The Blind Auditions are over. The Battles have come and gone. The Knockout Round is here on The Voice, and there is no longer any margin for error.
It’s win or go home. Or at least win or get stolen or go home.
With Taylor Swift on board as mentor, let’s break down all the Knockout performances from last night and see who is still in the hunt to be named The Voice:
DaNica Shirey vs. Katriz Trinidad (Team Pharrell)
DaNica Shirey (“Saving All My Love For You” by Whitney Houston) defeated Katriz Trinidad (“Superwoman” by Alicia Keys) in a little bit of an upset.
Both were terrific out there, and have potential to make it far in this competition. But only one spot remained in the Top 12, and DaNica edged Katriz for it.
Damien vs. Toia Jones (Team Adam)
It was a tough one for Adam, but Damien (“How Do I Live” by LeAnn Rimes) bested Toia Jones (“Crazy in Love” by Beyoncé) in another upset Monday.
Toia seemed to have Damien on the ropes in this Knockout round performance, pouring every ounce of energy she had into that cover, but alas, Damien it is.
Jessie Pitts vs Tanner Linford (Team Blake)
It felt like a battle of Team Blake also-rans, but Jessie Pitts (“Your Song” by Elton John) topped Tanner Linford (“Calling All Angels” by Train) to advance.
James David Carter vs. Griffin (Team Blake)
James David Carter (“You’ve Got a Friend” by James Taylor) ousted Griffin (“As Long as You Love Me” by Justin Bieber) but will have to dig deeper now.
Bryana Salaz vs. Sugar Jones (Team Gwen)
Bryana Salaz (“Heart Attack” by Demi Lovato) beat Sugar Jones (“Love on Top” by Beyoncé) even though both showed terrific technique and plenty of talent.
Sugar was stolen by Pharrell, so both move on!
Whether either can actually win is very much in doubt, but they could have a chance to make it to the top five or six with the right songs and menthoring.
Luke Wade vs. Taylor Phelan (Team Pharrell)
To the surprise of no one, Luke Wade (“Rich Girl” by Hall & Oates) prevailed over Taylor Phelan (“Rather Be” by Clean Bandit), but Taylor was stolen by Adam!
Pharrell must have played this one strategically (albeit bizarrely), putting his two strongest team members against each other knowing he’d lose one.
Both showed vulnerability, actually, but still have the chops to go all the way, or at least close to it, when the dust settles and the live playoffs begin.
Which was your favorite Knockout round?