Monday and Tuesday were the first two nights of the Battle Rounds. Artists worked with guest advisors, moved on to the Knockouts, changed coaches, and some went home. For all the matchups, notes and results, read on (best battles marked with a “*”).
- Monday, March 20th
*Team Blake Shelton: Lauren Duski v Brennley Brown performing “Better Man” by Little Big Town.
The Advisor: Shelton brought in Luke Bryan to help coach his artists.
- Brown turned 15-years-old on this night and put on a special performance.
- While she had some diction issues and a breathy vibrato, her youthful energy provided a special sound that blended very well with Duski.
- Duski’s emotional connection to the song was extremely prevalent throughout her vocals and in her facial expressions. Her upper register is not the strongest of competitors, but it was elegant and powerful.
And the Winner is: Lauren Duski
Steals: Gwen Stefani stole Brown.
*Team Stefani: JChosen v Kenny P. performing “I Was Made to Love Her” by Stevie Wonder.
The Advisor: Celine Dion was Stefani’s advisor.
- JChosen’s lower register was unbelievable. It was full of riveting runs and loaded with swagger. He was a bit out of touch with Kenny while moving around the stage, but his general body language was right on the money.
- Kenny’s falsetto was just as strong as his opponent’s belt and his confidence was right on par. The lower spectrum of his voice is nowhere near as great as JChosen’s, however, his upper register was very natural and livelier.
And the Winner is: JChosen
Team Alicia Keys: Anatalia Villaranda v. Missy Robertson performing “Tightrope” by Janelle Monae
The Advisor: Dj Khaled was Keys’ guest advisor.
- Villaranda overpowered Robertson in nearly every way imaginable. Her spunk in her shimmery blue dress stormed the stage. The vocal runs and power were a clear indicator for me that Keys would pick her.
- Robertson had some unique runs and was dominant on the lower sections of her part. She was stationary and under complete control, which caused Levine to say that he would side with her
- Coach Shelton also admired that Robertson took the time to not fixate on power and to exert her beautiful, rock-styled voice. However, she was not the “firecracker” that stole the show.
And the Winner is: Anatalia Villaranda
Team Adam Levine: Gaby Borromeo v. Mark Isaiah performing “Pillowtalk” by Zayn Malik
The Advisor: John Legend was brought into the studio by Coach Levine.
- Together, the two sounded wonderful. Their weak head voices sounded in sync and fit the sentimental feeling of the song.
- Isaiah started out stronger, but everything quickly changed. His smoothness became entrenched by Borromeo’s vocal strength and beautiful presence.
- Borromeo had complete control and seemed more in touch with the message of the song, whereas Isaiah struck out on tone, vowel shaping, and maintaining steady control over his breath.
And the Winner is: Mark Isaiah (Trust me, I was stunned!)
*Team Alicia Keys: Felicia Temple v Quizz Swanigan performing “Titanium” by David Guetta
- Both started out strong, especially the lower ends of their voices.
- Swanigan definitely looked less composed next to Temple, but his 13-year-old body exerted so much spirit that he deserves more recognition than he’s received.
- Temple was phenomenal. Her power, round vowels, developed tone, and presence was one of the greatest performances in a battle that I have ever seen.
And the Winner is: Quizz Swanigan (Again, I was stunned!)
Steals: Shelton stole Temple.
*Team Shelton: Ashley Levin v Casi Joy performing “How Blue” by Reba McEntire
- Together, the duo opened up this piece acapella with Levin sounding more firm and under control on the melody.
- Joy’s power and sass began to integrate itself into the song, which displayed a perfect fluctuation with the banjo and drums in the background.
- It was a “boxing match posing as a singing competition” according to Levine.
And the Winner is: Casi Joy
Steals: Keys stole Levin
- Tuesday, March 21
Team Stefani: Johnny Gates v. Sammie Zonana performing “I Drove All Night” by Celine Dion
- This duet sounded like a successful indie radio song, which was Stefani’s goal.
- Gates’ presence with his guitar was very loose and his vocals sounded strong when he slid into the higher parts of the chorus.
- Zonana’s voice was soft and fused well with Gates’. However, her diction was heavily muffled, her belt was outdone, and her vibrato detracted from the harmonies implemented by their coach.
And the Winner is: Johnny Gates
*Team Keys: R.J. Collins v. Chris Blue performing “Adorn” by Miguel
- Both vocalists grooved well with the funky melody of the first verse.
- Collins’ emotion was very evident, yet he sounded very whiney to me in the middle of his register. At times, he was also too sharp on some of his notes. He started very messy, but overall came about and delivered a decent performance.
- Blue went off on very special runs that exerted a raspy part in his belt. He also had explosive falsetto notes that blew me away when the two matched up together in the final chorus. His stage presence was overwhelming and even Shelton said, “He’s going to win.”
And the Winner is: Chris Blue
These battles were not aired and the winners were summarized in a matter of a few minutes. For team Adam, Josh West defeated Nala Price in their performance of “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” by Tears for Fears. Following that, Aaliyah Rose out sang Savannah Leighton in their performance of “Treat You Better” for Team Gwen. Finally, Coach Shelton went with Andrea Thomas over Micah Tryba in their performance of “What Hurts the Most” by Rascal Flatts.
Team Shelton: Aliyah Moulden v. Dawson Coyle performing “Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina & The Waves.
- Coyle came out strong and floated some intricate runs on the lower parts of his register. His belt was pitch-perfect and matched Moulden when they harmonized in the final chorus.
- Moulden’s growling belt lit the duet with energy and passion that really helped the chemistry between the two.
- Their stage movements were high school musical like, as was the chemistry between the two artists.
And the Winner is: Aliyah Moulden
Steals: Keys stole Dawson.