On March 26, Season 14 of “The Voice” continued with the second stage of the competition: the battle round. Over the course of two episodes last week and two this week, the coaches will have pitted all 48 hopefuls from the blind auditions against each other in sing-offs. They can keep one artist from each battle for their team while the other coaches are allowed to rescue two contestants passed over by their original mentor.
The season 13 runner-up, Addison Agen, was stolen by Adam Levine at this stage of the competition when Miley Cyrus opted to keep Karli Webster. Cyrus went on to drop eventual winner Chloe Kohanski in favor of Ashland Craft in the knockout round of the competition. After Blake Shelton rescued her, he coached her to victory.
For the season 14 battle round, rookie coach Kelly Clarkson has turned to Hailee Steinfeld for advice while one-time winner Alicia Keys is looking to Shawn Mendes for guidance. Three-time champ Levine has Julia Michaels chiming in while Shelton, who has won a whopping six of the previous 13 seasons of “The Voice,” has brought in Trace Adkins for a second opinion.
On night 3 of the battles, three of the six losers were thrown a life-line by one of the other coaches. Read our recaps of these battles below, and vote for the artist who may have been a loser on March 26 but could be a winner in the final on May 22.
Team Blake Shelton: Pryor Baird vs. Kaleb Lee – “Don’t Do Me Like That”
Shelton turned to the songbook of the late Tom Petty for the first battle of the night. He urged his artists to focus on the emotion of the song and let it guide their performance. Adkins told them to play the song straight as it’s “hard to take liberties” with a Petty tune. Each did a good job, with Levine noting that it was a dead heat. After Clarkson sided with Lee, it was not a surprise that she used her second steal on him when Shelton went with Baird.
Team Adam Levine: Miya Bass vs. Drew Cole – “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door”
While this Bob Dylan classic is not typical fare for Levine, he thought it the sort of song that would push these artists to the edge of their comfort zones. He hoped that the contestants “blow the roof off the place.” After Clarkson and Shelton lavished praised on Cole, Levine opted to keep him on his team while Keys threw Bass a lifeline.
Team Alicia Keys: Britton Buchanan vs. Jaclyn Lovey – “Thinking Out Loud”
Keys’s only battle of the night showcased two powerhouse singers, who were tasked with taking on this big pop song by Ed Sheeran. They were up to the job, with all four coaches on their feet at the end of the performance. Clarkson called it her “favorite battle to date,” Levine said it was “special” and “astonishing” and Shelton said it was “outstanding.” After Keys opted for Buchanan, Shelton used his second steal on Lovey.