During Monday’s episode of “The Voice,” Blake Shelton paired up Funsho and Katrina Cain in the fifth knockout round of Season 15. Funsho performed The Weeknd‘s “Earned It” while Katrina took on The Chainsmokers‘ “Don’t Let Me Down.” After their back-to-back performances, Blake proclaimed, “This is an extra tough one for me.” So which artist did Blake advance to the live playoffs and who did he send home? Watch Funsho’s “The Voice” video above and read the coaches’ comments below.
Blake continued, “Katrina, I still feel like the song has you handcuffed a little bit just because of the nature of it. But you would say to me, ‘Yeah Blake, but electropop, that’s what I want to pursue.’ I literally thought that was a video game. And Funsho, I stole you from Adam Levine‘s team and I gotta say, I’m blown away by you. To keep your composure in front of Mariah Carey? That was one of the craziest things. I mean, she was telling you some notes and you were able to affect change in your performance. As a coach, I love that.”
After a brief deliberation, Blake declared, “You know, I just have to base it off today. The winner of this battle is Funsho.” As Funsho celebrated, Blake further explained his choice backstage. “Funsho delivered a great song that gave him the opportunity to showcase what a great vocalist he is, and it’s what separates him from the rest of the competition.”
In his “The Voice” live blog, our recapper John Benutty had this to say about the knockout: “In her performance, Katrina did bring her specific style to the song and put together a solid rendition, but Funsho brought a ton of passion and delivered one of the most sultry performances of the night. Kelly was captivated by Katrina, but was equally into Funsho’s confidence and swag.”