It’s night three of the Battle Rounds on The Voice (Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on CTV) and Monday’s head to head battles were full of two things – amazing voices and a whole lotta love.
We made it through an entire evening with coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton focusing on the music and not on trading insults, and that’s how we like it. Let’s feel the love, people. As for Jennifer Hudson and Miley Cyrus, the pair had their own battle with themselves, each time they matched up two artists they love. Miley decided to ditch making #Herstory with her first male vocalists, but since it means we didn’t have to see another great singer go home, we’re okay with that.
Singers: Brandon Brown vs. Jon Mero
Team Adam enlisted the help of Joe Jonas to assist Brandon and Jon make The Temptations’ “I Wish It Would Rain” their own, although we don’t really feel like Jonas is pulling his weight. Where are those high notes we know you can hit, Joe? He’s more of a cheerleader than coach, which maybe is what some contestants need. The cheering seemed to work, with Jon and Brandon giving a beautiful performance, one that had Jon pulling in front from the first note.
Winner: Jon Mero
Singers: Anthony Alexander vs. Michael Kight
This was one of the least impressive performances of the night, but considering how incredible the other battles have been, that’s not a take down. We’re always surprised when people pick The Weeknd considering his incredible range and impressive falsetto, but 17-year-old Anthony was able to stand his ground with “Starboy.”
Singers: Red Marlow vs. Ryan Scripps
Team Blake and his buddies Rascal Flatts got real country with Red and Ryan, and that’s not just because one of the singers is named Red. Although that feels very country, as country as cornbread, according to Red. The pair performed “Fishin’ In The Dark” by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, which I’ve admittedly never heard but now kinda love.
Winner: Red Marlow
Singers: Addison Agen vs. Karli Webster
Miley and dad Billy Ray Cyrus finally got with the #Herstory theme and chose a song by a woman, this time an incredible slowed down version of Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.” Addison and Karli’s Blind Auditions were two of the best this year and their Battle Round performance was easily one of the best this season. Miley says it’s hurting her soul that she paired the young singers together. Same, Miley. You’re hurting our soul too. We were surprised that Miley went with Karli, but maybe her decision was made knowing that someone would quickly steal Addison and both singers would stay on the show. Addison had a double steal option from Team Adam and Team Jennifer and went with Team Adam, catapulting to the number one spot on a team. No goodbyes.
Winner: Karli Webster (Addison is stolen by Team Adam)
Singers: Janice Freeman vs. Katrina Rose
Bless Janice Freeman for reacting to seeing Billy Ray the same way we expect someone to react to Kelly Rowland.
— The Voice (@NBCTheVoice) October 24, 2017
Not to be topped, Billy Ray’s notes like “live life like there’s no box” brought Katrina to tears. These women are in it to win it. Both have such huge voices and the song choice of “W.O.M.A.N.” was so big that it didn’t give the women the opportunity to show many levels, but when you can sing your bracelet off and stomp the stage, small moments aren’t the focus.
Winner: Janice (Katrina stolen by Team Jennifer)
Singers: Shi’Ann Jones vs. Stephan Marcellus
Some battles make us more nervous than others and Shi’Ann and Stephan’s duet is a nail bitter. Little Shi’Ann with the big voice is only 15, and as for Stephan, he famously forget his lyrics during the Blinds. The spirit of John Lennon was with them both tonight and the pair turned “Oh! Darling” into a powerhouse duet. Stephan’s performance was full of emotions and soaring notes, but it’s difficult to compare to a 15 year-old WHO HAS NEVER HAD A VOICE LESSON AND IS INCREDIBLE. Blake, who has been on the show for 100 years, agrees with our pick of Shi’Ann.
Winner: Shi’Ann (Stephan stole by Team Miley)