During Monday’s episode of “The Voice” battle rounds, coach Blake Shelton pitted Dexter Roberts against Dalton Dover in a classic country sing-off to Luke Combs‘ “Hurricane” (watch above). In truth, Dalton was at a huge disadvantage because Dexter previously came in seventh place on “American Idol” Season 13. “The Voice” has yet to mention Dexter’s previous brush with reality TV super-stardom, so it’s not altogether clear that Blake even knows about Dexter’s experience. Does Blake have the next winner of “The Voice” on his hands?
“Great job to both you,” Blake told his two country artists when it was time to make his big decision. “This moment is gonna suck for me. It literally is sucky. You guys did everything you could do and that’s all I can ask as a coach. We changed things, we took out harmonies, we had harmonies. At the end of the day I think you stayed out of each other’s way and it allowed me to really hear clearly each of you sing individually. I’m happy about that now.”
Surprising no one, Blake announced, “The winner of this battle is Dexter.” Backstage the Alabama native exclaimed, “Oh man, I’m so grateful for Blake for picking me. I’m one step closer to making music a full-time thing and it’s a dream come true.” None of the other coaches — Adam Levine, Kelly Clarkson and John Legend — opted to steal Dalton for their teams, so he was forced to leave the competition.
Back in his blind audition of “Like a Cowboy,” Dexter received a four-chair turn and the other coaches all started attacking Blake. “Let me just pull myself out from under this bus that the other three have parked on my skull,” Blake told the young artist when it was finally his turn to speak. He then expressed his love of the country genre, which no doubt helped Dexter make his decision to join Team Blake.
In his “The Voice” live blog, our recapper John Benutty had this to say about the battle: “Kelly loved Dalton’s raspy soulfulness, but gave the edge to Dexter. John also preferred Dalton’s voice, but again would choose Dexter over him because of his skill and delivery. At the end of the day, Blake was happy that the arrangement was changed to give them both room to breathe, but he decided to stick with Dexter for his control and energy.”