The battles are almost done for The Voice’s tenth season, which means the knockout rounds are about to come in like a wrecking ball with key adviser Miley Cyrus riding in next week to share her unique insights into the industry. But first, there’s the matter of sealing up the winners and giving away that one, tiny steal Christina Aguilera has left in her pocket.
She’s gonna be even choosier than Adam Levine about whom to dole her save out to, but Adam, Pharrell Williams and Blake Shelton are all up to the challenge of trying to make their brawlers as worthy of the adoption as possible.
Here’s how the final fray of the battle rounds shakes out.
Battle No. 1 (Team Adam): Laith Al-Saadi vs. Matt Tedder
Song: “Honky Tonk Women” by the Rolling Stones
It’s shredder versus shredder for the first battle of the night, as Adam considers both Laith and Matt to be guitar players first and vocalists second (although Laith might take issue with that characterization).
Matt, the ‘70s transplant kid who’s still green to his Nashville club/curbside/wherever performance career, has some savory chops and a mean way with his slides. But he’s still no match for Laith’s years upon years of experience strengthening his vocals, which, as Blake puts it, can blast your face off with their sheer power.
Laith’s unanimously waved through to the knockouts because he’s simply too big a presence to deny; Adam gives him the green flag because he believes he’s the one who “genuinely deserves it in this moment,” although Matt gets many snaps for throwing in a few runs to even try and stand up to the room commander stage right.
Winner: Laith Al-Saadi
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Battle No. 2 (Team Pharrell): Caity Peters vs. Joe Vivona
Song: “Honesty” by Billy Joel
Team Pharrell experiences its most difficult round of rehearsals yet this season as Caity and Joe both struggle to find their way through the pitchy soft-rock song — Diddy even tells Caity she’s “better than that” when she struggles to match her husky Fleetwood Mac-meets-Adele tones to the number.
Unfortunately for both contestants, there’s only moderate improvement to be found in their duel, when Caity gets lost in the lyrics and loses her strong notes while Joe’s presenting little better than a ho-hum effort that doesn’t showcase anything special about him, except that he can disappear behind Caity’s mistakes. Ultimately, Pharrell gives it to Caity because she has one strong run near the tail end and because he believes there’s potential for her to benefit from his guidance going ahead.
NEXT: Christina finds a new fighter…