The first of the nine battles on the March 27 episode of “The Voice” pitted two of Blake Shelton‘s artists — Josh Hoyer and TSoul — against each other. For their battle song, Shelton chose “In the Midnight Hour,” a 1965 hit for Wilson Pickett. Not surprisingly, TSoul — who had sailed through the blind auditions with his rendition of the Al Green soul classic “Take Me to the River” — connected with this similarly styled song and was Shelton’s pick. Although Gwen Stefani praised Hoyer neither she nor Adam Levine used one of their steals on him.
On the March 7 blind audition episode, Hoyer, a 40-year-old crooner from Lincoln, NE, had impressed with his rendition of “Oh Girl.” After hearing him sing that 1972 hit for soul group The Chi-Lites, both Shelton and Stefani wanted him for their teams. Shelton’s invocation of his winning record proved to be the deciding factor.
In his blind audition that aired on March 13, Richmond, VA native TSoul made Green’s 1974 hit “Take Me to the River” sound like a contemporary tune with his unique song stylings. The 29-year-old went with Shelton over Levine after this five-time winning coach endorsed his sound.
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 — Keys, Levine, Shelton and Stefani — will then have to decide which contender in each battle to take to the Knockout rounds.
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