When The Voice Season 18 Knockout Rounds started on Monday, coach Nick Jonas was in the mood for a reunion, pleading squarely for Joanna Serenko to take it up. “It would be great for us to get back together,” he said.
But don’t worry – Nick and his wife Priyanka Chopra are doing very well. Nick was just trying to use his Steal to recover his former competitor, whom he had foolishly abandoned during the battle rounds. But Joanna hadn’t – especially since Nick’s contradictory words came back to haunt him.
First, let’s go back a bit. Earlier in the evening, two of Kelly Clarkson’s candidates, raucous country country singer Megan Danielle and soul crooner Cammwess got into the ring. Cammwess was actually originally on Team Legend, but John let him go during the battles. And this Monday, after watching Cammwess make an exquisite, absolutely exquisite religious version of “Say Something” from A Great Big World – a real moment of disruption – John realized that he had made a huge mistake by leaving this promising singer escape to the Kelly team. “I have mountains of regret that you are not part of my team,” he admitted, describing Cammwess’ performance as “one of the best things we will see on this show, in any what a sleeve. “
As fantastic as Cammwess was, Kelly just couldn’t take out Danielle, with whom she shared a special bond: Megan, whose father abandoned her when she was a child, had just painfully covered Kelly’s own heartbreaking ballad, ” song by song, “and even personalized the song by changing the age-specific lyrics to” seven. So, with Cammwess now available to fly, John and Nick entered. It was then that Nick warned Cammwess not to return to the coach who had dumped him: “I’m going to jump right in and say the same thing I never said to a friend who came back with an ex: “Why? Why would you do that? ‘”
John replied, pointing out that sometimes the exs would get together and “live happily ever after,” so Cammwess decided to “go home” to the man who had hurt him – John.
And now back to Knockout between Zan Fiskum and former team prospect Nick Joanna Serenko – a very regular game. Joanna, directing “Angel From Montgomery” more timely than ever (obviously this episode was recorded months ago, before the song composer, John Prine died due to complications from the coronavirus), delivered a performance of good taste, with a nice head voice and a tone that John described as “flautery”. But Zan’s passionate and powerful coverage of “The Story” by Brandi Carlile was more difficult vocally and a real tour de force.
These singers are similar, so I guess I understand why John didn’t feel the need to have both on his team – but after his terrible mistake of confronting his two best competitors in last week’s battles, I don’t still couldn’t really wrap my head around his strategy regarding this match. But luckily, Blake Shelton and Nick wanted Joanna. And now, all of a sudden, Nick thought that meeting the “ex” was a great idea.
“I made an argument before coming back with an ex and how bad it is. I suddenly changed my mind about this problem, ”Nick told Joanna. “I would love to end the circle here. It would be great for us to get back together. “
“I don’t play games with you like Nick does,” said Blake. “I’m not asking you to be part of my team, just to turn around and let go.” And so it seemed like Joanna was ready for a new man – or, uh, a new coach – in her life. “Nick, we had a great race, but I think I just have to move on, you know?” She joked, opting instead to join the Blake team.
“I love that as a 43-year-old man, I can say that a girl left Nick Jonas for me!” Blake rejoices later.
But the real man of the hour on Monday was to be, as Kelly said with precision, “one of the best singer-songwriters in the whole universe”: James Taylor, who signed to advise competitors Knockouts after producers apparently have been chasing it for years. “We have dropped the hammer this season when it comes to mega-mentors,” said Blake. The competitors (even the youngest I feared would have no idea who this legend was) and the coaches were fan-boy / -girling out – especially when James picked up an acoustic guitar to demonstrate one of his clever points or even play a bit of one of Blake’s favorite songs, “Mexico”. Surprisingly, James actually said it was an “honor” for him to appear on The Voice, saying it was “freehand, the most positive and effective singing show” on TV . How sweet it was, indeed.