'The Voice' coaches narrow each team to five "battle" surviving artists, Top 20 move on to "Playoff Rounds"
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 04/08/2014
The Voice determined seven "Battles: Round Two" survivors, completing the sixth season's Top 20 artists, during Monday night's broadcast of the NBC reality singing competition.
The Voice coaches Shakira, Usher, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton each finished whittling down their sixth-season teams from eight to five artists with the conclusion of the season's "Battles: Round Two" phase of the competition.
Dani Moz, Kat Perkins, Melissa Jimenez, Ryan Whyte Maloney, Jake Barker, and Bria Kelly advanced to The Voice's "Playoff Rounds" after winning their second "battle" round face-off against fellow contestants Clarissa Serna, Dawn & Hawkes, Music Box, Kaleigh Glanton, Brittnee Camelle, and Madilyn Paige respectively.
The artists squared off in the new "Battles: Round Two" phase after The Voice coaches each selected two members of his or her individual singing team to perform a duet performance that would end with the coach eliminating one of the singers from the competition.
However, similar to previous seasons, each coach was allowed one more "steal" in which one losing face-off contestant could be added to a different coach's original team of "battle" round winners and his/her two previously-stolen artists.
During Monday's night's broadcast, only one contestant was stolen, and that person was Madilyn. Madilyn started out on Usher's team but was stolen by Blake.
Adam paired Dawn & Hawkes with Kat to sing "Suddenly I See" by KT Tunstall. Adam also paired up Brittnee against Jake, asking them to perform "Climax" by Usher.
Blake partnered Ryan Whyte with Kaleigh and required them to sing "Easy" by Rascal Flatts.
Shakira paired Clarissa and Dani for their "battle" and instructed them to perform "Perfect" by P!nk.
Usher pit Melissa against Music Box and the girls took the stage with "Girl on Fire" by Alicia Keys. Usher also had Bria face off against Madilyn in a performance of "I'll Stand By You" by The Pretenders.
The Top 20 will now move on to the "Playoff Rounds," which will debut on Tuesday, April 8. Each coach must narrow down his or her team to only three members in preparation for the live shows, which will begin airing on April 21 and continue through until the show's May 20 finale.