In the first two Battle rounds on “The Voice” last week, there were 12 matchups. After each coach chose the winner of that respective battle, the other three coaches had a chance to steal the loser and take them on-board their team.
However, only four of the 12 also-rans were thrown a lifeline by one of the other coaches. Below, take a read of our recap of each of these four battles and then weigh in with your choice as to the best of the steals by voting in our poll and sounding off in the comments section.
Brennley Brown [vs. Lauren Duski on “Better Man”: Battle One – March 20]
Duski did an outstanding job conveying the emotional intricacies of this 2016 Little Big Town tune about a break-up while 15-year-old Brown, whose never had a boyfriend, struggled to connect to the lyrics written by Taylor Swift. After Blake Shelton sided with Duski, Adam Levine and Gwen Stefani tried to rescue Brown. Stefani won her over in the end by telling her, “There something about your innocence that I would want to work with.”
Felicia Temple [vs. Quizz Swanigan on “Titanium”: Battle One – March 20]
Temple spoke of her personal connection to this 2011 Sia song, which she had used as inspiration when undergoing treatment for cancer. However, she could not overcome the desire by Alicia Keys to mentor Swanigan who, at just 13, is the youngest contestant in the history of “The Voice.” However, Shelton liked what he heard from Temple – “You can just hear the warmth and that rounder tone that she has” – and stole her away for his team.
Ashley Levin [vs. Casi Joy on “How Blue”: Battle One – March 20]
This pairing might have been the last of the night, but it was the first in which all three of the other coaches fought to get the loser for their team. Joy and Levin were both outstanding as they crooned Reba McEntire‘s 1984 No. 1 country hit. Before revealing his choice, Shelton acknowledged he had made a mistake with this match-up: “I told you girls from the second I heard you singing together, I wish I hadn’t.” After he opted to take Joy to the knockouts, the others made their case for Levin, who went with Keys in the end.
Dawson Coyle [vs. Aliyah Moulden on “Walking on Sunshine”: Battle Two – March 21]
Inexplicably, Shelton chose to showcase his two teen talents with a song that was a hit way back in 1985 for the new wave band Katrina and the Waves. After being denied three full performances in a row, we saw Moulden and Coyle having fun with this dance tune. Shelton opted to keep Moulden, who sounded stronger in the choruses, while Keys opted to use her second and final steal on Coyle.