‘The Voice’ Recap: The Battles Continue, And Gwen Gets Rejected TWICE!

Jill O'Rourke
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This week on The Voice Season 17, the battles continued. This season’s advisors Normani, Will.i.am, Darius Rucker, and Usher joined coaches Kelly Clarkson, Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton, and John Legend in helping the artists give their best performances.

Monday and Tuesday’s episodes also had a few steals and saves. Notably, Gwen Stefani hit her button three times to save artists on her team, but two of them chose to work with a different coach. Is this a bad sign for her team going forward?

‘The Voice’ Battles Continue

Jared Herzog vs. Will Breman (Team John)

Jared and Will performed “Treat You Better” by Shawn Mendes, which John said fit in their “vocal pocket.” Will said Jared is “intimidating,” because his style is closer to Shawn Mendes. However, John said it was “close” going into the battle. After the performance, he said “everybody stepped up” and that he was “so proud” to work with them. Ultimately, he chose Will as the winner.

Marina Chello vs. Ricky Duran (Team Blake)

These two artists performed “Valerie” by the Zutons. Blake said he would have to make his decision “based on what I feel in my heart.” After the performance, he told them that they gave it “150 percent” and said it was “literally awful” having to choose. He picked Ricky, but hit his button to save Marina. Kelly hit her button to steal her, but Marina chose to stay with Blake.

Jake Hoot vs. Steve Knill (Team Kelly)

Kelly paired these two together because she thought Jake’s country vibe would mesh with Steve’s soulful voice. They performed Willie Nelson’s “Always on My Mind.” Kelly said the other coaches were “dumb” for not turning their chairs for these artists. After the performance, she said they both “executed it perfectly.” Ultimately, she chose Jake as the winner.

Royce Lovett vs. Kiara Brown (Team Gwen)

Royce and Kiara performed “Turn Your Lights Down Low” by Bob Marley & the Wailers. Will.i.am said he thought Gwen was leaning toward Royce going into the performance. Gwen said choosing between them was “really painful.” Ultimately, she chose Royce as the winner, but hit her button to save Kiara. Kelly also hit her button to steal her. Kiara chose to join Team Kelly.

Joana Martinez vs. Matthew McQueen (Team Blake)

These two performed “High Hopes” by Panic! at the Disco. Matthew said he was worried about being beaten by a 15-year-old. After the performance, Blake acknowledged that it was a hard song to sing, and said they were both “impressive.” Ultimately, Blake chose Joana as the winner.

Kyndal Inskeep vs. James Violet (Team Gwen)

Kyndal and James performed “I Could Use a Love Song” by Maren Morris. Gwen said after their performance that she didn’t realize how unique James’ voice was until this battle. However, she chose Kyndal as the winner. Gwen then hit her button to save James, and John hit his to steal him. After a cliffhanger Monday night, James chose to go with Team John.

Zach Bridges vs. Cory Jackson (Team Blake)

Blake paired these two country artists together for a battle to “Should’ve Been a Cowboy” by Toby Keith. Kelly told them after the performance they should be a duo. Blake agreed with her and said “there’s really not a winner here.” However, he had to choose one, and he went with Zach.

Marybeth Byrd vs. Dane & Stephanie (Team John)

John paired his only duo with his only country artist on a performance of “Burning House” by Cam. Marybeth related the song to her cousin, who died by suicide. John told them he was “proud” to be their coach. He praised Dane & Stephanie for their increase in confidence, but ultimately he went with Marybeth as the winner.

Jessie Lawrence vs. Rose Short (Team Gwen)

This pair bonded before they even started rehearsals, walking in holding hands. They sang “Can’t Feel My Face” by the Weeknd. Gwen said it was a “heart-wrenching decision,” but she ultimately chose Rose as the winner. She then hit her button to save Jessie, and Blake hit his button to steal him. (He said he just wanted to show him how much “respect” he has for him.) Jessie chose to stay with Gwen.

Do you think the coaches made the right decisions this week? Are there any artists you were disappointed to see eliminated? Let us know in the comments, and get ready for the Knockouts next week with Taylor Swift!

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