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'The Voice' Recap: Blinds End, Battle Rounds Begin with Gwen Stefani Returning as Mentor



The teams of Blake Shelton, Pharrell Williams, Adam Levine and Christina Aguilera was completed when the Blind Auditions ended on The Voice. With that, celebrity mentors Gwen Stefani, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Tori Kelly and Patti LaBelle joined their respective teams for the Battle Rounds.

The final spots were nearly filled up for the final Blind Auditions with one more contestant each needed for team Shelton, Aguilera and Levine while two more spots were open on Williams' team. Hence, the coaches needed to do one last round of auditions to complete their teams.

The first contestant, Jared Harder, sang “Merry Go ‘Round” by Kacey Musgraves and ended up with Team Blake, who was the only one who turned for him. Next to audition was Moushumi, singing “Wicked Game” by Chris Isaak which made the three remaining judges turn at the urging of Shelton. She could have been a four chair turner if Shelton had not completed his team yet and she ended up with Team Pharell.

The country-rock vibe of Katie Basden from Nashville, who sang “Midnight Rider” by The Allman Brothers Band, caught Levine and Williams right away and they were later joined by Aguilera. Basden completed Team Adam for the season.

Jonathan Hutcherson overcame his hearing problems in order to pursue his love for music. He sang “You & I” by One Direction. He impressed the judges and joined Team Pharrell. With that, only Aguilera has a spot left which was later filled up by Ayanna Jahneé, who sang “Skyfall,” showing a powerful performance that definitely fits Aguilera's team. She even received a standing ovation from the coaches.

As the team were all complete, the Battle Round began. The first to perform were Team Adam's Katie Basden and Ryan Quinn, singing a duet of “Maybe I’m Amazed.” Basden was sick but was encouraged by her mentor, Kelly, who adviced her to use the rasp in her singing. Although Quinn was picked as winner for that round, Shelton and Aguilera went to steal Basden. She chose Shelton's team, Yahoo! reported.

The next battle was between Brittney Lawrence and Paxton Ingram who were coached by Shelton and Stefani on the song “I Know What You Did Last Summer.” Since Lawrence was struggling with the melody, Stefani helped her to connect to the music more so she could sing it with emotion. Ingram was then declared as the winner.

Next up was Bryan Bautista and Malik Heard from Aguilera and LaBelle's team who sang “It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World.” The two singers were told by to enunciate more while singing, resulting into the night's best performance as they receive a standing ovation from all four coaches. Aguilar declared Bautista as the winner while the other three coaches tried to steal Heard who chose Team Pharrell, Entertainment Weekly reported.

Tune in for the next Battle Rounds on The Voice on NBC.

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