HOLLYWOOD—It was the final night of knockouts on Monday’s episode of “The Voice.” Coaches Adam Levine, Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton and Pharrell Williams are in the last stretch of finalizing spots for next week’s live Top 20 playoffs.
Pharrell is the only coach who has one steal left in the competition. Who will he choose? Well, there was honestly one final knockout performance that really stood out from the rest. Yes, there were great performances by Team Pharrell’s Mark Hood, who once again succeeded in showcasing his engaging personality while putting his own spin to “Stand By Me.” His runs are certainly unmatched and ultimately edged out 15-year-old Sianha Im, who unfortunately struggled with pitch during her cover of “Back To Black.”
Team Gwen’s Jeffery Austin, who has a Sam Smith vibe to his voice, gave a pretty spectacular performance as he covered “Turning Tables” with a flawless vibrato. However, the knockout of the night has to go to Regina Love performing “Midnight Train to Georgia” Vs. Riley Biederer performing “XO.”
So, Regina absolutely KILLED it! She has a voice of a legend. Her power, her soulfulness, her spunky attitude all created an outstandingly captivating performance. She sings with so much passion and gusto that really just lures you in completely. It’s absolutely spellbinding to watch her sing, especially when she hits unimaginable notes while embodying every lyric of the song. Regina received a standing ovation by all the coaches.
On the other hand, Riley did a great job in creating her own special rendition of “XO.” She took the best approach while performing the Beyonce song. She didn’t try to emulate Beyonce. Instead, she put her own special R&B/pop twist of the song choosing vocal acrobatic moments, while still showcasing the raw and tender quality to her voice. She too did an excellent job of emotively delivering every lyric.
Adam says he misses having Regina on his team and thinks she absolutely crushed this performance, but also thinks Riley came out and killed it too. He explains that he is tremendously impressed by both contestants.
Blake says that Regina threw the roof off this place and Riley showed that she has more diversity as an artist.
Pharrell commends Regina for creating a performance that had people up on their feet. He says she gave a goosebumps and chills type of performance. “It’s the greatest performance I’ve heard in terms of feeling that church,” he says.
Gwen says she loves Regina’s spirit and is so taken in by her determination. She expresses that both contestants deserve to be on the show, but she ultimately chooses Regina as the winner.
Nevertheless, Pharrell uses his final steal on Riley. Smart move Pharrell! Riley is back to her original team.
Well, that does it for Season 9 of the Knockouts! The top 20 live Playoffs will air on Monday at 8 p.m. on November 9 on “The Voice.”