Trae Patton/NBCMonday night is the beginning of the Battle Rounds on NBC’s The Voice, and that means it’s time for each coach to bring on their mentors, who’ll help advise their team members during this next phase of competition. New coach Gwen Stefani has tapped her husband to mentor her team: a situation which she says at first led to “bickering” and anxiety.
The concept of a coach using a spouse as a mentor isn’t new to The Voice -- Blake Shelton did it in season two with his wife, country superstar Miranda Lambert. But Gwen says bringing in her hubby, Gavin Rossdale of the rock band Bush, to help out still made her a bit nervous. “I was really anxious about it,” she reveals. “But it’s been really fun. He’s really smart!”
But Gwen says that before they started filming the Battle Rounds, she and Gavin butted heads over some of her team members. “We’ve been like prepping, watching all the DVDs,” she says. “And I’m like, ‘No! I think that they should play with the guitar.’ ‘No, no guitar!’ Like, bickering at home about it.” Thankfully, once they got to the set, she says, things went fine.
Gwen says moving from the Blind Auditions into the Battle Rounds puts the competition into a new perspective for her. “In the moment of the Blinds, you’re not even seeing them perform,” she says. “And then seeing them now…some of the people that I chose, I’m like, ‘OK, now I know why I chose that person. I heard something and that’s what I heard.’ And it’s all kind of magnified now.”
“I feel like every single person so far has something special and I just feel really super-lucky to be able to wear this hat because it’s really inspiring for me,” she adds. “It’s my first time I ever got to do something like this in my whole career where I’m on this side of it. And it’s really fun. It’s really motivating.”
For the Battle Rounds, Alicia Keys will mentor Pharrell Williams‘ team, the country group Little Big Town will work with Blake Shelton‘s team, and Adam Levine has tapped his buddy Stevie Nicks to mentor his group. Stevie appeared on the first season of The Voice, duetting with the eventual winner, Javier Colon from Team Adam. She says she’s a fan of the show, and this time around, she’s happy to be able to work with the contestants, instead of just showing up at the finale.
“Whenever I’m home and have had the time, I’ve watched The Voice and I really enjoy it,” she says. “So I’m happy to be in on the beginning this time instead of at the very end, because I’m a teacher at heart and I love being involved with giving my little bits of wisdom and stuff that I’ve learned since I started singing when I was five.”
“She’s become a very good friend at this point and we all know how talented she is but also just a wonderful human being,” says Adam of the Fleetwood Mac frontwoman, who even sang at his wedding. “And I was excited because this is gonna be great to do it with Stevie. You know, it’s kind of a dream come true so it’s amazing. I couldn’t have picked a better…co-coach.”
“You can’t help but be really invested in it because this is their lives,” Stevie says of working with Team Adam. He agrees, adding, “You’re helping them fulfill their dreams to a certain degree.”
“And you’re helping them get it together to figure out if this is really what they wanna do, or if this is too much for them, or are they willing to work that hard,” she continues. “And then they see us. And they go, ‘Well, these people really worked hard to get where they are. Are we willing to do that?’ So it really creates a lot of questions and answers, I think, for these kids.”
Entertainment Weekly has a preview of who’ll be facing off against who starting Monday night, and what each pair will sing:
Griffin vs Luke Wade, “Maybe I’m Amazed” by Paul McCartney
Elyjuh Rene vs Maiya Sykes, “If I Ain’t Got You” by Alicia Keys
Jordy Searcy vs Taylor Phelan, “Breakeven” by The Script
Amanda Lee Peers vs Taylor John Williams, “Jolene” by Dolly Parton
Jean Kelley vs Sugar Joans, “Survivor” by Destiny’s Child
Menlik Zergabachew vs Troy Ritchie, “Maneater” by Hall and Oates
Craig Wayne Boyd vs James David Carter, “Wave on Wave” by Pat Green
Grant Ganzer vs John Martin, “Stop and Stare” by OneRepublic
Justin Johnes vs Tanner Linford, “You and I” by One Direction
Chris Jamison vs Jonathan Wyndham, “Young Girls” by Bruno Mars
Alessandro Castronovo vs Joe Kirk, “Stay” by Rihanna ft Mikky Ekko
Clara Hong vs Rebekah Samarin, “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” by Carole King
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