Last night’s show was brief (one hour!), direct (three knockout pairings with no montages), and full of entertainment (more Miley Cyrus mentoring). With only three knockouts airing, each coach had a pairing except for Adam Levine’s team. Let’s get to it.
The first knockout pairing of the evening pitted Adam Wakefield against Peyton Parker for Team Blake Shelton. Wakefield’s song choice was “Bring It On Home To Me” by Sam Cooke, while Parker chose “Travelin’ Soldier” by the Dixie Chicks. Wakefield’s performance was one of if not the best of the night in this blogger’s opinion. I won’t say he made me forget Sam Cooke, but he was awesome in his own right. At that point, I didn’t know what Parker could do to beat him, and it turned out that she couldn’t. She gave a great effort though, but it just wasn’t good enough. Shelton was in agreement, as he picked Adam to go on to the live shows.
The second knockout pairing featured Moushumi against Nick Hagelin from Team Pharrell Williams. Moushumi chose “New Americana” by Halsey for her song, and Hagelin decided to sing “Lost Without You” by Robin Thicke. Moushumi’s performance was pedestrian to these ears; I felt the song she chose didn’t fit her style at all. I thought that Hagelin’s song was better, even if he sounded a little breathless singing the song almost totally in falsetto. He also got the crowd involved, which I didn’t think would help all that much; while it showed he was a good performer, it didn’t really say a whole lot about his voice. In what I considered an upset, Williams chose Moushumi as the winner. He often makes his choices on what he considers the artist’s potential, but I though Nick won that contest.
The final knockout pairing of the evening featured Maya Smith and Tamar Davis of Team Christina Aguilera. Maya’s song choice was “No One” by Alicia Keys while Davis chose “Lay Me Down” by Sam Smith. Maya was ok, but she was a bit all over the place and I think she showed some nerves. Tamar though…wow. She was very impressive, and while I realize that singers like her have a tough time winning the show, for this one night, she shone brightly. I picked Tamar to win, and Christina agreed.
So three more artists punched their tickets to the live shows. More knockouts are to come on Monday. Blake is the only artist with a steal remaining, so the chances that he would use it were close to nil on this show (especially since the CET™ (aka the Crack Editing Team) didn’t give anything away.
Did the right singers win last night? Have your say in the comments. As always, follow me on Twitter (@mindpinball) for real-time comments as the show airs live on the east coast.