"The Voice" season 14 battle rounds began Monday with six battles that pitted members of each team against one another in the NBC singing competition's first acual competition. Meanwhile, coaches Adam Levine, Alicia Keys, Blake Shelton and Kelly Clarkson competed to decide which losing artists they would give a second chance to, handing out almost half of their steals in the first episode! Here are the highlights from Monday's episode:
"The Voice" followed its pattern of saving the best battle for last on Monday, with Team Kelly's D.R. King and Jackie Foster going head to head on "Sign of the Times." Both turned two chairs in their blind auditions, and Kelly chose to keep King on her team. But all three other coaches lined up to offer Foster a spot under their wing, and after much arguing, she transferred to Team Adam. Watch the battle round that had her in the highest possible demand by playing the video above. Will she be able to deliver another jaw-dropping performance in the knockout rounds for Adam Levine?
Team Adam's Tish Haynes Keys will also live to fight another day. The Missouri native, who likewise turned two chairs in her blind audition, lost her battle round to Rayshun LaMarr, who was also a two-chair turn (see a pattern developing in this episode?). However, Tish's take on "Sweet Thing" impressed Kelly, who used one of her two Steals on her. So if you're keeping score at home, Team Adam and Team Kelly essentially traded singers. Adam seems to have gotten the better end of the deal, but fans know what Kelly can do with powerful female vocalists, so keep an eye on this storyline in the knockout rounds.
3) The steal you can't see again
The third steal of the night is interesting for several reasons, primarily because it's the one "Voice" battle that NBC has not made available on YouTube as of the time of publication. That's all the more curious because it does include a steal, with Team Kelly's Dylan Hartigan moving over to Team Blake. Hartigan, the only artist featured in this episode not to turn two chairs (he only got one), will now take his classic rock to Team Blake.
Here's the third fact to keep in mind: two of the three steals used in this episode were on members of Team Kelly. There are only eight Steals in this round, so at minimum 25 percent of the second-chance artists will be from Clarkson's roster. Could we have a repeat of last season, when Team Miley wound up being cannibalized for many of the season's best talents? We'll have to see how the next three battle episodes play out, starting tomorrow.
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