennley Brown (Gwen Stefani) & Lauren Dunksi (Blake Shelton)
“Good Hearted Woman”
Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson wrote this tune in 1969 but it took till 1975 for them to record it together. The result was a country #1 that won Single of the Year from the Country Music Assn. While it may have been a hit for those two men, it was not a good fit for these two talented women. They did their best with what they were given, but neither had a chance to shine with this song.
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