“The Voice” aired the third of the four episodes devoted to the battle round on Monday (March 26). At this stage of the competition, the four coaches — Kelly Clarkson, Alicia Keys, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton — must pit pairs of their artists against each other in sing-offs. After they chose one from each pairing to move on to the knockout round, the other was up for grabs with each coach having two such steals.
As last week’s first two battle episodes were dominated by artists from Team Adam and Team Blake, this week’s will be tilted towards those from Team Alicia and Team Kelly. Each of these women oversaw two battles on Monday’s episode while the men had just one apiece. We asked you which of these six battles was best and your overwhelming favorite was the duet between
We asked you which of these six battles was the best. Your overwhelming favorite dueling duet was between Keys’ artists Britton Buchanan and Jaclyn Lovey on the Ed Sheeran hit ” “Thinking Out Loud”.” To date, they have drawn a whopping 44% of your votes. If you haven’t cast your ballot yet, take a read of the recap of each battle and vote for your favorite at the bottom of this post. Be sure to sound off in the comments section with your thoughts on our power rankings of these performances ranked from best to worst.
Team Alicia Keys: Britton Buchanan vs. Jaclyn Lovey – “Thinking Out Loud” – 44%
Keys’s only battle of the night showcased two powerhouse singers, who were tasked with taking on this big pop song by Ed Sheeran. They were up to the job, with all four coaches on their feet at the end of the performance. Clarkson called it her “favorite battle to date,” Levine said it was “special” and “astonishing” and Shelton said it was “outstanding.” After Keys opted for Buchanan, Shelton used his second steal on Lovey.
Team Blake Shelton: Pryor Baird vs. Kaleb Lee – “Don’t Do Me Like That” – 16%
Shelton turned to the songbook of the late Tom Petty for the first battle of the night. He urged his artists to focus on the emotion of the song and let it guide their performance. Adkins told them to play the song straight as it’s “hard to take liberties” with a Petty tune. Each did a good job, with Levine noting that it was a dead heat. After Clarkson sided with Lee, it was not a surprise that she used her second steal on him when Shelton went with Baird.
Team Kelly Clarkson: Justin Kilgore vs. Molly Stevens – “Burning House” – 13%
Clarkson explains that she pitted these two talents against each other as she wants to see how each handled this breakout hit by country singing sensation Cam. Their battle was one of the best of the night, with perfect harmonizing and stand-out solo moments. While Levine loved Kilgore, Shelton sided with Stevens and Keys couldn’t decide between the two. It was a surprise that no other coach stole Stevens after Clarkson went with Kilgore.
Team Blake Shelton: Jordan Kirkdorffer vs. Wilkes – “Nobody to Blame” – 12%
Both artists admitted to being nervous about singing this song, a big hit for country superstar Chris Stapleton. They needn’t have worried as their voices blended so well together. Not surprisingly, Clarkson, Keys and Levine were equally enthusiastic about both artists. But Keys opted not to use her last steal to rescue Kirkdorffer.
Team Adam Levine: Miya Bass vs. Drew Cole – “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” – 7%
While this Bob Dylan classic is not typical fare for Levine, he thought it the sort of song that would push these artists to the edge of their comfort zones. He hoped that the contestants “blow the roof off the place.” After Clarkson and Shelton lavished praised on Cole, Levine opted to keep him on his team while Keys threw Bass a lifeline.
Team Adam Levine: Mia Boostrom vs. Genesis Diaz – “Because of You” – 6%
For Levine’s first battle of the night, he pitted two of his artists against each other on Clarkson’s breakout hit but they never came together in their performance. While all the coaches loved Diaz’s dynamic style, it was Boostrom’s singing that won them over. After Levine went with the former, none of the other coaches gave Diaz a second chance to shine in the knockout round.