So far, season 12 of The Voice is off to a good start and Maroon 5’s, Adam Levine may have scooped up all the best talent for himself already! The Battle Rounds part one and two will air on March 20 and 21, and everyone who’s rooting for Team Adam wants to know who will win the Malik Davage vs. Kawan DeBose performance. The Voice battle rounds are the best time to see what the contestants are made of, but who will come out on top?
Fans got to see the judges’ first impressions of their prospective teams and some made some surprising choices! One judge who often seemed to be the first to turn his chair was Adam Levine. Could his team take home the winning title this season?
Malik Davage’s The Voice Performance
For Malik Davage, The Voice was the first step to a dream come true, and Levine wasted no time pressing the buzzer to turn his chair and welcome Davage to his team. Seriously, Davage sang one note of Miguel’s “Sure Thing” and for Levine, it was a sure thing! Davage gave a confident and smooth solo, convincing Levine that he has what it takes to join his team. For many performers during the blinds, the judges seemed to know what they wanted. This season, it looks like the judges aren’t holding back, fighting tooth and nail to acquire some of the best talents to their team.
Davage, 23, gave an emotional speech about his daughter (who later joined him on stage). He also discussed how he grew up in a rough neighborhood in Washington, D.C. while his father was in jail, leading him to be raised by a single mother. Davage was brought to tears and was invited to sit in Levine’s red chair and even took Gwen Stefani up on her offer for a hug!
Levine offered a few words of encouragement towards Davage, after accepting him on his team.
“When you sang in your upper register, I’m gonna be honest with you about it, you need some work,” Levine said.
“But when you do the work, that I think you can do really easily, because you clearly have raw talent, there’s no telling where you can go with this.”
“I’m happy I took the risk and turned around, because you’re clearly a good dude,” Levine added.
Kawan DeBose’s The Voice Performance
Also on Team Adam is Kawan DeBose, a young man who taught himself to play piano at a young age. He attended The Tajiri School of Performing Arts, where he learned opera, performing and musical theater. According to his profile on NBC’s website, DeBose moved to Miami after finishing high school and opened at a Florida jazz festival for some of the music industry’s biggest stars like as Mary J. Blige, John Legend and Ludacris. He became the musical director of a church choir in 2012 while in San Diego, but then realized that he needed to move to Los Angeles to properly break into the entertainment business. Clearly the move paid off, because he’s turning heads and chairs already! Kawan DeBose on The Voice, could be the game changer and the ace in the hole for Team Adam.
The young contestant slayed the blind auditions with Marvin Gaye’s classic, “Let’s Get It On,” and it was amazing! Levine turned his chair first once again, but this time he wasn’t alone—he was quickly joined by judges Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani. Though Alicia Keys didn’t turn around, it didn’t stop the singer from grooving to his performance and when he hit those high notes, and the crowd (and judges) couldn’t help but give a standing ovation! Based on that reaction alone, we may have just found out who will win during the battle rounds and the rest of the season! DeBose can clearly sing, dance and isn’t afraid to engage the crowd—all signs of a star. And let’s not forget that John Legend will be coaching team Adam this time around, as Davage and DeBose go head-to-head, singing Legend’s “Love Me Now.”
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