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Jordan Rainer and Jackson Snelling’s “Spectacular” Battle Gave the Coaches “Goosebumps”
The Team Reba members performed the 1993 classic "The Heart Won't Lie," a duet McEntire originally sang with Vince Gill.
Team Reba members Jordan Rainer and Jackson Snelling gave The Voice Coaches actual "goosebumps" Tuesday evening as the Battles portion of Season 24 officially got underway. The duo were asked to perform "The Heart Won't Lie," the 1993 single McEntire sang alongside Vince Gill (which McEntire still breaks out at concerts, three decades later).
Niall Horan and John Legend praised Jackson's performance as both "unique" and "welcoming," though the two differed on who they wanted to see advance to Knockouts. Horan cast his vote for Rainer, while Legend supported Snelling. Gwen Stefani also chose Rainer, stating: "I feel like we want to see a little bit more of Jordan just because of, 'Well, what else do you have?'"
"If you ask my ex-husband, there are many sides of me," replied the quick-witted Rainer.
"I can't take it," chuckled Legend.
"He [my ex-husband] couldn't either," quipped Rainer without missing a beat, drawing plenty of laughter from the Coaches and audience.
Watch Jordan Rainer go head-to-head with Jackson Snelling on The Voice
Of course, only one singer could advance to the next round, with McEntire choosing Rainer to move on to Knockouts. "Jordan is so different from anybody else on all of the Coaches' teams," McEntire explained. "She's witty, she's perky. It takes talent, but it also takes a unique personality to go forward. That's why I kept Jordan."
"I'm excited, I'm relieved," added Rainer, who hails from the same part of Oklahoma as McEntire. "I've worked so hard to get past this round and by the grace of God, here we are. We're moving forward [and] I couldn't be happier."
While Legend thought Snelling was the better performer in this particular instance, he strategically declined to use one of his Steals. "If anybody knows me, you know I'm a bit picky," he concluded. "I'm waiting for the perfect artist to Steal."
Season 23 of The Voice (the final go-around for OG Coach Blake Shelton) is also streaming on Peacock.