“I know I screwed up,” Kelly Clarkson admitted during Monday’s episode of “The Voice” battle rounds about pitting Presley Tennant against Rizzi Myers in a rockin’ sing-off to Adam Lambert‘s “Whataya Want from Me.” Kelly was “sweating” because she had such a difficult time picking a winner between the two powerhouse singers. After a long debate, the reality TV show’s sole female coach decided to keep 16-year-old Presley and cut 29-year-old Rizzi. Watch “The Voice” battle above.
“Oh my God, my thoughts are I literally, like for a billion dollars, have no idea which name I’m gonna say,” Kelly declared while rubbing her head repeatedly. “You both have an incredible range. Literally I could not have made a poorer decision in putting two females together because you’re both incredible.”
Kelly continued, “Please believe me when I say this. I can say either one of your names right now. I’m gonna go — oh my gosh, I hate this part.” Finally, after a painfully long commercial break, Kelly made the announcement: “The winner of this battle is Presley.” While Presley celebrated, Rizzi seemed devastated at the decision, especially since she’s a Kelly Clarkson superfan.
Backstage Kelly explained her last-minute decision a bit further. “Presley vs. Rizzi was really hard for me. Rizzi is this incredibly seasoned singer, but Presley hasn’t quite been unlocked yet cause she’s so young. She’s only 16, she just started driving. The growth from the blinds to the battles is insane, so I’m looking forward to seeing what else she has to offer.” Will Presley go on to become Kelly’s third winning artist in a row, following Chevel Shepherd and Brynn Cartelli?
In his “The Voice” live blog, our recapper John Benutty had this to say about the battle: “Prior to the battle Kelly turned to John and confessed that she thought she messed up by pairing the two singers together because they’re both really good. Sure enough, throughout the battle John was glued to the performances and he called them ‘outstanding’ in his critique.”