The Voice US 10: Knockouts (1)

The Voice US Season 10

It’s the start of the Knockouts Round! You see, I still think that the US version should get the format of Knockouts Round in the US version or mixed it up with the 6-Chair Challenge style of X Factor so that there would still be a “Save” option.

Anyway, it was a solid showing from the artists and even if I think the bias in this format is evident when coaches pair their preferred artist against some cannon fodders. Haha.

So here it goes, the 12 Knockouts performances of the night.

ANGIE KEILHAUER
Take Your Time
Team BLAKE
ELIMINATED (vs. Paxton Ingram)

– Yikes! I wonder what happened because on paper, this should be a home run for her but somehow, in this performance, it just didn’t work. Her pitch sounded ridiculous. Her phrasing is terrible. It was just super off. 3

PAXTON INGRAM
Hometown Glory
Team BLAKE
WINNER (vs. Angie Keilhauer)

– There are parts that were flat but I thought Paxton held his own with this song. It was tough but he managed to pull a decent one. 6

OWEN DANOFF
She’s Always A Woman
Team ADAM
WINNER (vs. Ryan Quinn)

– The clarity in his voice is soothing. The performance is really lovely and how he managed to keep it faithful to the original yet sounded current is beyond me. His emotional connection with the song is also there. One thing though – he needs to find a way to make his performances more interesting or it will soon feel lazy and sleepy. 7.5

RYAN QUINN
Drops Of Jupiter
Team ADAM
ELIMINATED (vs. Owen Danoff); STOLEN (Team Christina)

– Gorgeous face, gorgeous vocals. Ryan can sing and his precise take on the song is just compelling. Sure, he is not that connected with his material and his stage work needed more work, Ryan is still a dangerous catch and with him joining Christina’s team, we could really see a female coach finally winning this show. 7

HANNAH HUSTON
House Of The Rising Sun
Team PHARRELL
WINNER (vs. Malik Heard)

– Let’s not dwell on those weird hand gestures. But boy, Hannah slayed this song really good! Her pitch was spot on. Her dynamics were interesting. Her phrasing is gorgeous. Though, I’m tired with the song choice, I thought it did served well for Hannah! 8

MALIK HEARD
Isn’t She Lovely?
Team PHARRELL
ELIMINATED (vs. Hannah Huston)

– Sweet, smooth tone but the pitch is inconsistent and though I like Malik, I thought this was just a throwaway performance. 6.5

KATIE BASDEN
Gypsy
Team BLAKE
WINNER (vs. Lacy Mandigo)

– I’ll be honest, I am not familiar at all with this song choice but somehow Katie sold it to me. I never really consider Katie not until she impressed me with her recent performances. Her vocals were stunning. Her take is just pure, gorgeous and sublime. A bit dragging towards the end but I digress! 8

LACY MANDIGO
Zombie
Team BLAKE
ELIMINATED (vs. Katie Basden); STOLEN (Team Pharrell)

– Lacy sang a decent cover of the song but her pitch was inconsistent and her tone sounded wobbly in parts. But then, i thought it was good. Not great but needed more refining! 6.5

ALISAN PORTER
River
Team CHRISTINA
WINNER (vs. Daniel Passino)

– Look, there is no denying that Alisan is just a vocal beast but in her recent performances – including this – I found some of her vocal choices to be more of showboating. I feel like some are unnecessary vocal high that seems now more like a vocal scream. She needs to find subtlety. Sure, this is more subdued in parts but I wanted that girl from the Blind Auditions to wow me again. 7

DANIEL PASSINO
Ain’t Too Proud To Beg
Team CHRISTINA
ELIMINATED (vs. Alisan Porter)

– Decent but nothing really special. Daniel is a good vocalist, unfortunately for him, his performance tonight is above good karaoke and he was paired with Alisan Porter which made him a cannon fodder. 6

EMILY KEENER
Big Yellow Taxi
Team PHARRELL
WINNER (vs. Shalyah Fearing)

– While I thought she had some tempo problems within the performance, there is something naturally adorable with her performance that I thought worked on here. Her tone sounded nice than ever and she was consistently on pitch which was a huge improvement to her prior performances. 7

SHALYAH FEARING
A Broken Wing
Team PHARRELL
ELIMINATED (vs. Emily Keener); STOLEN (Team Adam)

– It was a tough song choice but I thought Shalyah held her own and pull this one real strong. Her vocal control is impeccable. Her pitch is mostly spot on. And her high register is solid at its best! I think Adam had another “Amanda Brown” gem here! Key: Right song choice Adam! 7.5

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