'The Voice' 2023 Knockouts: Niall Horan under fire for choosing between EJ Michels and Michael B
UNIVERSAL CITY, CALIFORNIA: As the curtains ascend for the ultimate round of 'The Voice' 2023, the air crackles with anticipation. Blake Shelton, Niall Horan, Chance the Rapper, and Kelly Clarkson have meticulously honed their teams since the blinds and the final knockouts promise an epic showdown. Contestants brace for their toughest challenge yet, performing heart-stopping duets in a bid for glory. Each artist feels the weight of the moment, striving to exhibit their skills and collaborative spirit, while the audience hangs on every note.
For the contestants, this is a do-or-die juncture, and they're well aware. The fate of their dreams hinges on every breath and step, with no room for error. Will they surge ahead into the playoffs, or will they fall short and face elimination? The stakes couldn't be higher, and the intensity is tangible. As emerging stars like EJ Michels and Michael B from Team Niall grace the stage, Niall is lauded by fans for pairing these two talents together, though it's a risky move that could cost him dearly. As the night wears on on 'The Voice', Niall agonizes over a difficult decision. Will he have the wisdom to make the right call and steer his team towards victory?
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Michael B heads to the playoffs while EJ Michels goes home
In the last round of Knockouts of 'The Voice' 2023, Team Niall's EJ Michels and Michael B delivered powerful performances, leaving the judges and audience alike in awe. EJ showcased his versatility by performing 'Trip Switch' by Nothing But Thieves, while Michael opted for the emotional 'When You're Gone' by Shawn Mendes. Niall the judge and mentor of both contestants, provided insightful commentary during and after the performances. He noted EJ's shift in style and praised his boldness in selecting a more upbeat number. When EJ finished, judge Reba McEntire applauded his performance, and EJ asked for advice on how to better convey the story of a song. Reba shared that she imagines the song as a story, painting a picture in her mind, which EJ gratefully acknowledged, stating he would remember it forever. Michael, on the other hand, displayed a deep emotional connection to his chosen piece. Niall observed that the song would allow Michael to showcase the different facets of his vocal range. As Michael finished, he admitted to getting emotional towards the end of the song, causing some rough patches. However, Reba reassured him that she preferred an emotionally charged performance over a technically perfect one.
During the deliberation process, the judges provided their expert opinions on the performances. Chance the Rapper praised Michael for his soulful delivery and even gave him a standing ovation. He noted that EJ's high energy caused some pitch issues, and he leaned toward Michael. Kelly Clarkson commended Michael's powerhouse vocals and expressed interest in covering EJ's song soon on her talk show. Blake Shelton acknowledged EJ's impressive performance and Michael's ability to stay in the pocket. Niall ultimately chooses Michael.
'Niall really messed up putting EJ and Michael B against each other'
The exceptional performances of EJ Michels and Michael B on 'The Voice' 2023 left fans in a state of awe, leading them to express their disapproval of the fact that one of the contestants would have to leave the competition. The audience's fervor was so intense that they took to social media to express their displeasure and even criticized Niall for putting the two contestants in a position where they had to compete against each other. One said, "What an error putting these 2 together. Bad decision, bought of them are good. 😢😢", while another said, "Niall makes bad decisions too, just like me LOL." Some even said, "Tough call Niall. It was a wrong move to put these amazing singers together" and some said, "It's not fair to choose between two singers who clearly are the finale contestants." Comments like, "COME ON NIALL!!!! COME ON!!!!" and "I get it, but this was a wrong WRONG move that will cost you, Niall. Sad to see EJ go." One fan said, "Niall really messed up putting EJ and Michael B against each other."
Tune in to 'The Voice' Season 23 every Monday from 8 pm to 9 pm ET only on NBC. You can also stream 'The Voice' Season 23 the next day on Peacock.
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