Producers of “The Voice” saved a great showdown for the final knockout show of Season 12 on Monday. Team Gwen Stefani matched up Stephanie Rice with “Safe and Sound” vs. Troy Ramey singing “Chandelier.” The pop superstar was hoping this pairing would offer one of them the chance to be stolen, and that’s exactly what happened when rival Alicia Keys pushed her button at the end to add Stephanie to her own team (watch their knockout performances below). Both artists now move on to the first live shows of this season next Monday, April 17.
Our writer Denton Davidson ranked this battle as the best match-up on Monday’s episode. He says, “Two rock singers took on hits from two pop stars for what proved to be the most competitive knockout of the night. Stephanie never shies away from pouring her heart into a performance and her choice of this emotional Taylor Swift/Civil Wars track was brilliant. Her ability to tell a story on stage is unique this season and I always look forward to her stepping on stage. Troy’s choice to cover Sia’s smash hit was brave, but in some ways proved he lacks the vocal range it could take to win. Nonetheless, he’s a safe artist that sings in a style that typically wins over audience. Gwen chose Troy as the winner, which I thought was a mistake. But Stephanie will continue on Team Alicia after winning the final steal of the season.”
Be sure to read through our recent power rankings of all four teams: Team Adam, Team Alicia, Team Blake, and Team Gwen. You can also tour through each original team’s photo galleries within these same articles.
The NBC bio for Stephanie: “Stephanie began performing in church with her mother in the seventh grade. She never saw herself as a singer, always excelling in school and athletics. When Stephanie was 17, her parents found love letters she’d written to girls, and she suppressed her feelings due to her father’s threats. After Stephanie met her first girlfriend at 18, her parents cut off their relationship. With little money, she moved to Houston with a cheap car and a guitar. She worked at Baylor College of Medicine and became a published author in the International AIDS Society. She gigs with local band Colonial Blue and has been engaged to her fiancée, Janeth, for a year, but put off the wedding to pursue music.”
The NBC bio for Troy: “Troy grew up in a modest family household where there was no TV but plenty of music. He dreamed of going to college to study engineering and play basketball, but after his dad’s death, he transferred to Boston College and focused on helping his mother. While working at a restaurant, he started to jam with co-workers and joined a band called In Like Lions, which had a five-year run. Three years ago, he decided to join his girlfriend in New York and pursue his career as a singer-songwriter. He held a job at an engineering firm for a couple of years in order to fund his debut EP. In 2016, his music caught fire on streaming sites – with almost 4 million plays and counting.”