'The Voice:' Latin singer Cathia blows away competition during surprising knockouts (VIDEOS)
The Voice continued with the next round of knockouts tonight. This time, Team Blake and Team Usher contestants took the stage for do-or-die performances that determined their future spot in the competition.
Both coaches were forced to make really tough decisions and let four of their remaining contestants go--including some fan favorites that I definitely did not expect to see leave.
The first shock of the night came in the very first matchup between Team Blake member Justin Rivers and Savannah Berry. Though both are primarily country singers, each singer decided to go with a pop song, with Berry singing a more acoustic version of Justin Bieber's "As Long As You Love Me" and Rivers taking on Miley Cyrus' "The Climb." A fan favorite since the blind auditions, Berry was clearly the projected winner, but Rivers surprised everyone with his AMAZING performance and ended up taking the win. Well, I definitely didn't see that coming!
Team Usher members Audrey Karrasch and Michelle Chanuel also went head-to-head after super intensive rehearsals in which Usher pretty much got in their face and even made Chanuel exercise! Sidenote: I just love watching Usher's bizarre methods of coaching. He's so competiive! But back to the knockouts--Karrasch also made a unique song choice, singing Lil Wayne's "How to Love" while Chamuel chose Pink's "Raise Your Glass." Chamuel was the clear choice and she will be moving on to the live shows with the rest of Team Usher.
Grace Atkins of Team Blake went against The Swon Brothers. Atkins showed off her country twang, singing "I Can't Stand the Rain," while the duo chose to perform "Drift Away." Personally, I can't help but like the Swon Brothers. They are just so charismatic! And Blake apparently agreed, choosing them as a winner and making them the first ever duo to go on to the live shows!
The last and perhaps most memorable knockout of the night came between Usher's contestants, Latin singer Cathia and soul artist Ryan Innes. It was definitely an interesting match-up because they have two very different styles. Cathia started the round by taking on her first ever song in English, Kelly Clarkson's "Mr. Know It All" and I have to say, she sounded great. She is clearly a powerhouse vocalist. Meanwhile, Innes took a completely different route with his rendition of Gavin Degraw's "I Don't Want to Be." I thought he showed off a grittier, rocker side of his voice, but he did sound a little shaky and nervous. Still, of the two, I would've guessed Usher would go Ryan. Instead, he ended up shocking the other coaches by choosing Cathia.
Next week marks the beginning of the live shows, which are my favorite portion of the competition since we get to see each of these talented vocalists perform individually. And with the vote in America's hands from here on out, who knows which of these contestants will continue on? Guess we'll have to wait and find out!
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