The Voice 2013 Live Recap: The Knockout Rounds Continue! (10/29/13)
Tonight (October 29), the The Voice's knockout rounds continue with contestants going head-to-head for a chance at advancing to the Season 5 live shows. Just like last night, artists from each team are paired up and asked to perform a song of their choosing — but remember, it's not necessarily over for the singer who's sent packing. The "steal" is now available for use in the knockout rounds, and all a coach has to do is press that infamous big red button.
Will the coaches use any steals tonight? Keep refreshing this page for up-to-the-minute results as we live recap tonight's all-new episode of The Voice starting at 9 p.m. ET!
To kick things off, Adam Levine pairs up Miami native Lina Gaudenzi with rocker Preston Pohl — two soulful singers who need to differentiate themselves to leave a lasting impression on their coach.
Lina chooses “I’d Rather Go Blind” by Etta James to show off the more bluesy side of her voice, but this song may be too ambitious. Adam gives her some tips in rehearsal, but it's clear he's slightly nervous. And we don't blame him! After all, Etta James's shoes are big ones to fill.
Preston goes for “No Woman No Cry” by Bob Marley, hoping to show off his laid-back side. Adam wants to hear more emphasis and emotion from Preston, who may be a little too laid back. But Preston sounds strong in rehearsals, and Adam seems confident going into the knockout.
When she hits the stage for the real thing, Lina gives an all-around beautiful performance, and it's not just because she looks phenomenal with that bold red lipstick. Not only is she powerful, but she oozes emotion. She even pulls a few Michelle Chamuel moves ('memba her?!) as she bends down to hit some of the high notes before pulling herself up to nail the falsetto.
As for Preston, the moment he opens his mouth we're right there in the zone with him. There's no other voice like his in the competition, and that's what makes him so memorable. Unfortunately, his performance is over too soon and it's time to hear what the coaches think.
Blake Shelton proclaims his love for Preston's performance — despite being a country dude from Oklahoma — and gives him the win over Lina. Cee Lo says Preston had his undivided attention from start to finish, while Lina also gave a lovely performance. Pop diva Christina Aguilera says that while she enjoyed Preston's performance, she's not sure it showed his entire range and who he is as a person. As for Lina, Xtina can't stop raving. And neither can we.
But Adam doesn't agree with Xtina (or us), and gives the win to his boy Preston. Sadly, it's the end of the road for Lina and her cool hat.
Up next it's Team Blake, who pairs voiceover actress E.G. Daily and with soul singer Ray Boudreaux.
E.G. goes with "I Can't Make You Love Me" by Bonnie Raitt, a tender song that proves to be a bit challenging as she feels more comfortable belting out those rough, guttural notes. Ray selects "Hard to Handle" by Otis Redding, hoping to show off his range and soul.
When she hits the stage, E.G.'s immediately got our attention with her unique, raspy sound — but unfortunately, the song is a bit sleepy and she struggles with a couple of notes at the end. Thankfully, our attention picks up when Ray takes center stage, looking and sounding smooth as smooth can be.
So what do the coaches think? Xtina admits that while she's a fan of E.G.'s, she'd pick Ray simply for his vocal control. As for Cee Lo, the Goodie Mob artist seems partial to both contestants for their soulfulness, but it's pretty clear to us where this whole thing is going...
When it comes down to making a decision, Blake is forced to get technical because both singers did their best with his feedback. Unfortunately, E.G. had some pretty obvious breaks in her voice, while Ray's performance was far more controlled. As predicted, it's so long Tommy Pickles and hello Mr. Boudreaux!
Coach Christina Aguilera wants to see who can deliver under the pressure, so she picks pop singers Anthony Paul and Jacquie Lee, two youngsters with phenomenal voices and immense potential.
For the knockouts, Anthony chooses "The Other Side" by Jason Derulo, to show America the kind of R&B artist he wants to be. Unfortunately, Xtina doesn't think the song allows Anthony to showcase his rich vibrato, so she gives him a few pointers to make the song his own.
