Natasha Bure was ready to shake off her nerves as The Voice headed into the battle rounds on Monday, but she faced some stiff competition from 16-year-old crooner, Riley Elmore.
At the top of the episode, Bure -- the 18-year-old daughter of Full House star Candace Cameron Bure and her husband, former hockey player Valeri Bure -- and Elmore, members of Adam Levine’s team, met up with their coach and his celebrity guest mentor, former Van Halen vocalist Sammy Hagar, to get their song for the week: Michael Buble’s “Cry Me a River.”
“I think that you’d think Riley would be doing [this song] normally,” Levine admitted. “Natasha this is a really interesting opportunity for you, because it’s definitely not necessarily where you would go.”
Bure impressed Levine and Hagar during her week of rehearsals, with both her vocal chops and her commitment to settling the nerves that Levine noted affected her performance during the initial audition round.
“Turn that scared emotion into your performance and it gets more exciting,” offered Hagar, who was taken by the “soul” that Bure sang with.
“Natasha’s voice is like an unpolished diamond,” Levine agreed. “There are things that need to be refined, but she’s got something.”
The pair’s performance wowed the judges, who noted that Bure’s nerves were a thing of the past as her family cheered her on from the audience.
“Our goal from day one, was just to bury that, be like ‘That’s never happening again,’” Levine recalled. “Now, it’s like that never happened and I could not be more proud of you.”
“Riley was right on the money, technically, but Natasha really sold that performance,” Blake Shelton observed, as fellow coaches Alicia Keys and Miley Cyrus agreed. “Based on just that element -- and your singing was great too -- I would choose Natasha.”
Ultimately, however, it was Elmore’s vocal chops that won him the battle, as Levine chose him to remain on the Team Adam. However there were no hard feelings from Bure, who tweeted her affection for both her former coach and competitor after the show aired.
“Thank you so much for turning your chair and giving me the opportunity to come on here and just kick my nerves in the butt,” she told Levine. “It was such a great opportunity.”
“You are going to be on a great path,” the Maroon 5 singer assured his mentee. “I look forward to watching it through.”