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'The Voice' recap: 'The Knockouts Premiere, Part 2'

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The Voice

TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
run date:
Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Pharrell Williams, Christina Aguilera
Reality TV, Music

Having two free-spirited ladies shaking things up — sometimes literally — on The Voice is a welcome bit of levity between all the heartbreak that’s happening as more contestants are sent home from the show so close to the live episodes.

Miley Cyrus and Christina Aguilera might not seem like they were cut from the same cloth, but the more time they spend together, the more obvious it’s becoming that they were totally meant to be friends and just needed this opportunity to boogie side by side. We wouldn’t be surprised if these two become the new Adam Levine and Blake Shelton — only, minus all the digs on intelligence, looks, decisions, outfits, and everything else those two take giant jabs at each other over.

Despite all the Pharrell Williams-approved happiness that’s going down between the coaches and their new key adviser, though, there’s still the bummer business of whittling down the final list of contestants through these last few rounds of knockouts to attend to. And with only one steal left lingering in Blake’s pocket, things are getting pretty intense.

No. 1 (Team Blake): Peyton Parker vs. Adam Wakefield

It’s a shame all the other coaches’ steals have already been claimed by the time these two come out to play for Team Blake because it’s a definite downer to know for certain that someone’s about to go home — without a save even possible — between these two.

That said, Adam Wakefield makes the decision pretty easy for his coach (and possibly all of America, too), as he’s quickly proving that he can travel down more than just a country road with his rendition of Sam Cooke’s “Bring It On Home To Me.”

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Per usual, his talent is consistent and all-in. While Blake’s quick to defend Peyton’s at-times-crackly performance of the Dixie Chicks’s “Traveling Soldier,” fairly crediting many a career with a signature note snap, there are “some things you just can’t deny.” Like the fact that Adam’s earned his one-way ticket to the live rounds (and Christina’s “country crush” list). 

Props to P2 for the ambitiously emotional selection and all, but this one’s pretty much pre-written because it’s just gonna take a true powerhouse with a flawless performance to give Adam a run for his money this season. 

Winner: Adam Wakefield

NEXT: This one’s gone way too soon …


No. 2 (Team Pharrell): Moushumi vs. Nick Hagelin

Fan fervor potential can only get you so far in the knockouts, and while Nick Hagelin’s ultra high notes are fierce enough to shatter even Adam Levine’s glasses, his performance of Robin Thicke’s “Lost Without You” is pretty unremarkable from prior showings. 

Sure, he’s a natural with the stage presence, and his superdaddy status gives everyone major gushy feels, but it’s still not enough to give him the edge on Moushumi, whose “crystal clear” take on “The New Americana” has the coaches turning to putty over her “amazing” voice. 

While Miley Cyrus has some serious notes for Moushumi to take home during the rehearsals, her sound is steady and still holds that promise of something more. Pharrell still sees her as that “rare package” with potential to stand out among the crowd. She’s the one he wants to keep around for another round — although Xtina is pretty sad to see Nick go this early in the show, which … same.

Winner: Moushumi

No. 3 (Team Christina): Maya Smith vs. Támar Davis 

Christina Aguilera must be a glutton for punishment because having to choose between Maya Smith and Támar Davis is bad enough, but when you’ve straight up volunteered for that decision, that’s rough.

Because on the one hand, Maya Smith’s silky rendition of Alicia Keys’ “No One” is straight fire — Pharrell even pegs it as “by far the best performance of the show.” Then comes Támar with her fantastically breathy take on Sam Smith’s “Lay Me Down,” and we are all truly not worthy. Either one of these ladies could win the whole shebang, and we’d be completely clap-happy about it, but for one of them to “lose”? Nah. That’s simply an incorrect way to think of it.

Blake, who holds the last precious steal of the knockouts round, decides not to use it to save Maya from the exit sign because her performance “wasn’t perfect,” but we’re wondering if he might not end up regretting that snub. Why can’t there be the emergency tie for calls that are this ridiculously close?! Harrumph. 

Winner: Támar Davis


  • Team Adam: Shalyah Fearing, Brian Nhira, Caroline Burns, Laith Al-Saadi, Katherine Ho, Nate Butler, Jessica Crosbie, and Owen Danoff
  • Team Pharrell: Lacy Mandigo, Caity Peters, Abby Celso, Joe Vivona, Emily Keener, Hannah Huston, and Moushumi
  • Team Christina: Ryan Quinn, Trey O’Dell, Bryan Bautista, Alisan Porter, Kata Hay, Támar Davis, and Joe Maye
  • Team Blake: Paxton Ingram, Mary Sarah, Adam Wakefield, Brittany Kennell, and Katie Basden