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The Voice: Season 10, Final Knockouts, 4/4/16

April 5th, 2016 · No Comments

by Lyn Jensen

Featured singers:  Brian Nhira, Mary Sarah, Bryan Bautista, Laith Al-Saadi, Joe Maye, Kata Hay.

Blake Shelton was still sitting on his steal as The Voice moved to its final knockout rounds of season 10 on Monday. Veteran viewers know he’ll take one singer from the final pairing but–which pairing and what cut will be the last?

1.  Team Adam:  White soul vs. black R&B, Nate Butler vs. Brian Nhira, with Nhira singing “Grenade” (Bruno Mars) and Butler singing “Let’s Stay Together” (Al Green). Afterwards Blake thinks Brian’s performance was so fiery it was like he poured gasoline on the stage and dropped a match on it, while Nate showed smoothness and went into falsetto with ease. Adam picks Brian Nhira, saying it’s a choice his team can’t survive without. This is the first knockout of the night, so Blake continues to sit on his steal.

2.  Team Blake:  Two female country vocalists, Mary Sarah vs. Brittany Kennell, aren’t one of the night’s more competitive knockouts. Mary selects Loretta Lynn’s “You Ain’t Woman Enough to Take my Man,” and Blake comments she sounds like Patsy Cline doing Lynn’s song. Brittany selects Shania Twain’s “You’re Still the One,” and she’s plainly no Shania. The judges’ consensus is to keep Mary, and Blake does.

3.  Team Christina: Two heartthrob male vocalists, Bryan Bautista vs. Trey O’Dell, showcase contemporary styles. O’Dell rocks on One Republic’s “I Lived.” Christina criticizes his vocal control and the other judges find him pitchy. Bautista’s part Puerto Rican, part Dominican, and he brings the sound of the islands (reminiscent of Season 5 winner Tessanne Chin) to Justin Beiber’s “Sorry.” Christina agrees Bautista was more experienced, more entertaining, and keeps him.

4.  Team Pharrell:  Five female vocalists will make up this team once Caity Peters vs. Abby Celso is decided. Celso shows off her alto on “Rich Girl,” originally a hit for Hall and Oates. Peters wrings maximum emotion from Sam Smith’s “Leave Your Lover,” personalizing it with “leave her to me,” letting us understand she’s gay. Judges are in consensus that the victory should go to Peters, and Pharrell keeps her. 

5.  Team Adam:  The only singers left are blues-based, making for a match-up of Laith Al-Saadi vs. Jessica Crosbie. Just when guest advisor Miley Cyrus starts making sense, she has to go and say to Laith, “I wish I had a beard like that.” She does add he’s got an epic classic voice, though. Adam, Miley, and Laith discuss what key to sing Peter Gabriel’s “Your Eyes” in, and decide on the original (high) key. Crosbie sings Avicii’s “Wake Me Up,” but the song and her vocal are about as interesting as a mellow commercial jingle. She needs something with an edge, a growl or rasp, and this song is too slow and pretty. However, the judges are soft on Crosbie and harsh on Al-Saadi. They say nice things about Jessica and complain Laith was only giving about 75 percent. Adam says that going forward, he knows he can do some cool things with Laith, so he keeps him. We’re two knockouts short of the end of the episode, so Blake doesn’t use his steal.

Bizarre soundbyte:  we find Adam kept Caroline Burns and cut Katherine Ho. We never saw more than a soundbyte of Ho earlier in the season, either.

6.  Team Christina:  Last knockout of the season, Kata Hay vs. Joe Maye, so we’re guessing Christina’ll keep Maye and Blake’ll get Kata Hay, who should probably be on Team Blake anyway. Hay rocks with a version of Reba McEntire’s “Why Haven’t I Heard From You?” which is short on vocal ability but long on personality. (Miley tells her she’s “useful to country,” whatever.) Maye goes all old-school R&B and souls (way) out on The Weekend’s “Earned it.” Blake comments both singers have personalities that fill the room. Surprise! Christina keeps Kata, saying she wants a country artist. (She had her choice of some much better ones earlier.) Blake steals Joe, adding some diversity to his team.

Tonight’s a recap. Next week comes three nights of semi-finals and results. Below find the semi-final field, with teams listed in the rough order of their depth charts.

Team Adam:  Laith Al-Saadi, Owen Danoff, Brian Nhira, Caroline Burns, Shalyah Fearing.

Team Blake:  Adam Wakefield, Mary Sarah, Katie Basden, Joe Maye, Paxton Ingram.

Team Christina:  Alisan Porter, Tamar Davis, Bryan Bautista, Ryan Quinn, Kata Hay.

Team Pharrell:  Hannah Houston, Caity Peters, Emily Keener, Lacy Mandigo, Moushumi.

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