Who Will Win The Voice?
The Voice's first night of Knockouts got underway on Monday night, as eight stars progressed to the playoffs, but four wannabes were eliminated from the show.
Each coach paired two of their artists against each other in a singing match, and the winner went through, while the loser exited the contest.
However, two contestants, Tasha Jessen and Kala Banham, looked to be out of the door in the brutal stage of the competition, only to survive.
Jessen was granted a reprieve after she was stolen from coach Blake Shelton's team by rival coach Niall Horan, who branded her his "one that got away."
Chance the Rapper has tried to bring Banham onto his team several times throughout the competition, and he finally managed to pluck her from coach Kelly Clarkson's squad to give the star another chance in the contest.
Country music legend Reba McEntire joined the first Knockouts round as the Mega Mentor, which saw her give her opinion on the wannabes' performances to help the coaches decide who they wanted to keep in the series.
McEntire's appearance also provided a "full circle" moment for Shelton - who is leaving The Voice as a coach at the end of the season after appearing on all 23 series so far - because she was his first-ever guest advisor back in season one.
With these hypothetical odds provided by industry sports betting experts, we've taken a deep dive into which The Voice contestants have what it takes to be the show's season 23 winner.
NOIVAS is Early Favorite to Win The Voice
In a previous episode, Shelton stole NOIVAS from Team Chance, and it could prove to be one of the shrewdest moves of the season if the first Knockouts round was anything to go by.
NOIVAS kicked off episode 11 by going up against Jessen, and his sublime performance saw him progress to the playoffs and become the favorite to win the whole competition at +250, with a 28.6% implied probability.
Jessen was unfortunate in that she was matched up against an in-form NOIVAS, but after being on the verge of being booted off the show, she is now a +1200 outsider to triumph because of Shelton's save.
Despite nearly exiting the competition, her version of 'Take Me to Church' was impressive, and she could be one of the dark horses remaining in the contest.
Some Second Chance Folks Still Alive in The Voice
Banham was also given another chance in the competition by Chance – after he and Shelton both pressed their steal buttons – following defeat by her Team Kelly co-star Cait Martin in a top-quality match-up.
Martin is now the +300 second favorite to progress after coming out on top in the close call, while Banham is narrowly behind her at +400, and it would be no surprise if one of the pair makes the latter stages of the competition.
Gina Miles is the fourth favorite to win The Voice at +500 after she beat off competition from Kate Cosentino, who was eliminated.
Miles' version of 'Somebody That I Used to Know' did enough, and Coach Clarkson even compared her to Florence Welch.
Uriel Knocks Out NariYella from The Voice
Ray Uriel (+600) had a tough Team Chance match-up against NariYella, but came out on top after Chance decided to keep the former on his team.
Marcos Covos followed NariYella out of the competition's exit door after being defeated by his Team Kelly competitor ALI, who is +800 to win the contest.
Shelton described ALI as "so special," and Clarkson was won over by their "moving" performance.
One of the tightest calls of the night saw Kylee Dayne narrowly overcome Walker Wilson as Shelton agonized over which to choose because they were so different before eventually picking Dayne because of "what happens in the moment."
Dayne performed a version of Celine Dion's 'All by Myself,' and during rehearsals, she brought McEntire to tears.
Afterward, McEntire told Dayne: "You really touched my heart. That's the biggest thing, is to capture somebody in the audience, to where they're sobbing, or laughing. Get some emotion out of them - and you did it for me."
Dayne is now +1000 to win The Voice, with a 9.1% implied probability, but will no doubt hold onto one of Clarkson's comments comparing her to Dion and Mariah Carey as she looks to impress in the next round.
Next Monday's episode will see more wannabes take on each other in the second round of Knockouts.
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