“The Voice” Recap: The Battle Rounds Begin

By ABC News Radio

NBCFollowing weeks of blind auditions, The Voice launched its battle rounds on Monday night. Each battle saw two teammates performing a duet assigned by their coach, with only one advancing in the competition. However, each coach has two “steals” they can use.

During rehearsals, the artists received help from guest advisers. “Wake Me Up” singer Aloe Blacc was a tutor for Adam Levine‘s team; The Band Perry assisted Blake Shelton‘s protégés; Blake’s wife, Miranda Lambert, worked with Shakira‘s crew; and R&B diva Jill Scott advised Usher‘s team.

Here’s what happened on Monday night’s two-hour episode:

The first battle featured two artists from Team Usher, Biff Gore and T.J. Wilkins. They sang The Temptations classic “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg.” Adam and Blake both noticed how much Biff and T.J. enjoyed themselves on stage. Usher said it was a difficult decision to make because both artists were technically sound. He declared T.J. to be the winner. Biff was subsequently saved by Blake.

Next up were two 17-year-olds from Team Blake: Jake Worthington and Lexi Luca, who were instructed to perform “It Goes Like This,” by country musician Thomas Rhett. Usher said he could tell that Lexi was …read more

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