Team Blake members Chris Crump and Krista Hughes were chosen by coach Blake Shelton to face off in the Battle Rounds this week on The Voice, set to perform a dueling duet originally sung by guest advisor Brad Paisley and the legendary Dolly Parton.

Though Crump is technically a pop singer, the artist didn’t shy away from the challenge, and Hughes’ old school country vibe was an obvious fit.

Paisley talked to the artists in rehearsal about conveying the emotion of the song. “When I recorded it, I had lost my favorite aunt to cancer,” he explained.

Crump added that he had just lost his grandfather, and admitted it was hard not to get too emotional to get through the song. Paisley took the comment as his cue to use his trademark humor to lighten the mood.

“When you get too emotional, just think about a shark attack,” he suggested.

Though Hughes struggled with a line originally intended for Paisley’s male vocal register, Paisley took the opportunity to rewrite the melody for her, saying that the lines could be her shining moment.

When the duo took the stage, the emotions were clearly present, but the contestants kept their vocals in check. The unique character of Hughes’ voice shone, but Crump’s genuine tone and vocal control impressed all four coaches, especially Shelton.

“You did a great job of taking a country song and making it what you do,” he commented after the performance. “You’re a great storyteller."

That storytelling ability along with his dynamic vocals earned Crump the victory in the end, moving on to the knockout round. Watch the pair's full performance of the tune above.

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