All throughout “The Voice” Season 16 battle rounds, Blake Shelton had stated that he was holding his last steal until the right moment. Well, during Tuesday’s final battle episode that moment finally came. After John Legend paired up Kayslin Victoria and Oliv Blu for a head-to-head match-up of Khalid‘s “Location,” John could only advance one female artist to the Live Cross Battles. He ultimately chose to keep Kayslin, thereby opening up the perfect opportunity for Blake to steal Oliv for his team. Was Blake’s last steal the best of them all?
“I am truly up in the air right now,” John declared at the conclusion of the girls’ soulful battle. “Oliv came out here and just owned every moment and she fought it with such confidence and swagger. Kayslin is a fantastic singer — you just feel like, though you’re only 16 you’ve been doing this for a long time. So I am truly conflicted. And I’m thinking about my team. I’m gonna say, the winner of this battle is … Kayslin.”
Later on backstage, John explained his decision a bit further by saying, “I don’t have any girl pop singers on my team like Kayslin. She’s really good at commanding the stage. She’s really confident in her voice and she hits these notes like it’s nothing to her. I’m excited to see Kayslin grow, but I already believe she’s really polished.”
While Oliv was giving her goodbye hugs to John, both Adam Levine and Kelly Clarkson expressed remorse that they didn’t have any steals left. That’s when Blake surprised them all by slamming his hand down on his button. “I stole Oliv because there’s really nobody else in the competition that fills Oliv’s lane,” Blake announced. “It’s very jazzy but I think there’s more to it than that, and I can’t wait to see where it goes.”
In his “The Voice” live blog, our recapper Denton Davidson had this to say about the battle: “Oliv is the first to sing and I love her relaxed, confident energy and vibe. This song definitely fits right into her wheelhouse and allows her to show off her impeccable phrasing. Kayslin sounds cool, but I don’t think this is the type of record she would make and I don’t feel anything when she sings. She’s got a heck of a range, but for me Oliv wins.”