The first night of the knockout round of season 14 of “The Voice” featured six match-ups. We wanted to know which of these was your favorite and your overwhelming choice in our poll results was the first of the evening when Kyla Jade and Jaclyn Lovey from Team Blake Shelton squared off. Jade won over her coach and the crowd with her cover of the Lesley Gore hit “You Don’t Own Me.” Lovey tried her best with her version of Corinne Bailey Rae‘s “Put Your Records On” but she failed to earn a save from Shelton. Watch Jade’s winning performance above and then vote in our poll below about your favorite singer of the night.
Shelton was certainly enthusiastic about Jade, noting her evolution from backup singer to standing center stage. “Kyla, I feel like you’re beginning to own the front of the stage. I think it probably has to do with what this song means to you at this moment in time.” And, he added, “In this moment I really feel like Kyla made us feel what she was singing and that’s why she won the knockout.”
As our live-blogger John Benutty noted in his recap of night 1 of the knockout round, “With her performance, Jaclyn found the perfect song to show the tenderness of her voice and to let a bubbly stage personality come out. Taking on a more dramatic song, Kyla’s performance was bigger and had more vocal acrobatics, but allowed much less room for her to use the entire stage.”
Take a read of our recap of each of the six knockouts from April 2 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.