‘My heart is broken right now’

As The voice Season 21 Knockout Rounds started Monday, Team Blake aspiring Hailey Green – a shaved-headed, tattooed, 15-year-old badass who is the only female football player on her high school team; who originally tried the show when she was only 13; and who was once compared to a “cheetah” – made a particularly ballsy move by covering his own trainer’s “land of God” and turning it into a swampy rawker right in front of him.

“Hailey is a cool artist, so it does not surprise me that she chose this song, because she does not strike me as a type of person I can really pull back from. anything, ”Declared an astonished Blake Shelton. “I’ve literally lost years of my life trying to get through that vocal, and listening to you sing it – holy shit,” he raved, after Hailey fearlessly roared through the tune while playing fiery electric guitar. She “filled this space with energy” according to John Legend, giving the pitch a Jon Bon Jovi / “Blaze of Glory” stadium vibe.

But unfortunately, Hailey’s glory was short-lived. Unfortunately for her, her Knockouts competitor, the Cameroonian chanteuse Libianca, spectacularly performed Billie Eilish’s “Everything I Wanted”. And while Libianca, who has both depression and anxiety, struggled and even sobbed during rehearsal, she delivered a confident, jazzy performance that John described as a “master class” when she hit the main stage.

“There was no way in hell I wanted to let Libianca leave. I feel like she had the highest mountain to climb and she was able to get it together. As a coach, I can not reward it,” Blake explained. Blake admitted that he let Hailey go, especially after she had sung his own song, he completely crushed his soul. “My heart is broken right now,” he lamented.

Yes, many difficult decisions had to be made on Monday, because at this stage of the game there were no rescues left in play – only stealing. I was surprised that no other coach stole Hailey, who showed so much raw potential, but Hailey, who did not turn the chair when she first tried The voice last year, was simply grateful for yet another opportunity. “I was here in season 19 and you asked me to come back and I just want to thank you for giving me that chance,” she kindly told Blake.

It was the second knockout round on Monday night – two of which did end in Steals:

TEAM BLAKE: Jonathan Mouton vs. Wendy Moten

When he was up against a veteran professional backup singer and front-runner with four chairs like Wendy, poor Jonathan – an original Team Legend member who was stolen by Blake in Battle Rounds – must have known he was the underdog in this Mouton vs . Mouton showdown. His “I Can See Clearly Now” started promisingly with a masterful a cappella intro that showed his pure tone, but the song choice was too easy and laid back, so his performance never really caught fire. Meanwhile, Wendy’s cover of Aretha Franklin’s “Ain’t No Way” was pure fire from the first verse, and she brought the heat all the way through. “How do you honor an Aretha Franklin song and still breathe so much new life into it?” coach Ariana Grande wondered rhetorically.

Ariana called Jonathan’s performance an “incredibly contagious interpretation,” and John said it was “full of heart and joy” and “so inviting.” But John called Wendys performing a “tour de force,” and Kelly Clarkson even said to Wendy, “You’re one of those vocalists who’s literally the reason I’m sitting here.” Then, of course, Wendy won.

“Jonathan blew me away, but the only problem with that is that Wendy blew building away, ”Blake explained. “There’s too much talent this season and it’s really overwhelming,” Ariana sighed as she and her co-coaches chose not to steal Jonathan and he left the show.

WINNER: Wendy Moten

ARIANA TEAM: Raquel Trinidad vs. Katie Rae

In this experience-vs.-youth pairing, 35-year-old mother Katie met 23-year-old spitfire Raquel – with Katie making a maudlin ballad, Lauren Daigle’s “Hold On to Me” (dedicated to her much-missed) husband and 3-year-old son at home), and the bubbly, playful Raquel tooting it during Amy Winehouse’s version of Zutons’ “Valerie.” Katie showed off technically better voice – in fact, Ariana called it “one of the most powerful voices I’ve ever heard” – but her song choices felt old-fashioned and sad, and her overall performance was solid. Meanwhile, Raquel, a American idol alumnus and naturally born performer, was undeniably spunky and sparkling and lit up the stage. Even Katie, who was sitting in her corner of the ring, couldn’t help but shudder.

