The fourth of the six battles on the March 20 episode of “The Voice” pitted two of Adam Levine‘s artists — Gaby Borromeo and Mark Isaiah — against each other. In the auditions, Levine had liked the sound of Borromeo when she sang “Happy,” a track from Leona Lewis‘ second album “Echo.” Lewis had won the UK version of “The X Factor” in 2006 and Levine told Borromeo, 23, that she had that same indefinable quality, which made her pick him over Shelton. Despite being only 19, Isaiah had showed off his vocal control with his rendition of the Shawn Mendes 2016 hit “Mercy.” While Levine and Stefani both wanted to mentor him, Isaiah opted for the former, who spoke glowingly of his radio-friendly voice.
For their battle song, Levine chose the Zayn Malik ballad “Pillowtalk,” which hit No. 1 last year. While Borromeo had once been signed to the label of John Legend, who was sitting in as an advisor, that didn’t give her the edge. Rather, Isaiah, who has the look of a teen idol as Malik once did as part of boy band One Direction, was the clear winner. And with none of the other coaches wanting to use a steal, Borromeo exited.
Over the course of the four Battle episodes, the 12 artists on each team will be split into six pairs and have to sing the same song for their survival. The four coaches — Levine, Alicia Keys, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani — will then have to decide which contender in each battle to take to the Knockout rounds.
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