As the battle round prepares to conclude on Monday’s episode of “The Voice,” here is a summary of where each team stands:
John Legend has no steal and no save remaining.
Blake Shelton has one steal and no save remaining.
Nick Jonas has one steal and no save remaining.
Kelly Clarkson has no steal and one save remaining.
There are still 16 artists remaining for a total of 8 battle match-ups on Monday. Advisors for the coaches this round are Dua Lipa for Team Kelly, Kevin Jonas and Joe Jonas for Team Nick, Ella Mai for Team Legend and Bebe Rexha for Team Blake. The coaches are able to steal one losing artist from other coaches and save one losing artist on their own team. However, the team coach may only hit their button to save an artist once it is clear that no other coach is going to steal them.
Enjoy reading our power rankings and see photos for each team by clicking their names:
And enjoy revisiting our live blogs from each of the other battle episodes from the past two weeks:
We continue our tradition of an updating live blog below with a minute-by-minute recap of this two-hour episode on NBC. Here is our rundown for Monday, April 6:
8:01 p.m. – For the first pairing of the night Team Nick brought Samuel Wilco and Arei Moon together in a battle of “Missing You” by John Waite. The artists were surprised by the song choice for them, but Nick wanted them to push themselves and show a softer side. Some of the work they did in rehearsal was focusing on body posture and how it relates to the strength and tone of their falsetto voice. In the battle Arei found space to inject some sass and personality while Samuel took a more casual approach to his performance. Both Kelly and Blake considered it an evenly matched battle, but John gave the edge to Arei for the power in her voice. Nick went in John’s direction and because of her energy and charisma he kept Arei!
8:15 p.m. – Next Kelly paired not-completely-country artist Megan Danielle with singer songwriter Samantha Howell because both of them bring the country music vibe to their mixtures of genres. For their song Kelly chose “Top of the World” by Patty Griffin in order to focus on the singer songwriting image for them. Dua was impressed by the big notes that the girls could hit and urged them to commit and hold them longer. She also stressed the importance of body language in terms of selling the song to an audience.
8:26 p.m. – In this performance the girls volleyed lines back and forth which prevented their harmonies from ever really gelling, but they each found their own footing in the lyric. Blake was shocked by Megan’s voice, admitting that the rest of them messed up by allowing Kelly to be the only one that turned around for her in the blind auditions. Overall the coaches liked the grit and rawness in Megan’s voice and Kelly agreed — she kept Megan!
8:32 p.m. – But Kelly wasn’t prepared to let Samantha go. Kelly saved her on the promise that she has the versatility to cross multiple genres throughout the season.
8:37 p.m. – For his first battle of the night Blake gave Todd Tilghman and Jon Mullins a song that, in his words, was a huge country hit when he was in high school. That song was Shenandoah‘s “Ghost in This House.” Blake and Bebe liked the energy that both the guys were bringing, but cautioned them to stay within the realm of the song in terms of the storytelling.
8:48 p.m. – After being advised to give each other space in the song and not compete for moments, Todd and Jon managed to work really together to tell the story of the song while keeping the energy they had in rehearsals. The other coaches were surprised by Jon and gave him the edge in the performance, but they all also agreed that Todd is someone that has impressed them since the blinds. After conceding that he was initially expecting to keep Todd and this was Jon’s moment to step up, Blake decided to keep with consistency and stick with Todd. That left Jon open for a steal and Nick didn’t hesitate to snatch him up!
8:59 p.m. – John brought Zan Fiskum and Brittney Allen together as two of his female singer songwriters to perform “Closer to Fine” by Indigo Girls. John worked with Zan on her pronunciation while complimenting her tone while Ella was really into Brittney’s power.
9:09 p.m. – In their performance, Zan took lead on the first verse and opened the song beautifully. By the second verse, Brittney added her power to the track and together they built the song into something really great that worked for them both. The coaches were so impressed by how they weaved through the song so effortlessly together and gave John props for great song selection. All eyes were on Blake’s critique though since he was the only coach with a steal left and he gave the edge to Zan.
9:18 p.m. – Unfortunately for Blake, John decided to keep Zan for himself, comparing her to his winner Maelyn Jarmon. With Zan off the table, Blake kept his steal in his pocket.
9:19 p.m. – For her next pairing, Kelly pitted Sara Collins and Mandi Thomas for “My Baby Loves Me” by Martina McBride because of their shared love for country music. After their first sing-through in rehearsal, Kelly was concerned about them being pitchy due to a loss of breath. Once they settled into the song, Kelly realized that they were both performing on equal levels and that the winner of the match would be determined by who showed the most confidence once they hit the stage.
9:29 p.m. – Both Sara and Mandi brought their A-game to the stage performance, working the stage together with sass and in support of each other. While there weren’t any huge moments for either artist, the coaches found the harmonizing enjoyable to watch. Blake thought Sara had some issues at parts in the song and Nick thought that Mandi had more potential to surprise as an artist later in the competition. Kelly decided to stick with the artist that she deemed more consistent and so she chose Mandi to remain on her team.
9:33 p.m. – We also got a quick glimpse of Kelly’s other battle between Jules and Tayler Green on “Water Under the Bridge” where Kelly chose Tayler for her potential to navigate the show best. Then we saw Nick choose Jacob Miller over Kevin Farris on “Lights Up.”
9:39 p.m. – In the last battle of the season, John put Thunderstorm Artis against Cedrice for Rihanna’s “Stay.” John thought that with their “style and grace” that they’d be up to the challenge of performing one of the “great ballads of the last decade.” In rehearsal Ella was shook by the clarity and power in both of their voices, pointing to their articulation and tone as strong points.
9:51 p.m. – Because it was the last battle, we knew Blake would be using his steal for one of the two artists. What we didn’t know is which one John would elect to keep on his own team. The performance was gorgeously intimate and performed perfectly by both. Nick thought Cedrice sold the song from a dramatic standpoint, but thought that Thunderstorm was the one to keep. Kelly gave the edge to Cedrice because of how captivating she is and Blake said he preferred Thunderstorm between the two. John gave congratulations to both of them for their amazing performance, but ultimately stuck with Thunderstorm for himself, allowing Blake to get the steal of the season with Cedrice!
NEXT TIME: The Knockouts begin and the legendary James Taylor joins the sessions as the mentor!
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