Abby Cates Knockouts
The Voice season 15 Knockouts continue tonight with coaches Adam Levine, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Blake Shelton and Carson Daly as host.
Coaches have paired up the remaining 32 team members who will each perform songs of their own choosing. The coach chooses the winner, who advances to the Live Playoffs. The loser is eliminated OR can be stolen by a fellow coach. Each coach has ONE steal to use during the round. Also, each coach has ONE opportunity to SAVE an eliminated contestant.
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Because of You by Kelly Clarkson – She picked the song because she loves it and has been singing Kelly’s music “forever.” She started posting videos on her Instagram in 8th grade. Now she has a ton of followers. Mariah thought it was a bold song choice and she did a beautiful job. Kelly gives her some pointers on holding back in spots. Mariah says “give the song space to show people your soul.” Kelly shares that the song is about her broken home situation. It completely changed Abby’s interpretation. One bar in, and Abby is the obvious winner. Her intonation, tone and dynamics are ALL there. Her phrasing is REALLY nice. She really makes the song her own. So so clearly the winner here.
Jennifer thinks it’s a hard decision. Naw. Adam agrees with Jennifer. He felt they both delivered. “All three of you,” Carson begins waving. Kelly is a little confused. Heh. Kelly says she’s basing her decision on ALL the performances. Kelly Chooses Abby. Of course she does. That was actually an easy decision, but no coach would ever admit that.
Love Me Like You Do by Ellie Goulding – Last summer, Abby was thrown into the air by a horse. She broke 3 vertebrae. Delaney started doing musical theater very young. She moved out to LA 6 months ago. Kelly wishes she had written this song. Delaney is the more experienced of the two. But Abby has a huge range. Thomas thinks both are on an equal playing field. Delaney is very nervous is rehearsal. Kelly wants to get behind the one who is ready right now. At stage rehearsal, Kelly calls out “DON’T SUCK.” She’s just kidding heh.
I love Delaney’s warm buttery tone. She’s unique. Abby’s voice sound brighter, younger. I prefer Delaney, hands down. Abby’s doing OK though. Her phrasing is good. This performance is pretty much a draw.
Adam notes that Abby is only 17. Delaney is 21 and further along, says Adam. But he can’t choose. Blake would choose Delaney, because he can hear the experience in her voice. JHud won’t choose. Kelly hopes the loser gets stolen! Kelly chooses Abby. Oh wow. Not who I would have chosen. Kelly calls Abby’s voice “COOL.” And Adam doesn’t wait. Adam Steals Delaney. He hits his button immediately. He was surprised Kelly didn’t take her. You and me both.