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The Voice is all set to kick off its competitive knockout rounds on Monday night (April 3). While the knockouts are somewhat like the battle rounds that come previously, there is a difference.
Like the battles, two singers from the same team compete against one another in front of the coaches. But unlike the battles, the two singers do not perform the same song together. Rather, they each get to sing their own song as they fight to remain on their coach’s team.
Since the knockout rounds are one of the most intense part of the competition, The Voice decided to give viewers a little taste by releasing one knockout early. The showdown was between Ashley Levin and Lilli Passero, both members Alicia Keys‘ team.
Anyone who’s heard “Fancy” before knows that it is a challenging song to sing. This is something that Keys acknowledged, saying how hard it is to tackle the song when it has so many words and such strong emotions.
But Levin managed to handle it beautifully. She started by singing softly, showing off the lower end of her range. She allowed her voice to get louder as the song progressed, and delivered the chorus with a burst of power and soul.
The coaches were all impressed with Levin’s performance, including Blake Shelton. “That interesting thing about Ashley is that rawness, that loose cannon when she performs,” he said.
Passero also received great praise for her stunning rendition of “Tears Dry on Their Own” by Amy Winehouse. After that, Keys knew she had a tough choice to make.
We’ll have to tune in to The Voice when it airs to see who wins! In the meantime, watch the knockout between Levin and Passero below. Then let us know who you think the winner should be.