SALT LAKE CITY – It was a tough decision for Nick Jonas, but “The Voice” judge fired the Tate Brusa from Utah on Monday evening.
Brusa – one of the youngest singers in this season of “The Voice” – repeatedly impressed all the judges with his hoarse voice. And the 16-year-old singer – a longtime fan of Jonas Brothers – had a particularly close blond with Jonas in the series.
But Jonas was only able to choose one singer during the pre-recorded phase of Knockout, and he went with 38-year-old singer Roderick Chambers.
Chambers sang “Redbone” by Childish Gambino – a performance that made “Voice” judge Kelly Clarkson dance.
Brusa went with Coldplay’s “The Scientist” and to mix things up, the guitarist abandoned his main instrument to play the piano.
“Tate, I can’t believe you’re 16. You are so incredibly gifted, ”said Clarkson after Brusa’s performance. “Even if you were 24, it would still be really impressive. “
But overall, Clarkson said she believed Chambers had won the knockout round. “Voice” judge Blake Shelton – who was the other judge to turn his chair for Brusa during blind hearings – thought Brusa had the best performance.
“A child like this enters the live part of this show and does something like he just did, which is paid 100%, these are the types of performances that set this place on fire”, a said Shelton.
John Legend, on the other hand, thought the win was up to Chambers – although he said he was impressed with the “personality” that Brusa put in the song Coldplay.
But in the end, the decision fell to Jonas, who in a teaser for the episode said that his choice would be up to the person who he believed had best followed his advice.
Brusa’s training brought back memories for Jonas, who was a teenager when he was offered his first recording contract. Prior to the performance, the pop singer said he had always been impressed with Brusa’s “self-confidence”.
After Brusa’s performance, Jonas said he admired the “urgency” in the singer’s voice and said “I love you both” before finally choosing Chambers.
Brusa’s run on the show ended, but he won another very big fan before leaving the competition: James Taylor, who was a mentor for competitors in the knockout phase.
“Tate is a prodigy,” said Taylor during the episode. “He plays by ear. I’m really curious to see where this youngster ends up. “
The first live episode of “The Voice” is scheduled to air in May, but that may change with the suspension and delay of television production due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The network has yet to announce an official plan, but a spokesperson for the show told Deseret News that an announcement will be published soon.