'The Voice' Recap: The Knockout Round, Part 1
'The Voice' Recap: The Knockout Round, Part 1
Esther Gim
Esther Gim
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
The knockout round gets underway tonight, and for the first time ever, the coaches will have one steal, allowing them to take a singer from another team to the live shows. It ensures that someone will have a second (or third) shot at staying in the show.

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What do you think of the twist? At first glance, I'm a fan. By now, we've gotten to know the singers a little better and hopefully the most "deserved" get stolen, someone who has the potential of winning this thing.

Here's how the round will go down: Like the battle round, two singers from each team will be paired up by his/her coach. The two will then choose their own song, and each will perform. The coach will choose one winner. Each coach has one steal so there's the potential of the loser being saved. By the end of the round, each coach will be left with five singers. 


Who will survive and who will get knocked out? Follow along on The Voice live blog!

Team Christina: Amber Nicole vs. Josh Logan

Christina says two singers from different genres are paired up for the sole reason of being great singers. 


Amber Nicole ("Mama Knows Best" by Jessie J): You can tell she worked on her stage presence, which Christina noted during rehearsals. It's solid vocally, but I'm having a hard time getting excited for it. There's still an emotional disconnect, but she's just 17.

Josh Logan ("Living for the City" by Stevie Wonder): It's Josh doing his best Stevie Wonder impression! He has to feel good that he can do these pretty spot-on impersonations, but I still don't know what that means for him as an artist at the end of the day.

Adam calls Amber Nicole's performance perfect, and that Josh did the song justice. 

Josh Logan is the winner! Christina says she loves that he keeps surprising the coaches. Yep, I want to be surprised by who he imitates next. 

Cee Lo and Blake steal Amber Nicole! Blake says that there's no one like her on his team, which Cee Lo has a great comeback for: "You're right, there's no one talented on your team" (amazing!). Amber Nicole says being on Cee Lo's team is a risk and that she's not intimidated by the talent ... Amber Nicole goes with Team Cee Lo!

Team Cee Lo: Kat Robichaud vs. Monika Leigh

These are two powerful female singers who each want to show off their rock side. 


Kat Robichaud ("You Oughta Know" by Alanis Morissette): I thought it started off a little slow, but her anger -- and those eyes! -- really pick up, and there's no way I want to ever cross her. She has so much spunk and a ton of stage presence. I could watch her all day.

Monika Leigh ("Hit the Road Jack" by Ray Charles): She tries her best to make it a bluesy performance that turns into rock. Her voice falters kind of everywhere, and even trying to make it sensual seems forced.

Adam gives it to Kat because she's more natural up on stage. Christina said Monika was fierce while Kat was crazy great. Cee Lo says she's better than this performance and some of the sultriness was lost.

Kat Robichaud is the winner!

Team Blake: Holly Henry vs. Nic Hawk

Blake wants to see one of these unique performers to stand out.


Holly Henry ("Creep" by Radiohead): She wants to make it a haunting performance since that's her voice, but ultimately, she doesn't succeed. At first I thought it was a good song choice, but it isn't anywhere close to the original, nor is it all that unique to her -- although she is connected with it emotionally. The music completely overtakes her and by the end, she just sounds weak. Plus, her breathing into the microphone is extremely loud and noticeable.

Nic Hawk ("Genie in a Bottle" by Christina Aguilera): There's always a bit of a risk involved changing up a song, but when it's a coach's song, the risk is even higher. Nic delivers a neo-soul performance that I was first skeptical about, but I love it. It's sexy in a completely different way from the original. I'm completely impressed -- and surprised -- that he has this artistic side to him. 

Christina said both showed bravery. Adam goes with Nic. Blake calls it apples and oranges, and because they're two different genres, it makes it that much harder. 

Nic Hawk is the winner! There isn't much hesitation, and there shouldn't be. Adam is honest and says he couldn't take the risk of stealing her because while she had a great blind audition, she's been shaky since.

Team Adam: Ashley DuBose vs. Tessanne Chin

Adam says they belong together in a way because they occupy similar spots on his team, being two female powerhouses. Ashley has a great rehearsal while Tessanne seems to be battling vocal issues.


Ashley DuBose ("Hey Soul Sister" by Train): She wanted to show off her fun side after two serious performances, and she kind of takes a page out of Tessanne's book and reggaes it up. The song doesn't allow for her to do much with it, and it comes off a little cheesy. 
 
Tessanne Chin ("Stronger" by Kelly Clarkson): Well, it's hard to find anything really wrong with this performance. There's no denying her talent, but it also feels like "been there, done that" with her. 

Christina said Tessanne makes it look easily, while Cee Lo said Ashley has a "coffee and cigarettes" quality about her.

Tessanne Chin is the winner!

Team Blake: Briana Cuoco vs. Shelbie Z

Blake says he's looking for one of them to bring the passion tonight.


Briana Cuoco ("Don't Speak" by No Doubt): She ends on a strong note so she's got that going for her, but it's not a voice I ever seem to remember in my head after. I've already forgotten it by the time the song ends.

Shelbie Z ("Last Name" by Carrie Underwood): She sounds great, but I'm still waiting for her to really shine and have a moment.

Christina noted Briana's pitch problems but said she held the end note strong, and said Shelbie Z seemed the most confident she's ever been.

Shelbie Z is the winner!

Team Adam: Grey vs. James Irwin

Adam's looking for more emotion from these two great technical singers.


Grey ("Already Gone" by Grey): She sounds like the most commercial ready singer. I could hear that song on the radio, but still she just seems too polished and needs to let go or even be more vulnerable, which she could've done more of in this performance.

James Irwin ("Breakeven" by The Script): He seemed distant and disconnected with the song during rehearsals, but I could feel that he was "falling to pieces" when he sang those lyrics. He hit the high notes impressively. and it was just nice overall.

Blake said he heard warmth in James' performance for the very first time and goes with him.

Grey is the winner! Adam says she's more further along.

Team Christina: Destinee Quinn vs. Olivia Henken

There's only room for one country singer to move forward with Xtina.


Destinee Quinn ("See You Again" by Carrie Underwood): She was dedicating the song to loved ones she lost, and I felt it. It wasn't completely perfect, but I'm okay with that.

Olivia Henken ("You're No Good" by Linda Ronstadt): She really took Christina's words to heart and didn't make every note a big moment. It has a lot of control, and it's a great song choice.

Adam says Olivia had more pitch issues and Destinee was nervous in the beginning. Blake said Destinee was consistently flat while Olivia was consistently sharp.

Olivia is the winner!

Team Cee Lo: Cole Vosbury vs. Jonny Gray

Cee Lo wants one of these two to have an emotional connection.


Cole Vosbury ("Let Her Go" by Passenger): I love the rough edge to his voice because it's not completely edgy -- it's soft and perfectly suited for a song like this. Can't believe the "Movin' On Up" guy can show a side of him like this. I'm way more impressed with people who do something you don't expect them to do than those who, even though they do it really, really well, stick to what they know.

Jonny Gray ("We Can Work It Out" by The Beatles): He can sing just about anything, and I'll like it. He's so happy and positive, and that last note was pretty money.

Adam already says he's taking the loser, while Blake goes with Cole because he had more control of the song.

Jonny Gray is the winner!

Adam and Blake steal Cole Vosbury! Cole Vosbury goes with Team Blake!

There goes the first night of the knockout round. I did a decent job with my predictions, predicting the correct winner 5-3. Tuesday's episode will be extended to two hours -- 9pm to 11pm.

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