In the first two Battle rounds of “The Voice” last week, coach Adam Levine pitted just two pairs of his artists against each other. He had to choose one singer in each duet to take on to the knockout rounds. While he tried to steal two more artists for his team, he was rebuffed by a pair of Blake Shelton‘s rejects.
Levine has won three of his 11 seasons on “The Voice” and we asked you which of his two picks to date do you think sounds the most like a winner this season? Your overwhelming choice is Mark Isaiah, who won his place on the team last Monday. Levine picked him over Gaby Borromeo after they duetted on “Pillowtalk.”
Below are the vote counts for each of these artists, as well as a recap of what each of these artists did to get his attention. If you haven’t voted in our poll yet, be sure to do so at the bottom of this post and also sound off in the comments section.
Mark Isaiah: 62%
Blind Audition – “Mercy” (February 27)
Despite being only 19, this pop singer from Mt Pocono, PA showed off his vocal control with his rendition of the Shawn Mendes 2016 hit “Mercy.” While Levine and Stefani both wanted to mentor him, Isaiah opted for the former, who spoke glowingly of his radio-friendly voice.
Battle Round: “Pillowtalk” vs. Gaby Borromeo (March 20)
While Borromeo had once been signed to Legend’s label, that didn’t give her the edge when faced with singing this Zayn Malik ballad, which hit No. 1 last year. Rather, Isaiah, who has the look of a teen idol as Malik once did as part of boy band One Direction, was the clear winner. And with none of the other coaches wanting to use a steal, Borromeo exited.
Josh West: 38%
Blind Audition – “Ordinary World” (March 6)
This lanky seventeen-year-old from Glendale, AZ was the last act on this episode and and sang the 1993 Duran Duran hit “Ordinary World,” which is seven years older than he is. All four judges quickly hit their buttons and each made a strong case as to why this teen talent should pick them. In the end he went with Levine as they share similar tastes in music.
Battle Round: “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” vs. Nala Price (March 21)
We didn’t see the full battle between these two. Rather, there was just a short snippet of them singing this 1985 No. 1 for the English new wave band Tears for Fears. West had found success in his blind audition with “Ordinary World.” That song was a hit for Duran Duran, another English band that made it big in the 1980s. He was deemed the winner of this match-up by Levine. Poor Price did not rate a steal from any of the other coaches.