The Voice Recap: Which of Your Favorites Survived the First Battles?

TVLine | 10/14/2019 | Charlie Mason
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“The Battle begins now!” Oh, how I’ve missed The Voice host Carson Daly stating the obvious before each sing-off. (Honestly, I have — it’s so freaking goofy, yet I’ve come to love it.) And once coaches Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, John Legend and Gwen Stefani each added a final Blind Auditioner to their teams Monday, Season 17’s Battles did, in fact, begin, with six singers entering the duet-or-die phase of the competition. How many finished their numbers still on the show, and how many finished them… er, finished? Read on, and after we review the last of the Blind Auditions, we’ll take “note” of what went down.

Zoe Upkins (Team Legend), “Angel of Mine” — Grade: C+ | The 16-year-old goddaughter of gospel singer Sarah Gaines is adorable to the nth — she even called John sir. But with the teams so close to being filled, I didn’t hear anything compelling enough about her voice to have made her a three-chair turn. Sure, she handled her runs like she’d been training for a vocal marathon, and when she wasn’t flat as an album, she had a nice tone. But a three-chair turn that would inspire John to see her Monica cover and raise her another (he turned “The Boy Is Mine” into “The Girl Is Mine” in recruiting her)? Nope. Didn’t get it.

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Matthew McQueen (Team Blake), “Someone You Loved” — Grade: B+ | The son of the “other” Steve McQueen (and, he joked, Lightning McQueen) strolled onto the stage so utterly in control of his voice that you could’ve convinced me that he had a remote for it. So I couldn’t believe he was nearly finished with his performance...
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