Last night on The Voice, Team Jess and Team Rita’s artists went head to head in Battle, vying for a life-changing spot in the Semi-Final.
With only two places on each team, one victorious Battle artist advanced to the Semi-Final, while the other two Battle winners had to sing for their life.
Superstar coach Jess staged the ultimate showdown for powerhouse vocalists Emily-Jade Conidi from Victoria and Faith Sosene from QLD. After performing Whitney Houston’s I’m Your Baby Tonight, Jess awarded Faith the victor, identifying her as “someone who has more to prove on the stage.”
Jael Wena from Victoria lit up the Battle arena, securing a win over NSW artist Richard Tsunami after their epic duet of Michael Jackson’s Thriller
Jess asked NSW artists Finnian Johnson and Kaylee Bell to “be vulnerable and dig deep,” during Fleetwood Mac’s classic Landslide. Finnian won the Battle after Jess declared his tone “is meant to tell stories.”
Team Jess’ Battle winners Jael, Faith and Finnian faced off; Jael progressed straight to the Semi-Final, while Faith and Finnian sang for their life.
Faith’s show-stopping performance of Aretha Franklin’s Ain’t No Way cemented her Semi-Final spot. Jess acknowledged: “It comes down to who I think fought harder just now, because that fight is what you need to win.” Finnian departed The Voice despite his “magnificent” performance of You Are the Reason by Calum Scott.
On Team Rita, the emotional Battle showdown between Victorian Lachie Gill and Battle Pass winner Theoni Marks, from NSW, left the superstar coach in tears. Performing It’ll Be Ok by Shawn Mendes, Rita acknowledged Theoni’s “incredible presence and angelic tone” but divulged Lachie “has a natural gift where I believe every word he is saying.” Rita declared Lachie victorious.
Robbie Dolan from NSW won his Battle against South Australian sisters Ella and Sienna, with Miley Cyrus’ Wrecking Ball. Rita praised the professional jockey saying: “You sang your heart out.”
Canberra teenager Xanthe and Queensland’s Liam Keates-Ryley took to the Battle arena with Don’t Speak by No Doubt. Xanthe’s “powerful” stage presence scored a win as she promised Rita: “You will not regret this. Thank you.”
Team Rita Battle winner Xanthe advanced straight to the Semi-Finals, while Robbie and Lachie sang for their life. In a close contest, Lachie’s raw and vulnerable performance of I Guess I’m In Love by Clinton Kane saw him victorious, as Rita admitted: “You were both spectacular up there, you both deserve to be on that stage.”
On cementing his spot in the Semi-Final, Lachie revealed: “I never dreamed it was possible” and paid tribute to his mate Robbie, who vowed to keep singing.