Night three of the Battle Rounds on this season of The Voice (Monday and Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET/MT on CTV TWO) took place on Monday night and may go down as the best battle pairings in the show’s 15 season history. The four coaches, including Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine, paired singers so evenly matched in talent and ability that we found ourselves giving each performer a 50/50 shot at staying or going home. That’s never happened.
The evening began with Shelton deciding which raspy country singer he liked best in the pairing titled ‘Battle of the Beards.’ Professional musician Dave Fenley earned the win, but Park Ranger Keith Paulso finally ended up on Team Adam after Levine was blocked by Shelton in the Blinds. We honestly don’t know whether Adam really did like Keith that much or just wanted to stick it to Blake. You never can tell with those two.
Next was Adam’s Teen Team of 16-year-old Emily Hough and 13-year-old Reagan Strange, with the girls singing Ed Sheeran’s “Photograph.” We’ve given Adam a lot of crap over the years for his poor song choice, but so far, he’s off to a strong start with Season 15. Considering how young and inexperienced the girls were, picking a song that they both likely already knew by heart (it may actually be illegal to be 16 and not love Ed Sheeran) gave them confidence and added to their comfort on stage. Again, Reagan earned the win, but the decision could have gone either way.
After the teen titans paid homage to the ginger god of folk rock, it looked like Adam was returning to his old, terrible song choice ways when he paired up rocker Natalie Brady and folk singer Jake Wells (he’s the guy we think could win this even though everyone but Adam slept on him). After publicly chastising the coaches for not giving Jake a four-chair turn, we were nervous to hear him in the Battle Rounds. But we were right. We were soooooo right. This guy is incredible. Levine gave the polar opposite singers Semisonic’s “Closing Time” and appeared to be returning to his ill-advised song choice ways, but either Adam is a genius or he got really lucky.
Not only did the two very different vocalists sound Ah-Mazing together, they turned the 90’s one-hit-wonder into an achingly beautiful song of longing. Well played, Adam. Well played. We were happy that Jake moved on to the Knockouts (that voice!) but seeing single mom Natalie go home after grinding it out for years in the Nashville music scene sucked. Here’s hoping someone in the music city takes notice and offers her a deal, because girlfriend can SANG.
The most evenly matched performance of the night came at the end of the show. Team J Hud’s Tyshawn Colquitt and Zaxai took on Normani and Khalid’s huge hit “Love Lies.” Considering it’s already a duet, the song seemed like an easy pick, but Tyshawn and Zaxai still went 100 on it and put their own sultry spin on the track. In making “Love Lies” their own, they also made themselves almost indistinguishable from one another. The two harmonized so well that it was often difficult to discern whose voice we were hearing. In the end, it really didn’t matter. Both performed beautifully and we have a sneaking suspicion that Hudson made the safe move of picking Tyshawn knowing that Kelly, who she blocked in the Blind Auditions, would steal Zaxai, which Clarkson did immediately. It gives us warm fuzzies when no one goes home during a Battle, especially when both singers are so talented.
STANDING AFTER NIGHT THREE OF THE BATTLE ROUND*
Chevel Shepherd – Advancing to Knockouts
Mikele Buck – Eliminated
Abby Cates – Advancing to Knockouts
Zaxai – Stolen From Team J Hud
Kymberli Joye – Advancing to Knockouts
Natasia GreyCloud – Stolen From Team J Hud
Cody Ray Raymond – Advancing to Knockouts
Tyshawn Colquitt – Advancing to Knockouts
Franc West – Advancing to Knockouts
Matt Johnson – Eliminated
MaKenize Thomas – Advancing to Knockouts
Audri Bartholomew – Eliminated
Mike Parker – Advancing to Knockouts
Anthony Arya – Stolen From Team Adam
SandyRedd – Stolen From Team Kelly
Patrique Fortson – Advancing to Knockouts
Dave Fenley – Advancing to Knockouts
Chris Kroeze – Advancing to Knockouts
Katrina Cain – Advancing to Knockouts
Colton Smith – Stolen From Team J Hud
Michael Lee – Advancing to Knockouts
Reagan Strange – Advancing to Knockouts
Emily Hough – Eliminated
Delaney Silvernell – Stolen From Team Kelly
Keith Paulso – Stolen From Team Blake
Radha – Advancing to Knockouts
Foushee – Eliminated
Jake Wells – Advancing to Knockouts
Natalie Brady – Eliminated
Steve Memmolo – Advancing to Knockouts
Tyke James – Advancing to Knockouts
*Italics identify Monday night’s standings.
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