Fierce battles and three steals highlight second round of ‘The Voice’

The second round of battles for NBC’s “The Voice” delivered fierce performances from the remaining competitors. For this week’s Monday and Tuesday shows, some even surprised the coaches with new-found range and ability.

Chris Martin of popular rock/pop band Coldplay joined the regular all-star lineup of Adam Levine, Shakira, Blake Shelton, and Usher as a special advisor to the contenders. He mainly offered suggestions for better on-stage presence and movements to wow the audience.

The best showdown of this week was “one in a trillion” vocalist Sisaundra Lewis defeating Biff Gore for Team Blake. They performed the James Brown classic “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World” Tuesday to a big reaction from the crowd and other judges.

Also on Tuesday’s episode:

Deja Hall got Shakira’s vote over Ddendyl with the tune “Say Something” from A Great Big World.

With the Dixie Chicks song “I Can Love You Better,” Shakira chose Kristen Merlin instead of Emily B.

Usher had a difficult decision with the night’s final duo but selected Stevie Jo over Morgan Wallen after their performance of One Direction‘s “Story of My Life.” Levine then used his one and only steal of this round to save Wallen.

On Monday’s edition of the show:

The night began with a Team Blake match-up that had Audra McLaughlin winning over Megan Ruger. They both sang the Miley Cyrus tune “The Climb.”

A very nice rendition of “Get Here” (from Oleta Adams) highlighted the battle that had T.J. Wilkins eliminating Cierra Mickens for Team Usher.

The third competition had a thrilling finish. Team Blake saw Jake Worthington defeating Tess Boyer with “Have a Little Faith in Me” by John Hiatt. All three competing coaches immediately hit their buzzers wanting to steal Boyer away. She chose to join Team Shakira.

Next up, Christina Grimmie took down Sam Behymer with the OneRepublic song “Counting Stars” for Team Adam.

Singing the Bryan Adams rocker “Run to You,” Patrick Thompson eliminated Josh Murley for Team Shakira.

The final competition of the evening was a good one featuring Delvin Choice against Josh Kaufman with the Stevie Wonder hit “Signed, Sealed, Delivered.” While Levine chose Choice, Usher used his solitary steal to retain Kaufman.

With three coaches using their steals this week, that only leaves Shelton as a coach with a steal remaining. The final battles of the second round will be next Monday, so that will certainly leave him with an advantage.

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