'The Voice' coaches determine six more "battle round" winners, one artist gets stolen
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 03/19/2014
The Voice determined seven more "battle" round survivors during Tuesday night's broadcast of the NBC reality singing competition's sixth season.
The Voice coaches Shakira, Usher, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton each continued whittling down their sixth-season teams from 12 to eight artists with the season's ongoing initial "battle" rounds.
Delvin Choice, Megan Ruger, Clarissa Serna, Ddendyl, Morgan Wallen, and Melissa Jimenez advanced to The Voice's next phase after winning their first respective "battle" round face-offs against fellow contestants Caleb Elder, Ria Eaton, Jeremy Briggs, Lindsay Pagano, Brothers Walker, and Brittnee Camelle.
The artists squared off in the "battle" rounds 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 is allowed two "steals" all season in which two losing face-off contestants may be added to a different coach's original six-member team of "battle" round winners.
During Tuesday night's broadcast, only one contestant was stolen, and that person was Brittnee. Brittnee started on Usher's team but was stolen by Adam.
Caleb and Delvin were paired up by Adam to sing "The Man" by Aloe Blacc.
Blake partnered Megan with Ria and required them to perform "My Happy Ending" by Avril Lavigne.
Shakira asked Clarissa and Jeremy to sing "Cold As Ice" by Foreigner for their "battle." Shakira also paired Lindsay and Ddendyl, asking them to take the stage with "I Feel the Earth Move" by Carole King.
Usher pit Brothers Walker against Morgan and required them to sing "Hey Brother" by Avicii. He also paired up Brittnee with Melissa, and the girls performed "Give it to Me Right" by Melanie Fiona.
During The Voice's three prior seasons, the "knockout" round would come next and feature two singers performing a song of their choice against one another. However, this season, the contestants who survived their "battle" will move on to a new "Battles: Round Two" phase of the competition.
In "Battles: Round Two," which NBC announced online after Tuesday night's The Voice broadcast, the remaining contestants will be paired off to perform the same agreed-upon song as a duet in a sudden-death match, beginning March 31. Like prior editions, each coach will be allowed one "steal."
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The Voice has also recruited Coldplay's frontman Chris Martin to serve as a universal advisor to all four coaches and their artists in the rebooted sixth-season round, which will take place on the show's March 31, April 1 and April 7 episodes.
Following "Battles: Round Two" the winning contestants will advance to The Voice's "Playoff Rounds," which will begin airing on April 8 and further narrow down each coach's team to three members in preparation for the live shows, which will debut on April 21 and continue through until the show's May 20 finale. The "Instant Save" format will also return during the live shows.
Below are NBC-supplied descriptions of the artists who survived last night's elimination rounds.
- Delvin Choice
After not making a team on Season 5, Delvin is back to prove that he belongs on The Voice stage. He joined two bands to prepare for this season and spent the year playing various gigs. He returns to The Voice with the hope of connecting with America and the coaches.
- Brittnee Camelle (Stolen from "Team Usher")
After losing her grandfather and finding out her mother has fibromyalgia, Brittnee put her music career on the back burner and began to pursue a nursing degree. With her motherâ€™s condition stabilized, Brittnee has decided to give her true passion, music, one more shot.
- Megan Ruger
Megan has performed at state fairs and local talent shows since she was seven years old. At 20, she moved to Nashville and has been performing on Broadway Street every night. She's hoping The Voice will help her launch her career.
- Clarissa Serna
Clarissa performed with a band for seven years. After little success, she decided to start working at her parents' real estate company. She volunteers at a rock camp for young girls and encourages them to never give up on their dreams. She auditioned for The Voice to follow her own advice and keep her dream alive.
Ddendyl grew up in a home exploding with creativity and taught herself to play the piano and violin. She went to a prestigious boarding school for music in Michigan. Currently living in Washington D.C. and working as a lounge singer, she wants to be on The Voice to follow her passion.
- Morgan Wallen
Morgan had big dreams of playing professional baseball and was headed in that direction until he suffered a serious elbow injury. His injury led him to pursue his other passion, singing, and he's on The Voice to inspire others to never give up.
- Melissa Jimenez
Melissa was introduced to music through her father's orchestra. At age 12, she had the opportunity to sing with them and then went on to pursue a solo career. She's had some success singing with Wyclef Jean, but has yet to break out on her own. The Voice is her opportunity to share her music with the world.