‘The Voice’ poll: Who was best in Monday’s knockout battles?

The first of this year’s knockout battles on “The Voice” for Monday delivered a first for the NBC reality show. Three artists had to duel instead of a duo because a contender left the program.

Coach Pharrell Williams informed his team that Anthony Riley departed due to “personal reasons.” That meant Sawyer Fredericks, Paul Pfau, and Mia Z faced off with two being safe and one going home. Fredericks performed “Collide” (Howie Day) against Pfau singing “I Don’t Need No Doctor” (John Mayer) and Mia with “Hold On, I’m Comin'” (Sam and Dave). Pfau was the odd one out and is now done.

Related: Who is your favorite ‘The Voice’ coach of all time?

During these knockout rounds this week and next, each coach has Nate Ruess (.fun) as an advisor and one steal to save a performer from elimination.

In other battles on Monday:

Sonic sang “A Woman’s Worth” by Alicia Keys against Ashley Morgan, who performed “Hearthbreaker” by Pat Benatar. Coach Christina Aguilera chose Sonic for the win.

Coach Blake Shelton had Brian Johnson singing “Nothing Ever Hurt Like You” (James Morrison) against Sarah Potenza performing “Wasted Love” (from past contestant Matt McAndrew). He chose Potenza, but Adam Levine stepped in to save Johnson.

Levine then pitted Nathan Hermida with “Leave Your Lover” (Sam Smith) against Clinton Washington singing Wanted (Hunter Hayes). Hermida moves on to the live rounds.

The Team Pharrell triple battle was next, and then Shelton chose Meghan Linsey performing “Natural Woman” (Aretha Franklin) over Travis Ewing singing “I Don’t Wanna Be” (Gavin DeGraw).

The final knockout round of Monday night was also from Team Christina. She chose Kimberly Nichole performing “Try” (Pink) over Koryn Hawthorne with “If You Love Somebody” (Sting). Williams jumped in at the last moment to use his one and only steal on Hawthorne.

Related: Who is your favorite ‘The Voice’ winner of all time?

Who was your favorite on Monday’s episode of “The Voice”? Was it one of the nine contestants who are moving on to the next round? Or maybe you will miss one of the four who was bounced from the show. Vote in our poll below.

When the live shows start at the beginning of April, you can predict who will be eliminated each week. Just log in to your account (or create a free one) and start answering our weekly questions. Top user gets a $100 Amazon gift certificate. The deadline for making or updating your predictions will be every Tuesday at 4 p.m. PT.

Until then, start forecasting the results of other reality TV shows like “Dancing with the Stars,” “American Idol,” “Survivor” and “The Amazing Race.” We are also predicting everything from the body count on “The Walking Dead” to the winners of the Academy of Country Music Awards and both the Daytime and Primetime Emmys. Click on any box to bring up that event and get started.

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