John said Katie had “so much heart and connection to the song,” and Kelly said Katie had “one of my favorite tunes throughout the show,” but Ariana made the difficult decision to keep Raquel, as she called one. star.” But I really think so, Kelly did loves Katie’s tone because she used her one Steal of the Knockouts on Katie and explained, “I feel like I do not have anyone like her on my team. I have wanted Katie Rae since the blinds, so I finally got her!” We’ll see if Katie can stand out more in the Live Playoffs; song selection will be the key.

WINNER: Raquel Trinidad / STOLEN: Katie Rae moves to Team Kelly

TEAM KELLY: Gymani vs. Kinsey Rose

Kelly self-ironically admitted that she was an “idiot” for pairing so many different singers – a passionate stylist like Gymani and a cute vintage-country crooner like Kinsey. Kinsey’s beautiful cover of Deana Carter’s 90s hit “Strawberry Wine” was pleasant and beautiful, but she was certainly in a bad position after Gymani’s vocal-gymnastic training of Zayn’s “Pillowtalk”, a passionate performance that made Mega Mentor Ed Sheeran compare her to the almighty Jazmine Sullivan.

“You’ve never heard ‘Pillowtalk’ this way!” boasted Kelly, who ultimately chose the “better competitor” and saved Gymani. “What Gymani did with ‘Pillowtalk’ made me realize that she really came to win,” Kelly explained. I was surprised Blake did not steal Kinsey, a four-chair contestant who promised to “keep making country music” and probably would have won any other Knockout, but he said, “I did not use my Steal. to Kinsey because I’m really trying to narrow down to one great country artist on my team this season. ”

WINNER: Gymani

TEAM LEGEND: Sabrina Dias vs. Joshua Vacanti

Joshua’s cover of Harry Styles’ lamenting heartache ballad “Falling” was very dramatic – perhaps also dramatic. I think he had to practice more restraint to take advantage of the song’s subdued sadness and sense of defeat, but Joshua rose far too soon, pretty much 10 seconds inside the first verse. That being said, it was a proper showcase for his resilient opera voice, and the coaches were impressed. Meanwhile, Sabrina held back too much during her cover of Ed Sheeran’s “Photograph” – a song she had chosen Before she knew Ed would actually be this season’s Mega Mentor, so maybe she was nervous. But her drumming was super cool and something we had not seen since Vicci Martinez hit the drums in season 1.

All the coaches were impressed that Sabrina brought out a drum set and a guitar (a one-woman-band performance that was actually quite Sheeran-like) while not letting all the multi-tasking compromise her vocals. But Kelly loved Joshua’s “big and round” tone, Blake said Joshua “came out and swung after the fence,” and John said Joshua “made the audience feel every single word you sing.” I just wish Sabrina had done it more drumming, instead of standing behind her set, as if it were a stage prop for most of her singing, because to would have helped her stand out more – and possibly survive. Maybe she was just convicted of making Ed’s song, just as Hailey was convicted of making Blakes.

WINNER: Joshua Vacanti

TEAM KELLY: Girl named Tom vs. Holly Forbes

Both four-chair contestants, these two conjured magic tonight and lived up to their early promise. Holly, who in a frustrating way had been mounted during the fights after getting a ton of screen time under the blinds, was all the way back and more brilliant than ever on the apt title “Superstar”. This was an exquisite vocal (Kelly called it “beautiful” and “edgy”), which even got Ariana to say, “Your voice is the kind I grew up hearing and called, ‘I want to sing!’ sick father, was also “flawless”, according to John, and Ariana said it was at the award ceremony level.

Kelly probably thought once again that she was an “idiot” for putting these two frontrunners together, but she eventually reasoned, “Holly, she has such a bold voice, but I had to pick a girl named Tom, because they sound great together, but then they showed how each of them sounds alone and they can hold on. It was so hard! “

Holly was obviously too great to let go, so both John and Ariana agreed to steal – revived a rivalry from blind auditions, as Ariana had wanted to work with Holly so fervently that she had “maliciously held John back” by use her one block of the season on him. Holly ended up choosing Kelly at the time, but Ariana’s persistence finally paid off this week. Sorry, John.

WINNER: Girl named Tom / STOLEN: Holly Forbes moves to Team Ariana

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