In the very first match-up for “The Voice” battle rounds, coach John Legend had two of his four-chair artists — Shawn Sounds and Matthew Johnson — face off against each other. Even the other coaches Adam Levine, Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton couldn’t believe such a rookie mistake. Most battles feature the weaker competitors versus the stronger ones. Will Legend continue to make poor moves during his first season as a coach?
Night 2 of battle rounds continue this Monday as advisors Charlie Puth (Team Adam), Khalid (Team John), Kelsea Ballerini (Team Kelly) and Brooks and Dunn (Team Blake) continue their roles. This two-hour episode airs on NBC and is the only one for this week. The show returns for Night 3 on Monday, April 8.
All throughout this season, we continue our tradition of updating live blogs while each episode is airing for the east and central time zones. Follow along below and keep refreshing during the two hours. Make your own comments about which artists you like and don’t like for this winter/spring cycle. Read our full minute-by-minute analysis for last week’s first battle rounds on Monday, March 25.
And now follow along and refresh our live updating blog below for the Season 16 battle round Night 2 on Monday, April 1:
8:02 p.m. – For his first pairing of the night, Adam brought Karly Moreno and Celia Babini together to sing “Friends” by Marshmello and Anne-Marie because he thinks they have very different voices that contrast well together. In the performance the girls passed off verses back and forth with only brief moments of harmonizing together. The arrangement gave each a time to shine and have their own time in the spotlight. None of the other coaches tipped their hat in either direction in terms of preference between the two and so it came down to Adam’s decision. Though he thought Karly stepped up to the plate in the battle, he stuck with Celia, one of his four-chair turns from the blinds.
8:15 p.m. – But just before Karly left the stage Blake hit his steal button and grabbed her for his own team! He sees her as a unique, hypnotic voice in the competition that he thinks will work to his team’s advantage.
8:19 p.m. – Julian King and Denton Arnell were first up tonight for Team John with their duet of “Grenade” by Bruno Mars. For Khalid, Julian’s tone was impressive and Denton’s personality is what shined through most for him, but he advised them both to convey more emotion through their performance.
8:30 p.m. – Julian was the artist that John successfully blocked Adam from getting in the blinds and so it’s no surprise that he slightly preferred him in this battle. Both Blake and Kelly also leaned in Julian’s direction, but overall the panel agreed that Denton had some great moments in his runs. John made his choice on range and the interesting choices he makes–going with Julian.
8:39 p.m. – Kelly saw a lot of similarities in Rizzi Myers and Presley Tennant vocally and so she paired them together for Adam Lambert‘s “Whataya Want from Me.” For Kelsea the battle would hinge on which of the two women could show off the right sass and energy to convey the fun message of the song.
8:48 p.m. – Prior to the battle Kelly turned to John and confessed that she thought she messed up by pairing the two singers together because they’re both really good. Sure enough, throughout the battle John was glued to the performances and he called them “outstanding” in his critique.
8:57 p.m. – Struggling to make a decision, as she always does, Kelly ached over her choice but ultimately went with Presley who she sees more growth in. Kelly’s choice opened the door for John to steal Rizzi, an artist he was blocked from picking up in the blinds, but he held back and let her go.
8:59 p.m. – For Blake’s first battle of the night he pitted Dexter Roberts against Dalton Dover for a cover of “Hurricane” by Luke Combs as a way of proving that they can be current country artists. In rehearsal, Brooks and Dunn suggested that the two guys work on the arrangement of the song so that they both get an even balance as lead on the track.
9:09 p.m. – 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.
9:18 p.m. – Ciera Dumas and LB Crew were paired by Adam and Charlie for one of Charlie’s own songs “Done for Me.” Technically, Adam admitted that the song was incredibly hard to sing, specifically because of one falsetto melody that both Ciera and LB had trouble with on the first go-round. They impressed Charlie by suggesting changes to the arrangement to better suit their voices and he welcomed any adjustments they wanted to make.
9:29 p.m. – After the performance Kelly gave them a standing ovation and Blake called the pairing a huge mistake. As one of the four-chair turns, LB was expectedly good for all of the coaches, but Ciera was a surprise with her passionate rasp and won Kelly over. Basing it on his voice and vibe, Adam kept LB on his team, leaving Ciera up for grabs, but none of the coaches took a chance on her.
9:35 p.m. – But it wasn’t the end of the road for Ciera because Bebe Rexha chose her as the second eliminated artist to join “The Comeback Stage” for another chance.
9:40 p.m. – Blake paired Kendra Checketts and Kim Cherry together because he sees them as filling the same space in the industry as artists. Their song tonight was “Here” by Alessia Cara which gave them the perfect mix of their pop and rap/sung styles. Ahead of the performance Blake admired Kim’s fearlessness and appreciated Kendra’s powerful voice.
9:50 p.m. – Though Blake’s prediction that Kelly would be on her feet for the performance didn’t come to pass, both John and Adam were zoned in throughout and clearly eager to get their hands on one of the two. Kelly gave the edge to Kim, but admitted that in doing so the song catered more to her. Blake based his decision on his gut which told him to keep Kim and offer up Kendra for a double steal attempt from Adam and John!
9:56 p.m. – In his pitch, Adam told Kendra that he thinks she could win and she made him want to hear much more from her. John told her that he would only steal artists that he thinks are as good as the people already on his team, but added that she would be one of his best. With the power in her own hands, Kendra decided to stick with the veteran blood and joined Team Adam.
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