You just know it’s a heavyweight battle when the opposing coaches are up and dancing.
Rubin, the cherubic teen from Shoreham, went first with a performance of Lauren Daigle’s “You Say.”
It was a home run, with high notes aplenty. Gwen Stefani was clearly moved, and the mics caught her yelling, “my baby!”
Then came Hogan, the Nashville-based 20-year-old, with a flawless cover of SWV’s “Weak.” How good was it? It was good enough to get John Legend out of his seat for a groove.
As things wrapped up to “oh my gawds,” “wows,” and “smooth” from the coaches, Gwen was in a quandary. “What am I going to do?”
Stifling tears, Kelly Clarkson chimed in: “That was like a finale performance.” Rubin’s performance “broke me in the most amazing of ways,” while Hogan’s texture and tone was “incredible,” she enthused, for a thoroughly “outstanding job”.
Blake Shelton went one step further, noting Hogan’s performance was “magical.”
Carter “you actually nailed it, you are a prodigy,” noted John Legend, who held back a “steal.”
It all came down to Stefani, who had the toughest of choices to make. “This is a really difficult moment for me,” she remarked. Ultimately, she went with Carter.
The unlucky loser Hogan isn’t going anywhere. Legend immediately used his one and only steal. Everyone’s a winner.