Jacquie selects "Stompa" by Serena Ryder, a song she hopes will highlight her range and personality. Unfortunately, she struggles a bit with nerves and stage presence, so Xtina coaches her on getting in touch with her inner diva.
From the second Anthony starts singing, it's clear this is going to be a rough one. The poor guy sounds pitchy from start to finish, and we actually can't wait for it to be over. Too harsh? Thankfully, Jacquie steals the show with a strong, confident performance and a rich tone beyond her years. Is this the same introverted girl we saw in rehearsals? More like a budding Christina Aguilera in the making!
Do the coaches agree with us? Obvs. Cee Lo gives the win to Jacquie, noting Anthony's pitch problems, which he attributes to nerves. Adam also gives it to Jacquie, calling her the cutest thing ever. Why don't you ever call us that, Adam?!
Christina is beyond impressed with the soul that comes straight from Jacquie's gut, and after comparing the teen to a mini version of herself (we so called that!), she sends the young powerhouse singer to the live shows.
Cee Lo's looking for a powerful vocal, so he pairs up cruiseship performer Stephanie Anne-Johnson and church singer Tamara Chauniece.
Stephanie wants to be a Bonnie Raitt kind of artist, so she selects "Don't Know Why" by Norah Jones and gives it a unique country twang. Cee Lo wants to see her embody the song — not just sing a solid vocal.
Tamara, who comes from a gospel background, picks "No One" by Alicia Keys, hoping to break away from her roots and show another side to her personality. She gives the tune a reggae quality, and Cee Lo's immediately impressed with her unique take on the tune.
Although we were initially a bit skeptical of Stephanie's song choice, we totally get it now. Or maybe we don't. Either way, this performance is pretty cool — and we hope Cee Lo agrees. However, there's really no competition when Tamara takes the stage. Girlfriend belts out Alicia Keys' song with the presence of a seasoned pro. Get it, mama!
When it comes time for critiques, Adam and Blake give the win to Tamara for her showmanship and powerful voice, while Xtina compliments both ladies for being true to themselves as artists. Hmm... is someone gearing up to use her steal...?
In the end, Papa Cee Lo gives the win to Tam, comparing her to a young Anita Baker. But wait! It's not over yet…
Just as Stephanie's about to exit stage left, Christina presses her big read button and snatches up the artist (who was initially on her team to begin with). "I love you!" she shouts at the talented vocalist who couldn't be more excited to reunite with her OG coach.
James Wolpert vs. Juhi
Up next we've got Team Adam's James Wolpert against quirky teen Juhi.
James goes with an ambitious choice — "More Than a Feeling" by Boston, one of the most challenging songs in the history of rock and roll. James knows the pressure is on, but Adam loves his bravery and hopes this song will show off his chops.
Juhi, who Adam saved in the battle rounds, goes with "Heard It Through the Grapevine" by Marvin Gaye. Adam loves the song selection, but he's a bit concerned that her stylization may overshadow her vocal.
When James hits the stage … well, wow. The look on Christina Aguilera's face says it all. This kid has some crazy range and breath control (although a couple of pitch problems, but honestly who cares?), and it's clear how much he genuinely loves performing. In short, we're sold.
But Juhi's not going down without a fight. The adorable 16-year-old takes the stage with poise and presence beyond her years, and we're really digging her unique, raspy voice. But can her cool vibe beat her competitor? We're thinking … no.
Christina acknowledges that while they both have wonderful moments, Juhi's performance was almost too carefree, which made it seem a bit careless. Cee Lo voices an opposing point of view, giving the edge to Juhi for her quirky qualities.
But the only opinion that matters is Adam's, who gives James another chance to prove himself in the live shows. Unfortunately, Cee Lo used up all his steals, so he's unable to buzz in for Juhi.
