Monday night on “The Voice,” Spensha Baker and Austin Giorgio represented Team Blake Shelton during the first knockout round episode of Season 14. Spensha sang Chris Stapleton‘s “Broken Halos,” while Austin took on Nat King Cole‘s “Almost Like Being in Love.” After both artists performed Blake chose to save Spensha for his team. However, before Austin could be eliminated Blake used his one and only Save to keep him on the reality TV singing competition. Do YOU think coach Blake made the right decision? Watch “The Voice” performance video above.
Blake initially had difficulty choosing between Spensha and Austin, announcing, “We’re down to the best of the best. This is a tough one for me, because you are two of my favorites. Austin, you clearly have a passion for entertaining. And Spensha, you clearly have a connection with a song. Stylistically I love what both of you bring to the table — I’m just a fan. What a sucky decision to have to make right now. The winner of this knockout is Spensha.” As Spensha was celebrating backstage, Blake shocked the crowd by pushing his Save button for Austin, telling him, “You’re one of a kind. I’m not letting you go.”
In his recap of “The Voice,” our live-blogger John Benutty noted, “[Austin] slid and swayed across the stage with the ease and pride of another era and was effortlessly charming in doing so without ever sacrificing the quality of his voice. But if Austin’s show had one downside it’s that it felt a little detached from authenticity, especially when compared to Spensha’s more intimately personal performance. The emotion drove Spensha’s delivery and had a rawness that really made her stand out.”
Former “The Voice” winner Chloe Kohanski was on hand to mentor the artists on Team Blake, while other champs helped out the rest of the coaches. (See the full list of “The Voice” past winners.) Blind auditions and battle rounds aired for the first 10 episodes of “The Voice” Season 14, with the knockout rounds taking pace during the first weeks of April 2018. “The Voice” has won the Emmy for Best Reality-Competition Program for four of the past five years (2013, 2015-17).