The Voice's season-seven playoffs began on Monday, which has teams trimmed down from five to three: two picked by America, and one more saved by each coach. The first live round also introduced the new Voice app, which allows viewers at home to begin voting before the end of the episode, which also featured a performance of Maroon 5's "Animals."
Taylor Swift was as Taylor Swift-ian as ever on Monday's episode of The Voice.
The superstar singer, celebrating the release of her new album, 1989, appeared as a guest mentor on NBC's singing competition show, where she provided words of wisdom for the starstruck contestants who were heading into the show's knockout round.
The battles wrapped on The Voice on Tuesday, with the felt presence of one of the series' other rotating coaches.
"Don't try to ever be Christina Aguilera! I can't be her, and neither can you!" shouted Stevie Nicks at one point to two of Adam Levine's singers. Imitation may the most sincere form of flattery, but it may not be what wins a match.
The second week of battles began on The Voice on Monday, filled with matches not only of the singers, but also the coaches. Particularly, Gwen Stefani.
The No Doubt breakout (who previewed the music video for her latest single, "Baby Don't Lie," after the episode) previously found herself in showdowns with Blake Shelton during the blind auditions, and kept sparring with Adam Levine throughout Monday night's battles.
The battles continued on The Voice on Tuesday, but it wasn't without its share of delay.
"I think I have had a birthday since this battle started," Blake Shelton said at one point to Adam Levine, who was taking incredibly long to decided on a winner of a particular match. But when Levine finally made his heartbreaking decision, a singer broke out into tears while being sent home, and was walked out by Pharrell Williams with a pep talk: "If you stop now, the 'no' was right."
The battles began on The Voice on Monday, with guest mentors Stevie Nicks in tow to help Adam Levine, Little Big Town joining with Blake Shelton, Alicia Keys stepping in alongside Pharrell Williams, and husband Gavin Rossdale accompanying Gwen Stefani.
NBC's victory lap this fall has been a relatively quiet one. After kicking off the previous two years with ratings success among the sought-after audience of adults 18-49, wins for the first two weeks of the 2014-15 season have been greeted as a bit of a given.
The Voice's blind auditions wrapped on Monday night with the inevitable: a battle between Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams.
While Adam Levine and Blake Shelton usually throw insults across the studio when fighting for a singer, the veteran coaches knew what was coming between the two newbie coaches. "They're gonna nice each other to death," shouted Shelton, while Levine added, "They're gonna fight each other with rainbows and happiness!"