On the April 18 live two-hour episode of “The Voice,” the five artists on Team Gwen Stefani that made it through the knockout rounds performed as did her pick from those previously eliminated. Two — Brennley Brown and Hunter Plake — won the public vote and made it through to the top 12. Stefani then had to choose from her four eliminated acts — JChosen, Johnny Gates, Troy Ramey and Quizz Swanigan — to also take on to the next round.
We asked you if Ramey was the right choice or should Stefani have gone with one of the other three. A whopping 57% of you agreed with her. Of the 43% of you who dissented, 26% of your vote was for JChosen, 11% for Gates and 6% for Swanigan.
If you haven’t voted in our poll yet, take a read of our review of their performances and then weigh in with your choice as to the best of these four artists by voting in our poll and sounding off in the comments section.
JChosen: “Nothing Compares 2 U”
This Prince song was a huge hit for Sinead O’Connor in 1990. But this song overwhelmed the singer, who struggled to connect with its lyrics. As Stefani observed, “I just know that that was super-challenging, emotionally, to sing that song. I know you felt like it was such a tall order and it was.”
Johnny Gates: “Hands to Myself”
Gates was Stefani’s Coach Comeback. She had picked him in the blind audition and chose him in the battle round. But in the knockout, she went with Hunter Plake instead. For his return to the competition, he redeemed himself with a sizzling performance of “Hand to Myself,” a 2015 dance hit for Selena Gomez. While Stefani praised his performance and noted “you have such an incredible spirit and attitude,” viewers were less impressed.
Troy Ramey: “A Case of You”
Ramey became the third “Voice” artist to tackle Joni Mitchell’s 1971 classic “A Case of You” James Wolpert (Season 5) and Madi Davis (Season 9). It was a good fit for this singer/songwriter and earned him much praise from his coach: “I saw you in a way I never saw you before, like I can see you at your own show.” After the public passed on him, Stefani threw Ramey a lifeline and chose him from the four eliminated artists to continue on in the show.
Quizz Swanigan: “My Girl”
Swanigan loves the Motown sound and is lead singer in a Jackson 5 tribute band so it was not surprising that he chose “My Girl,” a chart topper for The Temptations back in 1964 as his knockout song. While he won over his coach, who enthused, “you’re magical,” viewers were not so enamored and he was eliminated.