It was a historic night of stealing and saving “Sound.”
Monday’s episode of the NBC singing competition marked the first battle round of the season and the gloves were off. Both the contestants and the coach came out laughing. But first, veteran coaches gave Ariana Grande some friendly advice.
John Legend said, “This is your first time doing Battles, so you have to use your saves … and your steals wisely.” “This is the hardest part of what we do… get ready to cry.”
Blake Shelton quipped, “I’m ready to see you guys cry.”
Here’s how it works: Each coach adds two singers to their team to duet the song of the coach’s choice. The singers then contest it and only one is declared the winner. Each coach has a save and a steal during this round. (More on that later.)
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Team Grande’s Bella Denapoli, 22, and Katie Rae, 35, entered the ring for the first head-to-head of the night to a powerful rendition of “No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)” by Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer.
Despite the song’s title, there were Many To shed tears The two not only made Team Grande mentor Kristin Chenoweth cry, but Grande’s eyes welled up in tears. It was a chain reaction. Seeing Grande cry, Clarkson cried: “How your voice breaks when you cry, it’s like hell, stop.”
Crying Grande said, “I don’t want to get too emotional, but I love you both very much.” “This song means a lot to me. My mom and I sing it in the car all the time and it was so special to hear it like that. I’m so proud of you both.”
Then came what everyone warned Grande about: choosing a winner. “I hate it so much,” Grande said. “I really talked to my doctor about this.”
He crowns Rai the winner, but quickly uses her “Italian sister” to save her during the war on Denapoli.
Throughout the night, no other coach tried to steal Denapoli from Grande. “We can’t steal anymore, you were crying,” Clarkson said. “We are not heartless.”
Shelton was clearly no tears left to cry. He consoled the first-time coach with a box of tissue.
“After this season, you’ll never need them again,” Shelton said. “You’ll get over it. You’ll be as tough as the three of us.” “It’s a nice gesture,” Clarkson said.
“I’m married now, I’m soft,” quipped Shelton, who Married to former “Voice” coach Gwen Stefani After meeting on the show in July.
But, Shelton proved he’s the heavyweight of cold-hearted coaches after a worthy “four mic drop” performance from Team Clarkson’s 35-year-old Kinsey Rose and Girl Named Tom trio, who are siblings Bekah, 21, Joshua. , 24 and is composed of Caleb. 26. Singers perform “Seven Bridges Road” by the Eagles.
Clarkson named Girl Name Tom the winner because of her “family harmony,” and she quickly hit her save button for Rose, who she still “wants to be on (her) team.”
She was not alone. Legend, Shelton and Grande each hit their steal button, the first time a contestant has earned three steals and one save during “The Voice” battle rounds.
“This is the first time in Voice history that we had four button pushes in Battle and it shows you the power of Kinsey’s voice,” said Shelton, who used the car crash analogy to try to win over Rose.
“If you narrowly escaped a horrific bad car accident and you look back and go, ‘Wow, I’ll never do that again.’” Shelton said. “(Clarkson) was the person driving the other car. It’s your turn to avoid something tragic.”
Grande replied, “Are we saying that picking up Kelly Clarkson is like picking up a car accident?”
Rose ended up staying with Team Clarkson, who danced a triumphant dance: “I’m really happy. All the stealing in the world couldn’t get her out of my grip.”
Shelton soon realized that his pitch itself was a wreck. “It probably didn’t help, my pitch about the car accident,” he reflected. “It kind of became an accident in itself.”
The battle round continues Tuesday on “The Voice” (NBC, 8 EDT/PDT).