NBC’s ‘The Voice’ review: Courtney Harrell, Belle Jewel, Billy Gilman perform in Knockout Rounds

VoiceTonight on “The Voice,” we’re getting yet another dose of the Knockout Rounds, and this one is pretty darn important given that we’re getting closer to the start of the live shows. Yet, at the same time we certainly wish that we were given something with a further air of unpredictability to it beyond what we ended up seeing tonight. Blame the structure of the pairings in part for some of this, given that what we saw here can be best defined as two predictable showdowns to start things off.

Courtney Harrel defeats Bindi Liebowitz, Team Blake – Given Courtney’s history in the industry and the quality of her voice, we never thought for a minute that she’d be eliminated before we got around to the live shows. Therefore, seeing this battle play out lost some of its excitement. We just couldn’t be brought in to it entirely.

Billy Gilman defeats Ponceano Seoane, Team Adam – Given how little screen time Ponceano received over the course of the season, especially in comparison to Billy, this felt like a no-brainer. Billy probably was the rightful winner, but Seoane had a nice voice and we wish that we had a chance to see more of him over time.

Christian Cuevas defeats Belle Jewel, Team Alicia – The good news is that Miley Cyrus stole Belle, so she’s got a spot in the live shows. We’re just glad at this point that Belle got any screen time at all given that for most of the season, she’s received the Katherine Ho – always montaged treatment. Both of these performances were very good, but we’re not sure that there is a consensus favorite so far this season, which really dominated both of the seasons that came before this.

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