And just like that, we’re almost to the live shows for “The Voice” Season 15. We now know several of the artists who will be competing for public votes beginning next Monday, November 12. After tonight’s episode of Knockouts Night 3, we’ll know the rest for the teams of coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Jennifer Hudson or Kelly Clarkson.
Stay tuned throughout this week as we offer up separate power rankings for each team on our home page. Who do you think has the best chance to win Season 15?
Pop superstar Mariah Carey has been an excellent choice to guide the singers during this round, giving them advice not only on their songs but also on their stage presences. Monday evening’s show will be the final time we see her on this season.
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. If you’re a little behind on this fall’s episodes, you can catch up with our previous analysis by reading our rundown of Knockouts for Monday, October 29 and Tuesday, October 30. 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 Monday, November 5 below:
8:01 p.m. – With no time to waste, we got right down to business tonight with Kelly’s pairing of Sarah Grace and Chevel Shepherd. Chevel’s choice to take on “Travelin’ Solider” by The Dixie Chicks made Kelly happy because it forced her voice down the country lane where she thinks she should be and according to Mariah was a chance to sing as a storyteller instead of just a singer. Sarah Grace’s song was one of Kelly’s favorites of all time, “I’d Rather Go Blind” by Etta James, and the song that made Sarah fall in love with blues music. During rehearsal Mariah referred to Sarah Grace as “seasoned” and “an old soul.”
8:07 p.m. – Prior to their performances Kelly said that the winner would be the one that displays the most confidence and ownership over the song. With that in mind, Chevel was a bit timid on stage while Sarah Grace seemed much more comfortable and used the stage and audience to her benefit. Adam gave the edge to Chevel, but Blake called Sarah “magnetic” and he and Jennifer both advised Kelly to choose her. Declaring that she only wants bold artists on her team who are “ready to go in right now,” Kelly picked Chevel! But… but… but it wasn’t the end of the line for Sarah Grace because Kelly saved her and kept her on Team Kelly!
8:17 p.m. – For Adam’s first knockout of the night he pitted DeAndre Nico against Jake Wells because of how different from one another they are. To show that he can do country, too, DeAndre chose to sing the Hunter Hayes song “Wanted.” Mariah admired his talent, but urged him to find the “happy medium” between that talent and his desire to show his range. Jake decided on Coldplay‘s “Yellow” this week because it’s a song he’s familiar with having performed it with his band for years. As they did with DeAndre, Adam and Mariah advised Jake to remember that sometimes less is more.
8:23 p.m. – Saying on the keyboard throughout his performance, Jake succeeded in making an iconic song sound both familiar and new, but where the original song soars he never managed to reach its height. On the other hand, DeAndre ran with the advice he was given and let the quieter moments of his song speak as loudly as the big ones. The coaches thought Jake did a decent job, but insinuated that he may have been outmatched by the song. Before choosing him to remain on his team, Adam said that DeAndre “came to win” and complimented his tone. It’s no surprise he’ll stick around because he is one of Adam’s strongest vocalists.
8:38 p.m. – For Jennifer’s next knockout she chose Anthony Arya and Kennedy Holmes to go against one another. As an artist drawn to the singer songwriters of the 60s, Anthony went with “Operator (That’s Not the Way It Feels)” by Jim Croce for this round. Mariah saw a sincerity in Anthony’s delivery and counseled him to continue to be himself as an artist. For Kennedy, her choice of “What About Us” by Pink was an attempt to break away from her musical theater background and to show her range. Jennifer sees Kennedy as “too polished” and so her and Mariah asked her to be as vulnerable as her age suggests.
8:43 p.m. – Anthony lived up to his promise of having a simple singer songwriter vibe, performing with a guitar from a stool. As good as he sounded, there was very little energy or star quality to what he presented which just couldn’t compare to someone like Kennedy doing one of Pink’s loudest songs. Adam was highly complimentary of Anthony while both Kelly and Blake spoke more highly of Kennedy. In the end, Jennifer saw the vulnerability she wanted from Kennedy and so she kept her.
8:59 p.m. – Blake’s first pairing of the night was Colton Smith versus Kirk Jay, both of whom were beyond ecstatic to meet Mariah in real life. After putting his excitement aside, Kirk rehearsed Brett Young’s “In Case You Didn’t Know” with the goal of showing that he has some diversity in him by playing the keyboard. Mariah anticipated Kirk having “a moment” in his performance after she was drawn in and captivated by him. Colton went with the bold choice of “Lady Marmalade” in honor of his mom, but Mariah considered it an ambitious choice regardless of how comfortable he is in his own skin.
9:04 p.m. – Unfortunately for Colton he had a momentary loss of hearing during his performance that caused him to flub the lyrics during the last chorus, but the coaches were supportive and reminded him that it happens to every performer. Kirk was perfectly reserved and even from behind the piano managed to be engaging and emote the song appropriately. Kelly told Kirk that she’s impressed at how he shows a little bit more of himself each week and Adam predicted that he’d be in the finale. There was really only one direction for Blake to go in his decision and so he chose to stick with Kirk, but before he could go Jennifer used her steal to protect Colton from elimination! In doing so she said that she never wanted to let him go from her team during the battles. Yes!
9:20 p.m. – For Adam’s final knockout pairing he had Delaney Silvernell against Steve Memmolo. For her performance, Delaney chose the vulnerable Kesha ballad “Praying” because it offered her the opportunity stretch herself. Again, Mariah advised her to hold back by easing into the song rather than starting it off as big as she was. Steve went with the Motown-influenced “Unaware” by Allen Stone, to which Adam stressed the importance of diving deep into every lyric of the song.
9:26 p.m. – While Delaney did let her song start on a slower beat, she quickly erupted into the bright loudness of the chorus and showed that she can fill the room with her voice. I do think she lacked the connection to the lyric, especially for a song that personal, and so she never lifted it to where it should be. Steve, on the other hand, kept his performance right in the zone throughout and injected soul and groove into his raspy vocal and a lively stage persona. Both Jennifer and Blake gave the edge to Steve because of his stage presence, but Kelly told Delaney that she gave her best performance of the season in this round. Because he was proud of his ability to commit, Adam chose to keep Steve around.
9:42 p.m. – For the last knockout of the season we saw Michael Lee go against Chris Kroeze. Their rehearsal station started with Chris singing “Burning House” by Cam, his first country song choice of the season. Mariah and Blake loved him playing the guitar and even suggested that he return to the instrument at the end of the song. Michael went with a big vocal, choosing The Allman Brothers Band song “Whipping Post.” He chose the song because he connects with it personally, knowing what it feels like to be at the bottom. Mariah loved the scream Michael included at the end of the song and begged him to keep it for the final performance.
9:47 p.m. – Chris delivered a really beautiful rendition of his song, finding the pocket of the vocal and pulling the studio audience in with every line. It was a much, much quieter performance than the one Michael gave, but no less powerful. Michael showed a ton of grit in his vocal, channeling raw passion for the music that had Kelly cheering on her feet and Jennifer waving her card in the air. Knowing that it was the final performance of the round and that he still had his save, Blake mocked the process a bit and flipped a coin to determine the winner between the two: that winner was Michael and so Blake used his save to keep Chris around anyway.
9:59 p.m. – Heading in to next week’s playoffs, who are your favorites and who do you think America is going to embrace with the most votes? Make your own voice heard below in the comments!
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