TheVoice battles wrapped on Tuesday night -- well, the first round at least, because a brand new second round will feature Coldplay's Chris Martin next week -- and while most of the sudden-death duets have packed a punch throughout the season, the final three matchups were perfectly polite pairings. Yet one singer was aggressive enough to get Usher's last steal.
Who says battles on The Voice have to be vicious? At one point on Monday night's episode, Carson Daly called a match "The Notebook, Part Two," while Adam Levine added, "That was like watching two golden retriever puppies frolic through fields of wheat during the sunset. Cute overload -- so romantic and sweet."
The Voice has recruited the Coldplay frontman as a universal advisor to all four coaches in a rebooted round. For the first time, the remaining contestants will again be paired off to perform the same song in a sudden-death match, beginning March 31.
The sudden-death duets continued on The Voice on Tuesday night, which saw a guest mentor take the lead in the rehearsal room, while the contestants struggled to shine against their match -- at least, enough to tempt a steal and save themselves from elimination.
It's out with the blind auditions and in with the battle rounds on The Voice, where coaches pair off their contestants and challenge them to out-sing the other in a sudden-death duet. Each coach invites a fellow musician for help as guest mentor, and also has the option to "steal" whatever performer is cast off by another team.
The latest episode of The Voice may have solidified Blake Shelton's spot in last place when recruiting team members during the blind auditions, but off-camera, he celebrated his victories plenty in front of the other coaches.
"I'm a gentlemen -- ladies first," explained Usher as to why he doesn't hit his button until after Shakira does, nearly every time. But among all the spinning seats, one coach came up completely empty on Tuesday's episode of The Voice.
On the third night of The Voice's blind auditions, the R&B musician recruited his first country act of the season, while Shakira compared herself to Alexander the Great and tried to translate Adam Levine's tattoo to help a contestant pick a coach.
Usher may have been the breakout judge of the fourth season of The Voice, with his unconventional coaching techniques involving push-ups and ballroom dancing, but so far, Shakira is the star of the season six premiere.