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The Battle Round continued Tuesday night on NBC’s The Voice season 15, with coaches Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine pairing artists from their teams together for head-to-head duets. The winner advances to the Knockout Round, and the loser can potentially be stolen by another coach. Each coach gets two steals this round as well as the assistance of celebrity mentors. Shelton picked Keith Urban, Clarkson picked Thomas Rhett, Hudson picked Halsey and Levine picked CeeLo Green.
The first battle came from Team Kelly. Clarkson paired the season’s only duo, collectively known as OneUp, with Kymberli Joye for a duet of “Mercy” by Shawn Mendes. The trio meshed well from the start, and Rhett encouraged them to take some vocal risks.
In their final performance, the trio delivered beautiful and complex harmonies, bringing something different to the song. They blended well, though Joye stood out with her powerhouse vocals. Clarkson chose Joye, and the couple was eliminated.
Anthony Arya and Steve Memmolo from Team Adam were up next, singing a slowed-down version of “Amie” by Pure Prairie League. Both artists sounded solid in rehearsal, but the song choice was odd and didn’t really play to their strengths. They gave an even-keeled performance, with neither singer really standing out but working together well. Levine chose Memmolo, and Hudson swooped in to steal Arya.
In a shortened battle, Team Adam’s Tyke James bested Jarred Matthew in a duet of Billy Joel’s “She’s Always a Woman.”
Team Blake was up with a battle from Chris Kroeze and Mercedes Ferreira-Dias, singing “Back in the High Life Again” by Steve Winwood. Urban was impressed by Chris’ tone and grit and by the dramatic sound of Ferreira-Dias’ voice. They sounded strong in their battle, with Ferreira-Dias’ vibrato cutting through the song. But Shelton went with Kroeze, and Ferreira-Dias went home.
Another battle from Team Blake paired Katrina Cain and Rachel Messer for an emotional duet of “Angel” by Sarah McLachlan. They both had gorgeous tones, but Cain was the stronger vocalist. Shelton chose her, and Messer was eliminated.
Natasia Greycloud and Mike Parker of Team Jennifer closed out the night with their performance of “Gravity” by John Mayer. Halsey encouraged them to be powerful yet not too much. Sure enough, they both delivered a performance with dynamics. Each showcased star power, so a steal was inevitable. Hudson chose Parker, and Clarkson nabbed Greycloud, keeping both in the competition.
The Battle Round continues next week on The Voice.
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