‘The Voice’ Recap: Knockout Rounds Feature Team Blake + Team Usher
Tonight’s episode of ‘The Voice’ (April 30) brought another intense series of knockout rounds featuring contestants from Team Blake and Team Usher. During each round, the coaches pitted two singers against each other to perform a song of their choosing, and only one was allowed to move on.
Here’s a detailed recap of the night’s performances:
Savannah Berry vs. Justin Rivers: Berry sang Justin Bieber’s ‘As Long As You Love Me’ and Rivers rocked out to Miley Cyrus’ hit tune ‘The Climb.’ “I would honestly have to give that round to Justin,” said Usher. “I think that long, extended note won us over,” agreed Shakira. “You’re just the biggest surprise,” chimed in Adam Levine. Needless to say, Rivers was named the winner of the knockout round. [JUSTIN RIVERS WINS!]
Holly Tucker vs. Luke Edgemon: Tucker, a Baylor alum, performed Tim McGraw’s ‘Live Like You Were Dying’ while Edgemon took on Katy Perry’s ‘Teenage Dream.’ “You have a crazy, killer voice with limitless potential, and I would choose you because I think that there’s more to see,” said Levine. However, despite Edgemon’s convincing delivery, Shelton decided to eliminate him from the competition. [HOLLY TUCKER WINS!]
Danielle Bradbery vs. Taylor Beckham: Bradbery delivered a passionate rendition of ‘Jesus Take the Wheel,’ whereas Beckham sang Rihanna’s ‘Russian Roulette.’ Although both ladies sang their hearts out, Bradbery was the clear winner. Usher remarked that she had no problem bringing the crowd to their feet. “She never seems nervous, and it’s really remarkable,” Shakira commented. “I definitely think that Danielle is one of the brightest stars who could go on and win this competition,” said Shelton. “Taylor pretty much handed that one to Danielle with her song choice.” [DANIELLE BRADBERY WINS!]
The Swon Brothers vs. Grace Askew: The Swon brothers treated us to their own version of Dobie Gray’s ‘Drift Away,’ and Askew sang Tina Turner’s ‘I Can’t Stand the Rain.’ “I think you guys really moved the entire audience,” said Usher to the Swons. “It was a great performance, and I give that round to you.” Shelton praised Askew on surprising him every single time she sings, but in the end, he decided to go with the Swon bros. They’re the first duo since season one to go on to the live shows, so that’s pretty exciting! [THE SWON BROTHERS WIN!]
Josiah Hawley vs. Jess Kellner: Hawley took a risk with Amy Winehouse’s ‘Back to Black,’ and Kellner chose James Morrison’s ‘You Give Me Something.’ “I literally felt like you should have done each other’s songs,” remarked Levine. Shelton said, “I think I liked what Jess did a little better.” Usher agreed that she did a good job, but he went on to say, “I did feel like you could have given it a little bit more.” He ultimately named Hawley the winner of the knockout round. [JOSIAH HAWLEY WINS!]
Audrey Karrasch vs. Michelle Chamuel: Karrasch chose Lil Wayne’s ‘How to Love,’ and Chamuel gave a truly passionate and unique performance of Pink’s ‘Raise Your Glass.’ “You are a performer,” Shakira told Chamuel with confidence. “There were some challenging moments in the song, and you attacked them.” Levine said that although he enjoyed both performances, he too would probably go with Chamuel. [MICHELLE CHAMUEL WINS!]
C. Perkins vs. Vedo: Perkins worked the crowd with his own spirited version of Chris Brown’s ‘She Ain’t You,’ and Vedo delivered a heartfelt rendition of ‘(Everything I Do) I Do It For You’ in honor of his mother who recently passed away of cancer. Although Perkins was well-received by the crowd, Vedo blew away all four coaches with his passionate performance. [VEDO WINS!]
Ryan Innes vs. Cathia: We loved hearing Innes croon to Gavin DeGraw’s ‘I Don’t Want to Be,’ but Latin singer Cathia knocked it out of the park with her performance of Kelly Clarkson’s ‘Mr. Know It All.’ “I feel for Usher right now,” said Shelton, realizing that his fellow coach was faced with a very difficult decision. In the end, Usher named Cathia the winner. [CATHIA WINS!]
Be sure to tune in to 'The Voice' next Monday (May 6) for the first installment of this season's live playoffs!
Watch Savannah Berry vs. Justin Rivers on 'The Voice'
Watch Josiah Hawley vs. Jess Kellner on 'The Voice'
Watch Holly Tucker vs. Luke Edgemon on 'The Voice'
Watch Audrey Karrasch vs. Michelle Chamuel on 'The Voice'
Watch Danielle Bradbery vs. Taylor Beckham on 'The Voice'
Watch C. Perkins vs. Vedo on 'The Voice'
Watch the Swon Brothers vs. Grace Askew on 'The Voice'
Watch Ryan Innes vs. Cathia on 'The Voice'