Monday was the first night of the Battle Rounds on Season 13 of The Voice (Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on CTV) and that means good news and bad news.
The good news is that we get longer performances from the singers. The bad news is that we have to see more people get their dreams crushed. Also, more awkward fighting from Blake and Adam. We really hoped that part was over. But back to the good part:
Singers: Moriah Formica vs. Shilo Gold
Miley Cyrus looked as far as her living room to find her celebrity adviser, hiring her dad Billy Ray Cyrus. It’s a bit of a surprising move considering Cyrus is so intent on making #Herstory. To make things even more surprising, Miley chose “American Woman” for the battle song for her “growlers and rockers” Moriah and Shilo. Miley argues that she wants songs that celebrate women. We argue it’s a song by men. But none of that mattered when the two women hit the stage and delivered the best performance of the night. Girl power! Jennifer and Adam chose Moriah, while Blake played Switzerland.
Winner: Moriah Formica
Singers: Brooke Simpson vs. Sophia Bollman
Bless these girls for acting so excited to see Billy Ray Cyrus as their adviser. Let’s be real, they were hoping for Katy Perry, but this isn’t American Idol. Cyrus again went with another song penned by a man, this time Bob Dylan’s “You’re A Big Girl Now.” We thought that Brooke would be the clear winner, but Sophia held her own. Still, we would have chosen Brooke, whom Blake and Adam also chose.
Singers: Lucas Holliday vs. Megan McNeal
First up with Team Jennifer Hudson, who scored Beyoncé Kelly Rowland as her adviser. Still impressive. She’s paired Frasier Lucas Holliday with Meagan McNeal, who switched the swag and properness in their voices for “My Prerogative.” Hudson paired them together knowing “They have the potential to turn The Voice into a legit party.” Lucas said he didn’t want to go back to working at Dollar General. Meagan said she needed to win as much as she needs air to breath. We say we’re nervous for both singers.
Winner: Lucas Holliday
Singers: Chris Weaver vs. Kathrina Feigh
Chris and Kathrina performed “Dangerous Woman” by Ariana Grande (pay attention to this song choice, Miley) and Jennifer instructed Chris to Christize the track. What’s so interesting about the Battle Rounds is hearing a song by a solo performer turned into a duet and in the case of “Dangerous Woman,” it really works as a back and forth. While Kathrina delivered an incredible performance, especially reaching into her lower register, it’s difficult to beat the person who is likely going to win The Voice. Thankfully, B Shel Productions came to the rescue with a steal. Our favourite part of this steal was that no one was more excited than Chris.
Winner: Chris (steal for Kathrina by Blake)
Singers: Keisha Renee vs. Noah Mac
Blake Shelton kept it country and brought in Rascall Flatts as his celebrity advisers, who we learned in the intro have sold 23 million records. Yee haw, y’all! Keisha and Noah sang Elvis Presley’s version of “So Lonesome I Could Cry” and their performance was so pretty we could cry. What was so difficult about Keisha and Noah’s performance was that the singers could not be more different, but are both immensely talented. Why do the Coaches do this to themselves and more importantly, to us? In the end, Blake went with Keisha and Jennifer waited until Noah was literally steps away from leaving the stage before she stole him. J Hud knows that face and that voice are the things preteen dreams and millions of dollars in fan merch are made of.
Winner: Keisha (steal for Noah by Jennifer)
Singers: Adam Pearce vs. Whitney Feinmore
Adam Levine asked Joe Jonas to be his celebrity adviser, a question we assume Levine asked while they were at their weekly meeting of Male Pop Singers with Super High Voices. The pair helped fellow high singer Adam Pearce along with poppy folk artist Whitney Feinmore, who performed Tom Petty (RIP) and Stevie Nicks’ “Stop Dragging My Heart Around.” Adam went with Adam, and Whitney earned a double button press from Miley and Blake. Not surprisingly, Adam quickly got involved, aka began badmouthing Blake. Dude, you missed out on Whitney. Shush. In the end, Whitney chose Team Miley and is ready to make #Herstory by singing more songs by dudes.
Winner: Adam (steal for Whitney by Miley)