As the number of contestants dwells down to smaller teams, the competition only raises the stakes higher as they continue to earn their spots in the knockout rounds of The Voice.
Dylan Hartigan from Team Blake Shelton kept his pop-centered vocals despite ditching the whole bubblegum mentality when it came to his performance of “You Are The Best Thing.” Although he still got the audience screaming over his charming moves, he sounded clear as ever with a bit of an edge thrown into the mix while covering the folksy hit. Hartigan even challenged some falsetto notes similar to that of Adam Levine, which raised an eyebrow or two from the coaches’ perspective.
Up against Hartigan came Wilkes, who opted for an alternative choice with a rendition of Miley Cyrus’ “The Climb.” While the song could have hindered his unique tone, the rocker destroys the pop song in his own way and even catapults to a roar of applause on his final note during the climactic chorus. Even Kelly Clarkson jumped up for joy over his talents.
Shelton made the difficult decision to let Wilkes stay on his side, but Hartigan isn’t going home just yet as Clarkson swiped him back to her team after realizing the talent she let go in the first place.
Each of the coaches at this point in the competition holds a total of six voices to head into the live rounds, with some bright prospects heading each of the rosters and making it a tough journey from here on out.
The Voice airs new episodes every week on Monday and Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. EST on NBC.