The Voice Recap: Let the Battles Begin!
Welcome back, the battle rounds of Season 14 have begun! On tonight’s episode of The Voice, we unpack a night full of powerhouse voices, the introduction of mentors and last but not least…stealing. Some coaches lost their most talented singers to another coach because the pairings in these battles were so strong.
Kelly has Hailee Steinfeld as a coach, while Alicia went with popstar Shawn Mendez. Blake picked country star Trace Adkins while his frienemy Adam chose Julia Michaels.
Jamai vs. Sharane (Team Alicia)
Singing Shawn Mendez’ Mercy and receiving tips from the artist himself, Sharane and Jamai kicked off the show with their powerful performance. Though Jamai gave his performance a lot of energy, Alicia went with Sharane. This is the first of many female winners of the Night One Battles.
Brynn vs. Dylan (Team Kelly)
Pairing two popular and unique singers together, Kelly already knew this was going to be a difficult decision. Kelly song choice is a rendition of Taylor Swift’s Ready for It? Seeing Brynn on stage, it’s still hard to believe she is only 14 years old because she sings and acts so maturely, reminding us a bit of Season 13’s runner-up Addison Agen. Even though Dylan gave the audience a great performance, Brynn took center stage with outstanding vocals and moved onto the next round. But, Dylan’s journey was not over because the first steal of the night happened and he’s moved onto Team Blake!
Winner: Brynn / Steal: Dylan joins Team Blake
Kyla vs. JessLee (Team Blake)
With two powerhouse singers in the mix, Blake gives them the song One Last Time by Ariana Grande. Both ladies sing with so much passion and depth, however, Kyla takes the lead with her range and ability to blow the roof off. She moves onto the next round.
Rayshun vs. Tish (Team Adam)
Both artists wowed the judges during the blind auditions and now they’re put to battle each other. Kelly looks over at Adam and calls him stupid for pairing the two, which preps us for the insight of one of these artists being stolen. Singing Sweet Thing, the two sung this duet beautifully as Adam compliments them for the beautiful harmony between the two voices. With a difficult decision left to be made, Adam chooses Rayshun which leaves Kelly to steal Tish!
Winner: Rayshun / Steal: Tish joins Team Kelly
Christiana vs. Shana (Team Alicia)
Singing Use Somebody by Kings of Leon, each artist made the piece their own, but somehow it sounded so beautiful when put together. Choosing between these artists is tough because they’re each so unique in their own way, but ultimately Christiana’s stage presence and tone win Team Alicia’s heart and she’s onto the next round.
D.R. King vs Jackie (Team Kelly)
Ending the night with a bang, both artists wowed the judges with their different but powerful styles. Alicia says it was her favorite battle of the night, and Adam tells Jackie he couldn’t take his eyes off her. Although their coach Kelly is blown away by both artists, she ultimately chooses D.R. which leaves Jackie to be stolen by Team Adam!
Winner: D.R. King/ Steal: Jackie joins Team Adam
Well, there you have it! Night one of the battles surely did not disappoint. Make sure to tune into our recap of Night two, tomorrow morning!