During coaching sessions with his celebrity guest mentors Brooks & Dunn, Shelton admitted Kim Cherry, 30, and Kendra Checketts, 19, were different from any other members on his team.
“It makes no sense that they chose me as their coach, which is why I love them,” Shelton said before the session kicked off.
Shelton is right. For one thing, they aren’t country singers and Cherry loves to rap. That said, he gave them the perfect song with Cara’s confident, drama-infused song hit “Here.”
Both women pack big, powerhouse vocals and they brought raw, percussive swagger to their Battle Rounds performance. They played off each other brilliantly and had “Voice” coaches Kelly Clarkson, Adam Levine, and John Legend chair-dancing and grooving to the beat.
Overall, the fierce battle was arguably one of the best of the night. Shelton had a tough task in choosing the winner. He commended them both saying the song required, “pocket, pitch, and personality.” He ultimately chose Cherry as the winner.
Checkett’s disappointment was fleeting, though, because Adam Levine and John Legend promptly pressed their buttons in a show-stopping double steal. The 19-year-old hopeful was visibly thrilled to earn a second chance. After listening to wooing from both coaches, Checkett chose to join Adam Levine’s team.
Watch the full “Here” Battle Rounds performance on “The Voice” in the video above.