“I’m really happy, proud of both of you guys. Stepping into big shoes, you know, with Conway and Loretta, honoring what they did, but also making it your own too. So, thank y’all, as a country music junkie,” Shelton said.
“I’ll start with Justin. What you’re able to do is show more depth,” the Oklahoma native noted. “Conway is tough, man, my gosh. He’s got that growl. He’s got the deep stuff, but also, you did some things that Conway didn’t do with that record. You took it up a notch. I took note of that, man. Great job! And Mary Sarah, now I got to see you as performer and actually get up there and your stage presence and spunkiness that Christina was talking about. A 20-year-old girl that’s blending personality and fun and a little bit of the current sound of country music, that’s hard to do that and be believable. And you do that.”
Ultimately, it was Mary’s upper register and stage presense that won her the battle and a chance to move on. Justin was not saved by any of the other coaches and his time on The Voice ended.
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