We’re exactly at the halfway mark for the “The Voice” battle rounds of Season 14. Each coach has used one of their steals, so that means four are remaining for these two episodes on Monday and Tuesday of this week. Monday’s show is another two-hour epic round with the cuts and commentaries of six-time coaching winner Blake Shelton, three-time champ Adam Levine , Season 12 winner Alicia Keys and rookie coach Kelly Clarkson.
As is the tradition for this Emmy-winning reality TV series, the coaches are using advisors for this round to assist them in mentoring the artists on their teams. The Season 14 advisors are: Julia Michaels (Team Adam), Trace Adkins (Team Blake), Shawn Mendes (Team Alicia) and Hailee Steinfeld (Team Kelly). There has been no official word yet on who will be the overall show advisor for the knockout rounds beginning next Monday, April 2.
And now enjoy our fun recap of Night 3 on Monday. Our live updating blog starts below for this show tonight, so make your own comments about the performers and coaching decisions.
Be sure to view our exclusive power rankings for each of the dozen singers for each coach: Team Adam, Team Alicia, Team Blake and Team Kelly. Plus you can take a look back at our blog items for Night 1 on Monday, Night 2 on Tuesday plus the recently concluded blind auditions on February 26, February 27, March 5, March 6, March 12 and March 13.
Once the live playoffs start you will also be able to make picks for “The Voice” eliminations each week in our predictions center. You can also predict who will be the overall Season 14 champion and which coach will prevail. While that is not yet open for “The Voice,” you can already make predictions for such reality TV shows as “Survivor,” “Project Runway,” Emmy Awards nominations and more.
Live blog below for Monday, March 26:
8:02 p.m. – Let’s get right to it–the first battle of the night comes from Team Blake, Kaleb Lee vs. Pryor Baird. This battle pits two of Blake’s country rock men against one another taking on “Don’t Do Me Like That.” Trace’s advice for the guys was to just hit the song straight on like a tribute because it’s “hard to take liberties” with Tom Petty.
8:08 p.m. – For the performance, both men brought their guitars on stage, showing off their musicianship, charisma and vocal chops all at once. Seeing them on stage together I see why Blake paired them together–they’re pretty similar overall and bring the same skillset to the table. For me, I’d give the edge to Pryor for the strain and growl in his voice that adds a little more texture to his vocals. Blake’s peers agree that the pair is evenly matched overall, but both Kelly and Alicia give the edge to Kaleb as potential dark horse in the competition. In the end, Blake differed from the women and chose Pryor because no one else on the show sounds like him.
8:14 p.m. – And we have a steal! Kelly hits her button and grabs Kaleb Lee for her own team! She wanted him in the blinds and now she’s got ‘im.
8:16 p.m. – For Adam’s first pairing of the night he has pitted the soulful Mia Boostrom against the power singer Genesis Diaz. Given the big voices of the two women, Julia and Adam have chosen Kelly’s pop ballad “Because of You” for their battle. The strategy for the song is to have a back and forth between the two so that they’re both able to have their own independence with the song without overshadowing one another.
8:27 p.m. – Leading in to the performance, Adam said that the winner will be determined by who displays the most confidence in making the song her own. With that in mind, I’d give the win to Genesis who looked more comfortable on stage and exuded more feeling in her performance. The coaches are split with Blake and Kelly choosing Mia and Alicia choosing Genesis instead. Adam’s take is that Genesis perfectly lacked control, but Mia’s technique and vibrato pulled Adam in and he chose to keep her around.
8:37 p.m. – Next up is Team Kelly’s Justin Kilgore vs. Molly Stevens, two artists with Southern roots who are carving out unique niches in the the country music genre as openly gay artists. Tonight they’re dueting on “Burning House,” a chance for them to prove their aptitude for storytelling. At the center of this battle is the way that the artists connect to one another as well as to the song, so Kelly’s decision is going to come down to which of the two is most comfortable with it while on stage.
8:48 p.m. – The chemistry between Justin and Molly on stage made the performance feel like a true duet. Alicia complimented them on their friendship and the warmth that they both exuded, leaning toward Molly for the twang in her voice. Blake points out that he had turned his chair for both artists in the blinds, but here he gives the edge to Molly because she showed something new with her unique voice. Kelly’s decision is Justin, the artist she believes has a well of potential that has yet to be tapped. Unfortunately that means we say goodbye to Molly. I loved her! Why didn’t anyone steal? Ugh.
9:00 p.m. – Adam’s up again with two more, funk band singer Miya Bass and viral video star Drew Cole. Because he sees an edge and rock-n-roll in both artists, Adam chose “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” for their battle. During rehearsals, Julia liked that they both found their own identities within the song, but stressed that the winner would come down to who made it their own and brought the most energy to the performance.
9:10 p.m. – As two artists working in completely different genres, Miya and Drew actually made the song feel like one of those unexpected Grammy duets we used to see on the ceremonies. Blake was impressed with Miya’s creativity and gave the edge to her, but both he and Alicia agreed that the song was perfectly fit for Drew’s zone and that he hit it out of the park. Adam’s decision was based on a personal connection he felt to Drew and so he chose him, leaving Miya open for a well-deserved steal from Alicia!
9:21 p.m. – And now it’s time for Blake’s second battle of the night, a duet of Chris Stapleton‘s “Nobody to Blame” with Jordan Kirkdorffer and Wilkes. To Blake, the song choice is right in Wilkes’ wheelhouse and for Jordan it’s a chance for him to find his own way into something that isn’t as close of a fit. That begin said, Blake’s advice to Wilkes is that he doesn’t get too comfortable and works just as hard on the song.
9:32 p.m. – While Wilkes certainly seemed more at home on stage, Jordan grew into the song and by the middle stretch of the performance was meeting Wilkes on his level, making it an even match to call by the end. Of all the judges, Kelly was the loudest, cheering for both guys throughout. Alicia always gave both guys a ton of compliments, but because of her personal taste for huskier, raw voices she gave Wilkes the edge, as did Adam. Blake’s final decision came down to energy and how each guy harnesses it for the stage, and in that regard it’s Wilkes that will remain on Team Blake!
9:42 p.m. – For the last battle of the night, Team Alicia is up to bat with a Jaclyn Lovey and Britton Buchanan pairing, two teenage singers among the youngest this season. Alicia has chosen Ed Sheeran‘s “Thinking Out Loud” in the hopes that the simplicity of a singer-songwriter track will best showcase what they have to offer as artists with small, vulnerable voices. In rehearsal, Alicia and Shawn both noticed that Jaclyn and Britton struggle with the confidence to take risks and really push themselves, so the goal for their battle is to get to a point where they’re owning the stage and reaching their potential.
9:52 p.m. – At the start of their performance, both artists received cheers from the crowd that I think fed them the last bit of strength they needed to settle into their own on stage because from that point on they performed well beyond their years. Britton was an artist that Blake blocked Adam from getting in the blinds and here he loved him again, but also gave Jaclyn kudos for her tone. Kelly backed Jaclyn and compared her to contemporary young artists. Alicia’s pride in both artists was evident in her excitement over their battle, but in the end she kept Britton. And before Jaclyn could exit the stage, Blake hit his button and stole her, calling her a “young Cher.” High praise!
10:00 p.m. – Tomorrow night the battle round concludes and Alicia is the only coach with a steal left. Join us to see who makes the cut for the final spots on all four teams!