'The Voice' recap: Battle Round begins with 9 artists advancing -- including Shawn Sounds, Maelyn Jarmon and Jej Vinson!
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 03/26/2019
The Voice's Battle Round commenced and featured nine artists surviving the cut during Monday night's Season 16 broadcast on NBC.
The artists who advanced by winning their respective Battles were Shawn Sounds, a 33-year-old from Houston, TX; The Bundys, a trio of performers comprised of Katey Bundy, Ryan Bundy and Megan Bundy; Gyth Rigdon, a 24-year-old from Singer, LA; Domenic Haynes, an 18-year-old from Tampa, FL; Maelyn Jarmon, a 28-year-old from Frisco, TX; and Jej Vinson, a 22-year-old from Davao, Philippines.
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 together. While the duo must blend their different sounds in a duet, the goal is to out-perform the other for only one spot on the team moving forward.
However, Adam, John, 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 "Knockout Round" and potentially beyond.
The artists who lost their respective Battles but were stolen by other coaches in last night's episode were Matthew Johnson, a 25-year-old from Jacksonville, FL; Rod Stokes, a 35-year-old from Moss Point, MS; and Beth Griffith-Manley, a 46-year-old from Detroit, MI.
For the Battles this season, Charlie Puth is serving as Adam's team advisor, Kelsea Ballerini is working with Kelly's team, Khalid is helping out John's team, and Brooks & Dunn is mentoring Blake's team.
For "Team John," the first Battle pairing was Matthew Johnson and Shawn Sounds.
The guys sang "Never Too Much" by Luther Vandross and received a standing ovation from all four coaches.
Adam called them both "incredible singers" and said it was "like a tennis match."
Adam didn't understand why these two vocalists were paired to begin with, and John admitted it was "a rookie mistake."
Blake loved Trey's falsetto but appreciated Domenic's growl and how he navigated through the pocket.
Kelly agreed both singers were intense in different ways but she would pick Trey if the decision had been up to her.
Adam said both men executed his tips and advice perfectly. Adam noted Domenic's growl was great but Trey brought so much energy, passion and excitement to the stage that he almost threw himself off of it.
Adam made his decision based on heart rather than technical aspects, so he named Domenic the winner. Adam called Domenic "indispensable" and "spectacular."
Adam was surprised no one stole Trey because he was fantastic. Kelly, however, was looking for something specific in order to add a different flavor to her team.
Representing John's team, Maelyn Jarmon was paired with Savannah Brister, a 17-year-old from Memphis, TN, for a Battle.
The women were asked to sing "When We Were Young" by Adele, and all four coaches got up on their feet for them.
Adam noted they really shared the song together but the coaches all "lost [their] minds" for Maelyn in the Blinds. However, Savannah proved to be incredible.
Kelly could tell Maelyn is "a seriously trained singer" with "unreal" control of her voice, but Kelly loved the raw talent coming from Savannah.
John told the ladies they really embraced the song and there was a subtlety, warmth and kindness to the performance.
John advanced Maelyn because he predicted she'd excel in this competition and never let him down. John expected Maelyn would deliver at all times.
Blake said he didn't steal Savannah because he's looking for an artist with a unique, original tone to join his team.
And the last Battle of the night belonged to Jej Vinson and Beth Griffith-Manley on behalf of Kelly's team.
The pair performed "Jealous" by Labrinth, and all four coaches gave them a standing ovation.
John initially wanted both artists on his team and he said they sounded great on this song.
Adam complimented the pair's unison and said it was perfect.
Adam sided with Jej because there were times he upstaged her, and Blake agreed Jej was impressive because he went note for note with a female.
Kelly called the performance "on point" and declared Jej the winner of the Battle. Kelly said it was one of her favorite Battles ever on her team.
However, John chose to steal Beth for his own team, saying she carries herself with dignity and will do very well in the competition.