Blake Shelton loses a country singer to Adam Levine during the grueling “Voice” knockout rounds The Voice/YouTube screenshot
The Voice/YouTube screenshot

“The Voice” resumed on Oct. 30, with the start of the grueling knockout rounds, where contestants got to choose their own song to sing in hopes of continuing on in the NBC competition.

First up was Team Blake pairing Adam Cunningham and Esera Tuaolo. Coach Blake Shelton decided to pit the two against each other because, “they both have very emotional voices.”

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Both hopefuls received some quality guidance from key adviser Kelly Clarkson before taking the stage for their respective performances.

Inside the musical ring, Adam opened up the round with an emotional rendition of Chris Stapleton’s “Either Way.” Clad in a feather hat and leather jacket, he gripped his acoustic guitar and belted out the high notes, making his range stand out from his instrumental skills. You can see the performance in the clip above.

After Adam’s amazing performance, former NFL player Esera mesmerized onlookers with Luther Vandross’s version of The Carpenters’ classic “Superstar,” which he dedicated to his mother. (Watch that performance below.) Esera’s performance was equally moving, and even earned an excited “c’mon!” from coach Jennifer Hudson.

“You captured the moment, and you hit it right where it needed to be. Just smack,” Jennifer told Esera before telling Adam that he “captivated” her with a song she thought felt like his own.

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After the rest of the panel delivered their comments, it was up to Blake to decide who to keep for his team. He chose Esera, despite telling both singers that he was “looking at two incredible people who both deserve to move on.”

It seems coach Adam concurred with Blake, as he pressed his buzzer to “steal” Adam. Both singers will now move onto the next phase of the competition. Keep up with “The Voice” Monday and Tuesday nights on NBC.


Nashville-based writer and Rare Country contributor Melinda Lorge has always been passionate about country music. Follow her @MelindaLorge and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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