During Tuesday’s episode of “The Voice” Season 15, Adam Levine paired up Texas hurricane survivor DeAndre Nico and Nigerian singer Funsho in a battle to New Edition‘s “Can You Stand the Rain.” Rival coach Blake Shelton argued that Adam made a “bonehead move” pitting the powerful singers against each other. In the end, Adam kept DeAndre, but before Funsho could be sent home Blake used his final steal to keep him in the competition. Watch NBC’s “The Voice” battle video above and read the coaches’ comments below.
“My dudes!” Adam shouted when it was his turn to give his critique. “Look what we did. Look at how much we impressed these guys. You guys really stepped up and it seems like you’ve became friends. That’s what makes the best music. And look, we made one of the best battle rounds of this season. I consider you guys both to be equals. I don’t think that there’s a fair way to judge this. I’m not from Texas so I can’t use that as an excuse. I’m not from Nigeria either. The winner of this battle is DeAndre.”
As DeAndre celebrated staying on Adam’s team, Blake made the bold move of interrupting Funsho’s goodbye speech by hitting his “steal” button. “This is one of the great bonehead moves, Adam putting these two together. I mean, I had one steal. I wanted you, man. That was incredible.” Now that Funsho is the newest member of Team Blake, he’ll no doubt stand out against all of his many country artists.
In his “The Voice” live blog, our recapper Denton Davidson had this to say about the battle: “DeAndre begins the performance and his lower register sounds fantastic. Funsho joins in and adds a bit of personality with his silky smooth vocals. Both are supreme vocalists. DeAndre has more range, but Funsho’s voice is like velvet and he’s got that extra spark it takes to win “The Voice.” Both deserve to move on, but I would choose Funsho as the winner of this battle.”