On Night 2 of the
Does anyone else think Sisaundra Lewis has a good shot at winning this whole thing -- and making a point about maturity, motherhood and second chances? Her coach,
Biff Gore vs. Sisaundra Lewis
Shelton paired up Lewis, whom he'd gushed about during the first battle rounds, and Gore, whom he'd stolen from Team Usher, noting that he had only one "R&B soul powerhouse spot" available on his team. They chose to sing James Brown's "It's a Man's, Man's, Man's World" – and Usher wasn't the only one to get goosebumps from Gore's grit and whole-body delivery and Lewis' amazing, clear notes. All four coaches stood to applaud. "As a man, that's a woman," Usher said of Lewis, expressing special admiration for the high note she sang at the end. Still, because Gore had been on his team, he gave him the match. Shakira called Gore's voice "timeless" and his stage moves "real and authentic"; she told Lewis her register was "sick, sick, sick." "I'm 80% sure you're not from the planet Earth," Levine told Lewis "lovingly." He praised both singers' commitment and said the way they performed -- with feeling -- was "all we ever try to teach anybody on this show." Shelton ultimately picked Lewis, saying he couldn't "miss out on the opportunity to work with a one-in-a-trillion vocalist" like her.
Winner: Sisaundra Lewis.
Steal? No, alas. Levine explained that he'd already filled the soul-singer spot on his team with Delvin Choice.
Ddendyl vs. Deja Hall
Shakira teamed soft-voiced young vocalists Ddendyl and Deja Hall, who elected to sing "Say Something," which A Great Big World and
Winner: Deja Hall. "Deja is like a sponge," Shakira said. "I want to invest a lot of my efforts in seeing her bloom as an artist."
Then, after a fast-forward battle in which Team Shakira's Emily B. and Kristen Merlin faced off and Merlin won, sending Emily B. home, we got the final battle of the evening.
Morgan Wallen vs. Stevie Jo
Usher paired two young male singers, Wallen and Stevie Jo, apparently pals, in hope that each would push each other to excel and that the one who was not chosen would be stolen. The contestants agreed to sing
Winner: Stevie Jo. Usher explained that he didn't think Wallen had yet "unlocked his full potential."
Steal? Yes! Levine waved Wallen over and then pushed his button with the singer in close range. The coach said his new team member had a "rare soulfulness" that he suspected even Wallen himself wasn't aware of.
What did you think of the battles?