Coach Blake Shelton is up next, pairing Austin Jenckes and Brandon Case — two emotional singers with strong country voices.
Austin selects a song that has us sobbing the second he starts strumming his guitar. Dedicating "I'll Be" by Edwin McCain to his father who took his own life (brb, crying), he gives an honest rehearsal that translates into a beautiful, sincere performance.
Brandon goes with "Even If It Breaks Your Heart" by Eli Young Band, a song he believes will showcase the kind of country singer he wants to become. While Brandon gives a solid performance and a steady vocal, he lacks the artistry and emotional depth we heard from Austin.
Do the coaches agree with us? Not Xtina, who gives the win to Brandon for his smart choices throughout the song. Unfortunately, Adam doesn't give Blake much help, saying that both artists deserve to be here. Ya think? Thanks for nothing, A!
In the end, Blake notes that while both artists had pitch problems, Austin's were less egregious. The country crooner gives Austin a much-deserved place in the live shows, sending Brandon back to Nashville empty-handed.
Cee Lo's looking for the total package from Caroline Pennell and George Horga, Jr., two young singers with plenty of potential.
Caroline puts her unique spin on "The Way I Am" by Ingrid Michaelson, the perfect song for this sweet singer. Cee Lo notes that Caroline's more powerful than she knows, and encourages her to push her voice beyond her limits — and she does just that and more, giving a simply stunning performance that makes us feel … what's the word? … happy.
Cut to Caroline's competition. George, an aspiring pop R&B singer from Romania, chooses "All Because of You" by Neyo. Cee Lo admits he's rooting for the young hopeful, but wants to see him put in the work. George says he's ready to give his all, but sadly his performance falls flat. His vocal is strained and off-key throughout, and he fails to connect with the audience.
Blake thinks George but has lots of potential, but gives the win to Caroline — who makes him want to curl up with a cup of hot chocolate. "You're the best that there is this season," he gushes about her singer-songwriter style. Xtina sees star quality in George, but can't stop raving about Caroline, who immediately grabs hold of the audience and sucks them in.
After some thoughtful feedback, Cee Lo agrees with his fellow coaches and gives the win to his "Sweet Caroline." Is this girl's album out yet? Because we're really in the mood to curl up with a cup of hot chocolate. And a life-size cutout of Blake. Uh, did we say that out loud?
What's Xtina looking for from Matthew Schuler and Will Champlin? She wants to see them ignite the crowd. No pressure.
Matthew, an indie rock lover, hopes to get the crowd going with "Cosmic Love" by Florence + The Machine. The sky's the limit for Matthew, but as Xtina notes, he needs to learn to pace himself and not wear out his voice. Does he live up to the challenge? He sure does! Christina can hardly contain herself, jumping to her feet when Matthew brings the song to an impressive climax.
But he's not the only Team Xtina singer to get a standing ovation. Will, a family man driven by his desire to provide a better life for his daughter, selects "When I Was Your Man" by Bruno Mars, a song he thinks will prove that he's a true soul singer. Christina encourages him to take the tune down a notch and show his vulnerability. As Xtina has proven this season with her new look, less is more, a technique that proves successful for Will when he takes the stage. And proceeds to melt our hearts.Cee Lo calls Matthew's performance one of the most stellar he's ever seen, also complimenting Will's style and soul. Neither Blake nor Adam can offer any assistance, as they're fans of both Matthew and Will. Thanks, guys.
We don't envy Christina one bit, who has an almost impossible decision to make. But she finally makes up her mind, giving "magical" Matthew a place on her team in the live shows. But it's not over until Adam Levine says it over, and just as Will launches into his goodbye speech, the tattooed rocker jumps in for the steal — one the smartest decisions he's made thus far.
What did you think of tonight's Knockout Round? Did your favorite contestant advance to the live shows? Leave your thoughts in the comments below, and be sure to tune in next Monday, November 4 at 8 p.m. ET.