It was the first night of the knockout rounds and 12 artists came swinging.
In Team Blake's corner, the battle jumpstarted with Angie Keilhauer singing Sam Hunt's "Take Your Time" against studio dance teacher Paxton Ingram who sang Adele's "Hometown Glory." If there's one thing loyal viewers know about the knockouts, it's that song choices are everything.
Unfortunately for Angie, Sam Hunt's fast-talking lyrics wasn't enough to show off her skills. Paxton's consistent vocals, paired with his ability to connect with his lyrics, made him the winner in the first batch of performances.
As for the artists on Team Adam's corner, D.C. singer/songwriter Owen Danoff stood to the left singing Billy Joel's "She's Always a Woman," and Ryan Quinn was on the opposite end singing Train's "Drops of Jupiter." Owen's smooth and delicate voice made his coach proud — he even left Blake and Pharrell making puppy dog faces during his performance.
Ryan, on the other hand, didn't measure up to his potential. His good moments weren't good enough to claim his place back on Team Adam. But luckily for the music teacher, Ryan got a chance to redeem himself after Team Christina swooped him up with a surprising steal. With some minor adjustments and a better song choice, Ryan Quinn is sure to fire back with an epic comeback.
On Team Pharrell, Malik Heard's take on Stevie Wonder's "Isn't She Lovely" wasn't a match for preschool teacher Hannah Huston who poured her heart out on the floor of the stage. Her rendition of "The House of the Rising Sun" got the coaches clapping out of their seats.
She may have a sweet and bubbly personality, but her voice is undeniable. Even guest coach Miley Cyrus seemed to think so. During rehearsals, Hannah gave Miley goosebumps so fast she even asked went as far as to ask if she could be Hannah's backup singer. Now, that's a talent you can't ignore.
Team Christina's Daniel Passino was sent packing after a good fight against childhood actress Alisan Porter. Never afraid to hit those high notes, Porter's genuine performance was also an emotional one. Christina decision led to a tearful goodbye from the University of Michigan student.
As for the remaining artists, there was no need for "see you laters" because all four advanced to the next round. Team Pharrell snagged the dream-telling psychic Lacy Mandigo after coach Blake called Katie Basden the winner. Both stolen artists, Lacy was the lucky one getting swapped for the third time. We couldn't help but wonder, did she see that one coming too?
Last but not least, one performance particularly stood out on Team Pharrell — that's also why we were all shocked when he decided to save Emily Keener instead of 15-year-old Shalyah Fearing. Her performance of Martina Mcbride's "A Broken Wing" exuded star quality confidence. It was by far the most memorable performance of the night. So when Pharrell favored Emily's quirky rendition of Joni Mitchell's "Big Yellow Taxi," we couldn't help but wonder why.