One-chair turner Jacob Daniel Murphy (age 27) and 4-chair-turner Toneisha Harris (age 44) of Team Blake Shelton sang “Good as Hell” by American singer and rapper Lizzo during The Battles round on The Voice 2020 (Season 18).
“Good as Hell” was released in October 2016 as the lead single from Lizzo’s debut extended play Coconut Oil. It was re-released in 2019 as a radio single, where it became a sleeper hit, and peaked at number three on Billboard Hot 100. In March 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic, Daily Houston Magazine listed this song at #1 in their “Top 10 Songs to Listen to During Quarantine.”
The Voice judges Nick Jonas, Kelly Clarkson, John Legend and Blake Shelton gave Jacob and Toneisha a standing ovation for their amazing performance. When it came to choosing the winner of the battle, Nick and John leaned more towards Toneisha while Kelly thought that both contestants have their own admirable qualities.
Coach Blake Shelton thought that Toneisha is phenomenal but said the battle was great because of Jacob controlling the stage and the audience.
Artists: Jacob Daniel Murphy, Toneisha Harris
Song: “Good as Hell” by Lizzo
Coach: Team Blake Shelton
Battles winner: Toneisha Harris
Steal/Save result: N/A
Auditions: Jacob Daniel Murphy audition, Toneisha Harris audition
John Legend said that both Jacob and Toneisha can “sing sing.” He said Jacob has a really lovely voice. He feels bad that only Blake turned around for him during the blinds and said they made a mistake. As to Toneisha, John said that with the level of her vocal skills she can go as far as the finale. Johh picked Toneisha as the winner of the battle.
Nick Jonas commmented, “Jacob, you were truly battling it out and I love that fight in you. I’m blown away. Toneisha, I can’t say enough about your voice and the joy that I feel when I listen to it. You’re just incredible.”
Kelly Clarkson said she was up on her feet dancing from the very beginning. She said, “Jacob, you are a firecracker. Like, I had no idea. I mean, I know everybody keeps saying, ‘Oh, you went toe to toe with Toneisha.’ Dude, of course you did. You just nailed that.” She said the vibe of both Jacob and Toneisha onstage, they were “like playing off of each other and being sarcastic and funny, it was so awesome. It was one of my favorite battles. It was so good.”
When it was time for coach Blake Shelton to decide, he said, “This is horrible because it was so great.” He said the connection between Jacob and Toneisha made the battle a great musical moment. He told Toneisha, “It’s phenomenal, you know, to be able to point at the note you’re singing and we all go, ‘Oh yeah I can hear it now, ’cause you’re pointing at it.’ You truly are a phenomenon.” To Jacob, Blake commented, “The way you controlled the stage and you controlled the audience, you’re the reason that this is a great battle. It’s you.”
The Voice is an American singing competition TV series which premiered during the spring television cycle on April 26, 2011 on NBC, and expanded into the fall cycle with the premiere of the third season on September 10, 2012. Based on the original The Voice of Holland, and part of The Voice franchise it has aired seventeen seasons and aims to find currently unsigned singing talent (solo or duets, professional and amateur) contested by aspiring singers, age 13 or over, drawn from public auditions.
Season 18 of The Voice premiered at 8PM on February 24, 2020 on NBC and it will air Mondays at 8 PM. John Legend, Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton returned as coaches for their third, fifth and eighteenth seasons, respectively. Nick Jonas joined the panel as a new coach, replacing Gwen Stefani. Meanwhile, Carson Daly returned for his eighteenth season as host.
On the question of whether or not The Voice Season 18 will continue airing amid the coronavirus pandemic, John Legend said that the program have pre-taped shows until the end of April. Whether the three weeks of planned live shows will push through in May is still unknown at this point. John said in his interview with Billboard that everybody’s playing things by ear because no one knows “where the world’s going to be in May.”
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