They saved the best for last in “The Voice” battle rounds Monday night. Coach Blake Shelton called the duel between Luke Wade and Griffin one of the best he had ever seen on the NBC reality show. Unfortunately for him, they were both members of Pharrell Williams‘ team.
Shelton got the last laugh, though, because he used one of his only steals to take Griffin. Williams had chosen Wade as his battle winner a few moments earlier after they finished performing the Paul McCartney classic “Maybe I’m Amazed.”
These were the first of several battle rounds over the next few episodes after concluding all of the blind auditions last week. For this seventh season, the returning coaches are country star Shelton, winner of seasons two, three, and four, and Adam Levine (Maroon 5), champ of seasons one and five.
Each of the four had selected a dozen contenders for their teams leading into Monday night. The new contests have the hopefuls facing off to either move on, be knocked out, or possibly even be saved by another coach.
In the other matches Monday night:
Team Pharrell chose Elyjuh Rene over Maiya Sykes with the Alicia Keys song “If I Ain’t Got You.”
Team Adam selected Chris Jamison over Jonathan Wyndham with the Bruno Mars tune “Young Girls.”
Team Gwen saw Sugar Joans taking down Jean Kelley with the Destiny’s Child song “Survivor.” To the great surprise of many, Williams then stole Kelley for his team.
Team Blake picked James David Carter in a country battle over Craig Wayne Boyd with the Pat Green tune “Wave on Wave.” Again, a surprise when Stefani then stole Boyd.
It was another country song next with Team Gwen choosing Taylor John Williams over Amanda Lee Peers with the Dolly Parton song “Jolene.”
All in all, there were three steals and three contenders going home. More battle rounds will continue on Tuesday’s edition.
Over the past few days, we have been profiling each team and offering you a poll to determine who will be able to steer their best artist to victory during this seventh season. Click each link below to read the summaries and make your predictions.