‘The Voice’ knockouts: Our complete and candid play-by-play analysis of Night 2 [UPDATING LIVE]

Last Monday’s episode of “The Voice” ended the month of October but began the exciting knockout round for Season 13. For the six showdowns that evening, our contributing writer Denton Davidson ranked those 12 artists, with eight moving on to next week’s playoffs and four being eliminated. For this Monday’s Night 2 of knockouts, enjoy our complete and candid play-by play analysis below as special advisor Kelly Clarkson assists the four coaches.

With a recap for Night 1:

Coach Blake Shelton moved Esera Tuaolo forward and used his only steal on Chloe Kohanski. Coach Adam Levine advanced Addison Agen and stole Adam Cunningham. Two Miley Cyrus artists still on her team are Ashland Craft and Janice Freeman. Jennifer Hudson has Davon Fleming and Shi’Ann Jones for the next round. Both Miley and Jennifer can still use a final steal during this week’s knockout nights.

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8:02 p.m. – The first pairing of the night is from Team Miley: Brooke Simpson vs. Stephan Marcellus. Brooke is singing “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” by Aretha Franklin, which is weird because that’s a song that Kelly famously covered on her season of “American Idol.” I like Brooke a lot so let’s see how she does with it.

8:06 p.m. – Stephan is taking on “Impossible” by Shontelle, a song that represents for him his journey so far on the show. Stephan is the artist that forgot the words to the song during his blind audition and then he lost his battle, but Miley used a steal on him, a rare pick for her considering she was building an all female team.

8:07 p.m. – Brooke is owning the stage like a star and killing the vocal with a ton of passion and joy. She’s definitely one of Miley’s strongest artists!

8:10 p.m. – Jennifer is cheering on Stephan big time during his performance, but the vocal just wasn’t there for me. Against Brooke, it’s no contest.

8:12 p.m. – Adam tells Brooke that he’ll see her in the finale and both Blake and Jennifer agree that Brooke has a lot of talent and could win. With her decision, Miley echoes everything the other coaches feel and chooses Brooke.

8:19 p.m. – Blake pits Anna Catherine DeHart against Mitchell Lee in his first knockout of the night because he thinks they both have unique tones and know how to own the stage. Anna Catherine describes herself as a country artist to Kelly and as such is taking on Faith Hill‘s “Breathe,” a classic in the genre.

8:22 p.m. – Can I just say that Kelly is a fantastic guest mentor?? She gives great advice and knows how to communicate her points to the artists on a peer to peer level. She’s going to be a great addition to the coach’s chair next season.

8:23 p.m. – Mitchell’s song choice is Edwin McCain‘s “I’ll Be.” It’s already a high pitched song, but Kelly pushes Mitchell to go higher so that it brings more vulnerability to the way he performs.

8:25 p.m. – For his performance, Mitchell has definitely decided to play up the sexy factor–he’s got his shirt unbuttoned to the chest and he’s strutting across the stage like he’s serenading his girlfriend and wooing every woman watching through the television. Total swoon-worthy, but a little cheesy for my taste! Especially since “I’ll Be” is one of those songs that a million guys have performed on singing competition shows already.

8:31 p.m. – The first verse of Anna Catherine’s song is so gorgeous, showing off the deeper side of her register and then she opens up into a loud and brighter chorus that is just as rich. The only downside is that she’s not that charismatic of a performer, standing mostly still in the center of the stage for a majority of the song. She should win this though.

8:33 p.m. – Jennifer and Miley both pick up on Mitchell’s ability to draw the audience in with his confidence and on-stage persona. Jennifer sides with Mitchell while Miley sides with Anna Catherine, and though Adam thinks he had a couple pitch problems he, too, advises Blake to pick Mitchell. In the end, Blake goes with the artist he thinks can handle the competition better and that’s Mitchell! Blake goes as far as to say that Mitchell will be “really valuable” in the lives because “he knows how to work the audience.”

8:39 p.m. – Jennifer pairs her two contemporary male vocalists Jeremiah Miller and Noah Mac against each other for her first knockout of the night. Noah is an artist that Jennifer stole after he lost his battle, which surprised me because his throwback style doesn’t necessarily match hers, but that just means they could surprise us. During rehearsal, Kelly is drawn into Noah’s soulful approach to music and actually starts crying!

8:43 p.m. – Jeremiah is going full tilt into his pop star lane by choosing Justin Bieber‘s “Sorry” for his performance. Rehearsal notes from Jennifer and Kelly include improving his diction so that he’s able to breathe more with such a quick song and knowing when to fall back instead of going as high as he’s able to.

8:45 p.m. – Up first is Jeremiah and it’s a rough start, to say the least. Even by the time he reaches the chorus, his voice is breaking in places it shouldn’t be and his rasp sounds more like he has the flu than a stylistic choice. After the commercial break we’ll see how Noah responds with his own performance…

8:50 p.m. – Noah is taking on “Hold Back the River” seated at the keyboard through the first half and then erupting in the second half with a more lively presence with mic in hand and moving across the stage.

