Carter Rubin and Larriah Jackson are two of the youngest artists on this season of The Voice. They went head to head in a battle for Team Gwen and it was literally impossible for her to choose a winner. The pressure was so high that Gwen Stefani even said she was going to quit the show.
Gwen Stefani Is Torn On ‘The Voice’ After Carter Rubin And Larriah Jackson’s Battle
Carter who is just 14 years old has shared his story about how he loves playing music with his older brother Jack who has autism. The pair perform at their family’s autism foundation. He grew up doing theater and has developed a true passion for pursuing music as a career.
At 15 years old, Larriah has been singing her whole life. The student opened up about how her father left when she was younger and she was raised by her mother and grandmother. She later found out she has nine half-siblings and now they have a strong family bond as she competes on The Voice.
For their battle, Carter and Larriah performed “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” by Meghan Trainor featuring John Legend. Their duet was perfect in every way with their harmonies completely in tune and their solo parts of the song were both stunning. It became clear that Gwen was going to have a tough decision to make. “You are so screwed,” Kelly Clarkson said to Gwen after the performance. This led Gwen to get up from her chair as she said “I’m going to quit now.”
Kelly also did not want to have to pick a winner of the battle. Blake Shelton joked that it was a $25,000 fine if she did not pick a winner. Kelly was more than ok with that. Blake actually felt that Larriah ended the song as strong as she started and felt she should win the battle. John agreed that Larriah had a beautiful tone throughout the performance.
Who Did Gwen Choose As The Winner Of The Battle?
“Every second that goes by I keep changing my mind” Gwen said struggling to pick a winner. “Larriah was a one chair turn and then we get to rehearsals and Larriah blows us away. You already lived a whole life at 15 years old and Julia saw that in you and saw that you were singing from your heart.”
“Carter you have this incredible voice that you can do all this stuff with and you’re just getting started,” Gwen said. “To watch you perform the way you did, you just had a lot more confidence in your body language and I saw a big growth in that. Vocally you were just so incredible today.”
Gwen chose Carter as the winner of the battle. She felt that he has a little bit more of a unique sound to his voice. He burst out into tears backstage and was extremely happy to be moving on to the next round of the competition. Check out our weekly recap show below where we talk about everything that happened in this week’s episode. Plus, we make updates to our ‘Voice’ fantasy teams.
But the journey wasn’t over for Larriah. She began walking off the stage when Gwen hit her save. Larriah was excited that Gwen gave her another opportunity to sing on The Voice. So both Larriah and Carter both remain on Team Gwen heading into the Knockouts.