The Knockout Rounds of the popular NBC show The Voice started Monday with the introduction of new celebrity mentor James Taylor. In this round, coaches/judges Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, and Nick Jonas each got their one steal. The contestants whom the coaches saved during the Battles will also have to go head-to-head for a spot in live episodes, Billboard reports.
The Knockout Stage (First Round)
The first Knockout face-off goes to Team Blake. Blake had contestants Joie Fulco and Levi Watkins singing against each other. Watkins covered "I Ain't Living Long Like This." Blake worked with Taylor to arrange the song that will fit Watkin's personality and style. Watkins did well, but Fulco made her performance more entertaining when she covered "When Will I Be Loved" by Everly Brothers. Blake chose Fulco and Watkins lost the round.
On Team Kelly, Clarkson had Megan Danielle and CammWess battle each other. Clarkson stole CammWess from Legend's team during the Battle Rounds. Danielle covered her coach's song, "Piece by Piece." She delivered the song with a strong interpretation of the lyrics and technically sound vocals. On the other side, CammWess covered "Say Something" and gave a standout performance for the whole season. Clarkson hardly decided due to the performances. Clarkson picked Danielle. Jonas and Legend both came to steal CammWess, who chose to return to his original coach.
In Legend's group, Darious Lyles and Mike Jerel significantly drew the crowd. Lyles covered hit single from Billy Paul, "Me and Mrs. Jones." Jerel sang "Versace on the Floor" by Bruno Mars. Jerel had a hard time with some pitch issues during rehearsals, but he performed it well for his live performance, in which he demonstrated his range and style. Legend decided Jerel won the knockouts. The other coaches impressed with Lyles but no one opted to steal.
Meanwhile, on Team Jonas, he battled Tate Brusa and Roderick Chambers with their pieces. Brusa covered Coldplay's "The Scientist," and Chambers chose Childish Gambino's "Redbone." The two performed well as the songs they decided to have a personal attachment to the contestants. Chambers improved in his performance, and it worked in his favor. Jonas chose to keep him, and Brusa went home.
The Knockout Stage (Second Round)
In the second round, Shelton pitted Todd Tilghman and Cam Spinks. Tilghman chose Travis Tritt's "Anymore" while Spinks covered Lee Brice's "Rumor." Coaches saw a lot of improvement in Spinks' performance but still not enough to entice them. Tilghman, on the other hand, gave a more memorable performance as he layered in dynamics as he sang his piece, earning his coach's nod.
On Legend's Team, his contestants delivered the last, memorable Knockout performance for the whole episode. Legend's performers, Zan Fiskum and Joanna Serenko, faced each other in the round. Serenko, who was stolen by Legend during the Battle Rounds, covered John Prine's "Angel From Montgomery." Fiskum included Brandi Carlile's "The Story." The two gave dynamics and emotion to the songs they chose, and both will stay in the competition. Legend picked Fiskum, and Serenko chose Team Blake after Blake and Jonas swooped in to get her from Team Legend.