While last week’s two battle round episodes of “The Voice” had six matches apiece and Monday’s installment was crammed with nine pairings, the final night had only three duelling duets. These battles are between two of the 12 artists on each team who sing the same song for their survival. The four coaches — Adam Levine, Alicia Keys, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani — then have to decide which contender in each battle to take to the Knockout rounds.
At the end of the four shows, their teams will be winnowed from a dozen artists to six. However, each coach can throw two losers of other battles lifelines and take them on-board their team. These “steals” will bring their rosters up to eight each. Before Tuesday’s show, Keys, Shelton and Stefani had used both their steals while Levine still had one left.
At rehearsals, the coaches had friends on hand to offer advise: Keys was with DJ Khaled, Levine had John Legend by his side, Shelton brought in his buddy Luke Bryan, and Stefani was counseled by Celine Dion.
Below, take a read of our recap of each of the three battles and then weigh in with your choice as to the best of these match-ups by voting in our poll and sounding off in the comments section.
Team Alicia: Lauryn Judd vs. Lilli Passero – “Every Little Bit Hurts”
For the second night in a row, we had a veteran pitted against a young talent (on Monday it was the upstart, Stephanie Price, who prevailed). Keys chose to showcase this two singers with this 1964 Motown hit for Brenda Holloway. Passero, who had scored in the blind audition with the 1961 Carla Thomas classic “A Love of My Own,” was in her comfort zone while teenager Judd struggled. After Keys went with Passero, Judd’s only hope was if Levine used his last steal but he passed.
Team Adam: Taylor Alexander vs. Jesse Larson – “Shameless”
Garth Brooks had a huge hit in 1991 with this chart-topping song, which Billy Joel had written and recorded two years earlier for his album “Storm Front.” While the countrified tune was more in Alexander’s wheelhouse, it was Larson that dominated the duet. Keys was effusive in her praise of the latter, “I think that your voice has such a unique style to it,” as was Stefani who gushed, ” you can do anything with your voice.”
Team Gwen: Davina Leone vs. Brandon Royal – “In the Night”
For the last battle song of the series, Stefani chose this 2015 hit for The Weeknd, which has a range that strained both artists in contention. In the end, Royal was able to impress his mentor more, with Stefani observing, “To sing a chorus that’s that high effortlessly, but with enough effort that it’s, like, crying and emotional, I’m really proud of you.” But Leone had a lifeline as Levine still had one steal that he had to use.