The second of the six battles on the March 20 episode of “The Voice” pitted two of Gwen Stefani‘s artists — JChosen and Kenny P — against each other. Josh Hunter, who performs under the name JChosen, had dreamed of playing in the NBA until an injury sidelined him. At his blind audition, this 29-year-old Atlantan had barely begun crooning the Marvin Gaye 1982 hit “Sexual Healing” when Adam Levine turned his chair. Alicia Keys followed closely behind, soon followed by both Blake Shelton and Stefani. Hunter, who gave a new spin on this old classic, surprised everyone when he went with Stefani. At his blind audition, Kenny P, a 30-year-old charmer from Cleveland OH, won over Stefani and Shelton with his soulful take on Todd Rundgren‘s 1972 hit “Hello, It’s Me.”
For their battle song, Stefani chose the 1967 Stevie Wonder track “I Was Made to Love Her.” Fifty years ago, this tune hit No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. On Monday, it didn’t sizzle when sang by either of these artists as they struggled to connect with the lyrics. But Stefani had to pick one of them to go on to to the knockout round and she went with JChosen. None of the other three coaches chose to use one of their two steals on Kenny P who leaves the competition.
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, Levine, Shelton and Stefani — will then have to decide which contender in each battle to take to the Knockout rounds.
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