The second episode of “The Voice” devoted to the make-or-break battle round shortchanged viewers by only showing three of the six duets in full. While Monday’s show had run for two hours, the March 20 episode was only an hour long. That meant that we only saw three of the six battles in full.
As with the first night, the four coaches — Kelly Clarkson, Alicia Keys, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton — paired up two of the 12 artists on their teams to do a duet. The winner of each of these battles goes through to the knockout round. Each coach can steal two of the 18 losers from the battles overseen by the other coaches.
The coaches were offered advise during rehearsals by four hit-makers: Clarkson had Hailee Steinfeld, by her side, Keys was counseled by Shawn Mendes, Levine turned to Julie Michaels, and Shelton brought in Trace Adkins.
Take a read of our recap of each of these six battles and then weigh in with your choice as to the best of these match-ups by voting in our poll and sounding off in the comments section. And be sure to check out our exclusive power rankings for each of the dozen singers for each coach: Team Adam, Team Alicia, Team Blake and Team Kelly.
Team Kelly Clarkson: Jorge Eduardo vs. Amber Sauer – “Starving”
Clarkson paired up these two as she believes them to be her most passionate artists and had them sing Steinfeld’s hit “Starving.” Eduardo asked to sing some of the lyrics to Spanish and Sauer agreed. He had the edge at the start by also playing the guitar but Sauer soon let loose with some powerhouse singing. While Keys and Levine called if for Eduardo, Shelton said Sauer was better. However, after Clarkson declared Eduardo the winner, Shelton did not sent Sauer a lifeline.
Team Adam Levine: Davison vs. Reid Umstattd – “Love on the Brain”
Levine has pitted this soul singer and rocker on Rihanna‘s hit song “Love on the Brain.” In the sing-off, Umstattd surprised everyone with his rollicking performance but Davison soon had everyone’s attention with his complex runs. The other coaches were conflicted as to who was the better singer and in the end Levine went with his gut and chose Umstattd. With the others opting not to use a steal, Davison was done in the competition.
Team Blake Shelton: Bransen Ireland vs. Jaron Strom: “Head Over Boots”
Shelton had these two sing Jon Pardi‘s self-penned #1 hit “Head Over Boots.” We didn’t see the full performance but know that he went with Strom and that the other coaches took a pass on Ireland.
Team Alicia Keys: Johnny Bliss vs. Megan Lee: “Versace on the Floor”
Keys had these two artists pair up on a duet of the Bruno Mars R&B track “Versace on the Floor.” Again, we only saw fleeting snippets of their battle. After Keys declared Bliss the winner, Lee was hoping that one of the other coaches would steal her for their team but it was not meant to be.
Team Kelly Clarkson: Teana Boston vs. Jamella: “Will You Love Me Tomorrow”
Clarkson chose this landmark 1960 song by the Sherelles, “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” which was the first number one for an all-black girl group. Once more, we only saw tantalizing segments of the sing-off. After Clarkson opted to keep Jamella, Boston was sent packing when none of the other coaches gave her a second chance.
Team Alicia Keys: Kelsea Johnson vs. Jordyn Simone: “Don’t Let Go”
For the final battle of the evening, Keys has her two most powerful singers in a showdown on the En Vogue track “Don’t Let Go.” Keys counseled them both to hold back something for the end of the song and they certainly heed her advice. The other coaches raved about both performances. After Keys opted for Johnson, Clarkson and Levine both wanted to steal Simone. She decided to go with Levine who had been more enthusiastic about her singing in his critique of the battle.