'The Voice' Battles recap: Rose Short and Jessie Lawrence steal the show, Gwen Stefani and Kelly Clarkson cry over Blake Shelton's kind words
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 10/23/2019
The Voice continued its Season 17 Battle Round with James Violet, Zach Bridges, Marybeth Byrd, Rose Short, and Jessie Lawrence advancing, and one of the Battles left two of the coaches in tears during Tuesday night's episode on NBC.
The Battle Round features two artists on the same team performing a duet in which they attempt to blend their sound while also outshining their opponent.
Only one person moves forward in the competition unless the losing artist is stolen by another coach or saved by his or her original coach.
The Voice broadcast began where Monday night's episode had left off, with James, a 20-year-old from Syracuse, UT, choosing whether to stay on Gwen's team, because she had saved him, or switch to "Team Legend," who had attempted to steal him.
James had a big decision to make after losing his Battle to Kyndal Inskeep, a 22-year-old from Nashville, TN.
Gwen had admitted she was "super torn" between the two artists on her team and desperately wanted to keep James after declaring Kyndal the Battle's winner, but John had said he heard the "magic" in James voice and wanted to make the most of his talent and super-cool vibe.
"Come on, this coach loves you so much!" Gwen had begged on Monday night.
"She was ready to toss you to the garbage can!" John had argued.
In the end, James chose to go in a different direction and join John's team.
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The next Battle pairing was for "Team Blake," which was advised by Darius Rucker.
The two artists who were matched were Cory Jackson, a 24-year-old from Jonesboro, AR, and Zach, a 29-year-old from Pearl, MS, and they were asked to sing "Should've Been a Cowboy."
Kelly said the performance was so good that Cory and Zach should be a duo. John thought Cory's voice sounded great on the top notes but Zach's voice was very rich and he showed heart.
Gwen noted Zach's voice has a unique quality but Cory commanded the stage and had great stage presence, so she gave Cory the edge.
After Kelly advised the men to become a duo, Blake acknowledged Zach has a big, baritone voice, while Cory boasted great pitch.
"Kelly was right when she said there's really not a winner here," Blake pointed out.
Blake went with his gut and announced the winner of the Battle was Zach.
"Team Legend," which was advised by Usher this season, then paired Marybeth, an 18-year-old from Armorel, AR, with a duo -- Dane & Stephanie, both 21, from Bloomfield, NJ.
The three people took the stage with a performance of "Burning House," and all four coaches gave them a standing ovation.
Kelly kept repeating "wow," and Gwen added the duo's vocals were magical while Marybeth has the type of voice she'd want to listen to on a record because it's smooth, dynamic, pretty and has character.
Kelly explained Dane & Stephanie won in her mind because they were out on an island by themselves; however, she said Marybeth is just as talented.
Blake couldn't believe Dane & Stephanie had come so far in such a short amount of time given their audition in the Blinds was mediocre, so he congratulated them for that.
But then Blake said he was betting on Marybeth to be in the finale.
"I think she has everything it takes to win this show," Blake admitted.
John had the final decision, and he said he was so proud of all three of his artists. John said Dane & Stephanie had confidence and great execution, but he also complimented Marybeth's control and overall vocal gift and ability.
John named Marybeth the winner of the Battle because she's "undeniable."
Kelly told the cameras if she had a steal left, she would have grabbed Dane & Stephanie.
"Team Gwen" -- advised by Will.I.Am -- then had a Battle between Rose Short, a 34-year-old from Killeen, TX, and Jessie, a 31-year-old from Newark, NJ.
Rose and Jessie were required to sing "Can't Feel My Face," and once again, all four coaches were on their feet, clapping for the two artists.
"That was sexy, it was cool and it was different!" Kelly gushed.
Blake acknowledged he spends a lot of time with Gwen after they film the show and she has talked a lot about this pairing.
"Jessie, from being a one-chair turn, welcome to being in the middle of the radar all of a sudden. This guy packs a note when he's singing it, and it's right on pitch! And you have awesome style," Blake said.
Blake also congratulated Rose on her big note because she had a moment. Blake refused to pick a winner.
John added that Jessie has fire in his voice but Rose is "a phenomenally-talented vocalist," who is "a superstar soprano singer with a beautiful, beautiful voice."
When John was gushing about Rose, she started to cry on the stage. John said he was "leaning ever so slightly to Rose" in attempt to help Gwen out.
Gwen told Rose that she's magical and fired up the room. Gwen told Rose to own it, admitting it's not just her voice that is special, it's the person who she is.
Gwen said she also heard something "raw and cool" in Jessie's voice and she was so glad the other coaches recognized that in him.
Gwen confessed she had "an unbelievable, heartwrenching decision" to make, but in the end, she declared Rose the winner of the Battle.
Within seconds after Rose left the stage, however, Gwen chose to save Jessie, which them prompted Blake to attempt to steal the artist as well.
But Blake told Jessie that he was already with the right coach.
"[Gwen] is the coach for you, but I wanted to show how much respect I have for you and how much you deserve to be on this show, dude," Blake announced. "I'm happy for you."
Jessie, Kelly and Gwen were all crying over Blake's words, just after Rose had left the stage crying because she was so happy about her victory.
Gwen agreed Jessie deserved to be on the show, and she said she couldn't wait to share him with America.
With that being said, Jessie determined he must "stay with the queen."
John was glad in that moment he had saved James because he believed Jessie was meant to be on Gwen's team and everything worked out. Gwen also felt God had a bigger plan for her all along, and Jessie was a part of that.