'The Voice' season 16's top performances from the 'Live Cross Battles' this week will surely blow you away
Season 16 of 'The Voice' premiered on NBC recently. The series, that is known for its innovation, faced a lot of backlash from fans last week for its new segment 'Live Cross Battle' that replaced the regular Knockout Rounds.
The series faced flak from fans for sound issues and the voting system during the 'Live Cross Battle'. On Monday night, 'The Voice' aired live again with the final 16 contestants battling it out in the 'Live Cross Battles'. For the first time in 'Voice' history, the coaches – Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton – went head-to-head, each selecting one artist from their team to compete against an artist from an opposing team in the 'Live Cross Battle performance'.
While fans did complain that the 'Live Cross Battles' were not good enough compared to the Knockout rounds, there were contestants who stood out. Here are the top three performances from Monday night's 'Live Cross Battles'.
Jacob Maxwell is one among the frontrunners this season on 'The Voice', He belongs to John Legend's team, and for the Live Cross Battles he was paired against his friend Carter Lloyd Horne. Singing his version of Shania Twain's “You’re Still the One” Maxwell surprised everyone. He proved that he is not just a heartthrob but even has the voice to go with it. During his performance, he had the judges also grooving to his soft tones. Maxwell's voice showcases a vintage sound that not many other contestants this season possess. His performance also was much more well rounded that Horne who he was battling against.
From being a skater and surfer girl Karly Moreno has come a long way this season on 'The Voice'. The 23-year-old from Team Blake Shelton sang her version of 'Down'. Her funky performance has Adam Levine and Blake Shelton giving her a standing ovation. Though the song might seem to be mostly on a low note, Moreno spiced it up by adding her own high power notes to it and didn't miss a beat. Moreno has a unique set of vocals that complements her voice very well. We can't wait to see what Moreno brings to the stage next week if she advances.
Kendra Checketts who is a contestant from Adam Levine's team sang her version of 'Cold Water' for the competition. The warm tone in her voice complements the song in a good way making it sound really pleasant. Her performance was so powerful and yet seemed effortless. Overall, it was a very artistic and versatile performance given by Checketts that even left the judges surprised. After her performance, John Legend revealed how he had wanted her on his team. So even if she doesn't move on to the next round with votes, she does have a high chance of being stolen by Legend himself.
'The Voice' season 16 airs every Monday and Tuesday night on NBC. Check your local listings for more information.