The fourth and final 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 27 episode was only an hour long. That meant that we only saw three of the six battles in full.
As with the other nights, the four coaches — Kelly Clarkson, Alicia Keys, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton — paired up 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.
Team Adam Levine: Stephanie Skipper vs. Jackie Verna– “These Dreams”
Levine paired up these two as he believes them to be his most passionate artists and had them sing the Heart hit “These Dreams.” During rehearsals, both struggled with the harmonies but came together on the night. Shelton noted that the song did not fit their styles while Keys, who is the only coach still with a steal, praised their progress. However, after Levine declared Verna the winner, Keys did not use that steal to rescue Skipper.
Team Alicia Keys: Terrence Cunningham vs. Livia Faith – “Stars”
Keys has pitted this soul singer and new talent on “Stars” by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. In the sing-off, Faith surprised everyone with her rollicking performance but Cunningham soon had everyone’s attention with his complex runs. The other coaches agreed Cunningham was the better singer and in the end Kelly went with him. As no other coach still has a steal, Faith left the competition.
Team Adam Levine: Angel Bonilla vs. Gary Edwards: “When You Believe”
Levine paired these two on the Mariah Carey Whitney Houston duet “When You Believe.” We didn’t see the full performance but know that he went with Edwards and that Keys took a pass on Bonilla.
Team Blake Shelton: Austin Giorgio vs. Brett Hunter: “Me and Mrs. Jones”
Shelton had these two artists pair up on a duet of the classic soul song “Me and Mrs. Jones.” Again, we only saw fleeting snippets of their battle. After Shelton declared Giorgio the winner, Hunter was hoping that Kelly would steal him for her team but it was not meant to be.
Team Kelly Clarkson: Alexa Cappelli vs. Hannah Goebel: “Pray”
Clarkson chose the Sam Smith hit “Pray” for this pair. However, after Goebel dropped out of the competition, Cappelli got an automatic pass into the knockout round.
Team Blake Shelton: Spensha Baker vs. Dallas Caroline: “I Could Use a Love Song”
For the final battle of the evening, Shelton has his two most powerful singers in a showdown on the Maren Morris breakout hit “I Could Use a Love Song.” Shelton counseled them both to hold back something for the end of the song and they certainly heed his advice. The other coaches raved about both performances. After Shelton opted for Baker, keys threw Caroline a lifeline.