'The Voice' Knockouts wrap with 11 artists going to next round -- including Britton Buchanan, Kelsea Johnson and Tish Haynes Keys
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 04/10/2018
The Voice wrapped its Knockout Round with 11 artists advancing to the Live Playoffs, including one artist who was saved by her coach and two stolen artists, during Monday night's episode on NBC.
In each Knockout on the The Voice, a coach pitted two team members against each other. But unlike the Battle Round in which a pair performs a duet, the singers were able to sing solo songs in the hopes of impressing coaches Alicia Keys, Kelly Clarkson, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton, as well as the audience.
The advisors for the Knockout Round were the following former The Voice winners: Cassadee Pope, who joined Kelly; Chris Blue, who worked with Alicia; Jordan Smith, who teamed up with Adam, and the latest champion -- Chloe Kohanski -- who came back to mentor "Team Blake."
The artists who won their respective Knockouts last night were Britton Buchanan, an 18-year-old from Sanford, NC; D.R. King, a 34-year-old from Harlem, NY; Wilkes, a 33-year-old from Waleska, GA; Rayshun Lamarr, a 33-year-old from Fort Washington, MD; Alexa Cappelli, an 18-year-old from Upland, CA; Reid Umstattd, a 34-year-old musician from Austin, TX; and Kelsea Johnson, a 22-year-old from Woodland Hills, CA.
As in seasons past, each coach was allowed one "Steal" during this phase of competition, meaning Kelly, Adam, Alicia, and Blake could choose one losing artist from any coach's Knockout to join his or her team instead of watching that contestant get eliminated.
The artists who were stolen on Monday night's show were Dylan Hartigan, a 21-year-old from Wyckoff, NJ; Gary Edwards, a 26-year-old from Michigan who currently resides in Dallas, TX; and Sharane Calister, a 24-year-old from Des Moines, IA.
And in a new twist for Season 14, each coach was 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.
Kelly decided to save her team member Tish Haynes Keys, a 38-year-old from St. Louis, MO, although Adam attempted to steal the talented artist. (It was Tish's decision whether to stay loyal to Kelly and continue working with her, or switch teams and be mentored by a brand new coach, Adam).
The first Knockout of the night was for "Team Alicia," Britton and Dallas Caroline, a 17-year-old from Santa Rosa, CA, were paired together. Britton performed "New York State of Mind," while Dallas sang "Bless the Broken Road."
Blake had initially blocked Adam during the Blind Auditions when he wanted Britton for his team, so it wasn't a surprise when Adam chose Britton as the winner of the Knockout. Blake, however, told Dallas that her tone is "pure" and she has "a style and a coolness that's undeniable." Blake would therefore give the Knockout to Dallas.
Kelly thought Dallas could perfect her pitch, but the coach thought she resembled a young Dolly Parton, which was a huge compliment. After hearing from the other coaches, Alicia told Dallas that she did a beautiful job with the song and learned how to work the stage. Britton, on the other hand, grew more confident.
Alicia then declared Britton the champion of the Knockout because he "continues to evolve," and "when he opens his mouth, he's shocking." Alicia simply felt something when Britton performed.
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Next up was D.R. King against Tish on behalf of "Team Kelly." D.R. sang "I Know I'm Losing You," and then Tish performed "Lady Marmalade."
All four coaches got on their feet for Tish. Alicia told D.R. that he took the song to a whole other space but Tish has so much "sass and flow," not to mention she added a little booty-shaking to her performance. Adam thought they were both "beyond phenomenal," and Blake agreed the singers are "world-class talent."
"Tish just won the whole show during the Knockout Round," Adam said jokingly.
Kelly named D.R. the winner of the Knockout because he pulled off "an insane version of the song." But Kelly decided to save Tish because she couldn't handle losing the artist. Adam, however, attempted to steal Tish away from Kelly.
"I think I just want to take this to the top with [Kelly]," Tish announced when making her decision, adding that Kelly understood her heart.
Another Knockout was for "Team Blake." Dylan performed "You Are the Best Thing" against Wilkes, who surprised with "The Climb."
Adam, Alicia and Kelly all stood up for Wilkes' performance, and Kelly said he proved he's not "a one-trick pony." Meanwhile, Dylan showed off his range and personality, so Kelly would choose Dylan as the winner. Alicia called Dylan "dynamic" but said Wilkes is a secret weapon who had wowed her.
After Adam called Dylan "ridiculous," Blake determined Wilkes had won the Knockout because of his voice. But it wasn't the end of the road for Dylan, as Kelly stole him back.
"I couldn't let [him] go home. He's just so good!" Kelly noted.
The next Knockout of the night belonged to "Team Adam," and Gary faced off against Rayshun. Gary performed "Many Rivers to Cross," and Rayshun decided to take the stage with "Fallen."
Alicia and Adam gave Rayshun a standing ovation, and Kelly told the artist he was "ballsy as hell" for singing Alicia's song. But Gary's vocals were also dubbed "insane" and "pure," and Blake told him that he "sang the hell out of the song."
Rayshun, however, was full of passion. Adam was proud of him for being bold and going for the song's intimidating high notes, so the coach decided Rayshun had won the Knockout.
Just when Gary thought he had been eliminated from the competition, Blake pressed his button to steal the artist because he's had such a great transformation on the show.
The next Knockout was between Alexa and Jorge Eduardo, a 24-year-old from Dallas, TX, for "Team Kelly." Alexa sang "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," and Jorge performed "Adorn."
Alicia said Jorge gave the song all the energy he had while Alexa showed off her "really powerful voice." Alicia was amazed by how "effortless" Alexa sang and suggested she should win the match-up.
Adam noted Alexa is an incredible singer with a ton of potential, but Blake didn't think she "navigated the melody" as well as she could have. Kelly loved Jorge, but she determined Alexa had won the Knockout since the artist keeps "shocking the hell" out of her coach. Kelly also appreciated how Alexa brought her "A-Game" to every performance.
After Reid was shown winning his Knockout during a brief clip in which he sang "Let Him Fly," the night concluded with a Knockout on behalf of Alicia's team.
Kelsea sang "Rise Up" against Sharane, who performed "All I Could Do Was Cry."
Adam explained Sharane was so emotionally connected to the song but Kelsea also nailed her vocals. Kelly told Sharane that she has "a God-given voice," and then Alicia admitted Kelsea seemed to be in her head while singing. Alicia knew, however, that Kelsea has enough talent to break through those bad habits.
In the end, Kelsea was named the winner because there's something "mysterious and special" about her. Adam, however, chose to steal Sharane, saying she belongs on his team and viewers haven't seen the best of her yet -- "which is scary," the coach teased.