Who really has the best team of artists for “The Voice” Season 15? Now that you’ve seen all the singers through Blind Audition and Battle Rounds, plus a few already in the Knockouts, does the best team belong to Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Jennifer Hudson or Kelly Clarkson? Which of those coaches will guide a contender to the championship in a few weeks?
Pop superstar Mariah Carey has joined “The Voice” as an advisor for the Knockouts, which started on Monday and continues on Tuesday for Night 2. Each coach will have one steal and one save during this round. One SPOILER ITEM: Team Kelly artist Cody Ray Raymond has dropped out of the show for personal reasons.
As we’ve done for several seasons, we have extensive and exclusive coverage of every episode of the Emmy-winning program on NBC. Follow along with our live updating blog below and make your own comments about the best and worst performances, plus those all-important steals. If you’re a little behind on this fall’s episodes, you can catch up with our previous analysis by reading our rundown of the first day of Knockouts. And click these links for Battle Rounds: Monday, October 15, Tuesday, October 16, Monday, October 22 and Tuesday, October 23.
And now enjoy our live updating recap for Tuesday, October 30 below:
8:08 p.m. – Team Jennifer kicks things off tonight with Franc West taking on Tyshawn Colquitt. Franc is singing “Call Out My Name” by The Weeknd. In rehearsals he impressed Jennifer with his unique spin on it. Mariah says she will buy an album from him and loves that he writes his own music. Tyshawn hopes to one-up Franc with a performance of “Pillow Talk” by Zane. He hit notes only Mariah herself could replicate, but Jennifer wants him to embody it more. Mariah requested more softer tones so the audience can appreciate his bigger moments.
8:10 p.m. – Franc is the first to take the stage. I love his rich tone and the power in his voice. What separates him from others in this competition is his stage presence, but I have admit I don’t love this song choice. Overall, he gave a good performance but I don’t know if this will hold up against the rangy performance I expect from Tyshawn.
8:13 p.m. – It’s Tyshawn’s turn and he seems to have taken notes from Jennifer and Mariah. He isn’t blowing the song out of the water from the jump, which he has a tendency to do. He’s still over-running the song a bit for my taste, but Tyshawn has so much potential that Jennifer couldn’t possibly eliminate him now. When he hits his falsetto I’m all but certain he’s sending Franc packing.
8:15 p.m. – The coaches seemed to agree that Franc is more mature artistically, but Tyshawn’s range is tough to ignore. After thinking it through, Jennifer decided to choose Franc as the winner of this Knockout! I’m surprised but I’m not mad at her for that, I enjoy Franc. I hope he improves his song choices in the future though. Jennifer and Kelly would have both loved to see Tyshawn advance but neither could save him so he was eliminated from the competition.
8:25 p.m. – Tonight’s second Knockout is Team Kelly’s Abby Cates vs. Claire DeJean. They both fill the soulful-pop lane so Kelly is ready to discard one of them. Abby is singing her coach Kelly’s hit “Because of You.” In rehearsals, Kelly told Abby to slow down and milk the intensity. Claire is singing “There’s Nothing Holding Me Back” by Shawn Mendez. She likes the flirty, teenage vibe of it. Kelly thinks the song is too “wordy” and Mariah suggested the background singers take on some of the lyrics so Claire can ad-lib over it.
8:30 p.m. – We continue the episode halfway through Claire’s performance. It’s shaky, off-key and boring. Sorry! It’s sort of a train wreck. I’m guessing Abby’s will be stronger considering they went straight to commercial break so we can come back for her full performance.
8:37 p.m. – Abby begins slowly before eventually showing off her powerful belts. She intricately weaved in and out between intimacy and strength and was the CLEAR winner of this Knockout. It’s not even close. When it came time to make a decision, Kelly agreed with me. Abby is moving on to the Playoffs! Claire was eliminated.
8:48 p.m. – The last pairing of the night is Dave Fenley vs. Kameron Marlowe from Team Blake. Dave will be singing “Stuck on You” by Lionel Richie. I love Lionel’s music! Didn’t Mariah have an entire tour with him cancelled? Anyways, Dave’s soulful voice is perfect for this and Blake and Mariah both loved it in rehearsal. Kameron is taking on “I Shot the Sheriff” by Bob Marley. It looks like neither of these country hopefuls are singing a country song tonight! Kameron’s voice is effortless, but Blake thinks he looks uncomfortable. Dave has a great voice, but Kameron can win this show.
8:50 p.m. – Dave is performing first and it’s as good as I imagined it would be. It’s tough to go wrong with this song, but the fact that Dave’s voice is so different from Lionel’s is refreshing. It’s not the most exciting performance, but Blake likes simplicity in story-telling. But does Dave have potential to win this season? I just don’t think so.
8:55 p.m. – Kameron is up next and I think he’s so much more interesting to watch. He’s got the full package: a killer voice, good looks and musicality. He’s still honing his stage presence, but he’s well on his way. In my mind, Kameron has a legitimate shot at making it big. I would choose Kameron as the winner of this Knockout.
8:59 p.m. – The coaches applauded both performances, but Jennifer preferred Dave while Adam leaned towards Kameron. After determining neither of them “screwed the pooch,” Blake decided Dave was the winner of this Knockout! And we have a steal! Kameron will move on to the live playoffs as a part of Team Adam! That’s a wrap for tonight!
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