‘The Voice’ welcomed Pharrell Williams and Chris Martin into the family today, but it was the contestants who stole the spotlight in the Round Two Battles. Two talented singers took the stage, but we’re they sent home?
Singers Tess Boyer and Josh Kaufman wowed the audience — but are they safe? The first night of the Round Two Battles on The Voice were cutthroat, sending home some of the best singers. Keep reading to find out if Tess and Josh went sent home or saved by a steal!
Chris Martin Joins ‘The Voice’ As Key Advisor
The first-ever round two battles opened with country crooner Audra McLaughlin versus rocker chick Megan Rüger, and they were welcomed by new key advisor, Chris Martin, who proved he has more than just musical talent — he’s funny, too! The girls who were about to go into battle had three songs to choose from for their performance, and ultimately selected Miley Cyrus‘s The Climb, which prompted Chris to ask, “Does she twerk in that song?”
All laughs aside, Chris’s critiques are extremely genuine, and the Coldplay frontman is clearly a force of talent to mentor these singers, as they enter their dueling duets.
The Round Two Battles Begin
Audra and Megan were super supportive of each other, even ending their battle with a friendly hug! That must have made the decision that much harder on coach Blake Shelton. Ultimately, Audra blew away the judges and Blake, who commented on how tough the decision was: “That was a heartbreaker for me. In the second rounds of battles, the level of talent is just incredible and we’re sending a lot of people home, but Audra is unique and I think I can win this thing with Audra.”
The second battle of the episode got coach Usher very giddy because TJ Wilkins and Cierra Mickens put on a performance that was downright amazing. Shakira was left stunned and Adam Levine even took a jab at every other singing show on TV saying, “I just shed a tear for all of these other shows that have singers, the singing competitions, because this is the best one.” (Do we hear Emmy-talk, Adam?) Tonight, the only award the contestants care about is the pass to make it into the playoffs — and TJ will be that person! Well deserved, but we’re sad to see Sierra go. She was such a stunner! This was the first shocker of the season.
Josh Murley and Patrick Thomson from Team Shakira went into battle and stunned with their rocking performance of Run To You, but it all came down to a unique, raspy voice, causing the Colombian coach chose Patrick.
[Spoiler] Was Saved By The Steal Of The Night
Jake Worthington and Tess Boyer took the stage next. This pair is so unlikely, but opposites definitely attract because their Have A Little Faith In Me battle was amazing! Coach Blake had yet another toughie because Jake’s raspy voice and Tess’s perfect range were both equally impressive. “I don’t envy you,” Adam told Blake. “This is going to suck.” Blake seemed absolutely stunned (“What the hell am I about to do here?”) by the level of talent he just endured, congratulating both singers. His agonizing decision came down to staying in the country genre with Jake being his winner, even though he deemed it a tie…
…and that it was! Tess was stolen by all three other coaches. (Keep in mind that each judge only gets one steal during this round!) Shakira told Tess that she is the best female voice in the competition, and that was surely enough to land her! Shakira can officially welcome Tess to her team.
Christina Grimmie Plays It Safe — Is She Safe?
Christina Grimmie, who has been a frontrunner since the offset of the season, shared the spotlight with nanny Sam Behymer. The ladies sang OneRepublic‘s Counting Stars, and while it wasn’t the most impressive performance that Christina has given, it was a fun and upbeat round. Sam really shined tonight, but was it enough to beat Christina? Adam took a very long time to make his decision, but stuck to his gut, ultimately selecting Christina to stay on Team Adam.
The Night’s Finale Battle Ends With A Huge Steal
Adam coached two of his best male vocalists next. Delvin Choice and family man frontrunner Josh Kaufman went head-to-head with Stevie Wonder’s Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours. The guys knocked it out of the park so far the they got a standing ovation from the coaches. Adam was angry with himself for putting these guys up against each other because they’re so darn good! (He said they were “flawless” before telling them he will be losing a “potential winner” of the entire show.) Usher even deemed this the best vocal competition of the night. But only one could be the best. And who was that? Delvin!
But wait. There’s more! Usher hit his button faster than the speed of light, stealing Josh! He complimented him for having one of the most incredible vocal performances ever. We’re so happy to see Josh sticking around for the playoffs!
HollywoodLifers, were you amazed at the talent tonight? Who were you most sad to see sent home?
— Elizabeth Wagmeister