Something tells us Blake Shelton regrets having used his “save” already on Marina Chello, because that meant he had to let go of one of his country cowboys during Tuesday’s episode of “The Voice.” Blake paired up Cory Jackson and Zach Bridges in a battle to “Should’ve Been a Cowboy” and had a tough time picking which bearded artist should advance to the Knockouts and who should be eliminated. In the end, he decided to keep Zach because his lower register was stronger than Cory’s falsetto. Do you think Blake made the right choice? Watch “The Voice” battle video above and then sound off down in the comments section.
“You’re screwed!” rival coach Kelly Clarkson shouted at Blake after the battle was over. She even proclaimed there should be a “duo button” to keep Cory and Zach together as a team because of the way their voices gelled together so nicely.
Kelly refused to pick a battle winner, leading Blake to roll his eyes and say, “As always, Kelly contributed absolutely nothing.” He then addressed his two artists: “Zach, you do have this big baritone voice and it’s commanding. Cory, you have great pitch. Gwen makes a good point about the showmanship and Kelly was right too when she says there’s really not a winner here. Son of a …”
After seemingly regretting his decision to pair up Cory and Zach, Blake decided to go with his “gut feeling.” “The winner of this battle is Zach,” Blake announced. Since Blake had already used up his one and only “save” in the battles, that meant Cory had to head home back to Arkansas.
In his “The Voice” live blog, our recapper Denton Davidson had this to say about the battle: “As they launch into the performance, I have a preference for Zach’s voice, but Cory’s star power and stage presence seem to be overpowering Zach. Kelly exclaims that she wishes they were a duo, John gives the slight edge to Zach and Gwen thought Cory stole the show. But it’s Blake who has the final decision and he has chosen Zach to move forward! Cory has been eliminated from the competition.”