Team Blake’s Kim Cherry (age 30) of Florida and Kendra Checketts (age 19) of California sang “Here” by Alessia Cara in the battles round of The Voice Season 16 (2019).
Both singers readily impressed the coaches with their performance. Blake Shelton picked Kim Cherry in the end, based on his gut feeling. He said there was something about Kim that he thinks is infectious.
When Blake chose Kim, Adam Levine and John Legend commented on the side that they thought Kendra was better. So when host Carson Daly announced that Kendra was available for the steal, both Adam and John pressed their buttons almost simultaneously.
Kendra ended up with Team Adam because he was the first one to press the button.
FYI, coaches are allowed two steals from other coaches.
Kim Cherry and Kendra Checketts’ “Here” Inspires a Double Steal – The Voice Battles 2019
[ref: The Voice]
Oh my God, you two with the body rolls and the sass. I love y’all. Kendra, your voice is more powerful than I remembered. Kim, you were the one that rapped, right? Yeah, ’cause I turned around, and I was like…Oh, yeah. Oh, I love that you’re rapping.
For me, the only reason why I’m probably leaning more towards Kim is maybe this song almost is more catered to your vibe, ’cause you’re really good at the quickness. It’s almost like jazz, like how you go down with some of your melodies.
It seems like you two are getting along so well, ’cause it was really fun to watch you, like, almost root for each other when it was your turn.
That was beautiful, man.
This is a tough one because I really think both of you executed the song really well. You nailed it. It was like a flawless performance, really.
Kim, you have a little more power volume-wise. Kendra, you were equally as amazing. Maybe the volume wasn’t quite as loud, but you guys are both superb, and I thought you really both did a great job.
Imagine me and Brooks & Dunn trying to coach these two…You have to be talented to do that song. You have to have pocket. You got to have pitch. You have to have personality. To do it right, you got to have all of those elements, and then add in the passion that you two have.
You know, I tell my artists on my team every season, it’s like, “Man, don’t let this go by.” Very few people on Earth have ever performed on something like this.
I’m gonna base my decision just based on – just a gut feeling. The winner of this battle is Kim.
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