They’ve won the battles, now on to the knockouts.
All five Louisiana contestants on NBC’s “The Voice” have advanced to the next level in the reality singing competition series, and will vie in the knock-out rounds starting Monday night.
Rob Taylor, of Donaldsonville, performed his battle song, “Animals,” on Tuesday night’s show, facing off in a duet with West Point Band lead vocalist Jeremy Gaynor, of Tampa, Florida, to keep his spot on Team Christina. The two had a lot to prove with the song by Maroon 5, since another coach, Adam Levine, leads that rock band.
“You guys did a great job. That’s (vocal range) something I struggle with every day,” Levine said. “Rob, you go to unexpected places and have this ability to go into your higher register that is so strong.”
Aguilera picked Taylor as the winner of the round, bringing the soulful Louisiana singer to his knees.
“You did it, man!” Gaynor told the emotional Taylor.
“I’m just glad I can make her proud,” Taylor said later backstage, referring to his disabled mother who was unable to attend. Taylor gave up a scholarship to Berklee College of Music to care for his mom when she suffered a stroke.
Aguilera also paired Abbeville’s Koryn Hawthorne with Vance Smith, of Detroit. Her song choice for the two: Ariana Grande and The Weeknd’s “Love Me Harder.”
Although their full performance didn’t air, some of Aguilera’s comments did make the cut.
“You have an amazing spirit there that lives in your vocal chords,” she told Hawthorne. “You brought it to a whole different level.”
Hawthorne won the round.
She and Taylor join Tonya Boyd-Cannon, New Orleans; Ponchatoula native Meghan Linsey, who now lives in Nashville; and Travis Ewing, of Lafayette, who retained their “The Voice” spots earlier in the week.
In the upcoming knock-out rounds, each contestant will perform individually against another contestant on his/her team for a chance to advance to the live shows.
Meanwhile, country star and Breaux Bridge native Hunter Hayes got a shout-out when coach Blake Shelton chose Hayes’ “I Want Crazy” for the final battle round song.
“The Voice” airs at 7 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays on WVLA, Channel 33 (cable Channel 3 in Baton Rouge and Lafayette) and on WDSU, Channel 6 (cable Channel 7) in New Orleans.