'The Voice' Recap: Battle Rounds Part 3 Blake Uses His Last Save For Tess Boyer
Blake Shelton used up his last steal to snag Tess Boyer from Team Usher, and Madilyn Paige and Tanner James performed a sweet duet in the third part of the battle rounds of The Voice.
The third night of battle rounds began with Team Adam Levine's Austin Ellis and Josh Kaufman singing Pharrell’s Oscar-winning song “Happy.” The singers both delivered, and seemed to genuinely enjoy performing together. Blake goes for Josh, but Usher and Shakira are more hesitant to call a winner. Usher said that, while he thinks Josh won the battle, Austin is a “caged beast.” In the end, Adam Levine went with Josh, and Austin went home.
Blake Shelton was the next coach to find himself in the hot seat. He paired country duo Alaska & Madi against Audra McLaughlin. The country crooners sung Linda Ronstadt’s “When Will I Be Loved” and Alaska & Madi brought the harmonies while Audra wasn’t afraid of belting with her strong vocals. After the battle, Blake says he doesn’t know who he’s going to pick, and his fellow coaches hesitate to give any strong opinion. Blake gives Alaska & Madi some extra props for being in it to win it before promptly handing the victory over to Audra.
From Team Shakira, we got Deja Hall and Music Box battling it out over “Eternal Flame” by The Bangles. The battle is a tough one for Deja, who finds herself at a disadvantage due to her young age – 16 – while Music Box is not shy about her happiness at being more mature than her competitor. Adam throws his weight behind Deja, saying that she has amazing potential, but both Blake and Usher remain mum. Usher tried to up the drama by refusing to pick a winner, but promised to steal whoever Shakira sent home. When Shakira picked Deja as the winner, Usher stayed true to his word and stole Music Box.
Madilyn Paige and Tanner James from Team Usher were paired next. The young singers, who both attended the same school in Provo, Utah, almost fell in love onstage singing Taylor Swift’s “Everything Has Changed.” Unfortunately, the duo was split up when Usher chose Madilyn as the winner of the battle, sending Tanner home.
Now that all four judges have chipped away one singer from their team, it was, once again, time for Team Adam. Dawn & Hawkes, yet another duo, performed “Stuck In The Middle With You” with Josh Murley. The battle was fine, but it didn’t inspire much feedback or excitement from the judges. Adam ends up picking Dawn & Hawkes as the winners, and, in a somewhat surprising twist, Shakira swooped in and used a steal to take Josh Murley.
Next up from Team Usher are Bria Kelly and Tess Boyer, who battled it out over Janis Joplin’s “Piece of My Heart.” Both Bria and Tess bring it for the battle, outshining each other ever other second. Usher picks Bria as the winner, and Blake used up his last steal to scoop up Tess.
The Voice battle rounds will come to an end on Tuesday night at 8 p.m. on NBC.
– Olivia Truffaut-Wong
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