'The Voice' Battles recap: 12 artists advance including Tyshawn Colquitt, Reagan Strange and Franc West!
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 10/23/2018
The Voice continued its Season 15 Battle Round with 12 artists advancing during Monday night's two-hour episode on NBC.
Coaches Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Jennifer Hudson and Kelly Clarkson were each shown pitting two members of his or her team against each other at a time, and by the end of the duet, only one person remained in the competition -- unless an opposing coach opted to "steal" the losing artist in any given matchup.
The artists who won their Battles were Dave Fenley, a 39-year-old from Nashville, TN; Reagan Strange, a 13-year-old from Memphis, TN; Franc West, a 38-year-old from Atlanta, GA; Abby Cates, a 17-year-old from Cincinnati, OH; Jake Wells, a 23-year-old from Kansas City, MO; Tyshawn Colquitt, a 23-year-old from Cincinnati, OH; Radha, a 19-year-old college student from Jersey City, NJ; Chevel Shepherd, a 16-year-old from Farmington, NM; and MaKenzie Thomas, a 20-year-old from Wallingford, KY.
And the artists who were stolen by other coaches after losing their respective Battles on Monday night were Keith Paluso, a 30-year-old park ranger from Memphis, TN; Delaney Silvernell, a 21-year-old from Los Angeles, CA; and Zaxai, a 29-year-old from Brooklyn, NY.
The first Battle of the night was between Keith and Dave on behalf of "Team Blake." Country star Keith Urban served as the mentor for Blake's team. The pair took the stage with "I'm a One Woman Man" by George Jones.
Jennifer said they took the stage with "a bag of good tricks" and the harmonies were great. Kelly called the duet "raw and organic," and both women refused to pick a winner in their opinion.
Adam said Keith was like "a fish out of water" because he's not going country and the coach was taken with him because he could fit into so many different genres. Adam thought declaring a winner would go against the spirit of what that Battle turned out to be.
Blake had a difficult time making a decision, but he ended up choosing Dave as the winner of the Battle. Blake said his voice "takes over a room" and he will be able to introduce new songs to The Voice.
However, Adam opted to steal Keith for his own team. During the Blind Auditions, Blake had blocked Adam from being able to snag Keith for his team, so Adam was thrilled.
Next up for "Team Adam," for which Cee Lo Green served as the advisor, was a Battle between Reagan and Emily Hough, a 16-year-old from Petersburg, IL.
The girls performed "Photograph" by Ed Sheeran, and both Kelly and Adam gave the young girls a standing ovation.
"That wasn't a Battle -- that was like a sweet, little fairy tale!" Blake said. "So much talent between the two of you, no matter what your age is!"
Jennifer noted they "sounded like angels" and "should be so proud" of themselves and it was going to be an "impossible" decision for Adam to make.
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Kelly complimented Reagan on her voice sounding like poetry while Emily was "captivating" because she lived in the moment.
But the decision belonged to Adam, who joked the "cuddle fight" Battle was "gruesome." Adam could tell being on this show means so much to Emily but Reagan got lost in the performance, which was "beyond comprehension" to him at her age.
As a result, Adam ultimately named Reagan the winner of the Battle. The coach called her "special," saying she "just has this thing about her."
For "Team Jennifer," Franc then performed against Matt Johnson, a 26-year-old from Staunton, VA, in a Battle. Singer Halsey served as their team advisor. The two guys belted out "Too Close" by Alex Clare.
Kelly said it was such a "cool and sexy" thing to see two men feeling so comfortable in their own skin and performing like that together. Matt, however, spoke to her because of the "roundness" in his voice.
Adam thought it was "an evenly-matched Battle" and it was clear Matt was having so much fun.
Adam said he'd like to see Matt stay on the show considering he had auditioned for The Voice every single season, but Blake would have picked Franc as the champion, especially because of a high note he made at the end of the song.
Jennifer called Matt "a character" but noted Franc has "swag" and his voice is very "distinctive." Jennifer acknowledged both men brought something different to the table, but since the show is called The Voice, she picked Franc as the winner.
Kelly then paired Abby with Delaney for a Battle, and they were mentored by singer Thomas Rhett. Kelly asked the girls to sing Ellie Goulding's "Love Me Like You Do."
Adam said Abby's tone is so cool and strong because it's "laid back" but also searing, while Delaney showed she's further along and ready for The Voice. Blake agreed he's pick Delaney as the winner because of her experience.
After Jennifer pointed out she wouldn't know which girl to choose, Kelly explained Abby has a very "stylized" voice while Delaney could probably take any song and nail it.
Kelly hoped neither girl went home, but she had to pick a winner -- and that artist was Abby. Kelly found Abby's sound "intriguing and captivating."
However, Adam didn't hesitate to steal Delaney. He was speechless to begin with that Kelly didn't continue on in the competition with her.
Several Battles were then featured in a montage of performances.
For "Team Adam," Foushee, a 28-year-old from Harlem, NY, sang "Growing Pains" against Radha. Adam named Radha the winner, saying she's "a force to be reckoned with."
And on behalf of "Team Kelly," Chevel performed "You Look So Good In Love" against Mikele Buck, a 39-year-old from Big Chimney, WV. Kelly decided Chevel had won the Battle because her voice is "rad" and "unique."
And the following two ladies duked it out for one spot on Jennifer's team: Audri Bartholomew, a 19-year-old from St. Louis, MO, and MaKenzie.
Audri and MaKenzie took the stage with "Always Be My Baby," and Jennifer Announced MaKenzie had won the Battle because she's "a beast of a vocalist."
The next Battle pairing was Jake and Natalie Brady, a 33-year-old from Nashville, TN, on behalf of Adam's team. The two artists belted out "Closing Time" by Semisonic.
Blake wasn't expecting Jake to sound so great given he was a one-chair turn, but he noted Natalie's voice was "powerful" with "a soft, tender side." After Blake picked Natalie to win, Jennifer said they're both equally amazing.
Kelly never expected this match-up but complimented Adam on it being amazing. She said Jake was "insane."
Adam explained the performance morphed into a different version of the song and it was "so special" and "felt like a finale performance."
Adam was trying to compare apples and oranges, but he declared Jake the winner of the Battle because he speaks to the coach the most. Adam thought Jake was simply too good to pass up.
And the final Battle of the night belonged to "Team Jennifer" featuring Zaxai and Tyshawn.
Jennifer asked the two guys to sing "Love Lies" by Khalid and Normani, and the artists got both Jennifer And Kelly on their feet.
Kelly said Tyshawn has incredible range but Zaxai's voice sounded like a sexy, mysterious secret. Kelly was therefore leaning towards Zaxai -- whom she was blocked from landing on her team during the Blind Auditions -- but Adam noted they were evenly matched because their low notes were somewhat lacking.
Blake gave Zaxai the edge because of his control over the song, but Jennifer Announced Tyshawn had won the Battle because he has great vocal potential. In the end, however, Kelly opted to steal Zaxai for her own team because of his smooth and seasoned sound.