Tonight on The Voice, the remaining artists fought for their place on stage in the second half of The Callbacks.
Grouping their remaining artists into trios, superstar coaches Jason Derulo, Rita Ora, Guy Sebastian and Jessica Mauboy sent one artist from each group straight to The Battles, gifted another a second chance at The Ultimate Callback and sent the third home.
Rita faced an impossible decision after she tasked her first trio with iconic Cher hits, declaring: “That was the best callback I have ever seen. I’m speechless.” Emotional as she left The Voice stage, Rita needed a minute to process: “the hardest decision I have ever made in my experience as a coach.”
In the end, Tarryn Stokes singing Cher’s version of The Winner Takes It All by ABBA secured her position in The Battles; Emily Kate’s rendition of Believe was strong enough to give her a second chance at The Ultimate Callback; while Gabby Asta was sent home.
Taking on UK pop hits, Jason’s first trio saw Ethan Beckton solidify his place in The Battles with Let It Go by James Bay. Jade Talbot progressed to The Ultimate Callback for her take on Adele’s Set Fire to the Rain, whileChristian Ellis was eliminated.
Guy’s first trio took on songs performed by groups, with Elly Poletti’s “technically brilliant” version of Emotion by Destiny Child sending her to The Battles.
Guy granted Jaydean Miranda a second chance to prove himself in The Ultimate Callback after his rendition of I’ll Be There by Jackson 5, while it was the end of the road for boyband Overnight.
The first trio from Team Jess took on Lady Gaga hits. Jade Taunton blew Jess away with I’ll Never Love Again, earning her place in The Battles. Shyjana’s take on Rain on Me earnt a lifeline to The Ultimate Callback, while Nenah Jones took her curtain call.
Jason tasked his next trio with some of Michael Jackson’s toughest songs. Etienne Steven surprised Jason with her performance of Man In The Mirror, earning a fast pass to The Battles.
Callum Warrender’s rendition of Ben saw him through to The Ultimate Callback, while cousins Tee Toleafoa and Raye Alapati were eliminated.
Rita challenged her final team with disco hits. Levi X put his own spin on Gloria Gaynor’s I Will Survive to progress through. Nick Cunningham was out of his comfort zone on Candi Staton’s Young Hearts Run Free – but secured a lifeline – while The Voice stage lights faded on Brenda Bressed’s time in the competition.
Guy’s last group performed some of the biggest pop songs ever written. Charlie Pittman was a Teenage Dream with his take on the Katy Perry classic, earning a place in The Battles. Shanae Watson proved her vocal chops on Britney Spears’ Stronger, landing a place in The Ultimate Callback. Maz Green was eliminated.
Jess’ final team blew all the coaches away with James Brown classics, with Jess admitting: “That was so intense.” Dillon Rhodes proved there’s “no one in the competition like him” and moved to The Battles with Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag.
Ezra Williams received a standing ovation and spot in The Ultimate Callback with I Got You (I Feel Good), meaning Trisha Godinet said goodbye.