During Monday’s episode of “The Voice” Season 15, Adam Levine pitted 13-year-old Reagan Strange against 16-year-old Emily Hough in a battle to Ed Sheeran‘s “Photograph.” After the performance Adam jumped out of his chair and smiled ear to ear as he applauded both of his teenage artists. However, in the end he thought that Reagan’s talent was “beyond comprehension” for her age, so he advanced her to the next round. Watch NBC’s “The Voice” battle video above and read the coaches’ comments below.
“Oof, that gruesome battle!” Adam joked about the sweet duo he just watched. “Fight to the death. ‘Game of Thrones’ blood bath, slash, pillow fight.” When Kelly Clarkson argued that girls don’t have pillow fights, Adam replied, “Okay, a cuddle fight.”
Adam went on, “I am such a big fan of the both of you and this is gonna break my heart. Emily, I know how important this is to you. You can hear that in your vocals and that urgency I think is what Kelly was loving so much about it. Reagan, it’s so nice to see someone get lost in a performance. That is so beyond comprehension for me when it comes to how old are you. Regardless of how it shakes down you guys have to remember you guys have this entire life and career ahead of you. The winner of this battle is Reagan.”
In his “The Voice” live blog, our recapper John Benutty had this to say about the battle: “Though neither artist seemed completely comfortable on stage, they each delivered solid vocals with Emily residing in her high voice most of the time and Reagan staying in the lower register. By the end I felt like Reagan’s confidence had grown to a point where she was the more passionate performer between the two. The panel of coaches was complimentary across the board, but Kelly was the only one to step out and put a stronger word in for Emily. Adam heard the urgency in Emily’s voice, but also liked the honesty in Reagan’s performance and so he chose to keep her around for the knockouts.”