Blake Shelton’s first ‘The Voice’ battle of 2019 backfires as he loses Rod Stokes to Team Adam Levine [WATCH]

The blind auditions for the 16th cycle of “The Voice” are over, which means it’s time for the highly anticipated battle rounds. First up for Team Blake Shelton was Gyth Rigdon vs. Rod Stokes, who took on Mitchell Tenpenny‘s “Drunk Me” during Monday’s episode. By pitting these two amazing country singers against each other, that meant one was about to leave Blake’s team. Blake chose to advance Gyth to the knockout rounds, which is when Adam Levine pushed his “Steal” button to acquire Rod for his own team. Watch “The Voice” battle above.

“My thoughts are: this sucks,” Blake sighed when it was finally his time to decide between Gyth and Rod. “When these battles are so neck-and-neck like this, it’s an impossible decision. But I gotta say to both of you, you gave it 150% and I couldn’t be happier. You’re really not similar vocalists but this works together with you two because of the kind of work ethic you have, so thank you for both making this even harder for me.”

After Blake named Gyth as the winner because of the fact that he “surprised” him, Gyth expressed his gratitude backstage. “That was intense,” he declared. “I’m ready to go to sleep now. I’m worn out. I feel like I just worked a 12-hour day.”

Rod was in the middle of thanking Blake for the mentor sessions when Adam jumped in and stole the country singer for his team. “I’m a fan of what you do,” Adam explained. “I loved your blind. You sounded great today. I want you on my team. I mean, it’s that simple. I think you’re amazing.” Can Adam go on to win “The Voice” with Rod?

In his “The Voice” live blog, our recapper Denton Davidson had this to say about Monday’s battle: “Gyth takes the first verse during the performance and he’s got a lot of natural charisma. When Rod joins in, it feels less natural even though he’s got a strong voice. I feel like I’m watching a potential star in Gyth and an amateur in Rod. His inexperience as a performer is obvious. While Gyth is singing in the moment, I feel like Rod is trying to show off as many notes as he can. To me this was the most lopsided battle of the night. I’d take Gyth in a landslide. Kelly disagrees with me and thinks Rod slayed it vocally. John loves.”

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