It was a historic night of steals and saves on “The Voice.”
Monday’s episode of the NBC singing competition marked the first Battle Round of the season and the gloves were off. The contestants and coaches both came out swinging. Ariana Grande received some advice from the veterans coaches.
“This is your first time doing Battles so you have to use your save… and your steal wisely,” John Legend said. “This is the hardest part of what we do… Get ready to cry.”
Blake Shelton jokingly said that “I’m ready see you guys weep.”
It works like this: Every coach pair up two vocalists from their team to perform a song. After the duet, one of them is declared the winner. Each coach is allowed to save one and steal one during the 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 for a powerful rendition of Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer’s “No More Tears (Enough Is Enough).”
Despite the song title, there were LotsThere were many tears. Not only did the duo make Team Grande advisor Kristin Chenoweth cry, but Grande was moved to tears. The chain reaction was unstoppable. Seeing Grande cry made Clarkson cry: “How your voice breaks when you cry is like what the hell, stop.”
“I don’t want to get too emotional, but I adore you both so much,” a weeping Grande said. This song is very special to me. It was a song my mom and me used to sing in our car, and it felt so special hearing it this way. I’m proud of you both.”
Grande did what was expected: Selecting a winner. Grande declared, “I loathe this so much.” Grande stated, “I talked with my therapist about it.”
She crowned Rae the winner, but quickly used her only save of the Battle Round on DeNapoli, her “Italian sister.”
Grande’s DeNapoli was not robbed by any other coach throughout the night. “We can’t steal now, you were crying,” Clarkson said. “We’re not heartless.”
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Shelton had clearly seen the benefits. There are no more tears to shedIt was a. With a pack of tissues, he consoled his first-time coach.
“After this season, you won’t ever need these again,” Shelton added. “You’ll get over it. “You will be as blind and numb like the three of us.” Clarkson said, “That is a lovely gesture.”
“I’m married now, I’m soft,” Shelton quipped, who married former “Voice” coach Gwen Stefani in July after meeting on the show.
But, Shelton proved he’s the heavyweight of cold-hearted coaches following the “four mic drop” worthy performance from Team Clarkson’s Kinsey Rose, 35, and the Girl Named Tom trio, composed of siblings Bekah, 21, Joshua, 24, and Caleb, 26. The singers performed Eagles’ “Seven Bridges Road.”
Clarkson named Girl Named Tom winner due to their “family harmony”. She quickly hit the save button for Rose who she “wants (on) her team”.
It wasn’t the only one. Legend, Shelton, and Grande all hit the steal button. This marked the first time that a contestant had 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 the Battles and that just shows you the power of Kinsey’s voice,” Shelton said, who used a car crash analogy to try to win over Rose.
“If you were to narrowly escape a terrible bad car accident and you look back and go, ‘Wow, I’ll never do that again.'” Shelton agreed. “(Clarkson) was the person driving the other car. It is now your chance to avoid something terrible.”
Grande replied, “Do we mean to say that picking Kelly Clarkson would be like choosing a car accident?”
Rose ended up staying with Team Clarkson, who did a victory dance: “I’m really happy. All the steals in the world couldn’t remove her from my grasp.”
Shelton realized quickly that the pitch he was making about the car accident thing was just as bad. “It probably didn’t help, my pitch about the car crash thing,” He reflected. “It kind of became it’s own crash on itself.”
The Battle Rounds continue Tuesday on “The Voice” (NBC, 8 EDT/PDT).