team gwen forever?
Gwen Stefani had 'a plan' for San Antonio singer in knockout round on 'The Voice'
Washing cars may one day be a distant memory for San Antonio singer Rudi.
A little more than a month after her standout audition on NBC's The Voice — which inspired all four famous judges to commit to battling for her as a protege for the season — Rudi stunned again and came out unscathed from a three-way knockout round.
The Voice sets four famous vocalists — in this season: John Legend, Gwen Stefani, Niall Horan, and Reba McEntire — up with contestants as their singing coaches. Whoever wins brings glory to their coach, but sometimes there has to be an inner-team rivalry.
Directly following her audition, Rudi joined Team Gwen, her initial first choice. She shared that her job in San Antonio was to help with her dad's autobody shop, but as the season has progressed, she's made it clear that she has other aspirations.
In the knockout round on November 7, teammates were each allowed to choose a song to perform. Their performance would help the judges decide which of the three wins, with the two others being available to be stolen by other judges, or being vulnerable to going home.
Dressed in a reflective outfit and showing off an even stronger stage presence than she started the season with (deemed "dope" in this episode, by Legend), Rudi chose to perform "Smokin' Out the Window” by Silk Sonic.
Rudi received compliments from the judges on her technical ability and cool factor. Despite a more patchy vocal performance, teammate Tanner Massey was praised for conveying strong emotions. Finally, teammate Chechi Sarai received more constructive feedback about consistency.
"This is just bizarre. I kind of have a plan," said Stefani, prefacing her ultimate choice. "I just want everybody to know that."
Stefani chose Massey, the newest teammate, as the night's winner, but also put in a bid to "save" Rudi from going home and keep her on the team. Legend and McEntire offered to "steal" the singer, but she stayed loyal to Stefani. That meant that Chechi Sarai went home.
"i’ve been on a lot of stages and have sang a lot of songs but last night might have been my fave," wrote Rudi on Instagram.
Fans can follow Rudi's progress on The Voice on Mondays and Tuesdays at 7 pm on NBC, or on-demand via their TV provider or trial at nbc.com.