Ashley Levin and Lilli Passero took on two tough tunes in the knockout rounds in an upcoming episode of The Voice. Levin performed “Fancy,” a song made famous by both Bobbie Gentry and Reba McEntire. Then Passero came in and sang “Tears Dry On Their Own,” an Amy Winehouse tune.
Both songs obviously demand a lot from the singers. Winehouse’s bluesy, gritty vocal feels, in many ways, an extension of Bobbie Gentry’s earlier stylings. And any time you try to tackle a song from Reba, well, good luck.
Both singers hoped to impress their coach, Alicia Keys. Unlike the previous battle rounds, they don’t trade off verses, but instead go one after another. Ashley Levin and Lilli Passero both did a pretty dang impressive job cooling their nerves and delivering solid performances.
Adam Levine praised Lilli Passero’s raw talent, but also Ashley Levin’s growth throughout the show. Ultimately, he thinks Keys should go with Lilli. Blake Shelton also agreed.
And Keys certainly praised Levin’s ability to sing “Fancy” as a song with so many words when you still need to capture the story. So who did she choose? Tune in this week to find out.
“Fancy” has also inspired a brand new Broadway production recently. The musical features tunes from all over the country world, including Johnny Cash’s “I Walk The Line” and Carrie Underwood’s “Before He Cheats.”
As for The Voice, episodes continue on Mondays and Tuesdays as coaches work their way through the knockout rounds. After that, contestants will be featured one live episodes. That’s when fans get to tune in and offer their own votes.
Will another country singer win it all? Keep watching The Voice each Monday and Tuesday on NBC to find out.