'The Voice' Recap: Season 13's Knockout Round Starts With an Early Steal
publish date: 2017-10-30
Tonight marked the start of the Knockout Round on The Voice season 13. Artists were once again paired with fellow team members, but for this round, they each got to sing a song of their choosing solo, and their coach picks whose performance was best.
Coaches Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Miley Cyrus and Jennifer Hudson prepared their artists, but the show was also joined by celebrity advisor Kelly Clarkson, who imparted some of her own musical wisdom on the contestants. The coaches only had one steal each during this round, so the pressure was on. Artists that advance from this round will compete in the Live Playoffs.
The first Knockout performances of the night came from Team Blake. Adam Cunningham, a seasoned Nashville singer, sang “Either Way” by Chris Stapleton, and former NFL player Esera Tuaolo sang “Superstar” by The Carpenters. Cunningham accompanied himself on the guitar and put a lot of grit behind his vocal. Tuaolo didn’t deliver a perfect vocal, but he did showcase greater range and more dynamics than Cunningham. Tuaolo’s soulful voice stands out on Team Blake, and his performance particularly impressed Hudson. Shelton chose Tuaolo as the winner, but Levine swooped right in to use his only steal of the round right away on Cunningham. It seemed like an odd choice, but Levine sees potential in the country singer.