Tonight on “The Voice,” the Battle Rounds begin.
Contestants from the same team will face off against each other in the hopes of advancing to the next round. Coaches Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Ariana Grande, and Blake Shelton will be forced to eliminate contestants from their teams.
Battle Round Advisors Jason Aldean, Camila Cabello, Kristen Chenoweth, and Dierks Bentley will help the coaches make their difficult decisions.
Who stays and who goes? Stay tuned for live coverage of tonight’s episode. This post will be updated as the episode airs.
SPOILER WARNING: This post will contain spoilers for the Monday, October 11, 2021 episode of “The Voice.”
The First Team Ariana Battle
Who’s ready for the Battle Rounds?! John Legend certainly is. He wore a boxing robe for the episode intro.
First up, it’s Bella DeNapoli and Katie Rae from Team Ariana. Katie has been open about her experience with postpartum depression. The experience pushed her to find herself again and follow her dreams. Ariana calls Bella her “Italian sister.” Bella wanted to pursue musical theatre but decided not to after she got rejected from her top school.
Ariana’s Battle Advisor is Tony-Award winner Kristen Chenoweth. Katie and Bella are performing “No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)” by Donna Summer and Barbra Streisand. Kristen Chenoweth got choked up talking about how she cares about acting choices and about Donna and Barbra’s legacy and says the contestants have risen to the challenge.
Ariana teared up during the beginning of the performance before getting on her feet to dance. John Legend loved both contestants’ performances but said he was leaning towards Katie Rae. Blake Shelton said he was leaning towards Bella DeNapoli.
Who Won the First Team Ariana Battle?
Ariana got extremely emotional announcing her battle decision, saying, “I literally talked to my therapist about this.” She ultimately picked Katie Rae as the winner.
But this isn’t the end of the road for Bella DeNapoli. Ariana used her save on Bella so both she and Katie will advance to the next round of the competition.
The First Team Legend Battle
John Legend’s Battle Advisor is Camila Cabello. She got her start on “The X Factor” so she knows a thing or two about singing competitions.
For the first Team Legend battle of the season, KJ Jennings and Samuel Harness are performing “I Know What You Did Last Summer” by Shawn Mendes and Cabello herself. During the coaching, John encouraged Samuel to find moments to shine.
After the performance, Kelly Clarkson said she was leaning more towards Samuel and Blake said the same. But Ariana said she saw more of KJ’s potential in this performance and would pick her.
John Legend picked Samuel. He thinks his voice has a little more character than KJ’s. Samuel Harness will advance to the next round!
The First Team Kelly Battle
Next up is sibling act Girl Named Tom versus country singer Kinsey Rose, both from Team Kelly. They’ll be performing “Seven Bridges Road” by The Eagles. Kelly’s Battle Advisor is country singer Jason Aldean.
During the coaching, Kinsey and Girl Named Tom got the idea to start the song a cappella and let their vocals really shine. Jason Aldean predicted that their performance might bring the house down.
The coaches gave the performance a standing ovation. John Legend said, “this is the kind of thing people pay lots of money to experience.” Kelly picked Girl Named Tom as the winner of the battle. “That family harmony is so incredible and it’s so tight,” she said of the group.
But it’s not the end of the road for Kinsey. Not only did Kelly save her, but both John and Blake used their steal on her! As if Kinsey’s decision weren’t hard enough, Ariana then felt strange about not using her steal since she loved Kinsey’s performance. So she also used her steal!
“Kelly saved me twice,” Kinsey said, before deciding to stay on Team Kelly. Blake said that it’s the first time in the history of the show that all four coaches have pressed their buttons during the Battle Rounds.
The First Team Blake Battle
Blake and Ariana gave the performance a standing ovation. Ariana called it “infectiously joyful” and told Peedy she heard more originality in this performance than she heard in his blind audition.
Battling against a trio as a solo artist isn’t an easy thing to do, but Peedy did it well. Blake declared him the winner of the battle. “We kind of view Peedy as a son and I’m kind of damn proud of him,” Robert Easley of The Joy Reunion said.
Team Ariana Battle #2
Chavon Rogers and David Vogel are next, performing “Sugar, We’re Goin Down” by Fall Out Boy. Both of them did rock versions of pop songs for their blind auditions so Ariana wanted to assign them more of a rock song for the Battle Rounds.
“I know that you both want my phone number and I will give it to you later,” Kristen Chenoweth told both contestants during the coaching.
Both Chavon and David played guitar during the performance. Blake joked that there’s definitely a shampoo commercial in David’s future because of his flowy locks. Ariana picked David as the winner of the battle, saying she could hear his voice being on pop radio today.
Team Kelly Battle #2
During the coaching, Kelly encouraged both of them to pick their moments to belt it out and their moments to be softer.
“This show is like the most painful thing I’ve ever been a part of,” Ariana joked at the premise of picking between Jershika and Jeremy after the performance. Both Ariana and John said they’d pick Jershika, but Kelly declared Jeremy as the winner of the battle.
Ariana and John both used their steal on Jershika. Who did she pick as her new coach? Find out tomorrow night at 8 p.m. Eastern time on “The Voice.”
So Who Was Eliminated Tonight?
Just to recap, only three acts were eliminated tonight: KJ Jennings, The Joy Reunion, and Chavon Rogers. All the other contestants were saved or stolen.
Both Kelly and Ariana have already used their saves. Kelly used hers on Kinsey Rose and Ariana used hers on Bella DeNapoli. Ariana and John both buzzed in to steal Jershika Maple, but she hasn’t selected her new coach yet.