Trae Patton/NBCThe second week of Battle Rounds on The Voice began Monday night on NBC. The highlight of the night was Adam Levine stealing two artists: Blessing Offor and Toia Jones.
The guest mentors were back to instruct the artists during rehearsals. Alicia Keys joined Team Pharrell Williams; Stevie Nicks assisted Team Adam; Gwen Stefani‘s husband, Gavin Rossdale, helped her team; and Little Big Town tutored Team Blake Shelton.
Team Adam’s Damien and Kelli Douglas were the first two artists to battle it out on Monday night. Adam assigned them “Knock on Wood,” by Otis Redding and Carla Thomas, among other musicians. Stevie lamented the fact that one of them would have to leave Adam’s team, and jokingly vowed to personally steal the loser of the battle.
Following Damien and Kelli’s performance, Blake said Adam’s decision would simply come down to a matter of taste. Gwen quipped that she was too distracted by Kelli’s body to focus on her singing. Adam named Damien the winner, later explaining to the cameras that the contestant had immersed himself in the song. Kelli was dismissed.
Jessie Pitts and Ryan Sill of Team Gwen were next up. They covered “I Need Your Love,” by Calvin Harris featuring Ellie Goulding. Gavin detected a boy-band-singer-type quality in Ryan during rehearsals.
Blake felt Jessie had won the battle because the song had been more of a challenge for her. Pharrell thought it better suited Ryan, but Adam disagreed. Gwen picked Ryan, while Blake used the second of his two allotted steals on Jessie.
Blind singer Blessing Offor and teenager Katriz Trinidad went head-to-head for Team Pharrell. They were given Stevie Wonder‘s “Do I Do.” In rehearsals, Alicia taught Katriz how to move her body to the song.
Adam and Blake both felt Katriz rose to the challenge, since Blessing is the more accomplished singer. Pharrell selected Katriz as the winner. Adam then swooped in and tried to steal Blessing. The Maroon 5 singer explained that his wife Behati Prinsloo‘s first name means “blessing” in Swahili, so he was meant to coach Blessing. Gwen made an attempt to steal Blessing, too, but he joined Team Adam.
Ethan Butler and Matt McAndrew were paired up for Team Adam. They tackled Coldplay‘s first hit, “Yellow.” Stevie encouraged them not to be too loud with their vocals, because they were also trying to “break hearts” with the lyrics.
Pharrell said the song was in Matt’s wheelhouse, but Ethan surprised him. Gwen said she enjoyed every bit of the performance. Adam went with Matt. Ethan was not saved.
The first and only Team Blake battle of the night pit Bree Fondacaro against Taylor Brashears. They sang Linda Ronstadt‘s “You’re No Good.” Little Big Town noted Taylor’s purity and power in contrast to Bree’s texture.
Adam commented it was as if Bree was singing alone in her bedroom during the battle, while Taylor was connecting with the lyrics. Blake added that Bree gets lost in herself during a performance, and Taylor gets lost in the song. Taylor advanced, and Bree is eliminated.
In the final battle of the night, Team Pharrell’s DaNica Shirey and Toia Jones belted out Beyoncé‘s “Halo.”
Adam said performing a Beyoncé song is like slaying a dragon, but both artists slayed the dragon. Pharrell complimented both for recognizing the need to sing with conviction. He named DaNica the winner. Adam and Gwen both tried to steal Toia; she settled on Adam.
The two-hour episode also featured a sneak peek at Gwen’s colorful video for her just-released single, “Baby Don’t Lie.” The full version premieres Tuesday on Vevo.
The final night of Battle Rounds will take place Tuesday night on NBC at 8 p.m. Eastern time.
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