8:53 p.m. – Miley suggests that Jeremiah picked the wrong kind of song for his more rock-style voice. The other judges agree and add that perhaps Jeremiah was simply outmatched by Noah who they all say is too good for Blake to have let go during the battles. Jennifer’s decision seems like an easy one at this point and adding that he’s performing well beyond his years, as expected she goes with Noah.

9:00 p.m. – Team Blake is back with their second pairing of the night: Kathrina Feigh vs. Keisha Renee, his two big, soulful singers. These two girls have a lot to learn from Kelly! Kathrina, an aspiring R&B artist, is going to perform “Girl on Fire” by Alicia Keys. She sounds like she’s ready to slay this round in her rehearsal! Watch out now, Keisha.

9:03 p.m. – Keisha’s song choice for this round is inspired by her own daughter, “I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack. As soon as Keisha opens her mouth, Kelly gets so mad that Blake paired these two girls against one another! She’s right! Blake should have made sure he got to keep both of them for the lives.

9:06 p.m. – In her performance, Kathrina shows a lot of control over a song that could easily go off the rails. Her pitch wasn’t always there, but I’m really impressed with how she handled such a big song with ease.

9:12 p.m. – I really love what Keisha brings to country music because she doesn’t have the same natural twang to her voice that we’re used to, but instead brings a pop and soul texture to the songs. In that regard, I think she’s a more unique artist than Kathrina and some of the other artists so she should be Blake’s choice.

9:15 p.m. – Jennifer tells Blake she thinks the two artists are pretty evenly matched and that it’ll depend on which direction he wants to take his team. Adam and Miley suggest that Keisha is the more refreshing choice to make and Blake agrees–he picks Keisha.

9:17 p.m. – In a short showcase, Adam picks Jon Mero‘s high energy take on “Blame It on the Boogie” over Dylan Gerard, whose performance we don’t actually get to see. I’m not even sure we needed to see Dylan’s side of the knockout because what we saw of Jon’s was stage-shattering. He owned it.

9:24 p.m. – The next knockout of the night comes from Team Miley–Moriah Formica vs. Whitney Fenimore. She’s paired them against one another because they both occupy the rock genre and she wants to make sure the team she takes to lives has variety.

9:25 p.m. – Moriah has the daunting task of taking on Kelly’s song, “Behind These Hazel Eyes,” a choice both Kelly and Miley are on board with because it’s a step outside of the box for the “rock goddess,” as she’s been dubbed, to take on a more sentimental contemporary song than they expected.

9:26 p.m. – Whitney’s song is “Calling All Angels,” the inspirational Train anthem. Miley’s advice for Whitney during rehearsals is to pay more attention to the volume of her voice and how it’s used to express emotion. Kelly sees her as a versatile artist that can sing any genre and that’s her ace in the hole against Moriah who is more focused in one lane.

9:29 p.m. – Ooh, Moriah has the guitar with her! I can’t believe she’s only 16–she’s already such a little star. I’m getting total Pink vibes from this loud, anger-filled performance. I’m very much into it.

9:34 p.m. – It’s really smart for Whitney and Miley to take a more country-tinged approach to this performance, not only because she sounds stunning in this style, but because it’s going to win over a lot of fans for her if she makes it to the lives. Her performance is actually a lot more even than Moriah’s was so this might be a tougher decision than Miley was anticipating. Hopefully Jennifer uses her steal and saves one of these women from elimination–I like them both!

9:37 p.m. – Both Adam and Blake applaud the clarity in Whitney’s voice, but while Adam was unable to choose between the two Blake gives the edge to Moriah (as does Jennifer). Miley is really into Moriah’s voice and attitude, but in Whitney she sees a really strong vocalist. Miley sticks with her original girl and chooses Moriah as the winner, hoping she’ll gain more confidence going into the lives. Jennifer doesn’t use her steal. Ugh.

9:45 p.m. – The last pairing of the night is Team Adam’s Emily Luther vs. Adam Pearce. These two are really nothing alike as singers so this will be very… interesting.

9:46 p.m. – Adam’s biggest advice for Adam is that he ditch the guitar for his performance so that he can move around the stage more and bring the energy for the audience. On the opposite side of the energy spectrum, Emily is taking on Pink’s “Glitter in the Air,” but probably not while hanging from ribbons like Pink did when she first performed it at the Grammys. But, ugh, I love this song so, so, so much. I might cry.

9:49 p.m. – As suggested, Adam leaves the guitar off stage for “Smoke on the Water.” And he’s spinning around the stage, almost uncontrollably but I think it’s because he sings with so much passion that he can barely contain it and his vocal delivery never suffers.

9:55 p.m. – Whoa, Emily’s performance is stunning. The tone and richness of her voice didn’t fail her once, but more importantly she was able to convey both the vulnerability of the lyric and the power in her voice all at once. Tough decision for Adam, but a huge steal for whoever he doesn’t choose!

9:58 p.m. – Miley and Jennifer are both huge fans of Adam, especially because his big performance style is going translate really well for the live shows. Adam’s winner of the knockout is the one he thinks was a showstopper–Emily! And just as Adam is walking away Miley hits her button for the steal! That’s a great pairing and finally we’ll get to see Miley work with a powerful, talented rock male vocalist.

10:00 p.m. – New episode tomorrow to close out the knockouts!

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