Tonight on The Voice, the fight to stay in the competition intensified as Australia’s newest vocal stars faced The Callbacks on Channel 7 and 7plus.
Superstar coaches Jason Derulo, Rita Ora, Guy Sebastian and Jessica Mauboy grouped their artists in trios to perform songs chosen by each coach. One artist from each trio went straight through to The Battles, one was given a lifeline – a final chance to wow their coach at the world-first Ultimate Callbacks – and one artist exited the competition.
Guy’s first trio was tasked with classic Aretha Franklin songs. Marley Sola wowed with You’ll Never Walk Alone and Guy sent him straight to The Battles, saying: “You did it flawlessly.”
Michaela Jayde’s “smoked honey” voice on You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman earned her a lifeline, while Libby Worboys left the competition.
Guy’s second trio performed Miley Cyrus songs. Bella Mackenzie’s rendition of Slide Away slid her straight into The Battles, Robbie Hunt’s take on Wrecking Ball earnt a spot in Guy’s Ultimate Callback, while Jaxon Cornell left the competition as Guy said: “I’m so proud of you.”
Jason’s first trio of powerhouse voices were tasked with Katy Perry songs. Maree Mamalis was no Dark Horse, and “literally just blew this place up,” earning a spot at The Battles. Calista Nelmes’ “fresh out of the gate perfection” of When I’m Gone saw her progress to The Ultimate Callbacks, while Caitlyn Bamber left the competition.
Jason’s second trio saw Andrew Taylor Knight move to The Battles with Bring Him Home from Les Misérables. Jason said: “Andrew you can sing better than almost anyone.” Alex Jeans proved himself with “technically a perfect vocal” on Bon Jovi’s Bed of Roses, while Charlette Ginu exited The Voice.
Rita tasked her first trio with a theme of epic collaborations. Nyree Huyser “smashed” her rendition of Bang, Bang by Jessie J featuring Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj, progressing to the next round. Ben Esber’s “unbelievable” vocals on Lovely by Khalid featuring Billie Eilish secured a spot in The Ultimate Callback, while Cruize Karaitania left the competition.
Rita’s trio of young guns saw Elsa Marilyn’s stunning version of Eva Cassidy’s Songbird earn her a spot in The Battles. Gezel Bardossi’s performance of Mercy by Duffy secured the 12-year-old another chance to sing at The Ultimate Callback, while Sihana Haxhnikaj was sent home.
Jess’ first trio took songs they have performed on their TikTok to a new level. David Amuma secured a Battle spot with Imagine by John Lennon. Sean Millis went to The Ultimate Callback with Lewis Capaldi’s Bruises, while Dan Daniels left the competition.
Jess’s next trio performed songs by Aussie icons. Giann Jordan’s Run To Paradise by The Choirboys topped the trio and secured her spot in The Battles. The Bushwackers Solid Rock by Goanna saw them progress to The Ultimate Callback, while Tiarose Burgess departed The Voice.