The first of the seven knockout matches on the April 10 episode of “The Voice” pitted two of Blake Shelton‘s artists — Lauren Duski and Andrea Thomas — against each other. We asked if you thought Shelton made the right choice by going with Duski and you agreed by a whopping 84% to 16%. If you haven’t voted in our poll yet, watch their performances below and then cast your ballot. And be sure to sound off in our comments section too.
For her knockout song, Duski went with “When You Say Nothing At All,” a 1995 country hit for Alison Krauss that Irish singer Ronan Keating turned into a pop smash in 1999 when it was featured in the film “Notting Hill.” It worked well for her, especially after Shelton counseled her to concentrate on conveying the lyrics. Thomas opted for a pop version of “Cry” a 2002 country No. 1 for Faith Hill. After Shelton finally chose to go with Duski, Thomas was hoping for a steal from Alicia Keys but it was not to be.
For her February 27 blind audition, Duski, 25, incorporated pop and soul into her performance of “You Were Meant For Me,” which was Jewel‘s first big hit back in 1996. She was able to convince Adam Levine, Shelton and Gwen Stefani to all turn their chairs. After a strong debate between the coaches, Duski went the predictable country route in choosing Shelton as her coach. In her March 20 battle with Brennley Brown, Duski did an outstanding job conveying the emotional intricacies of “Better Man” the 2016 Little Big Town tune about a break-up. The 15-year-old Brown, who never had a boyfriend, struggled to connect to the lyrics written by Taylor Swift. After Shelton sided with Duski, Levine and Stefani tried to rescue Brown. Stefani won her over in the end by telling her, “There something about your innocence that I would want to work with.”
We didn’t get to see Thomas’s March 13 blind audition where she delivered her take on “Baby, Now That I’ve Found You,” a 1967 hit for The Foundations. We do know that this 25-year-old from Fort Worth, TX is a country singer. Nor did we get anything more than a teaser clip of her March 21 battle with Micah Tryba on “What Hurts the Most.” They looked equally good as they crooned this 2005 hit for the Rascal Flatts. Thomas won the vote of Shetlton. Tryba, who had charmed him with her performance of Chaka Khan‘s 1987 anthem “I’m Every Woman” in the blind audition, was left in the cold by the other coaches.
Do you think Shelton made the right choice by going with Duski? Watch the two performances and then vote in our poll below. And be sure to sound off in our comments section too.
Lauren Duski (‘When You Say Nothing At All’)
Andrea Thomas (‘Cry’)