In what turned into a tribute to the late Tom Petty, coach Adam Levine chose the pop hit song “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” for one of his top battle round pairings on Monday. As “The Voice” Season 13 continues, Team Adam had Adam Pearce vs. Whitney Pearce on the duet originally performed by Petty and Stevie Nicks. He chose Adam as the winner for the evening, but don’t fear for Whitney since she was then stolen by Miley Cyrus to join her all-female team. Both will move on to the knockout rounds in a few weeks.
Our contributing writer John Benutty had the following commentary about Adam and had him second in his overall power rankings: “It’s still surprising that somehow the judges didn’t turn their chairs for Adam when he auditioned in season 12 because in his two performances so far this season he’s more than proven himself. This week he sounded lovely in the Petty parts of the duet and never let the female vocals overshadow his. More than that, he’s the type of artist that this show loves and should have an easy time wooing the votes through the live round.”
Of the 12 singers on Monday’s show, Benutty thought Whitney was the fourth best performance: “The judges were definitely on board for Whitney this week and rightfully so. Adam had a ton of confidence in her following the rehearsals, but against the undeniable talent of Adam, he had to let her go. On Miley’s team I think Whitney will be pushed outside of her comfort zone to a place where she can be more expressive and lively than she has been so far. I’m excited to see what she does next.”
According to the NBC official bio for Adam: “Adam auditioned for Season 12 singing ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’ by Procol Harum. Unfortunately no chairs turned, but Levine encouraged him to work on his pitch problems and come back. Adam took the coaches’ advice to heart, immediately enrolling in vocal lessons, as well as continuing to gig out four to five times a week. Adam received a ton of support from New Orleans after last season, but he really wants to do this for his family, who told him to never give up.”
And the NBC official bio for Whitney says: “Whitney grew up in Tulsa singing in the church and playing in different Christian bands. After college, Whitney moved to Los Angeles to pursue her music career. Realizing she wanted to reach a bigger audience, she started playing mainstream music. Unfortunately, the stress of trying to make it alone in Los Angeles sent Whitney into depression and anxiety. She started experiencing frequent panic attacks while performing, and eventually her dad had to come to LA and take her back home. After six months of recuperation and with the support of her family, Whitney found music again. She started playing in local coffee shops back home and finally has the confidence for something bigger. The Voice is the second chance she needs to pick up her music career.”
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