Flowery Branch native Andrew Jannakos once again performed on “The Voice” Monday, April 15, but this time, it was in a format new to the show: cross battles.
Each coach chose a member from their team to go up against a member from an opposing team. They each sang a song separately and America had the chance to vote for their favorite singer until the next morning. The winners from the first half of the 32 contestants that remain will be revealed Tuesday, April 16.
Country singer Blake Shelton chose country singer Dexter Roberts from his team to compete against a member of Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine’s team. Levine chose to “fight country with country” by having Jannakos go up against Roberts.
Roberts sang Brooks and Dunn’s “Believe,” which Shelton called one of the duo’s greatest songs. Both Shelton and singer Kelly Clarkson liked Roberts the most, but Clarkson still had good things to say about Jannakos.
“You just shocked me,” Clarkson said. “I honestly don't know if you know how talented you are yet … You are incredibly gifted, and it’s shocking the voice that comes out of you. It’s insane.”
Jannakos sang Russell Dickerson’s “Yours,” which impressed Levine and singer John Legend.
“Your range,” Levine said. “You’re a legitimate baritone with range of a tenor singer. It’s unbelievable what you can do. I want everyone to know, this dude is legit.”
Legend agreed with Levine, saying Jannakos “wowed” him and “nailed it.”
“I honestly preferred Andrew this time,” Legend said. “I feel like both of you are exceptional, and I feel like both of you will stay on this show, but I think Andrew gave a better performance this time.”