“The Voice” is reviving the Coach Comeback, which it used in seasons 9 and 10, for this 12th edition. Each of the four coaches — Alicia Keys, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani — will bring one artist that they bounced from their team in the knockouts back to the show for the live playoffs that kick off on April 17.
Stefani has to choose from the following two artists who she eliminated that were not stolen by another coach. Read our recaps of each and then vote in our poll as to which of these you think is the strongest pick.
Johnny Gates (“Million Reasons”) lost to Hunter Plake (“I Want to Know What Love Is”) on April 3
Plake explained that his father had influenced him to sing the power ballad “I Want to Know What Love Is,” which had been a No. 1 for Foreigner back in 1984. Sitting at the keyboard, Plake personalized this song and delivered a winning performance. Surprisingly, Gates chose Lady Gaga‘s 2016 track “Million Reasons,” that had done just so-so on the charts. And he didn’t accompany himself on the guitar, which left him looking forlorn. While Keys praised him, she didn’t opt to use her steal when Stefani named Plake as the winner of this knockout.
Brandon Royal (“Redemption Song”) lost to JChosen (“Without You”) on April 10
JChosen liked the sound of “Without You,” which had been a huge hit worldwide in 2011 for French DJ David Guetta and Usher. Stefani counselled her artist to find the sweet spots in the song that could show off his voice and he aced this song that he dedicated to his ailing mother. Royal, who hails from the Virgin Islands, tried his luck with this 1980 classic by Bob Marley and the Wailers. JChosen was the winner, praised by all the coaches for his song choice, while Royal was faulted for trying to sing a song so associated with one artist.