Last season, Adam Levine made it to the final of “The Voice” with an artist — Addison Agen — he stole from Miley Cyrus in the battle round. This season he may well have found another winner with his newest steal – Jackie Foster. She was dropped by coach Kelly Clarkson at the end of the first night of the season 14 battles in favor of D.R. King.
Foster was one of three losers to be thrown a life-line by one of the other coaches, along with another of Clarkson’s castoffs (Dylan Hartigan) and Levine’s reject Tish Haynes Keys. We asked you which these three could be a winner in the final on May 22. Your overwhelming pick was Foster, who racked up a whopping 64% of the vote tally. Keys registered 20% while Hartigan has 16% of the total to date.
If you haven’t voted yet, read our recap of these three battles and then cast your ballot in the poll at the bottom of this post. And be sure to sound off in the comments section on your favorite artists and coaches this season.
Team Kelly Clarkson: Brynn Cartelli vs. Dylan Hartigan – “…Ready for It?”
For Clarkson’s first battle, she pitted two of her younger artists against each other on this Taylor Swift tune. Noting that they were softer, folk-influenced singers, she opted for a “swampy” rendition of this pop hit. However, the two singers never came together in their performance. While all the coaches love Hartigan’s dynamic style, it was Cartelli’s singing that won them over. After Clarkson went with the latter, Shelton used the first of his two steals to give Hartigan a second chance to shine in the knockout round.
Team Adam Levine: Tish Haynes Keys vs. Rayshun LaMarr – “Sweet Thing”
Both artists admit to being nervous about singing this song, a soul-funk hit for Rufus and Chaka Khan. They needn’t have worried as their voices blended so well together. They earned a standing ovation from the coaches. Not surprisingly, Clarkson, Keys and Shelton were equally enthusiastic about both artists. After Levine opted to keep LaMarr, Clarkson used her first steal to bring Keys onto her team.
Team Kelly Clarkson: Jackie Foster vs. D.R. King – “Sign of the Times”
Clarkson is back with her two powerhouse singers, who are tasked with taking on this big pop song by Harry Styles. They were up to the task, with all four coaches on their feet at the end of the performance. Keys called it “favorite battle to date,” Levine said it was “special” and “astonishing” and Shelton said it was “outstanding.” After Clarkson opted for King, she said she hoped that one of the other coaches would rescue Foster and she soon got her wish as Levine used his first steal to do so.