Alicia Keys returned as a coach on season 14 of “The Voice” fresh from a win. In her second stint as a mentor, she propelled Chris Blue to victory last spring. One of the keys to her success was choosing the right artists at each stage of the competition. This season’s battle rounds begin on March 19 and Keys must choose which six contestants on her team to take through to the next round, the knockouts. To assist her in making these tough decisions, Keys has brought in teen heartthrob Shawn Mendes as an advisor. He certainly understands the pressures facing these would-be stars.
We have done some digging and discovered the match-ups of the 12 artists on Team Alicia Keys. We recap these below, including the songs that each of these contestants performed in the blind audition episodes that brought them to this point in the competition.
Be sure to take a look at the video preview of the battle round pairings above and then cast your vote in our poll at the bottom of this post as to which of these 12 artists you think could go all the way and win season 14. And sound off in the comments section about Keys and her return as a coach on “The Voice.” (Vote in the polls on Team Kelly Clarkson, Team Adam Levine and Team Blake Shelton too.)
Battle 1: Johnny Bliss vs. Megan Lee
Bliss, a 26-year old from New York City, New York, earned the only four-chair turn of Blind Audition 3 with his moving version of the Spanish-language anthem “Preciosa.” He went with Keys. Lee, a 22-year-old from Los Angeles, California, took on the Robert Flack track “Killing Me Softly with His Song,” in Blind Audition 4.
Battle 2: Britton Buchanan vs. Jaclyn Lovey
Buchanan, a 17-year-old from Sanford, North Carolina, sang “Trouble” by Ray LaMontagne on Blind Audition 1. Blake Shelton used the new block feature to keep his rival Adam Levine from turning. However, he couldn’t convince Buchanan to go with him over Keys. Lovey, a 16-year-old from Placerville, California, sang the Elvis Presley standard “Can’t Help Falling in Love” on Blind Audition 2.
Battle 3: Sharane Calister vs, Jamai
Sharane Calister: “Make It Rain” ()
Calister, a 24-year-old from Des Moines, Iowa, sang the Ed Sheeran cover “Make It Rain” on Blind Audition 6. Jamai, a 29-year-old from Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, sang the Usher hit “U Got It Bad” on Blind Audition 3.
Battle 4: Terrence Cunningham vs. Livia Faith
Cunningham, a 36-year old from Washington, D.C., earned the only four-chair turn of Blind Audition 4 with his rousing rendition version of the Temptations signature song “My Girl.” He connected with Keys. Faith, a 17-year old from Stanton, Kentucky, warbled the big band standard “Dream a Little Dream of Me” on Blind Audition 5.
Battle 5: Christiana Danielle vs. Shana Halligan
Danielle, a 22-year-old from Fort Wayne, Indiana, sang the Drake hit “Hotline” on Blind Audition 3. Halligan, a 44-year old from Los Angeles, California, got only Keys to turn for this rendition of the Cher classic “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)” on Blind Audition 5.
Battle 6: Kelsea Johnson vs. Jordyn Simone
Johnson, a 21-year old from Newark, Delaware, dazzled with her rendition of the Meghan Trainor hit “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” on Blind Audition 1. Simone, a 17-year old from Los Angeles, California warbled the George Jones standard “Tennessee Whiskey” on Blind Audition 4.