“The Voice” aired the last of the three episodes dedicated to the knockout round of season 14 on April 9. It featured the final seven match-ups and produced a lot of drama. This is the final pre-taped stage of the competition that saw the 32 remaining artists pared down to 20 for the live shows. The four coaches — Kelly Clarkson, Alicia Keys, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton — didn’t pick the songs that their artists performed in match-ups against each other. However, they did get to declare a winner of the sing-off and each could steal one of the rejects of the other three and save one artist from their team as well.
Below, take a read of our recap of each of the seven knockouts from April 9 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 Alicia Keys: Britton Buchanan (“New York State of Mind”) vs. Dallas Caroline (“Bless the Broken Road”)
Buchanan went with “New York State of Mind,” a 1976 tune a song written and recorded by Billy Joel. Caroline opted for the country classic “Bless the Broken Road” first recorded by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in 1994. After Keys chose to go with Buchanan, no other coach threw Caroline a lifeline and she left the competition.
Team Kelly Clarkson: Tish Haynes Keys (“Lady Marmalade”) vs. D.R. King (“(I Know) I’m Losing You”)
After King rocked the house with the 1966 Motown classic “(I Know) I’m Losing You” and Keys soared with the 1974 Patti LaBelle standard “Lady Marmalade,” Clarkson was unable to choose between the two so both move on to the live playoff.
Team Blake Shelton: Dylan Hartigan (“You Are the Best Thing”) vs. Wilkes (“The Climb”)
Wilkes wowed with the power ballad “The Climb,” a 2009 chart topper for “The Voice” coach Miley Cyrus while Hartigan hit all the right notes on folk singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne‘s 2008 breakout hit “You Are the Best Thing.” After Shelton selected Wilkes, Clarkson stole Hartigan for her team.
Team Adam Levine: Gary Edwards (“Many Rivers to Cross”) vs. Rayshun LaMarr (“Fallin'”)
Edwards liked the sound of the 1962 Jimmy Cliff classic “Many Rivers to Cross.” LaMarr took on “Fallin’,” Keys’ 2001 signature song that reached #1 in a slew of countries. After Levine opted for LaMarr, Shelton used his steal to give Edwards a second chance.
Team Kelly Clarkson: Alexa Cappelli (“Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”) vs. Jorge Eduardo (“Adorn”)
Capelli won the crowd over with her sensitive rendition of the 1974 Elton John tune “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.” Eduardo had less success with the 2012 Miguel R&B hit “Adorn” and was eliminated after Clarkson chose Cappelli.
Team Adam Levine: Jordyn Simone (“Tell Me You Love Me”) vs. Reid Umstattd (“Let Him Fly”)
Simone went with “Tell Me You Love Me,” a 2017 chart topper for Demi Lovato while Umstattd chose the 1996 Patty Griffin track. With the other coaches having used their steals, that mean Simone was sent packing when Levine picked Umstattd to continue on his team.
Team Alicia Keys: Sharane Callister (“All I Could Do Was Cry”) vs. Kelsea Johnson (“Rise Up”)
Callister captivated the crowd with her cover of the 1960 Etta James standard “All I Could Do Was Cry” while Johnson roused them with the Andra Day R&B 2015 hit “Rise Up.”