‘The Voice’ season 21 episode 9 recap: Battles continue on Monday, October 18 [UPDATING LIVE BLOG]

Night 3 of “The Voice” battles aired on Monday night with the four superstar advisors returning to help out their coaches: Kristin Chenoweth for Team Ariana Grande, Camila Cabello for Team John Legend, Dierks Bentley for Team Blake Shelton and Jason Aldean for Team Kelly Clarkson. Heading into this episode, all four saves had been used up already, but only John had successfully utilized his steal. That meant Ariana, Blake and Kelly still had the power to steal an artist for their team. So how did everything play out during this two-hour episode?

Below, read our minute-by-minute “The Voice” recap of Season 21, Episode 9 to find out what happened Monday, October 18 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. Then be sure to sound off in the comments section about your favorite artists on NBC’s long-running reality TV show, which coach you’re rooting for and who you think will ultimately join “The Voice” winners list for this Fall 2021 installment. Carson Daly hosts the Emmy-winning program. Here are the current team breakdowns:

TEAM KELLY: Girl Named Tom (four-chair turn), Kinsey Rose, Gymani (four-chair turn), Jeremy Rosado, Holly Forbes (four-chair turn), The Cunningham Sisters, Jershika Maple, Xavier Cornell, Wyatt Michael, Aaron Hines (four-chair turn), Parker McKay

TEAM LEGEND: Jonathan Mouton, Jack Rogan, Samuel Harness, Joshua Vacanti, Paris Winningham, Keilah Grace, Samara Brown, Janora Brown, Sabrina Dias, Brittany Bree (four-chair turn), Shadale

TEAM ARIANA: Katie Rae, Katherine Ann Mohler, Jim & Sasha Allen, Raquel Trinidad, Hailey Mia, David Vogel, Bella DeNapoli, Ryleigh Plank, Sophia Bromberg, KCK3

TEAM BLAKE: Peedy Chavis, Wendy Moten (four-chair turn), Lana Scott, Hailey Green, Carson Peters (four-chair turn), Kaitlyn Velez, Berritt Haynes, Clint Sherman, Manny Keith, Libianca

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8:00 p.m. – “Previously on ‘The Voice’!” In the eighth episode, three artists returned home after losing their battles and failing to snag a steal/save: Tommy Edwards of Team Blake, Carolina Alonso of Team Kelly and Vaughn Mugol of Team Ariana. Vaughn’s elimination caught viewers off guard, with 50% saying they were “crushed” he was ousted so early. Who will be eliminated tonight?

8:02 p.m. – John paired his two “big voices” Joshua Vacanti and Keilah Grace together on “good 4 u” by Olivia Rodrigo because of its dramatic and theatrical nature that he felt they’d both do well on. Camila thought that Joshua gave Freddie Mercury vibes and John warned them about getting too lost in it that it gets messy. Camila also advised them to do workouts, like on the treadmill, while singing in order to get their stamina up for such an energetic song. In the performance, both artists were as physical as promised, but it may have resulted in more screaming than was necessary. Kelly called it a fun and unexpected pairing and Blake agreed with her that Joshua was the more surprising. Ariana differed by saying that Keilah’s range and control made her more compelling. John told Joshua that he liked the “sauce” he added to some of the notes and Keilah that she “did exactly” what she was supposed to do. In the end, John picked Joshua as the winner because he has more “character and individuality” that will help him stick out in the competition.

8:19 p.m. – Team Blake was next with the duet between Carson Peters and Clint Sherman, both huge fans of Dierks. In rehearsals of Vince Gill’s “Don’t Let Our Love Stop Slippin’ Away,” Dierks told Carson he needs to work on connecting in an “authentic way” and Blake said that with Clint it was like there’s two different singers in his voice. Ultimately, Blake wanted to see which of the two would make the song their own rather than doing a Vince Gill impression.

8:29 p.m. – Both Ariana and Kelly were wowed by the performance, and it may have even drawn Ariana into a new appreciation for country music. Ari gave the edge to Carson, but John countered by giving it to Clint. Blake said that Clint’s soulful voice is a good aspect to bring to country music while Carson adds a rock edge instead. Blake’s choice was to go with rock in this case, awarding Carson the win as the more exciting artist of the two and hoping that he’ll bring out the fiddle soon.

8:33 p.m. – Next, in a battle to “Sunny,” Holly Forbes bested Wyatt Michael on Team Kelly because of a “magical tone.” And in a Team Ariana battle, Jim and Sasha Allen went against Sophia Bromberg on “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” with Jim and Sasha winning for their “infectious” harmonies.

