Last night’s show was the last one of the knockout round, so each team will be down to five singers each by the end of the show. The Crack Editing Team™ made sure to save Blake Shelton’s remaining steal until the last pairing of the show, and one knockout pairing was given a montage treatment; the loser in that battle wasn’t even shown on air. In fact, here’s what we saw of that “montage” pairing between Caroline Burns and Katherine Ho from Adam Levine’s team:
At this point, I’d like to make special mention for Katherine Ho: she lasted through the blind auditions, the battle rounds and to the knockout round, and not a single complete performance of hers aired on any show. She was always in the montages, or in this particular case, not even singing a single note. I’ll make the call again for NBC to make one season last from fall to spring, but I know it will fall on deaf ears.
Now for the knockouts that actually made it to air: the first knockout pairing featured Brian Nhira and Nate Butler for Team Adam. Brian sang “Grenade” by Bruno Mars, while Nate sang “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green. Brian’s performance was perhaps the best of the night; to me he was almost perfect. Nate tried his best with the Green classic, but he seemed just a bit off to me. Adam picked Brian to make it to the live shows.
The second knockout pairing to air featured Brittany Kennell and Mary Sarah for Team Blake. Kennell sang “You’re Still The One” by Shania Twain, while Mary Sarah sang “You Ain’t Woman Enough To Take My Man” by Loretta Lynn. To me, this battle was all Mary Sarah; she gave the better performance all around. Brittany just wasn’t good enough for me. Blake chose Mary Sarah as his winner.
The next pairing of the evening featured Bryan Bautista against Troy O’Dell for Christina Aguilera’s team. Bautista sang “Sorry” by Justin Bieber while O’Dell chose “I Lived” by OneRepublic. Bautista was solid, though the whole reggae bit he mentioned in rehearsals didn’t really come off for me. O’Dell was pitchy and all over the place. Aguilera made it official by picking Bautista for the win.
The next knockout pairing featured Abby Celso and Caity Peters from Pharrell Williams’ team. Celso chose “Rich Girl” by Daryl Hall & John Oates, and Peters chose “Leave Your Lover” by Sam Smith. Celso was long on power and short on nuance; Peters was great with the lower notes and passable enough on the higher ones. I wasn’t sure who Williams would choose to win this battle, but he went with Peters.
The next pairing featured Jessica Crosbie and Laith Al-Saadi from Team Adam. Crosbie chose “Wake Me Up” by Avicii, as sung by Aloe Blacc, and Al-Saadi chose “In Your Eyes” by Peter Gabriel. I think Crosbie just chose a bad song to sing; a better song might have given her a better result. Al-Saadi did better, but not exactly great, with the Gabriel tune. But because Crosbie’s song choice did her no favors, Levine chose Al-Saadi to win.
The final knockout pairing, aka the one where Blake makes the final steal, featured Joe Maye and Kata Hay from Team Christina. Maye chose to sing “Earned It” by The Weeknd, and Hay chose “Why Haven’t I Heard From You” by Reba McEntire. Maye’s performance left a lot to be desired to me, but the coaches ate it up. Hay was good enough to win for me, and win she did. Maye got his gift steal from Shelton; though I think a few better singers were sent home based on Maye’s last performance.
From the blinds, through the battles and now the knockouts, we have the top twenty contestants left. Five singers on each team will compete in the live shows beginning next Monday night. I’m hoping that the artists will bring their “A” games, because the real competition starts with the live shows. Of course, the live shows also gives the votes to the audience. So some surprises may abound. There will be no post for tomorrow night’s show; as it’s a recap as to how the top twenty were chosen. Follow me on twitter @mindpinball to see my reactions to the performances next week.
If you have any impressions about any of the performances from last night, leave your thoughts in the comments.