In a unique duet, coach Adam Levine chose to match Jesse Larson vs. Taylor Alexander for his final battle performance of Season 12 on “The Voice.” It turned out not to be a very fair fight, with Adam having a pretty easy decision of Jesse over Taylor to advance to next week’s knockout round. That means Taylor is now done on the show since none of the other coaches had a steal remaining. (watch their battle performance above).
Our writer Denton Davidson ranked this battle in his third spot on Tuesday. He says, “In a pairing even Adam said ‘made no sense,’ the soulful Jesse was matched with country singer Taylor to perform a Garth Brooks song originally from Billy Joel. Jesse, who previously played guitar for a Season 4 artist (Judith Hill), simply blew Taylor out of the water in this battle. While playing electric guitar and letting his voice soar, it seemed as though Jesse was the only singer on stage. Taylor never looked comfortable and his vocals were lost in this performance. In the end, Adam picked Jesse as the winner and Taylor was sent home.”
The NBC bio for Jesse: “Jesse’s father was his biggest influence and introduced him to classic blues at a young age. After his father suddenly died of a heart attack, he began to lose his drive and considered quitting music. Then he got a call to audition for Prince. After many auditions, he got the opportunity to play for Judith Hill, whom Prince was producing. After Prince’s sudden death, the tour was canceled, but the experience reignited Jesse’s passion for music.”
The NBC bio for Taylor: “Taylor’s musical interests stem from his dad’s interest in opera and musical theater. In 10th grade, he started to get into folk music, and at 18, he and his friends formed an alternative country band called Young America. After touring for six years, the band fell apart and Taylor moved to Nashville, busking for grocery money more times than he’d like to admit. After three years in Nashville, Taylor finally has some steady gigs.”