Night two of the knockout rounds on Tuesday brought forth some new frontrunners on season 11 of “The Voice,” showcasing a lineup of singers who are determined to make this one of the most competitive seasons in the history of the series. My fellow writer John Benutty declared We` McDonald the potential champ for this season after watching Monday’s episode, but I’m not so sure it’s that easy to predict at this stage. Could Christian Cuevas or former child star Billy Gilman actually be the ones on a path to the 11th season championship to join this gallery of 10 past winners?
Rookie coach Alicia Keys along with veteran coaches Blake Shelton and Adam Levine each had tough decisions to make, while Miley Cyrus was able to relax for the time being with nobody on her team up for elimination. Let’s take a look at Tuesday’s three knockout pairings, who prevailed to reach the upcoming live rounds, which ones were eliminated, and my rankings from top to bottom. Click each coach’s name in this paragraph to see my power rankings for Team Adam, Team Alicia, Team Blake, and Team Miley following the earlier battle rounds.
1. Christian Cuevas (“Superstar”) vs. Belle Jewel (“Don’t Dream It’s Over”) – Team Alicia
The night’s most unconventional knockout saw jazzy pop vocalist Belle Jewel facing off against soulful powerhouse Christian Cuevas. After being edited down to nothing but short clips in the first two rounds, this was the first full performance we have seen from Jewel. She brought a refreshing, unique style to an 80’s hit that that was fun to watch. Cuevas, alternatively, brought the house down in an absolutely spine-tingling, soul-stirring, goose bump inducing rendition of a Luther Vandross classic. The drastically different styles made the two difficult to compare and led to a gut-wrenching decision for their coach. But Cuevas’ star-making performance couldn’t be denied, and he was rightfully declared the winner. The quirky and likable Jewel was stolen by Miley, who may just be the perfect coach for her.
2. Billy Gilman (“Fight Song”) vs. Ponciano Seoane (“I See Fire”) – Team Adam
With this knockout performance, Gilman redeemed himself as a threat to win season 11 of this NBC blockbuster program. His voice was pitch-perfect and powerful as he easily outperformed a more subdued competitor. Seoane gave a nice, yet forgettable performance that successfully showcased the rich tone of his voice but simply wasn’t memorable. The star power of Gilman just couldn’t be denied. As a serious contender to win it all, he was declared the winner, leading to an unfortunate early exit for Seoane.
3. Courtney Harrell (“River Deep Mountain High”) vs. Bindi Liebowitz (“The Son of a Preacher Man”) – Team Blake
Two artists that were a bit unexpected to wind up on team Blake faced off in this battle of soulful, rock-tinged performances. While Harrell delivered a powerhouse vocal filled with fiery passion, Liebowitz was softer with perhaps a bit more natural star power and sex appeal. In this knockout, Harrell was clearly the supreme singer of the two and was rightfully declared the winner. Liebowitz was not able to secure a steal and was eliminated from the competition.