Kelly Clarkson is a two-time champion coach on “The Voice” (Brynn Cartelli in Season 14 and Chevel Shepherd in Season 15), but that doesn’t make her job of picking battle winners any easier. During Tuesday’s episode of NBC’s reality TV show, Kelly paired up Georgia native Alex Guthrie and Kansas resident Injoy Fountain in a battle to Marc Broussard‘s “Home” and had a tough time choosing which artist to keep and whom to cut. In the end, do you think she made the right decision? Watch “The Voice” battle video above.
The other three coaches — Blake Shelton, John Legend and Gwen Stefani — did their best to help Kelly with her decision by critiquing both of the performances. While Blake said 25-year-old Alex “could have been a little more aggressive,” he told 28-year-old Injoy her personality was “infectious.” John was bummed he didn’t see “that much” of Alex’s personality, then joked he “enjoyed” Injoy’s performance more. Gwen disagreed with the guys, noting Alex was “taking charge of the stage.”
When it was finally Kelly’s turn to speak, she addressed her artists by telling them, “You’re both incredibly talented and gifted.” Kelly praised Alex’s range as “so cool” and Injoy’s “moves” and “riffs.” Kelly added, “Literally, I’m in love with both of you. It breaks my heart that I have to pick one of you because I think you’re equal. It’s just who I feel like is gonna round out my team.”
After a quick deliberation, Kelly decided that the winner of this battle was … Alex. Since Kelly had already used her one and only Save on Melinda Rodriguez, that meant Injoy was heading home. Do you think Kelly made the right decision by keeping Alex?
In his “The Voice” live blog, our recapper John Benutty had this to say about the battle: “In the Battle both artists found a groove within the song and brought the right energy to the stage. It felt like a true battle in the sense that each of them challenged the other to up their game and both performed better because of it. The coaches panel was split in their opinions of which artist was better, but what mattered was Kelly’s decision. And that came down to who she thought would round out her team: Alex!”