like the sound Season 23 of the fights began on Monday, and I was replaced Save with the Playoff Pass. What is this? You can watch Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, Chance the Rapper, and Niall Horan explain above. But in short, it’s a reward for particularly stellar performance that allows a coach to sit down with a member of his team through a knockout and advance them directly to the playoffs.
On the surface, this sounds great, right? If I’m a racer, I’m like, “Oh my God! Less chance of getting rid of it!” If I think about it, He should Singers excited about getting a playback permit? If they had any confidence in their abilities, and their coach’s permission, they wouldn’t fear a knockout. And by skipping this round, they’ll get less airtime and, therefore, less chance of impressing and winning over an audience — which isn’t exactly an advantage.
Leave your thoughts on this new development in the comments. But first, let’s go over some of the fights, shall we?
Blake’s Team: Tasha Jessen (Grade: B) beat EJ Michels (Grade: A-) in “Tracks of My Tears” – EJ stolen by Niall | These Blinds standouts of their duo started off pretty well however Just fine. Then, in the last third of the classic Smokey Robinson, it sounded like a switch was flipped, and they both kind of exploded loudly. At that point, it became clear that Tasha couldn’t match EJ’s intensity. He gave a guttural roar that I hadn’t seen (heard?) coming and was clearly the most dynamic performer; At some points, Tasha almost faded into the background, and his presence was just too much.
Team Opportunity: Jamar Langley (Grade: A) beat Mariah Kalia (Grade: A) in “Gravity” | Holy smoke, even at rehearsal, this pairing sounded dynamite. As their coach noted, they were “equally fiery”. On stage, holy smoke once again! Jamar would let rip amazingly difficult and emotional tracks and show great control over the nuances of his voice. And Maria… Oh my God! She gave me Etta James vibes, showed off a gorgeous stunner ensemble and completely broke out of her shell in the spotlight. I can’t believe (a) they let it walk and (b) that was the same John Mayer song I always ignored.
Niall’s Team: Gina Miles (Grade: A) beat Kala Banham (Grade: A-) in “Skinny Love” – Kala Saved by Kelly | Before those two sing a note, I assumed Kala had won the bag; I really liked soft-spoken Gina’s Blind, but it seemed like her nerves would probably be holding her back. However, in the moment of truth, it was the female contestant who stood out with me. She and Kala’s performance of Birdie’s “Bon Iver” was fantastic, and so was Kala’s voice. Being older, she also has more experience. But not only did Gina conquer her nerves, but she also amazingly reminded her of just how attractive and singing she is. Simply put, your child. (And yes, I know I give A’s out like they’re engagement certificates, but come on, when the singer’s good, the singer’s good!)
Team Kelly: Cait Martin (Grade: A-) beat Allie Keck (Grade: B+) on “It Must Have Been Love” | Hoping to cut traffic in her “amazing range” team lane – what?!? — Kelly assigns the role of the Four Chairs and her rock nemesis a modern version of Roxette’s golden nemesis. At first, Allie seemed to have the advantage; Her deep, throaty voice was heaven on this verse. But as the arrangement got bigger and bigger, Kate felt like she was seriously singing to us while Ally kinda seemed like she was screaming at us. Chance goes so far as to tell Kate that she has finished her “moment”. Agreed.
Team Blake: Walker Wilson (Grade: B-) defeated Casson Lester (Grade: C) in Here Without You | In what they proclaimed “The Battle of the Big Hair,” one-chair turns did their best to move 3 Doors Down. But while Casson gave the impression that we were watching the lead singer of a cover band—even…a lot… nodding—Walker radiated an originality that, combined with his edgier, grittier tone, made him the easy pick to win.
Team Chance: Sorel (Grade: A-) beat Manasseh Samoni (Grade: A) in “Someone Like You” – Manasseh Playoff Pass to Playoffs | Given that the returning child Menasah could sing with the power of an erupting volcano, she thought that Sorel had no chance of advancing from this battle. But both works shone on their cover Adele, Manasseh’s formidable voice being equally matched by the beauty and subtlety of Sorelle’s tight harmonies. The trio was, I dare say, almost a girl named Tom on a good level.
What do you think of the play permit – good for the racers…or not so much? Also, who really impressed you on Monday? Vote in the polls below, then comment away.
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