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Why Dylan Carter and Tom Nitti’s “Electric,” “Spiritual” Battle Moved 1 Coach to Tears
The Team Reba duo had the Coaches in awe — both on and off the stage.
Team Reba Artists Tom Nitti and Dylan Carter gave The Voice one of its toughest Season 24 Battles decisions yet, stunning the Coaches with complementing sweet-and-scratchy vocal styles that elevated their dialed-in team dynamic — so much so that they may just be ready to hit the road right now as a soulful country-singin’ duo.
Performing Cody Johnson’s ’Til You Can’t,” Dylan (who’d already earned an amazing four-chair Blind Audition turn) and Tom made for an unexpectedly effective entertainment act on Battles night: They “might could be the next Brooks & Dunn!” said an awed Reba McEntire in the aftermath.
In the end, Reba waved Nitti through to the show’s Knockouts round, though the pair’s performance left her convinced Dylan’s musical journey is likewise far from finished. “We’re gonna do something,” she said afterward. “That’s not over.”
Tom Nitti and Dylan Carter sing Cody Johnson’s “’Til You Can’t” on The Voice Season 24 Battles
Everyone was starstruck by Tom and Dylan’s surprise chemistry, with Niall Horan impressed at how sharing the stage helped bring out each Artist’s best.
“You were so strong and so powerful, and when the two of you start harmonizing together, it was electric!” said Horan. “That’s when the room was like, ‘Oh — we’ve got a Battle on our hands!’”
“At the beginning I felt like, ‘He may be hiding behind the guitar a little bit,’” said John Legend of Nitti’s performance, “And then you showed us this whole other side of you. You turned on the heat and it just felt like a revelation — like ‘Oh — there’s Tom!’”
As for Dylan and his endearingly earnest vocals, Legend was as impressed as everyone else. “You were just consistently outstanding the entire time,” he said. “Your voice is wonderful. You were, like, spiritually in tune with what you were singing!”
The Artists might’ve wowed the Coaches onstage, but their personal stories also left a heart-stirring impression.
Tom — an ex-military Purple Heart recipient who admits he delayed his musical dream to support his family as a New York State Trooper — barely made it to the Battles round at all, pulling out a last-minute Blind Audition turn from McEntire. And Dylan, who sang Whitney Houston's "I Look to You” as a Blind Audition homage to his late mother, had Stefani clasping at her heart (and Horan wiping away a tear) after sharing what his time on the show had meant.
“When y’all four turned around for me, I gained so much confidence that I needed,” he said in a heartfelt farewell moment. “And I felt my mom, for the first time in a long time. I’m gonna keep chasing my dreams... keep chasing her dreams.”
“That was emotional, that,” said Horan afterward. “It’s always so difficult to see talented people go home.”