During Monday’s episode of “The Voice” battle rounds, coach John Legend pitted Denton Arnell against Julian King in a soulful sing-off to Bruno Mars‘ “Grenade.” While both artists were equally talented, the battle rules stated that John had to cut one of them and advance the other. In the end he made the difficult decision to send home Denton, who you’ll remember proposed to his girlfriend during in his blind audition. Luckily that proposal means Denton still at least got something good out of his “Voice” journey. Watch “The Voice” battle above.
“I’m proud of you guys because you guys made me look cool,” John told Denton and Julian. “I picked two really great singers that really came together so well today. I love when you guys did your runs together. You both sounded great, like really knocked it out of the park. Deciding who to go with is hard because I believe both of you belong on this show. It’s a tough decision, but I think I know who I’m gonna go with.”
When host Carson Daly told John that it was time to announce his pick, John replied, “Because of his range and just kind of the dynamic of his voice and the interesting tone and the interesting choices he makes, I’ve decided the winner of this battle is Julian.” John has been a big fan of Julian’s since the blinds when he blocked Adam Levine from coaching him.
Before he left the stage, Denton told John, “I am grateful for this opportunity. This was by far the greatest experience of my life.” John smiled back, “And you got engaged, too!” None of the other three coaches — Adam, Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton — opted to steal Denton for their teams, so he’s now out of the competition.
In his “The Voice” live blog, our recapper John Benutty had this to say about the battle: “Julian was the artist that John successfully blocked Adam from getting in the blinds and so it’s no surprise that he slightly preferred him in this battle. Both Blake and Kelly also leaned in Julian’s direction, but overall the panel agreed that Denton had some great moments in his runs. John made his choice on range and the interesting choices he makes–going with Julian.”