For Tuesday’s episode of “The Voice,” the Season 12 battle rounds continued with a dozen artists competing across six head-to-head showdowns. Only three of these were shown in full, while the others aired with just brief snippets. Each coach had a friend on hand to help them mentor the contestants – Alicia Keys was assisted by DJ Khaled, Adam Levine invited John Legend, Blake Shelton had his buddy Luke Bryan, and Gwen Stefani had support from Celine Dion.
Here are my power rankings from best to worst for the six battles on Tuesday, March 21, with Team Alicia providing the greatest vocal highlight of the night. She was also the only coach using a steal on this one-hour program. Click here for our analysis from the previous episode on Monday.
1. Chris Blue vs. RJ Collins (Team Alicia) – “Adorn”
Alicia paired Chris and RJ together with a contemporary R&B song that was able to show what each would sound like if they were to record an album today. The two were a fun pair to watch in rehearsals, as neither was afraid to lay all their cards on the table, running and riffing all over the notes. Both brought plenty of passion to the performance, with RJ’s more contemporary style blending perfectly with Chris’ throwback sound. Although the two were evenly matched, Blake made a bold prediction that Chris would end up in the finale, and Alicia chose him as the winner. Unfortunately, with no steals from the other coaches that marked the end of the road for RJ.
2. Johnny Gates vs. Sammie Zonana (Team Gwen) – “I Drove All Night”
Gwen paired Johnny and Sammie together because they both have a rock edge to their voices and potentially fill the same slot on her team. Although they are two of my favorite artists on Team Gwen, the decision made sense. The duo performed well together on stage, with Johnny playing his guitar while Sammie worked the stage. Neither of them blew me away vocally with this performance, but it was clear to all the coaches that Johnny was the one with star power. Gwen chose Johnny as the winner, eliminating Sammie from the competition.
3. Aliyah Moulden vs. Dawson Coyle (Team Blake) – “Walking on Sunshine”
These young pop singers were paired up to battle it out for one spot on Team Blake, which has historically been dominated by country artists. Taking advice from their mentor, Luke Bryan, the duo flirted on stage, making for a fun, but admittedly amateurish performance. Although it felt a bit like I was transported back to an episode of “Glee,” it was impossible not to smile watching them. Despite his rival coaches favoring Dawson, Blake went with his gut in picking Aliyah as the winner. Alicia surprised everyone when she used the only steal of the night on Dawson stating, “The ladies are going to eat you alive.”
4. Andrea Thomas vs. Micah Tryba (Team Blake) – “What Hurts the Most”
We were not able to see Andrea’s blind audition, and this battle with Micah was also cut down to just a snippet. Regardless of airtime, Blake remained loyal to his country roots, moving Andrea forward in the competition. We do know Andrea is a backup singer for Carrie Underwood, but it may take a couple more weeks for her talent to be shown to the world. Micah was not stolen and saw her season come to an end.
5. Josh West vs. Nala Price (Team Adam) – “Everybody Wants to Rule the World”
Only a brief snippet of this performance was shown so it was impossible to get a sense of who was the better performer. Adam chose Josh as the winner, ending Nala’s season.
6. Aaliyah Rose vs. Savannah Leighton (Team Gwen) – “Treat You Better”
It was a shame these two teenagers didn’t have their full performance shown, but Gwen ended up choosing 14-year old Aaliyah Rose to move forward. Savannah, who I thought would make it further, was unable to get a steal and will not advance in the competition.
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