The Voice 2013 Knockout Rounds Episode 1 Live Recap: The Steal Is Back!| October 28, 2013 at 7:30 PM EST
The Voice 2013 Knockout Rounds kick off tonight and for the first time ever, the knockouts include steals!
Yes, Adam, Blake, Cee Lo and Christina have one steal each they can use during the next few episodes! So we can expect that added level of drama in addition to hopefully some good performances. Let’s get to it. I’ll be live-blogging the Knockout Rounds, so be sure to follow along and let us know what you think of the performances in our comments section below.
The Voice 2013 Knockout Rounds
Team Christina’s Amber Nicole vs. Josh Logan
Amber, “Mamma Knows Best.” Amber means business. She’s bringing all the power and all the tricks. She’s definitely ready to just hop off that stage and into a recording contract. Josh is probably going to be in trouble.
Josh, “Living For The City.” I think this is a better song choice. I think he’s got a great voice, but his skills seem a lot less effortless than Amber’s and it’s almost distracting. It’s hard to put my finger on exactly what the deal is with him, but it just comes off forced and rehearsed. I still like him though and if he was up against someone else, I’d probably want him to win.
- The Winner: Josh.
- Should’ve won: Amber. Picking Josh wasn’t a bad idea, at all. I just think Amber won this round. I guess she’s just not right for Christina’s team and what she wants out of it.
- The Steal: Cee Lo and Blake both chime in for a steal. She goes with Team Cee Lo.
Team Cee Lo’s Kat Robichaud vs. Monika Leigh
Kat, “You Oughta Know.” I like Kat a lot, but I wasn’t feeling this song for this. I think something with a little more substance would’ve been better. But it was fun and angsty and definitely represented what kind of artist she is, so maybe the song was just right for her.
Monika, “Hit The Road Jack.” Well she’s sexy. And she’s not a bad singer. But that was NO song for something called a “knockout.” It was very loungey and boring. It had a moment where it got pretty good and reminded us that she actually can sing quite well. This just got tougher. Because Monika’s got quite a sound.
- The Winner: Kat
- Should’ve Won: Kat. It was close, but Kat slayed it.
- The Steal: Not used. Monika is out.
Team Blake’s Holly Henry vs. Nic Hawk
Holly, “Creep.” This performance is weird. I feel like she should be cutting herself or something. And the vocals were not good. Her pitch was all over the place. I almost feel like she was trying to blow it. Or something went wrong that she was never to recover from. I love her look, though.
Nic, “Genie In A Bottle.” Well the good news is he was WAY better than Holly. The bad news is that I HATED the performance. I thought it sounded like a joke. And I’ve been a big fan of his. This was just wrong in so many ways. Hated it. But luckily he’s a great performer and has a good sound.
- The Winner: Nic
- Should’ve Won: Nic. Hands down. No question.
- The Steal: Not used. Holly is out.
Team Adam’s Ashley DuBose vs. Tessanne Chin
Ashley, “Hey Soul Sister.” I think this was a stupid song for her to pick. It’s not a singer’s song. It’s just a song. She sounded fine, but I’d never think OMG, yes! You win this! Not with that song. I found myself very bored. But she is a very talented singer, so I need to look past the boring song. But that’s hard for me to do.
Tessanne, “Stronger.” Tessane picked the right song. It was boring and it showcased her voice and her power. She is a 100 percent natural. Anyone who would boot her out of this contest would be absolutely insane. Her vocals were the best of the night so far and I imagine will continue to be the best.
- The Winner: Tessanne
- Should’ve Won: Tessanne. No explanation necessary.
- The Steal: Not used. Ashley is out.
Team Blake’s Briana Cuoco vs. Shelbie Z.
Briana, “Don’t Speak.” A lot of people are picking the wrong songs for the knockouts. This isn’t trying to get America to say “ooh, I love that song.” It’s trying to get your coach to notice you and to out-sing your competition. This was not a winning song or performance. It was just boring and the vocals weren’t great. Big mistake on her part.
Shelbie, “Last Name.” Yeah. She won this knockout in the first 45 seconds. She’s got a fantastic singing voice. She’s probably the best country singer in the competition. And the performance was upbeat and entertaining, which you can’t say about many of the performances tonight. This should be easy for Blake.
- The Winner: Shelbie.
- Should’ve Won: Shelbie. Like Blake says, she out sang Briana.
- The Steal: Not used
Team Adam’s Grey vs. James Irwin
Grey, “Already Gone.” She got a little ahead of the beat, so she missed up on that note for Adam. But her vocals were pretty solid. She finally lined up with the music and it turned out to be a great performance. I mean it wasn’t existing, but it was a solid vocal.
James, “Breakeven (Falling To Pieces).” This is tough, but I think I liked his performance better than Grey. But Adam already this one decided before this round. So unless someone saves James, he’s going home.
- The Winner: Grey
- Should’ve Won: James. I find him a lot more interesting than Grey.
- The Steal: Not used. What a stupid mistake.
Team Christina’s Destinee Quinn vs. Olivia Henken
Destinee, “See You Again.” This performance was pretty solid. She’s got a great voice, but she had a lot of pitch issues. And I’m bored by the chorus. But that might because two hours of music is a lot to deal with.
Olivia, “You’re No Good.” Well this wasn’t an exciting song. In fact it was bordering on boring, too. But the vocals were pretty much spot-on from what I could hear, despite what the coaches said. I think this decision should be pretty easy for Christina, actually. But maybe not?
- The Winner: Olivia
- Should’ve Won: Olivia. Easily.
- The Steal: Not used. She’s out.
Team Cee Lo’s Cole Vosbury vs. Jonny Gray
Cole, “Let Her Go.” This was a very touching and sold performance. Cole was really connected to the song and it was very believable. Now if he’d just edit his look a little. There’s just way too much going on. But this is The Voice, so I’ll shut up about that now.
Jonny, “We Can Work It Out.” OK, this is a tough battle because to me, Jonny won this instantly. I LOVE his effortless sound. And it’s unique. And classic. And despite it having a classic rock sound, it’s current because no one else sounds like that. I think I’m not making any sense. All I know is I loved his performance.
- The Winner: Jonny
- Should’ve Won: Jonny. This is a tough one, but they’ll both be in the game still.
- The Steal: Adam and Blake both go in for the steal. Cole goes with Team Blake.
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