'The Voice' Knockouts: Pryor Baird called "frontrunner" and "potential finalist," three coaches fight for Christiana Danielle
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 04/04/2018
The Voice continued its Knockout Round with four artists advancing to the Live Playoffs, including one artist who was saved by her coach, during Tuesday night's episode on NBC.
The Voice aired three separate Knockouts last night, each of which required a coach to pit two team members against each other. But unlike the Battle round in which the pair performs a duet, the singers were able to sing solo songs in the hope of impressing Alicia Keys, Kelly Clarkson, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton, as well as the audience.
In the Knockout Round, former The Voice winners returned to advise and mentor the contestants. Cassadee Pope joined Kelly, Chris Blue worked with Alicia, Jordan Smith teamed up with Adam, and the latest champion -- Chloe Kohanski -- came back to "Team Blake."
The artists who won their respective Knockouts last night were Pryor Baird, a 35-year-old from California who currently resides in Nashville, TN; Terrence Cunningham, a 36-year-old from Washington who currently resides in Los Angeles, CA; and Brynn Cartelli, a 14-year-old from Longmeadow, MA, who is the youngest person in the competition this season.
As in seasons past, each coach is allowed one "Steal" during this phase of competition, meaning Kelly, Adam, Alicia, and Blake can choose one losing artist from anyone's Knockout to join his or her team instead of watching that contestant get eliminated.
And in a new twist for Season 14, each coach is afforded the opportunity to "Save" one of his or her own team members, meaning a coach may keep both people matched for a Knockout -- the winner and the loser.
However, if a losing Knockout artist is both saved and stolen following an excellent performance, the singer can choose whether to remain on the same team with his or her previous coach or test his or her luck with a new coach, who may be equally or even more interested and invested in the contestant.
Last night, Christiana Danielle, a 22-year-old from Fort Wayne, IN, was saved by her coach Alicia after losing her Knockout to Terrence. However, both Kelly and Adam wanted to steal her as well!
After Alicia told Christiana that she would be "devastated to lose" her, Christiana decided to stay on "Team Alicia" heading into the Live Playoffs.
The first Knockout of the night belonged to "Team Kelly," who paired Brynn with Jamella, a 21-year-old from Illinois who currently resides in Mission Viejo, CA. Brynn said "Here Comes Goodbye" by Rascal Flatts, and Jamella performed "Girl Crush" by Little Big Town.
Alicia said Jamella had a really cool vibe while Brynn showed "a maturity beyond her years."
Adam couldn't believe how great of a singer Brynn is at her age, and so Adam called her "remarkable" and said the Knockout would be "game over" for him as a result. Blake also noted the vibrato in Brynn's voice is one of his favorite things he's heard all season.
Kelly then complimented Jamella on her emotional connection to the song, before telling Brynn she really attacked the vocal. In the end, Brynn was named the winner because she's "super strong and unique," and Kelly flat out said, she "will" instead of "can" win this show.
A Knockout for "Team Blake" was next between Pryor and Jaron Strom, a 29-year-old from Charlotte, NC. Pryor sang "Will It Go Round In Circles" by Billy Preston, while Jaron belted out "Grenade" by Bruno Mars.
Kelly said she loves Pryor's tone and rough sound, and Alicia was impressed by his range. The coaches agreed Jaron, however, was a little more concerned with getting the crowd going and moving around the stage than he was with delivering a great vocal. However, his energy was infectious.
After Adam said he'd go with Pryor as the winner, Blake noted that Jaron looked like he was attempting to release some nervous energy on the stage while Pryor's technique of building the song really paid off. As a result, Pryor won the Knockout.
"He's definitely a potential finalist," Adam told the cameras, before Blake added after the Knockout, "Pryor is one of the frontrunners in the competition, in my opinion."
And the last Knockout of the night belonged to Alicia's team. She paired Christiana to sing "Elastic Heart" by Sia against Terrence, who chose to perform "Tell Me Something Good" by Rufus & Chaka Khan.
After both artists took the stage, Terrence received a standing ovation from all four coaches, and it became clear that Alicia would be crazy to let him go. Christiana, however, was also "fantastic," and Adam pointed out they are equally talented.
Adam couldn't believe Terrence's upper register, saying he's "off the charts." Kelly then told Terrence that he moved her while Christiana had a captivating intensity behind her eyes. Blake then noted that Terrence had the edge in the Knockout.
Alicia had a tough decision to make because Christiana was special and showed a different side of herself musically but Terrence "crushed" the song.
In the end, Alicia named Terrence the winner, but once Christiana attempted to deliver her farewell speech, Alicia pressed her button to save her.
As previously reported, both Kelly and Adam wanted to steal Christiana away, but the singer clearly felt a loyalty and trust towards Alicia, who absolutely did not want to let her team member go.