Thomas Rhett went up against Chris Stapleton on Monday’s edition of The Voice, as contestants Aaron Gibson and Josh Halverson competed in the latest knockout rounds, putting their own spin on tunes from the platinum-selling country stars.
Gibson emerged victorious with his John Mayer-inspired take on Rhett’s “Die a Happy Man,” with his gritty, sensuous vocals especially impressing coaches Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys. Halverson, who delivered a hypnotic version of “Whiskey and You” – one of the standout tracks from Stapleton’s Traveller – watched from the sidelines as Gibson’s winning performance moved him one step closer to the live shows, which begin next week.
This wasn’t the first time Rhett’s romantic, double-platinum-selling single moved a contestant closer to victory. Season Nine’s Barrett Baber, who sang it on the live finals in December 2015, earned a Top Ten hit on iTunes with his version and finished in third place.
Former country singer Billy Gilman, meanwhile, has moving up the ranks with pop tunes from Adele, Michael Jackson and Rachel Platten. Appropriately, he won his knockout round last week with Platten’s “Fight Song.”
The Voice will air “The Road to the Live Shows,” a retrospective episode of season 11 highlights on Tuesday, November 1st. The live shows begin Monday, November 7th, and, according to TVLine.com, for the first time in the show’s history, the voting results to determine the Top Twelve singers will be revealed in real time.
The Voice airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.