"The Voice" 2013 resumed Oct. 29 on NBC with the second and final night of knockout round action. With the all-important live shows looming, country music super star and three-time show victor Blake Shelton rounded out his five-person team with the winners of his final two duels.
Up first to do battle were actress E.G. Daily and soulful homebody Ray Boudreaux. Daily kicked off the duel with a lilting rendition of "I Can't Make You Love Me" that proved a bit heavy on the vibrato. Boudreaux followed with a well-polished, beautifully controlled version of "Hard to Handle." Christina Aguilera appreciated the rasp in each of their voices, but gave the edge to Boudreaux. Shelton called Boudreaux's breath control "studly" and praised Daily's effort, but based on "really technical" issues with the latter's performance, he advanced Boudreaux to the live shows.
The battle for the final spot on the Team Blake live show roster featured the guitar-toting Austin Jenckes going up against aspiring country singer baby Brandon Chase. Jenckes opened by singing an emotional version of the Edwin McCain hit "I'll Be" for his late father, and Chase followed with The Eli Young Band's "Even if it Breaks Your Heart." Although Aguilera praised Chase's song choice and Adam Levine thought both deserved to make the show shows, Shelton had the final say, and he gave the final nod to Jenckes.
Boudreaux and Jenckes join a trio of contestants who earned berths in the live shows during the Oct. 28 show. Included are quirky indie artist Nic Hawk, who took out former favorite Holly Henry; country purist Shelbie Z, who defeated "The Big Bang Theory" star Kaley Cuoco's sister Briana Cuoco; and Cole Vosbury, who Shelton saved from elimination after he suffered a battle round loss to veteran Jonny Gray.
Shelton praised his team's diversity, noting "there's a little bit of everything" represented within their ranks.
"The Voice" 2013 resumes Nov. 4 on NBC with the first night of the playoff round, which will feature the top 20 contestants once again putting their vocal talents on display.