“The Voice” aired the second of four episodes dedicated to the knockout round of season 14 on April 3. As it was only an hour long, it featured just three match-ups but still managed to produce a lot of drama. This is the final pre-taped stage of the competition that will cull the 32 remaining artists down to 20 for the live shows. The four coaches — Kelly Clarkson, Alicia Keys, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton — no longer pick the songs that their artists perform in match-ups against each other.
However, they do get to declare a winner of the sing-off and each can steal one of the rejects of the other three. Keys did just that on night 1 when she nabbed Jackie Foster after Levine spurned her. And they can save one artist from their team as well: Levine did that with Drew Cole while Shelton did the same with Austin Giorgio.
Below, take a read of our recap of each of the three knockouts from April 3 and then weigh in with your choice as to the best of these match-ups by voting in our poll and sounding off in the comments section.
Team Kelly Clarkson: Brynn Cartelli (“Here Comes Goodbye”) vs. Jamella (“Girl Crush”)
Cartelli went with “Here Comes Goodbye,” a 2009 tune a song written by “American Idol” season 6 finalist Chris Sligh and Clint Lagerberg and recorded by the Rascal Flatts. Jamella opted for the 2014 Little Big Town hit “Girl Crush.” After Clarkson finally chose to go with Cartelli, no other coach threw Jamella a lifeline and she leaves the competition.
Team Blake Shelton: Pryor Baird (“Will It Go Round In Circles”) vs. Jaron Strom (“Grenade”)
Baird liked the sound of “Will It Go Round In Circles,” Billy Preston‘s 1972 breakout hit. Shelton counselled Baird to find the sweet spots in the song that could show off his voice. Strom took on “Grenade,” a 2010 #1 for Bruno Mars. After Baird won over Shelton, no coach rescued Strom.
Team Alicia Keys: Terrence Cunningham (“Tell Me Something Good”) vs. Christiana Danielle (“Elastic Heart”)
Cunningham went with “Tell Me Something Good,” a 1974 Stevie Wonder song that was a big hit for Rufus and Chaka Khan. Danielle chose Sia‘s 2015 chart-topping “Elastic Heart.” With Keys unable to choose between the two, both move on to the live playoff.