‘The Voice’ Recap: Christina And Adam Steal Former Contestants Stephanie Anne Johnson And Will Champlin Back
The Voice aired its second and final night of knockouts last night, and coaches Christina Aguilera and Adam Levine brought about a surprising turn of events – Aguilera stole Stephanie Anne Johnson back to her team after originally eliminating her in the battle rounds, and Levine did the same with Will Champlin.
Levine’s contestants Preston Pohl and Lina Gaudenzi were the first to perform. Pohl sang a heartfelt rendition of Bob Marley’s “No Woman, No Cry” and Gaudenzi sang a powerful “I’d Rather Go Blind,” made famous by Etta James. It was a close decision, but Levine decided to keep Pohl on his team and send the stolen Gaudenzi home.
Blake Shelton’s team performed following Levine’s round. Ray Boudreaux performed a soulful “Hard To Handle” by Otis Redding and E.G. Daily performed an emotional “I Can't Make You Love Me” by Bonnie Raitt. Boudreaux’s "studly" voice, as Shelton put it, won out, and Daily was eliminated from the competition.
Aguilera’s team was next to perform. Anthony Paul sang a fun “The Other Side” by Jason Derulo, and Jacquie Lee sang “Stompa” by Serena Ryder. Both of the young singers gave great performances, but Aguilera felt that Paul chose the wrong song for the round and decided to continue with Lee.
Cee Lo Green was the last coach to get a turn in last night's episode. The stolen Johnson sang Norah Jones’ “Don’t Know Why" with soul and Tamara Chauniece sang an reggae rendition of “No One” by Alicia Keys. Green decided to keep Chauniece on board and send Johnson home. Just like in the battles, though, it wasn’t yet Johnson’s time to leave. Unlike in the battles, however, original coach Aguilera chose to get Johnson back on her team and stopped her from going home with a steal. "Back to me!" Aguilera yelled with arms open wide.
Levine’s team followed the surprising steal with an entertaining knockout round. James Wolpert gave a powerful performance of “More Than A Feeling” and Juhi sang a funky “Heard It Through The Grapevine.” Both faltered, though Juhi was slightly more consistent. Despite that, Levine felt that because Wolpert had performed perfectly in rehearsals, he could come back. He chose to have Wolpert continue with him on Team Adam.
Shelton’s team was up again next. Austin Jenckes sang a touching “I’ll Be” while Brandon Chase sang the poppy “Even If It Breaks Your Heart." Both performed well, albeit with pitch issues, and Levine told them that they both deserved to stay. However, one had to go and Shelton decided that it was Chase’s time to leave and named Jenckes the winner.
Caroline Pennell and George Horga, Jr. were the last members of Team Cee Lo to perform. Pennell sang a sweet “The Way I Am” by Ingrid Michaelson, while Horga Jr. sang “Because of You” by Ne-Yo. Aguilera called Pennell's performance "effortlessly angelic," and Green ran with it, choosing to continue with her.
Aguilera’s team closed the night and the knockouts. Matthew Schuler gave an incredible performance of “Cosmic Love” by Florence and the Machine, while Champlin sang a heartwrenching “When I Was Your Man” by Bruno Mars. Green called Schuler, a four-chair turner in the blinds, "the Mike Tyson of The Voice." Though Schuler is a favorite to win, the coaches agreed that Champlin stepped up his game and was a peer rather than an underdog. Schuler won the round and stayed on Team Christina. Champlin, however, did not go home yet. As he was saying his final words, Levine hit his “steal” button and happily brought him back to Team Adam.
The Voice returns next week with the live playoffs.