Tuesday is the final chance for Season 15 artists to move forward in Battle Rounds for “The Voice.” It seems like just a week ago (and it was) that this part of the season began, but it is now concluding. Which contenders will make it to the Knockouts next Monday through a coaching decision, which ones will be stolen and which ones are going home so soon?
While it seemed like Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson had chosen the best singers during the Blind Auditions, rival coaches Blake Shelton and Adam Levine have been doing some major recovery work during this round. Shelton has won this competition six of the previous 14 seasons. Levine has prevailed three times, while Clarkson is the reigning champ. Hudson hasn’t won in America on her previous season but has triumphed for the British version.
As we’ve done for several seasons, we have extensive and exclusive coverage of every episode of the Emmy-winning program on NBC. Follow along with our live updating blog below and make your own comments about the best and worst performances, plus those all-important steals.
Battle Round advisors have been CeeLo Green for Team Adam, Thomas Rhett for Team Kelly, Halsey for Team Jennifer and Keith Urban for Team Blake. The show had been keeping a major secret of who the overall Knockout Round advisor will be starting next Monday, but it’s now been announced that Mariah Carey is the choice.
If you’re a little behind on this fall’s episodes, you can catch up with our previous analysis by clicking any of the following links for Battle Rounds: Monday, October 15, Tuesday, October 16 and Monday, October 22.
And now enjoy our live updating recap for Tuesday, October 23 below:
8:08 p.m. – No time was wasted heading into tonight’s first battle, which paired Team Kelly’s Sarah Grace and Erika Zade. Kelly struggled to pair Sarah with anyone because of her unique sound, which should be to her benefit. Sarah and Erika will be singing Alice Merton‘s “No Roots.” It’s bluesy enough for Sarah but pop enough for Erika. During rehearsals Kelly demanded that Sarah loosen up a bit and feel the music like Erika does.
8:13 p.m. – It’s time for the performance! Sarah begins by showing off her sultry, bluesy voice. Erika joins in, sounding less original but still hitting the right notes. Overall, this duo is lacking the excitement we’ve seen in previous battles and neither is terribly impressive. I’d give the edge to Sarah simply because her voice is more unique.
8:15 p.m. – Adam felt that Sarah did most of the heavy lifting with the big notes and would have liked to hear more from Erika. Blake feels Erika doesn’t have “attack” in her voice but she has skill and control, but he would pick Sarah for her stank. Jennifer has no opinion and adds nothing to the conversation. Kelly made a somewhat easy choice and Sarah will be moving forward on Team Kelly! Erika has been eliminated.
8:25 p.m. – Team Blake is taking the stage next, with Kameron Marlowe facing off against Kayley Hill. They both have a current country sound, but will be performing a duet of Hootie & the Blowfish‘s “Only Wanna Be With You.” Keith warned Kayley that singing runs without emotion leaves people empty. He also instructed Kameron he has to inject the energy to shine in the moment no matter what.
8:30 p.m. – Kameron kicked off the performance and his rich, raspy voice fits the song perfectly. Kayley’s softer, sweet town sounds surprisingly great and I feel like this is a big step up from her audition. Soon Kameron begins belting it out though and it might be too much for Kayley to keep up with. They have turned this song into a more mild, love song compared to the original. They both sound great, but I would be surprised to see Blake eliminate Kameron, who seems like a legitimate threat in this competition.
8:34 p.m. – Jennifer feels like Kameron’s voice is effortless, but she loved that Kayley held her own. Kelly chastised them both and said “This is what happens when all the good country singers choose Blake!” Someone is going home and they can only blame themselves. That being said, Kelly would choose Kayley, but Adam and Jennifer would both choose Kameron. But it’s Blake’s opinion that matters here and he has chosen Kameron to continue on Team Blake! Kayley has been eliminated.
8:37 p.m. – As the night continued, the coaches were faced with more tough decisions. Shown in brief clips, we saw Kelly choose Claire DeJean over Josh Davis, Blake choose Kirk Jay over Caeland Garner and Jennifer choose Kennedy Holmes over Lela.
8:45 p.m. – For the final battle of the season, Team Adam’s DeAndre Nico will face off against Funsho. Considering it’s the final battle, and Blake has the lone remaining steal, obviously both will move forward. But who will win this battle? Both are powerful R&B singers and had two of the most impressive auditions of the season. They will be singing a New Edition classic, “Can You Stand the Rain.” Adam loves how commanding DeAndre’s voice is, but Funsho has a rich, depth to his voice. Cee-Lo warned them not to deface the song and over-run it.
8:55 p.m. – DeAndre begins the performance and his lower register sounds fantastic. Funsho joins in and adds a bit of personality with his silky smooth vocals. Both are supreme vocalists. DeAndre has more range, but Funsho’s voice is like velvet and he’s got that extra spark it takes to win “The Voice.” Both deserve to move on, but I would choose Funsho as the winner of this battle.
8:59 p.m. – Blake says this is exactly what they want in the battle round. He was impressed with Funsho for going toe-to-toe with DeAndre who was a four-chair turn. Jennifer says DeAndre sang the hell out of the song and Funsho felt like a piece of New Edition. Depressed she has no steal, Kelly loved their fluidity, but if forced to choose she would pick DeAndre. With the toughest choice of the night, Adam decided DeAndre was the winner of this battle and will move forward with Team Adam! Then, with the final steal of the season, Blake has taken Funsho onto his team! Blake called it one of Adam’s great, bone-head moves. That’s a wrap for Tuesday night and the end of this season’s battle round. Get ready for the knockouts next week!
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