The next round of competition on ‘The Voice’ is underway! The Battle Rounds begun on the show’s Oct. 12 episode, and the coaches were forced to begin eliminating members of their team after head-to-head matchups. But the Steal changed everything for 3 talented contestants! Read our full recap here.
Deciding whether or not to push their buttons in the Blind Auditions was NOTHING compared to the decisions Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Pharrell have to make now that the Battle Rounds have begun on The Voice! We have the rundown on everything that happened on the Oct. 12 episode — catch up here!
For the Battle Rounds, each coach enlisted a very special advisor: Selena Gomez helped out Team Gwen, Missy Elliot advised Team Pharrell, Brad Paisley helped out Team Blake and John Fogerty joined Team Adam. The new mentors added a whole new element as the contestants got a DOUBLE dose of expertise. For Adam’s first pairing, Jordan Smith, a Blind Audition favorite thanks to his amazing rendition of “Chandelier,” took on Regina Love. Adam gave them Sam Smith’s “Like I Can,” and their combination of powerful vocals was unbelievable. Adam had a tough decision to make, but ultimately (and not so surprisingly) revealed he’d be keeping Jordan around.
But don’t count Regina out! Gwen wasted no time using her Steal, and pushed her button to save the 51-year-old — and Regina has been given new life! Blake’s team was up next, and he chose Tyler Dickerson, who earned a spot on the show after getting no chairs to turn around in Season 8, to take on 16-year-old football player, Zach Seabaugh. The country boys were assigned “I’m Gonna Be Somebody” by Travis Tritt, and it was a great song choice for both of them. But Blake went with Zach, giving the youngster a chance to keep fighting.
Gwen brought her first pair together next, pitting Ellie Lawrence and Tim Atlas against each other. The Indie singers totally meshed during their performance, but only one could move on…and Gwen chose her girl, Ellie! No worries, though — Pharrell came in the clutch for Tim, pushing his button to use his first steal of the Battles. And Tim gets to live another day!
Back to Pharrell’s day-one team members though. The “Happy” singer’s first pairing was Mark Hood and Celeste Betton, and their rendition of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” was to die for, as the song choice gave both of them a real opportunity to show off their incredible range. It was a really difficult decision for Pharrell, but he went with Mark. Celeste didn’t go out lightly, though, and reduced Gwen to tears as she sang a final few notes. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough for any coaches to go for the Steal.
Adam paired up Dustin Monk, a professional Barber, and James Dupre, a father of four, next. The guys sounded better than ever, but the Maroon 5 frontman could only choose one, and he decided to keep James around for the Knockouts. Dustin got choked up as he said his goodbyes, but with limited Steals, Blake, Gwen and Pharrell decided against pushing their buttons for this one.
In the final battle of the night, Blake matched up Barrett Bader, a plane crash survivor, and Dustin Christensen for an absolutely epic rendition of “Walking In Memphis.” All the coaches totally raved over it, and Blake chose Barrett to stay on his team. But, not surprisingly, the Steal came into play for Dustin — and it led to a brand new battle between Adam and Gwen, who both wanted the singer on their team. Obviously not one to let Adam have his day, Blake pushed for his former team member to pick Gwen…but Dustin wasn’t having it, and Adam won the final Steal of the night.
Blake and Adam both moved two team members on in tonight’s episode, while Pharrell and Gwen moved one each. So far, Blake is the only coach not to use a steal, while Adam, Gwen and Pharrell have all used one. The Battles continue on Oct. 13 at 9 p.m. — stay tuned for what happens next!
HollywoodLifers: What did you think of the first round of Battles? Which coach do you think has the best team?