NBC's The Voice Season 22 returned for another impeccable episode on Tuesday night, October 11, 2022. The Battle Rounds officially started this week, and the coaches prepared their teams with the help of their celebrity battle advisors. Only one contestant from each battle would advance to the Knockouts. The coaches also had the option to either save or steal one contestant of their choice.
Gwen Stefani's team kicked off episode 8 on Tuesday night with an angelic performance. The next team to perform in the Battle Rounds was from Team Legend. John Legend chose Valerie Harding and Dia Malai to compete against each other.
The celebrity advisor John chose this season was famed artist Jazmine Sullivan, and he picked her song, Bust Your Windows, for the Battle Round. Following Dia and Valerie's performance, the coaches were left confused about whom to advance to the next round.
While they complimented Dia's style and outfit choices, it was clear that Valerie performed better, which is why Valerie was declared the winner and sent to the Knockouts.
Upon witnessing John Legend make his decision, fans took to social media to share their opinion. While some applauded him for picking Valerie and claimed it was the right choice, others claimed that Dia should've gone through instead.
Fans split over John Legend crowning Valerie as the winner of the Battle Rounds in The Voice Season 22, Episode 8
Taking to Twitter, fans shared that Valerie was the right choice and deserved to win the Battle Round because she outshone Dia. However, some fans pointed out that Dia performed better and should've been chosen as the winner instead. Some also pointed out that the decision should be made based on performance, not fashion choices, thereby making Valerie the right choice.
Here's what the coaches had to say about Dia and Valerie's performance on The Voice Season 22:
During rehearsals, Jazmine advised Dia to be a "little more slinky" and make her performance "less pretty." John and Jazmine helped Valerie with her phrasing.
While Dia impressed everyone with her stage presence during her performance, there was something that stood out about Valerie's tone. She connected with the song better than Dia, but both performed their best.
After their performance, Blake complimented Dia, claiming she was more consistent. However, he also added that Valerie's presence was more "explosive" than Dia's.
Camila Cabello said that Valerie's performance scored better in terms of technicality. However, she also added that Dia was a better performer and kept her engaged. Camila revealed that if the choice was up to her, she would pick Dia.
Gwen Stefani told Dia that she stole her heart. John Legend added that althought The Voice contestant embraced the character, Valerie could sing better. Ultimately, he picked Valerie as the winner. Sadly, no one used their one steal for Dia, thereby leading to her elimination.
The Voice Season 22 will return to NBC on Monday and Tuesday next week at 8 pm ET. Readers can check their local listings for more information.