The first steal of “The Voice” Season 17 took place during Tuesday’s battle episode. After John Legend paired up Katie Kadan vs. Destiny Rayne in a battle to Elton John‘s “Tiny Dancer,” he felt that Katie was the better performer so he advanced the Chicago native to the Knockouts. However, Destiny’s journey on NBC’s reality TV show wasn’t over quite yet. Both Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani were quick to press their “steal” buttons, with the Florida resident ultimately choosing to join Team Gwen. “You broke up America’s couple!” Blake told Destiny. Watch “The Voice” battle video above.
“It was really thrilling to watch,” John declared about the best battle of the season so far. “I think America is very happy they got to witness this beautiful moment on stage. Destiny, I had no idea you would deliver the power and the ferocity and just the intensity. And Katie, whoa, lord Jesus, your voice just sounds like magic. You belong making records. People need to see you and hear you. The winner of this battle is Katie.”
Just as Destiny was about to exit the stage, Blake surprised her by pushing his “steal” button, and the Gwen doubled down by pressing hers as well. “We have a double steal!” shouted host Carson Daly.
Even though Blake proclaimed he didn’t want to fight with his girlfriend, he was happy to take on Gwen if it meant having Destiny on his team. Unfortunately, Gwen’s pitch was simply stronger. “When you watch somebody do what you just did under the pressure it proves it’s not just about the voice, it’s bringing out you and your personality,” Gwen stated. “Maybe [Blake] has the most wins on this show, but I have the longest career.”
In his “The Voice” live blog, our recapper John Benutty had this to say about the battle: “On stage, Katie was much more theatrical in her style than Destiny was, but somehow their very different styles worked well together and they certainly brought the best out of each other vocally. John was exuberantly proud of both of them and Kelly acknowledged that it was the first battle that earned a standing ovation from all four coaches. For John the decision between the two came down to Katie’s voice being like ‘magic’ and so he stuck with her.”