It looks like twins Dane & Stephanie won’t be making “The Voice” history after all. A duo has never won NBC’s reality TV show before, a trend that will now continue thanks to their coach John Legend‘s decision during Tuesday’s episode. After pairing up the twins against four-chair turn artist Marybeth Byrd in a battle to “Burning House,” John named Marybeth as the winner and advanced her to the Knockouts. That meant Dane & Stephanie’s time on “The Voice” came to an abrupt ending. Did John make the right choice? Watch “The Voice” battle video above and then sound off down in the comments section.
The rival coaches were mixed in their critiques, with Gwen Stefani saying both were equal, Kelly Clarkson thinking the twins were stronger, and Blake Shelton fighting for Marybeth. Blake even went so far as to say he thought Marybeth could make it all the way to the finale.
When it was John’s turn to say his piece, he proclaimed, “First of all, I have to just say how proud I am to be a coach for all three of you. You made everybody feel all of the emotions. Very few people have gotten standing ovations from all of the coaches. With Dane & Stephanie, I feel like the confidence grew, the execution was better, it was just really lovely to watch. And Marybeth, it’s just amazing to hear someone at 18 singing with that level of maturity and control. You’re just a really gifted vocalist.”
“This is a tough decision,” John stated before announcing, “the winner of this battle is Marybeth.” Later on backstage, the reigning “Voice” coach explained his decision a bit further. “I had to pick Marybeth. She’s undeniable. She has that control, that versatility and that just raw vocal ability. I think she can go really far,” John declared.
In his “The Voice” live blog, our recapper Denton Davidson had this to say about the battle: “During their performance, Marybeth stands out as the star to me and it looks like she held up her concert for a jam session with her backup singers. Gwen holds off on picking a winner, Kelly prefers Dane & Stephanie and Blake says Marybeth will be in this season’s finale. After giving it some thought, John has chosen Marybeth as the winner of this battle. Dane & Stephanie have been eliminated.”