Kelly Clarkson faced her first big challenge as a coach on “The Voice” when the battle rounds begin on March 19. She must decide which six of her 12 artists to take through to the next round, the knockouts. To help her make these tough choices, she has brought in teen singing sensation Hailee Steinfeld as an advisor. Clarkson, who won the first season of “American Idol” back in 2002, 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 Kelly Clarkson. 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 Clarkson and her debut as a coach on “The Voice.” (Vote in the polls on Team Alicia Keys, Team Adam Levine and Team Blake Shelton too.)
Battle 1: Teana Boston vs. Jamella
Boston, a 16-year-old from Stockton, California sang Rihanna‘s signature song “Unfaithful,” on Blind Audition 5. Jamella, a 21-year old resident of Orange County, California, wowed with her rendition of Ed Sheeran‘s “Dive” on Blind Audition 3.
Battle 2: Alexa Cappelli vs. Hanna Goebel
Cappelli, a 18-year-old from Upland, California sang the Kiki Dee classic “I’ve Got the Music in Me” on Blind Audition 4. Goebel, a 21-year old from Nashville, Tennessee earned the only four-chair turn on Blind Audition 5 with her rousing rendition version of the Alicia Keys song “If I Ain’t Got You.” With Keys blocked, she went with Clarkson.
Battle 3: Brynn Cartelli vs. Dylan Hartigan
Both artists are big fans of Clarkson. Cartelli, a 14-year-old from Longmeadow, Massachusetts, sang “Beneath Your Beautiful” by Labrinth on Blind Audition 1. Hartigan, a 21-year old from Wyckoff, New Jersey, won over his idol with his rendition of the Kenny Loggins chestnut “Danny’s Song” on Blind Audition 2.
Battle 4: Jorge Eduardo vs Amber Sauer
Eduardo, a 19-year old from Dallas, Texas eventually got Clarkson to turn for his version of the Luis Fonsi smash hit “Despacito” on Blind Audition 3. Sauer, a 35-year-old from Paradise, California, made Sheeran’s Grammy-winning “Shape of You” her own on Blind Audition 6.
Battle 5: Jackie Foster vs. D.R. King
Foster, a 21-year old from Boston, Massachusetts, warbled the Pink hit “What About Us” on Blind Audition 3. King, a 22-year old from Los Angeles, CA eventually got Clarkson and Shelton to be believers and take a chance on him despite his shaky performance of the Imagine Dragons song “Believer” on Blind Audition 1. In the end, he chose to be mentored by Clarkson.
Battle 6: Justin Kilgore vs Molly Stevens
Kilgore, a 30-year old from Buffalo, TX earned the only four-chair turn of Blind Audition 1 with his version of Chris Young‘s “Tomorrow. However, Keys kept Blake Shelton from making his case by blocking him. Not surprisingly, Kilgore chose Clarkson as her mother-in-law, Reba McEntire, is his favorite singer. Stevens, a 34-year old from Raleigh, NC eventually got Clarkson and Shelton to turn for her version of the Patty Griffin tune “Heavenly Day” on Blind Audition 2. In the end, she chose to be mentored by Clarkson.