Three battles. No montages. Let’s do this.
Battle number one featured Bindi Liebowitz and Courtney Harrell from Team Blake Shelton. Courtney sang “River Deep, Mountain High” in the Tina Turner version, while Bindi performed “Son Of A Preacher Man” by Dusty Springfield. I’m no fan of “River Deep, Mountain High” no matter who sings it, but Courtney killed it. Bindi was off from the beginning, and she couldn’t make up enough ground on Courtney. She wasn’t totally bad, but it wasn’t going to beat Courtney on this night. In what was the easiest choice of the night, Blake picked Courtney to move on.
The second battle pairing of the night featured Billy Gilman and Ponciano Seoane from Adam Levine’s team. Ponciano sang “I See Fire” by Ed Sheeran and Billy sang “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten. Going into this one, I think Ponciano has a tall order in this one. Besides his early fame, Gilman has shown to have one of the best voices in this season’s competition. Ponciano sounded a little nervous at the beginning, and I heard a few shaky notes throughout. Billy meanwhile, was technically perfect. Adam chose Billy to move on to the live playoffs.
The last battle of the evening featured Belle Jewel against Christian Cuevas from Team Alicia Keys. Belle sang “Don’t Dream It’s Over” by Crowded House, while Christian sang “Superstar,” inspired by the Luther Vandross version. Unfortunately, the Crack Editing Team gave the game away once again; both artists will go through to the live playoffs—it’s just a question of who will Alicia choose and who gets stolen. As for the performances: Belle was good; no flaws, but not a standout performance either. Christian brought power and emotion to his cover of “Superstar,” that may have been enough to prevail. Turns out that it was, as Alicia chose him as the winner. Within seconds, Miley Cyrus stole Belle, adding her to her team and sending her through to the live playoffs. With the steal, Belle made some kind of history: one of the few who was montaged in the blinds that made it to the live shows.
The knockout round finishes next week. There won’t be a recap here for Monday’s show next Tuesday; I’ll be out of town that night and probably won’t get to see the show until just before Tuesday’s episode, if at all. So look for the next show recap to post on Wednesday morning.
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