Rookie coach Kelly Clarkson is often quick to hit her button, either for a steal or in choosing artists. But that hasn’t been the case so far in the knockout rounds for “The Voice” Season 14. In fact she is the only coach with both a steal and a save remaining for the final two episodes of this round. Alicia Keys has used both of those options already. Adam Levine and Blake Shelton have each used their one and only save, a new feature this year, but both have a steal remaining.
Enjoy our live updating blog item below as we recap the next-to-last knockouts on Monday. You can also read our analysis items for last week’s knockouts on Monday, April 2 and Tuesday, April 3, plus our recent battle round articles from Night 1 on March 19, Night 2 on March 20, Night 3 on March 26 and Night 4 on March 27.
Another special addition for Season 14 is that four past winners have returned as special advisors to each coach. The ones assisting are Jordan Smith for Team Adam, Chris Blue for Team Alicia, Cassadee Pope for Team Kelly and reigning champ Chloe Kohanski for Team Blake.
Make your own comments about the performers and coaching decisions for Monday’s episode below.
Once the live playoffs start on April 16, you will also be able to make picks for “The Voice” eliminations each week in our predictions center. You can also predict who will be the overall Season 14 champion and which coach will prevail. While that is not yet open for “The Voice,” you can already make predictions for such reality TV shows as “Survivor,” Emmy Awards nominations, Daytime Emmys and more.
Live blog below for Monday, April 9:
8:01 p.m. – Tonight we kick off the show with the pairing of Alicia’s two youngest singers: Britton Buchanan and Dallas Caroline. For their songs, Britton is taking on Billy Joel‘s “New York State of Mind” while Dallas chose “Bless the Broken Road” by Rascal Flatts. In rehearsals the decision was made for Britton to play piano for this performance, but freely enough that he can still step away from it and work the stage as well. As the only country artist on Team Alicia, Dallas feels like she has her own lane, but in her past performances she’s struggled with nervousness so that was a key point in preparing her for the knockout.
8:07 p.m. – I think starting out on the keys gives Britton a foundation of confidence that once he stepped away with the mic that he was commanding the stage like a seasoned performer. Vocally, he sounds mature for his age, but lacks the depth that it would take to be dynamic week to week. Dallas on the other hand clearly wasn’t as confident in the spotlight and the performance quality suffered because of it, but her voice has more range and variables to it that ultimately make her a potentially more interesting artist.
8:12 p.m. – Both Adam and Blake compliment Dallas on her tone and the growth she’s shown so far in the competition, but Adam gives the edge to Britton, an artist he wanted in the last round but was blocked (by Blake) from having a chance at. In the end, Alicia decides to stick with Britton, still stunned by the maturity in his voice and confident in his ability to perform well for her team going forward.
8:16 p.m. – Qualifying that no one else on her team has the power that they do and wanting to keep the pairing fair, Kelly is pitting D.R. King against Tish Haynes Kings. During rehearsals of his song “(I Know) I’m Losing You” by Rod Stewart, D.R. impresses Kelly with his range and the string of runs that he is masterful at. Tish, an artist Kelly saved in the battle round from a loss on Team Adam, is taking on “Lady Marmalade” for her first song as a member on her new team.
8:21 p.m. – Going into the knockout, Kelly declared that she wasn’t too worried about the result of it because she “knew” that whichever artist she didn’t keep on her own team would be stolen by one of the other coaches. But Kelly wasn’t the only one confident here–D.R. absolutely murdered the stage tonight, slaying his vocal and owning the stage itself like no one was watching him.
8:27 p.m. – Tish hit her own stride on stage when she erupted into a series of runs that let her powerful voice soar and she owned the stage just as much as D.R. did, stomping from one side to another with the sass you’d expect from a song this big. As Kelly expected, the other coaches were head over heels for both performers. When Kelly decided to stick with D.R. it took only moments for Kelly to hit her own save to keep her, but Adam buzzed in as well hoping to steal her back. Torn between the two, Tish decided to stick with Kelly, saying that Kelly knows “where her heart is” and vowing to take it to the end with her.
8:38 p.m. – The third knockout of the night comes from Dylan Hartigan and Wilkes on Team Blake, a pairing he says will be decided by who gives the most well-rounded performance. This time around Dylan is taking on “You Are the Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne, a song he hopes will let him show his more soulful side. Chloe’s advice for him is that because he has to say the same line so many times in the song that he has to focus on dynamics, finding different ways to deliver the line to the audience. Wilkes is being a little more risky with his choice, singing “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus.
8:43 p.m. – Once again Dylan is a smooth operator on stage, using the sensual quality in his voice and body language to engage with the audience in a flirtatious way. That isn’t to say it’s all he offers because his voice is still solid throughout and shows the range that Chloe asked him to focus on.
8:49 p.m. – With an unexpected song choice at his feet, Wilkes gives a daring performance and (almost) hits every note required of him with it, but compared to Dylan’s show he’s much quieter on stage. I don’t think the two artists could be more different! After hearing from the other coaches who give Dylan a lot of praise for his personality, Blake sticks with his guy and hands Wilkes the win.
