During Monday’s episode of “The Voice” live Cross Battles, Kalvin Jarvis of Team Adam Levine competed head-to-head against Julian King of Team John Legend. Both R&B singers took on well-known songs from female singers, allowing them to interpret the lyrics in new and exciting ways. Now that NBC’s reality TV show has given the power to the people, we want to know who YOU think won this live Cross Battle. Watch “The Voice” videos above and below, and then be sure to tell us down in the comments section which artist you voted for.
Kalvin decided to perform “New Rules” this week and received a wild standing ovation from the crowd. Adam raved, “Kalvin, look, I knew you were incredible already, but I thought that you went from someone who was a great singer and very much in the conversation to a front-runner. Because that performance was a front-runner’s performance. You were unreal. I just think that once again just your poise, what you did with the song, you completely turned it on its head and made it something completely different. I would say you went a step above and beyond just making it your own.”
Julian’s song choice for this Cross Battle was “Hello,” with John telling him, “Julian, I’m so happy to have you on my team. Your vocal tone is so special and beautiful and you made such really outstanding choices with how you interpreted Adele‘s song. I really loved seeing it. I loved seeing the different sides of you and all of the things that you can do. I’m excited to see you continue.”
In his “The Voice” live blog, our recapper John Benutty had this to say about the live Cross Battle: “Kalvin put a new spin on ‘New Rules’ by arranging it into a slower, R&B track. He managed to inject the track with a desperation I never really saw in it so in that way he truly did make it his own. Julian also took on a female song, going with ‘Hello,’ and managed to make it his own by singing some lyrics in Spanish. His range was front and center, though the tempo of the song was a little off.”