To leave your mark “The voice,” you have to leave everything on stage.
In the fourth round of the Battle Rounds on Monday night, Team Blake vocalists Kevin Hawkins and Hillary Torchiana caused a stir with their impassioned rendition of the coach. John Legend’s “Preach.” The duo’s soulful vocals earned them a standing ovation from Legend himself.
Legend praised Torchiana’s vocal prowess and emotional delivery. “You’re a wonderful singer, and I felt like you really got into the spirit of the song,” he said.
Meanwhile, the coach Gwen Stefani sprung from Hawkins’ on-stage charisma. “Even when (Hillary) was singing, I wanted to see what you were doing with your body language, so it’s amazing,” she said.
Blake Shelton seemed to be on the same page as his wife about Hawkins. Although he gave the two singers props for their commitment to the performance, he told the 28-year-old piano teacher that he hadn’t yet scratched the surface of what he could do.
“Even though it was 100%, I still don’t think we saw your full potential, and that’s saying a lot,” Shelton said.
This potential swayed Shelton, as he picked Hawkins as the winner.
“We still haven’t seen everything this guy is even capable of, and for that he won the battle for me,” Shelton said.
Here’s what else happened during Monday’s episode.
Gwen Stefani wants to give Team Camila singer ‘love’
Team vocalists Camila Devix and Sasha Hurtado delivered an intimate, stripped-down performance of MGMT indie-dance track “Electric Feel”.
Stefani loved Devix’s “unique” style and dynamic vocal delivery.
“I didn’t even know anyone could sing so well,” Stefani said. “You hardly ever hear a male that sings so beautifully with so much range.”
Shelton said while Hurtado could use a little more confidence, she’s about to make a breakthrough in the competition.
“She just needs a minute here to start mowing people down,” Shelton said. “She’s got that voice, and she’s got that way of performing her attack vocally that you just feel like she’s about to burst.”
Stefani heeded her husband’s words. A little after Camila Cabello Declaring Devix the winner of the battle, Stefani pressed her “fly” button, allowing her to take Hurtado under her wing.
“(The performance) was just too good, and it shows me that you just need a little bit of love to nudge you in the right direction,” Stefani told Hurtado.
Blake Shelton keeps the singer with a voice like “butter”
Team Blake’s Kate Kalvach and Madison Hughes slowed things down with their sweet cover of Poison “Each rose has its thorn.”
Kalvach won Cabello over with her sweet tone, Cabello adding that she was impressed with the 27-year-old’s growth since her blind audition.
“With this song, you progressed,” Cabello said. “You did really high notes, but you did it with taste, it’s so nice. Your voice is just butter.
Stefani was moved by the way Hughes imbued her performance with vulnerability.
“Your tone is amazing,” Stefani said. “My favorite thing about you is your ability to sing those sweet and moving verses. Vocally, your sweet spot is that tenderness you have.
But Kalvach’s heartfelt singing sealed the deal for Shelton, who picked her as the winner of the battle.
“There’s something really adorable about her voice and how connected she is to herself when she sings,” Shelton said. “I can’t wait to see what Kate does in these three-way knockouts.”
John Legend Steals Team Gwen Singer With State Of Origin Connection
Team Gwen singers Alyssa Witrado and Ian Harrison rocked coaches with their emotional cover of the Billie Eilish pop-punk anthem “Happier Than Ever”.
The legend told Witrado that the song choice was right in the 19-year-old’s wheelhouse.
“You were pretty much flawless,” Legend said. “Your voice was amazing. Your tone was perfect for the song.”
The versatility of Harrison’s vocal performance had Shelton singing the 20-year-old’s praises.
“At first I thought, ‘Oh my god, he’s going to be stuck out there in that lower register all the time,’ but then the bridge happened and that’s when you have got the big reaction from the play,” Shelton said. “I got to see two different versions of Ian up there and they were both really good, and the shock factor is why I would choose Ian.”
Stefani picked Witrado as the winner of the battle, but that wasn’t the end of the road for Harrison. Legend quickly pressed his “fly” button, allowing him to nab the Ohio singer for his team.
“Ian is from my hometown, and it’s time to go home,” Legend said. “I really like your voice and I liked you blind (auditions), and I would love to have you on my team.”