During Tuesday’s episode of “The Voice” Season 15, Blake Shelton paired up current country artists Kameron Marlowe and Kayley Hill in a battle to Hootie & the Blowfish‘s “Only Wanna Be With You.” Kameron’s day job before “The Voice” was selling car parts, while Kayley was a bar singer in Nashville. After their performance Adam Levine scolded the young country singers for flocking to Blake’s team because one of them was about to be eliminated. Watch NBC’s “The Voice” battle video above and read the coaches’ comments below.
“Let this be a lesson to all of you,” Adam said while addressing the wider audience. “You’re brainwashed by the Blake Shelton empire. If you all flock to the same team, you will go home.” Adam isn’t wrong. Each season countless country singers choose to join Team Blake, where they don’t have a chance to shine or stand out because the competition is so similar. Kelly Clarkson agreed, arguing, “This is what happens!”
Before Blake made his big decision, he explained, “When we started rehearsing the song, at some point Kameron finally said, ‘I feel like I can probably sing this a little better if I don’t play the guitar.’ Kayley just played along and it was just like, whoa, there’s the version of this song. So it was just a cool thing to see the creativity come to life right there. It’s just part of the challenge of these battles … The winner of this battle was Kameron.” That means Kameron will be moving forward on Team Blake while Kayley was sent home.
In his “The Voice” live blog, our recapper Denton Davidson had this to say about the battle: “Kameron kicked off the performance and his rich, raspy voice fits the song perfectly. Kayley’s softer, sweet town sounds surprisingly great and I feel like this is a big step up from her audition. Soon Kameron begins belting it out though and it might be too much for Kayley to keep up with. They have turned this song into a more mild, love song compared to the original. They both sound great, but I would be surprised to see Blake eliminate Kameron, who seems like a legitimate threat in this competition.”