'The Voice' Battles 2 recap: Coaches advance 7 artists including Jorge Eduardo, Kelsea Johnson and Reid Umstattd!
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 03/21/2018
The Voice's Battle Round continued and featured seven artists advancing to the next phase of the Season 14 competition during Tuesday night's broadcast on NBC.
The artists who advanced by winning their respective Battles were Jorge Eduardo, a 24-year-old wedding singer from Mexico who currently resides in Dallas, TX; Jaron Strom, a 29-year-old web designer from Charlotte, NC; Johnny Bliss, a 26-year-old from New York, NY; Jamella, a 21-year-old mortgage loan processor from Illinois who currently resides in Mission Viejo, CA; Kelsea Johnson, a 22-year-old from Delaware who currently resides in Woodland Hills, CA; and Reid Umstattd, a 34-year-old musician from Austin, TX.
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, Adam, Alicia, Kelly, and Blake 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 "The Knockout Round" and potentially beyond.
The artist who lost her Battle last night but was stolen by another coach was Jordyn Simone, a 17-year-old student from Los Angeles, CA.
For the Battles this season, Hailee Steinfeld is serving as Kelly's team adviser, Julia Michaels is working with Adam's team, Trace Adkins is helping out Blake's team, and Shawn Mendes is mentoring Alicia's team.
The first Battle of the night belonged to "Team Kelly," and she paired Jorge with Amber Sauer, a 35-year-old singer from Paradise, CA, to sing "Starving" by their adviser, Hailee.
Alicia and Adam both agreed they would name Jorge the winner of the Battle because he's such a "diverse" and "fantastic singer." Adam was lamenting how he never turned around for Jorge in the Blind Auditions.
Blake, however, thought Amber had more fun onstage, and Kelly admitted pairing these two together was her "dumbest move by far." Kelly had no idea prior to the Battle Round that Jorge plays an instrument, but Amber rose to a challenge and sang a verse of the song in Spanish along with her duet partner.
In the end, Kelly named Jorge the winner because she was curious about what they could do together going forward on the show. Kelly's decision resulted in Amber's elimination from the competition.
The next Battle was between Reid and Davison, a 23-year-old superstore supervisor from California who currently resides in Little Rock. Their coach, Adam, asked the guys to sing "Love on the Brain" by Rihanna.
Blake said although the guys were extremely close, he believed Davison had the edge in the Battle. Kelly added that Davison's runs were like "warm butter dripping off a biscuit in the summer."
But Alicia pointed out that the song really fit Reid's vibe and both guys owned it.
Adam then explained that Reid has "incredible confidence" while Davison could learn to believe in himself more. On the other hand, Davison had "passion, drive and determination" that Reid could borrow from.
Both singers had their strengths, but Adam declared Reid the winner since he surprises the coach every single time he sings -- which resulted in Davison's ouster.
The last Battle of the night was for "Team Alicia" between Kelsea and Jordyn. The powerhouse singers performed "Don't Let Go" by En Vogue.
Adam heard Alicia's influence in Kelsea's voice, but Jordyn had undeniable power to her voice, as well as an impressive confidence level for her age.
Adam thought Jordyn won the Battle, but Kelly picked Kelsea as the winner in agreeance with Blake that she has a unique, scratchy and soulful voice.
Alicia decided to name Kelsea the winner because she has dealt with struggles in the competition with "tremendous grace." She also boasts something special in her voice, something warm.
Adam and Kelly, however, both opted to steal Jordyn. Neither coach turned around for Jordyn in the Blind Auditions, but they clearly regretted not doing so. Adam reminded Jordyn that he had named her the Battle winner, and so with that being said, Jordyn chose to join Adam's team.
The episode also featured a montage of three separate Battles.
For "Team Blake," Jaron performed "Head Over Boots" by Jon Pardi against Bransen Ireland, a 27-year-old musician from Missouri who currently resides in Fairview, TN. Blake determined Jaron should remain on his team going forward.
In a Battle for Alicia's team, Johnny was paired with Megan Lee, a 22-year-old from Los Angeles, CA, to sing "Versace on the Floor" by Bruno Mars, and Alicia announced Johnny as the winner.
And on behalf of Kelly's team, Jamella battled Teana Boston, a 16-year-old student from San Leandro, CA. The girls sang "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" by The Shirelles. In the end, Jamella defeated Teana.