‘The Voice’ Season 21 Episode 13 Recap: Knockouts Finale Leads Top 20 to Live Shows
The Voice Season 21 Episode 13 brought the Knockouts to a close, making way for the final rounds: the Live Playoffs. The Monday, Nov. 1 episode saw coaches Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Blake Shelton, and Ariana Grande whittle down their teams to just five singers each, with one last epic steal to end the night. Next week, it’s all about audience votes. Here’s the final Knockouts recap.
John’s team kicked off the Knockouts finale with Shadale and Samara Brown. Samara chose “The Best” by Tina Turner, while Shadale went with “Impossible” by Shontelle. In rehearsal, Mega Mentor Ed Sheeran said Shadale had a “knockout 10 out of 10.” Both artists brought the coaches to their feet, setting the stage for a tough decision for John. Kelly told Samara that she had one of her “favorite voices” so far, but Shadale showed her emotion. Meanwhile, Blake called Shadale’s performance “exceptional,” and Ariana said she was a big fan of both singers.
In the end, John complimented Samara’s “soul and sexiness” and compared Shadale to Mary J. Blige. He named Shadale the winner, noting that she “made every coach feel everything.”
Paris Winningham and Jershika Maple closed out Team Legend’s Knockouts. Jershika performed “Inseparable” by Natalie Cole, and John said it was a “revelation” to listen to her rehearsal. Ed called the singer his favorite and said Jershika gave him chills. Meanwhile, Paris went with “Tennessee Whiskey” by Chris Stapleton because the song “fits his voice like a glove.” Blake said Paris brought personality to his performance, while Ariana said Jershika could bring emotion to the audience.
John named Jershika the winner, but Blake finally pulled out his steal for Paris. “Moving forward, I want to keep finding songs for him that allow him to have that personality on stage,” Blake said.
Team Legend: Joshua Vacanti, Samuel Harness, Shadale, David Vogel, Jershika Maple
Team Blake’s penultimate Knockout featured Lana Scott and Carson Peters. Carson brought out his fiddle for a rendition of “Amarillo By Morning” by George Strait. Meanwhile, Lana chose “Wildest Dreams” by Taylor Swift, and Ed advised her to think of the audience’s emotions. Later, John said Carson could have used more breath support, but he still gave a powerful performance. Kelly told Lana that she had a “piercing” yet “sultry” sound. Blake ultimately went with Lana, explaining that he thinks she has an “easier” path to the finale than other contestants.
The Voice Season 21 Episode 13 continued with a quick look at Peedy Chavis versus Berritt Hayes. Berritt sang “I Swear” by All-4-One, while Peedy performed “Unchain My Heart” by Joe Cocker. Blake said Peedy consistently shows his personality in his performances, so it was “no question” that he won the Knockout.
Team Blake: Lana Scott, Peedy Chavis, Wendy Moten, Libianca, Paris Winningham
Bella DeNapoli chose “Chandelier” by Sia for her Knockout, which Ariana said felt like a good fit for the young singer. Katherine Ann Mohler, on the other hand, chose “Poison” by Bell Biv DeVoe — another fitting choice. Both artists performed stripped-down versions of their selections, impressing the coaches. John complimented the “compelling” runs in Bella’s voice, while Kelly and Blake said Katherine did a “cool” version of “Poison.” Bella, Katherine, and Ariana started making Thanksgiving plans together, but Ariana still had a choice to make. She went with Bella, complimenting her emotional vulnerability.
Team Ariana’s final Knockout featured Manny Keith singing “Golden” by Harry Styles. Ed and Ariana advised him to “let loose” and show off his energy. He went up against Jim & Sasha Allen; they performed “Home” by Edith Whiskers. The father-son duo brought Kelly, John, and Ariana to their feet, and the energy remained for Manny’s performance. Ariana called Manny “incredible” and complimented Jim & Sasha’s “blend.” She named Jim & Sasha the winners, calling them “special” and “infectious energetically.”
Team Ariana: Jim & Sasha Allen, Raquel Trinidad, Ryleigh Plank, Bella DeNapoli, Holly Forbes
Jeremy Rosado chose “Run to You” by Whitney Houston — an unexpected song choice that worked in his favor. Ed said his voice had “power” and advised him to let his confidence shine through. Meanwhile, Xavier Cornell chose “Falling Slowly” by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová. Kelly advised Xavier to smooth out his notes, but called the singer “exceptional.” Blake said Xavier had a “wild factor” that would stand out among other artists, while Ariana said Jeremy brought his own spin on an iconic Whitney Houston tune. Kelly complimented Jeremy’s boldness for choosing the song. She ultimately went with Jeremy, calling him a “strong competitor.”
Team Kelly: Katie Rae, Gymani, Girl Named Tom, Jeremy Rosado, Hailey Mia
This season, The Voice has brought back the Comebacks, with one artist from each team available for a second chance at the live shows. Fans can head to Twitter using #VoiceComeback to vote for one of the following artists: Samara Brown, Hailey Green, Vaughn Mugol, or Aaron Hines. Voting will close at 7 a.m. ET on Nov. 2.