‘The Voice’ Season 13 Battles Night 1 recap: Three shocking steals

On Oct. 16, season 13 of “The Voice” kicked off the first of the four Battle rounds for the 48 artists still in the competition. Below, take a read of our recap of each of the six battles and then weigh in with your choice as to the best of these six match-ups by voting in our poll and sounding off in the comments section.

Over the course of four 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 — Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Hudson, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton — will then have to decide which contender in each battle to take to the Knockout rounds.

At rehearsals, the coaches had friends on hand to offer advise: Cyrus turned to her father Billy Ray Cyrus, Hudson was counseled by Kelly Rowland, Levine had Joe Jonas by his side, and Shelton brought in Rascal Flatts.

Team Jennifer: Lucas Holliday vs. Meagan McNeal – “My Prerogative”
McNeal did a far better job with this 1988 Bobby Brown tune about his decision to leave New Edition. After Hudson shockingly sided with Holliday, none of the other three coaches tried to rescue McNeal.

Team Miley: Moriah Formica vs. Shilo Gold – “American Woman”
Fifty years ago, this track by The Guess Who hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was better-suited to Formica, who may be only 16 but has an old soul. None of the other three coaches chose to use one of their two steals on Gold who leaves the competition.

Team Blake: Noah Mac vs. Keisha Renee – “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”
This battle pitted a season pro against a newcomer. While 17-year-old Mac did surprisingly well, Renee, a one-time back-up singer for Nicki Minaj, soared when singing the Elvis Presley version of the Hank Williams country classic. After Shelton went with Renee, who is 30, Hudson used her first steal to grab Mac, a singer-songwriter, for her team.

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Team Jennifer: Kathrina Feigh vs. Chris Weaver – “Dangerous Woman”
This 2016 power ballad, which earned Ariana Grande a Grammy nomination, was an odd choice for a duet. Both artists delivered over-the-top renditions. After Hudson opted to stick with Weaver, Shelton used his first steal to give Feigh a second chance.

Team Miley: Sophia Bollman vs. Brooke Simpson – “You’re a Big Girl Now”
This 1965 Bob Dylan track showcased both singers but Simpson had the edge with her wider range. Even though the other three judges praised Bollman, none was impressed enough to steal her for their team and she leaves the competition.

Team Adam: Whitney Fenimore vs. Adam Pearce – “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around”
This battle was taped before the death of Tom Petty, who co-wrote this song and sang it with Stevie Nicks on her 1981 debut solo album. This pairing might have been the last of the night, but it was the first in which two of the other coaches fought to get the loser for their team. Fenimore and Pearce were both outstanding. After Levine opted to take Pearce to the knockouts, Cyrus and Shelton made their case for Fenimore, who went with the former in the end.

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