‘The Voice’ Recap: Adam and Cee Lo Finalize Their Teams Plus 5 Top Moments From the Knockouts (VIDEO)

Adam Previews The Knockouts
'The Voice' coach previews the new knockout rounds.
'The Voice': The Battles End
The battle rounds end with an epic bout for Team Cee Lo.
If there is one thing I learned from Monday night’s inaugural Knockout round on NBC’s The Voice, it’s that I do not envy the judges.

The Knockouts are essentially an impossible choice as they pit two singers from each team together on songs of their choice. The catch is the singers don’t know who they’ll be singing against until moments before their performance. Monday’s episode whittled down Team Adam and Team Cee Lo to five singers each for next week’s live shows.

As the two coaches cut their teams in half, they faced some incredibly tough decisions between some enormously talented performers. Both coaches seemed to have a strategy for their team: Adam Levine appeared to pick the best of two similar singers to advance to the live round, and Cee Lo Green chose the singer who he felt made the best connection with him and the audience.

Though all the head-to-head competitions were captivating on the episode, there were certain performers and battles, for lack of a better word, that really caught my eye.

Here’s my Top 5 moments from the first night of the Knockouts:

1. Joselyn Rivera’s performance of “Love On Top” The 17-year-old Floridian took on a huge task singing this Beyonce song and knocked it out of the park. She sang against Kayla Nevarez who gave a great performance of “Shark In The Water.” However, Adam was impressed by Rivera’s song choice, telling her, “I can’t think of a more ambitious song to choose and you didn’t have to choose that.” Before choosing Rivera to advance to the live rounds, he called both singers, ”two of the best singers in the country.”

2. Amanda Brown vs. Michelle Brooks-Thompson The battle rounds gave us an unbelievably epic bout between Amanda and Team Cee Lo member Trevin Hunte. Their performance of Mariah Carey’s “Vision Of Love” is still giving me chills and has more views than any other battle on the show’s official YouTube page. Now, it was Amanda’s turn to sing against Massachusetts’s native Michelle. Again it was an extraordinarily difficult decision to make between the two ladies. While Michelle’s performance of Jennifer Hudson’s “Spotlight” left Christina Aguilera slack-jawed, Adam went with Amanda as he said his decision really came down to “who can I be a better coach for? Who can I push further than the other?”

3. Loren Allred surprises the coaches Loren was a sight and sound to behold as she wailed on Amy Winehouse’s “You Know I’m No Good.” Adam and Christina even gave her a standing ovation at the end of her performance. Perhaps the best commentary for her performance and possibly the evening was when Christina told her, “I was expecting it to be a murder scene and it wasn’t …Where’s my steal button?” While she did send one of my early favorites, Nicole Nelson, home she totally deserved it.

4. Daniel Rosa’s speech Second time Voice contestant Rosa made it two rounds further than his previous stint on the show on Monday’s episode. Far more confident than he was at the start of this process, it seemed his nerves may have still have got the best of him as he sang Taylor Swift’s “Back To December.” Rosa competed against MacKenzie Bourg who gave us an interesting and unique performance of Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe.” While many are sad to see Rosa go, he was utterly gracious in defeat telling the audience, “Don’t feel sad for me. I got the greatest opportunity.”

5.Trevin Hunte vs. Terisa Griffin. From start to finish, this bout was an emotional tear-jerker. From the very beginning you could see that the two contenders wanted to sing against anyone except each other. Hunte sang “Against All Odds” and dedicated the performance to his eighth grade teacher who said he wouldn’t amount to anything. Terisa chose the Whitney Houston song, “Saving All My Love For You,” and surprisingly did it justice. Both singers appeared visibly nervous at one point or another when realizing one of them had to go home. In the end, after Cee Lo wiped away tears from their performance, he chose Trevin as the winner which made both contestants gleefully happy. Terisa was unbelievable happy for her friend and said that this was sweet as she “had the opportunity to mentor and lose to my baby Trevin.” I’d be surprised if anyone had a dry eye watching these two as I definitely did not.

After the first night of Knockouts, here are Adam and Cee Lo’s teams for the live rounds:

Team Adam: Joselyn Rivera, Bryan Keith, Amanda Brown, Loren Allred, Melanie Martinez,
Team Cee Lo: Cody Belew, Trevin Hunte, Diego Val, Nicholas David, MacKenzie Bourg

You can watch Terisa and Trevin’s performance in the video above.

Tuesday’s second and final episode of the Knockout rounds will show us just who from Team Christina and Team Blake will advance to next week’s live shows.

What was your favorite moment on Monday’s episode? Sound off in the comments below!!

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