8:39 p.m. – Ari’s next battle was Raquel Trinidad and Hailey Mia because of their youth and being influenced by older artists. Both girls were “happily surprised” with the song selection of “Car Wash.” Ari told Hailey that she does a good job of what is written in the song, but pushed her to do more of her own thing with songs. The biggest advice that Ari shared she learned from Kristin, which is to “add value” with every choice you make in the song or otherwise don’t do it.

8:50 p.m. – Both girls invoked the old spirit of the song really well and fed off of each other’s energy in a way that improved them both. John thought it was a fun song choice, telling Hailey that she sings with confidence and Raquel that it’s hard to not watch her because she puts on a show. Kelly doubled down on loving Raquel, but was surprised by Hailey because she’s so gifted for her age. Like the others, Blake called it a tough one and the difference is Raquel being ready and Hailey having room to work with.

9:00 p.m. – Ari based her decision on feeling connected to Raquel and that she’s the right coach for her. Luckily, Kelly was prepared to use her steal on Hailey despite not having planned to do so. She told Hailey that she think she’ll be a good coach for her and she performed really well.

9:01 p.m. – That prepared Kelly for her next battle, Gymani vs. Aaron Hines. For some reason, it didn’t matter to Kelly that she would lose one of her four-chair turns because of this pairing on “working” by Tate McRae and Khalid. At rehearsals, Jason said that he was impressed by both and said that they both make the other sound better. He told Aaron to take advantage of opportunities to step out on his own in the song and Kelly coached Gymani through how to change a song for the live competition setting rather than what she’d do in the studio.

9:10 p.m. – As expected, the two matched vibes perfectly in the performance and gave each other room to shine on their own. Blake acknowledged that the song might have been more of a challenge for Aaron and applauded him for pushing himself, but still picked Gymani as his winner. Ari complimented Aaron’s tone, but she also gave the edge to Gymani. John called Gymani’s voice electric, but said that Aaron is “really, really, really good.” Faced with the impossible decision she forced herself into, Kelly stuck with Gymani and called her “extra special.” Surprisingly, no one stole Aaron despite having turned their chairs for him in the blinds.

9:21 p.m. – John brought together Jack Rogan and Sabrina Dias for Taylor Swift’s “Cardigan” because it would be a good middle ground for their two styles. Camila urged Jack to keep trying on his falsetto despite being afraid of it and John told Sabrina that the rock edge to her voice is her secret weapon. John told them the key to winning will be embracing the lyric and emotion of the song.

9:32 p.m. – With storytelling the goal of the performance, Jack and Sabrina took a low energy approach to the song in the beginning but then merged their presence together at the end in a really beautiful way. Kelly was in love with both of their tones, but she told Sabrina that she tells the story with her whole body. Blake said it was clear Jack was giving it his all and called Sabrina the kind of endearing that draws the audience in. Ari couldn’t choose a winner between the two and told John his decision is hard. Acknowledging that Jack is still fresh as a performer, John had to choose Sabrina for her effortless electricity and it sounds like he’ll push her into the rock genre for a future performance.

9:38 p.m. – Tonight John also paired Janora Brown against Shadale on Ariana’s “One Last Time,” giving Shadale the win for her star power and beautiful tone.

9:43 p.m.Manny Keith was intimidated to be paired with Wendy Moten, and it was no surprise to him that she already knew Dierks. For Sting’s “If I Ever Lose My Faith in You” Blake’s hope was that they’d both find the song without boundaries for their big voices. In rehearsal, Blake said that Manny’s job is to sing with confidence because the nerves will shake his voice. Blake said that Wendy’s challenge is to move to the front of the stage, so to speak, and own a song as if it’s her own.

9:52 p.m. – Manny opened the performance strong, balancing out Wendy’s more contained presence with his own bouncy energy. By the end, their back and forth runs had all of the coaches standing on their feet for a rare standing ovation in the battles. Ari called out Manny’s “amazing energy,” but called Wendy’s voice “one in a gazillion.” John said they both look like stars, but that physically they gave very different performances as if they weren’t performing together. Kelly said that Wendy is meant to make the finale. Blake said that Manny had a huge battle ahead of him and that he went “toe to toe” with Wendy anyway. Needless to say, Blake’s choice was clear that Wendy was his winner. Before Manny could leave, Ariana hit her steal button, recognizing his ability to shine when given the right opportunity.

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