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'The Voice's Battle Round continues -- Pryor Baird, Mia Boostrom, Justin Kilgore, Britton Buchanan and more advance


By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 03/27/2018 

The Voice's Battle Round continued with coaches Adam Levine, Kelly Clarkson, Alicia Keys and Blake Shelton advanced nine artists to the next round of Season 14 during Monday night's two-hour broadcast on NBC.

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The artists who advanced to the Knockout Round by winning their respective Battles were Pryor Baird, a 35-year-old from Nashville, TN; Mia Boostrom, a 25-year-old from Boston, MA; Justin Kilgore, a 30-year-old from Austin, TX; Drew Cole, a 25-year-old from Los Angeles, CA; Wilkes, a 33-year-old from Waleska, GA; and Britton Buchanan, an 18-year-old from Sanford, NC.

The Battle Round continued on Monday night with the coaches narrowing down their groups of artists through a series of team-member faceoffs.

In each Battle, a coach pairs two of his or her team members up at a time and chooses a song for them to sing in a duet. While the duo must blend their different sounds, the goal is to out-perform each other for only one spot on the team moving forward.

However, Alicia, Adam, Blake and Kelly are each allowed two "Steals" during this round, which means he or she may select two losing artists from opposing coaches' Battles to join his or her own team for the upcoming Knockout Round and potentially beyond.

Three artists were stolen in last night's broadcast, and they were Kaleb Lee, a 32-year-old from Kentucky who currently resides in Ormond Beach, FL; Miya Bass, a 29-year-old from Jamaica, NY; and Jaclyn Lovey, a 16-year-old from Placerville, CA.

For Battles this season, Hailee Steinfeld is serving as Kelly's team advisor, Julia Michaels is working with Adam's team, Trace Adkins is helping out Blake's team, and Shawn Mendes is mentoring Adam's team.

The first Battle of the night belonged to Pryor and Kaleb, who performed "Don't Do Me Like That," on behalf of Blake's team.

Pryor was told he sounded like Steven Tyler from Aerosmith and will have a hugely successful career if he puts out a record. Kaleb, however, was called a potential "dark horse" in the competition.

Adam thought Pryor won the Battle, but Blake noted Kaleb really stepped up to the plate. Blake thought both artists have what it takes to win The Voice this season, but the coach named Pryor the winner since he is the "real deal" and brings it every time he sings.

But Kaleb's time on the show wasn't over, as Kelly decided to steal the artist for her own team. Kelly had been a fan of Kaleb since the Blind Auditions, and so she was thrilled to have a country singer like him.

Next up was a Battle for "Team Adam" featuring Mia singing "Because of You" by Kelly Clarkson against Genesis Diaz, a 19-year-old from Miami, FL.

Adam admitted this Battle was the hardest one yet for him to determine a champion. The coaches agreed it was "a beast" of a song and Mia had the more complete performance. Alicia called Genesis "a lioness" and Kelly referred to the artist as "a pistol," but Mia delivered beautiful low notes.

Although Adam found Genesis' energy and lack of control to be exciting, he named Mia the winner because of her excellence in technical singing. Adam was really impressed by Mia's vibrato as well as her "vocal chops."

Kelly's team was up next, and Justin was asked to sing "Burning House" with Molly Stevens, a 34-year-old from Georgia who currently resides in Raleigh, NC.

There was an obvious tenderness and kinship between these two artists that the coaches really admired. They made Adam "feel something." Adam would probably go with Justin as the winner, but he confessed "no one sings like Molly."

Blake noted Justin's voice fit better with the song but Molly unleased "a new crazy sound" he "wasn't used to hearing." Kelly loved the emotional and raw performance, and she told Molly she had "a greatness" about her. Meanwhile, Kelly believed Justin was like "an untapped well just waiting to burst out."

With that being said, Kelly declared Justin the winner of the Battle, admitting The Voice is "the hardest show ever."

The next Battle, for Adam's team, was between Drew and Miya. The pair were required to sing "Knocking On Heaven's Door," and Blake said it was like a Grammy performance.

The song was an obvious choice for Drew, but Miya showed such creativity that she earned Blake's vote. Kelly expressed regret for not turning around for Miya during the Blind Auditions, and then Adam said this pairing encapsulated everything he loves about music.

The winner of the Battle was Drew because his voice is modern yet old-school at the same time and Adam appreciated the fact they have similar tastes in music.

Representing Blake's team, Wilkes faced off against Jordan Kirkdorffer, a 28-year-old from Indiana who currently resides in Franklin, TN. The guys sang "Nobody To Blame," and it became clear Jordan brought the energy but Wilkes has a special husky tone to his voice.

Blake acknowledged both guys "worked their butts off" in rehearsal and Jordan "nailed" the performance. However, Wilkes was victorious because he's rough around the edges, and Blake was looking forward to continue working with someone with such an awesome sound.

The last Battle pairing of the night was between Britton and Jaclyn. Alicia asked the duo to perform "Thinking Out Loud."

Adam was upset Britton never joined his team because he's "a badass," but the coach also acknowledged Jaclyn sang with sweetness and sincerity. But Kelly assumed the other coaches were "underestimating" Jaclyn since she's so angelic and performs effortlessly.

Kelly admitted if she had a steal left, she would definitely bring Jaclyn onto her team.

Alicia said Britton has a "lived-in voice" and performs better under pressure, while Jaclyn really owned who she is at only 16-years-old.

Alicia decided Britton had won the Battle, but then Blake stole Jaclyn, calling her "a young Cher" and a "workhorse" that's "freakin' awesome."

The Battle Round will come to an end Tuesday night on The Voice, and Alicia still has one Steal left. The Knockout Round will then begin next week.


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