The last of the six battles on the March 20 episode of “The Voice” pitted two of Blake Shelton‘s artists — Casi Joy and Ashley Levin — against each other. Joy was the only one of the seven acts on the March 1 blind audition episode to get the support of all four judges. She put her own spin on the 1958 country classic “Blue” by Bill Mack that won LeAnn Rimes a Grammy in 1996. While Joy was open to trying different genres, in the end she chose to go with Shelton, her favorite country singing star. And on the March 2 episode, Levin delivered a stellar blues-tinged rendition of Patti Griffin‘s 1996 track “Let Him Fly.” Alicia Keys, Shelton and Gwen Stefani all turned after she was a good ways into the song and Shelton convinced her that he would be the best fit for her style.
For their battle song, Shelton chose Reba McEntire‘s 1984 No. 1 country hit “How Blue.” This pairing might have been the last of the night, but it was the first in which all three of the other coaches fought to get the loser for their team. Joy and Levin were both outstanding as they crooned . Before revealing his choice, Shelton acknowledged he had made a mistake with this match-up: “I told you girls from the second I heard you singing together, I wish I hadn’t.” After he opted to take Joy to the knockouts, the others made their case for Levin, who went with Keys in the end.
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, Adam Levine, Shelton and Stefani — will then have to decide which contender in each battle to take to the Knockout rounds.
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