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“You Killed Reba!”: How Ms. Monét & CORii's “Magnificent” Battle Put Reba on the Floor
CORii and Ms. Monét performed “New Attitude” by Patti LaBelle for their Battle on Season 24 of The Voice.
Ms. Monét and CORii sing “New Attitude” by Patti LaBelle on The Voice Season 24 Battles
McEntire had the pair perform “New Attitude” by Patti LaBelle for their Battle. (CORii admitted that she didn’t know the 1984 R&B-dance song prior to being assigned, but she quickly “got into work mode” to learn it inside and out.)
“CORii was totally a surprise for me. I knew she was good, and I knew she had talent, but not like I saw today,” McEntire said during practice, adding that Ms. Monét has a voice that makes you “sit up and pay attention. She commands attention.”
After the rehearsal performance, McEntire laid down on the ground, prompting somebody to jokingly quip “Oh my god, you killed Reba!"
The Battle itself was a fighting performance, and more than one Coach noted that CORii had made a marked improvement during the Battle.
“CORii! Why did I not turn [for you]!?” said Coach Niall Horan, explaining that he remembered some pitch issues in the Blind that were certainly gone now. Gwen Stefani also noted the growth between CORii's Blind and the Battle.
McEntire said she was so proud of them both. “You were a team. You could go out on the road as a duet right now.”
However, that’s not how the game works. McEntire said she respected CORii for stepping up with her stage presence and vocal range, and she complimented the professional way Ms. Monét carries herself. “Oh golly,” McEntire said, even asking Host Carson Daly for advice. (“I think you’ve got it,” Daly said.)
McEntire picked Ms. Monét to win. But at the last second when CORii was about to walk off the stage and exit The Voice, Horan slammed his button to steal, followed shortly by Stefani.
“CORii was a foot away from being off the show!” exclaimed Daly.
“CORii,the night and day between the Auditions thing is something that really excites me,” Horan said. “I think you’ve got more strings to your bow than we think.”
Stefani, meanwhile, offered CORii a “little tweak” that would help take better advantage of her charisma. CORii opted to go with Stefani, even though she admitted that Horan was her first choice.
“Gwen just felt so right and so organic,” she said.
But how far will Ms. Monét and CORii go? Find out by watching The Voice Mondays and Tuesdays at 8/7c on NBC and next day on Peacock.