8:54 p.m. – But then, even with so many guys already on her team, Kelly hits her steal at the very last second and saves Dylan from elimination! She says he gave his best performance of the season and deserved to stay. I agree–he should have won his knockout!
9:00 p.m. – Adam’s first pairing of the night is Rayshun LaMarr vs. Gary Edwards, two artists with a similar vibe that Adam hopes will make an evenly matched knockout. Gary’s song tonight is “Many Rivers to Cross” by Jimmy Cliff, a soul-alt rock crossover track that Adam thinks is an ambitious selection. Jordan advises Gary to dig into the song and let the moments happen more organically. Rayshun will be attempting Alicia’s classic “Fallin’,” though he’s jazzing it up a little more to include more rock and soul. Adam gives Rayshun the same advice Gary got, to go with gut and make the song not feel so rehearsed.
9:07 p.m. – Given the way that Gary began his performance so strongly and with as much power as he did, you’d think that he was giving everything he had too soon. But somehow he manages to maintain that energy throughout and by the end even exceed it, building the song to a proper climax that shows his stamina and consistency as a vocalist.
9:13 p.m. – Rayshun is just as consistent in his performance, but his song choice allows him ample opportunities to show personality, power and charisma both in his voice and his movements. And that’s all before he delivers an incredible final note that sends the coaches to their feet. The panel loves the tone of Gary’s performance, but are all floored by the confidence and execution of Rayshun’s choices. In making his decision, Adam agrees that Rayshun has the fire and passion he’s looking for and chooses him.
9:17 p.m. – But as Gary was saying his thank you and goodbye, Blake hits his steal button! He says he’s had his eye on him the entire competition and that he finally gets him after failing to bring him to his team earlier on.
9:22 p.m. – Heading back to Team Kelly, she’s presenting her “most difficult pairing,” Jorge Eduardo and Alexa Cappelli. Alexa has chosen Elton John‘s “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” another classic that Kelly is surprised to realize Alexa has enough control over to handle even during rehearsal. Jorge’s choice, “Adorn” by Miguel, is within the genre of music that he hopes to build a career in after the show. Kelly gets excited by Jorge’s falsetto, a range she wasn’t aware he was even capable of.
9:27 p.m. – Alexa’s performance is perfectly competent, quiet and understated in terms of stage presence so that her voice is the focal point. She gets a little pitchy at times, but still manages to bring the depth that the song requires.
9:33 p.m. – Jorge’s song, livelier than Alexa’s by nature, gives him room to groove and really dig into the meat of the song with a rasp and coolness that even the original doesn’t quite reach. Alicia tells Jorge that he was completely in his zone with a ton of energy, but gives the edge to Alexa as does Adam who also sees a ton of potential in her. After Blake calls her one of the best singers in the competition and despite genuinely loving Jorge, Kelly chooses Alexa to move on to the live playoffs with her.
9:38 p.m. – We don’t get to see the whole knockout, but tonight we learn that Adam advanced Reid Umstattd based on an emotional performance of “Let Him Fly.” He beats Jordyn Simone, an artist Adam stole from Team Alicia in the battles.
9:43 p.m. – And the final knockout of the season comes from Team Alicia–Kelsea Johnson vs. Sharane Callister. Kelsea’s song choice is Andra Day‘s “Rise Up,” a song with personal meaning that speaks to her relationship to her late grandfather. Alicia and Chris ask Kelsea to “speak” the song rather than “sing” it, advice meant to help her with handling a tempo that feels too quick for her. Sharane is taking on “All I Could Do Was Cry” by Etta James so that she can show an emotional connection through a song. Where Alicia advised Kelsea to remove the ad libs from her performance, she actually enjoyed those that Sharane was adding to hers and encouraged them.
9:48 p.m. – With two huge emotional songs, both Kelsea and Sharane deliver mature and elegant performances. Kelsea solidly holds her big notes and never falters, hitting her best emotional beat at the very end giving her performance a sweet closing moment. Sharane’s vocal is raw, raspy and deeply felt with a big climax that leaves her in a tear.
9:57 p.m. – In critiques, Blake is excited by Kelsea, comparing her to his winner from last year (Chloe) because of the way she allows her voice to break in similar fashion. As their coach, Alicia tells Sharane that she always rises to the occasion and Kelsea that there’s nothing that can stop her from going all the way. With that, drawn to her mysteriousness Alicia moves on with Kelsea, opening Sharane up for Adam’s final steal where he believes she belongs and will be able to show the best she has to offer.
10:00 p.m. – That’s it for the knockouts! Tomorrow is a round-up of the best performances from the season so far, including behind the scenes and never-before-seen footage. Then, starting next Monday the shows will go live for the first time this season and open up to viewer votes! Who is your fave in the top 24? Let us know in the comments.