Credit: Trae Patton/NBC © NBC Universal, Inc. Photo: Sasha Allen in the Knockout Rounds

Going into the knockout rounds as one of a coaches’ two steals can be intimidating for an artist on The Voice 2013. But Sasha Allen, who moved from Team Adam Levine to Team Shakira, has moved herself to the front of the competition with her rousing performance of Etta James’s “At Last” in the knockouts.

So what made her stand out when she was almost sent home in the battle rounds? Wetpaint Entertainment caught up with the soulful singer to uncover her secret.

“It sucks to lose and so for the next time you want to do your best,” she said. “It was a little nicer that we got to choose our own songs, you know, songs that we were actually comfortable with, songs that we felt really good singing. You can really sing it your best because you chose it.”

In the battle rounds, Sasha was paired with Team Adam’s Amber Carrington on P!nk’s “Try.” The performance was epic, but it was clear that Amber was more connected to the song than Sasha.

That all changed when the mother of two sang “At Last.” The strength behind each lyric kept America mesmerized and set her to a be a frontrunner this season.

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