John Legend used his one and only steal to save 18-year-old Sasha Hurtado on Monday’s two-hour episode of The Voice as the NBC show’s knockout round continues.
Sasha, from Dallas, GA, had just performed “Make It Rain” by Ed Sheeran and John pressed his button to save her after she lost the round and was seconds away from going home.
“Sasha deserved it and I couldn’t let her come home,” said John, 43. She has been very good throughout these tours. It has been stolen twice now. And every note was hit very beautifully, with some precision and control.
Stole singer: John Legend used his one-handed steal to save 18-year-old Sasha Hurtado on Monday’s two-hour episode of The Voice as the NBC show’s knockout round continues
Sasha was shocked and put her hand over her mouth. Sasha, who was part of Gwen Stefani’s squad, said at rehearsals that she chose the song because it symbolized what she felt she was about to do.
“The song is really about pleading and almost like crying or praying, and I feel like that’s what a slam dunk is like,” Sasha said in a confession. “You really have to sing for your life and prove that you deserve a place.”
Sasha also said that faith has been a really big part of her life.
“Dang this girl can sing,” said Daizia, 17, of Leavenworth, Kansas, who competed with her in the round after hearing Sasha practice. “I have to step up my game.”
Talented Teen: Sasha, from Dallas, Georgia, just performed “Make It Rain” by Ed Sheeran and John pressed his button to save her after she lost the round and was seconds away from going home
Daizia chose Get Here by Oleta Adams for her performance. They both went up against Alyssa Witrado, 19, of Fresno, Calif. who Queen won in Queen’s Don’t Stop Me Now, making her the winner in the knockout round.
“It’s just special,” Gwen said.
Just as Sasha thanks Gwen for the opportunity, John presses his button to steal it.
Knockout round: Gwen Stefani and new coach Camila Cabello look at the knockout round of NBC show
‘Oh, my God!’ cried Alisa.
The first three-way competition for the 22-episode season was between Justin Aaron, 34, of Junction City, Kansas; Kayla von der Heidi, 20, of Bisbee, Arizona; and Kara Brindisi, 34, of Shrewsbury, MA, of Team Gwen.
Love Me Like A Man chose Bonnie Raitt and performed on guitar. Aaron chose Shall We Talk by Tevin Campbell. Kayla chose Losing My Religion by R.E.M. At rehearsals, Gwen encouraged them to be more free in their final performance.
First up: The first three-way competition of season 22 was between Kara Brindisi, Justin Aaron, and Kayla von der Heidi.
“For me that was the sexiest knockout,” said Camila Cabello, 25, after performing in front of the judges.
“I feel like the three of you have come down your lane,” said Blake Shelton, 46.
“Kara, you were flawless,” John said.
Gwen said it was an impossible decision.
“The winner of this knockout is Justin,” said Gwen. “He really took his gift to another level.”
Winner: Gwen was chosen as the winner of the contest by Gwen
Team Blake went next. Austin Montgomery, 19, of Hemet, Calif., chose George Strait’s You Look So Good In Love. Eva Ullmann, 22, of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, chose Ariana Grande’s “Dangerous Woman.” Brayden Lap, 16, of Grass Lake, Michigan, chose Brett Young’s “Mercy.”
“I don’t think Brayden even realizes how good he is yet,” Blake said in a confession. “Not only does he have everything it takes to win this show, he has everything it takes to be a star.”
At the end of the tour, Camilla tells Brayden that she believes Gwen has fallen in love with him.
Team Blake: Blake’s singers Shelton Austin Montgomery, Brayden Lab and Eva Ullmann competed against each other
In my mom’s way, Gwen said.
“I think your tone is very beautiful and has an emotional innocence,” Camilla said. I know every girl is falling in love with you right now.
Camilla told Austin that she loves his song choice. Blake tells Eva and Austin that they did a great job but he chooses Brayden as the winner of the round.
“Bryden is only 16 years old and he’s already very good,” said Blake.
John’s team went next. The duo chose Sister Marlins from La Plata, Maryland Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol to sing. Emma Brooke, 19, of Lyman, South Carolina, chose I Hope by Gabby Barrett. Kim Cruz, 30, of Woodville, Texas, who chose to see Tina Turner’s Can’t Stand The Rain blew the judges away.
Legendary Team: Emma Brooke, Kim Cruise, and the Marlins compete to stay on Team John
Gwen said Kim’s performance was “amazing”.
John tells them that they put in the best performance of the show, but ultimately chose Kim as the knockout winner.
“I had to pick Kim because she’s such a world-class vocalist and just commanded the stage and was so intentional in everything she did,” said John.
Camila had her teammates Devex, Andrew Igbokedi and Stephen McMoRan compete against each other.
Camila’s team: Camila had her teammates Andrew Igbokidi, Devex and Stephen McMoRan up against each other
Andrew, 22, of Hot Springs, Arizona, chose “Everybody Hurts” by R.E.M. Steven, 40, of Nashville, and chose It Will Rain By Bruno Mars to sing. Davis, 28, of York, Pennsylvania, performed “Yellow by Coldplay.”
Camila eventually decides Deviks is the winner by knockout.
“I had to pick DeVix for the playoff because his voice is so unreal,” Camila said. “He puts his heart and soul into every performance.”
The Voice will return Tuesdays on NBC.
WINNER: Camila Devix named the winner of the round