‘The Voice’ Recap: The Battle Rounds Bring Chills, Tears and The Steal (VIDEO)

'The Voice' enacts the steal
Host Carson Daly and Coach Cee Lo Green explain the steal.
Excuse us when we say this but DAMN the contestants came to SING during the first battle rounds on Monday’s episode of NBC’s The Voice.

You probably had already seen the epic closing battle between Team Cee Lo’s Trevin Hunte and Amanda Brown prior to air time, but did you imagine that all three coaches would be pressing their buttons so frantically like that for the loser of the battle?

Well, of course, you must have. How amazing were these two?

Note: Spoilers ahead if you haven’t watched Monday’s episode.

I still have chills from watching them wail on Mariah Carey’s “Vision of Love.” And no one was kicking himself more than Cee Lo Green for pairing the two powerhouses together. Making the tough choice, the eccentric coach chose Trevin as he said he felt he wanted to be a part of Trevin’s journey throughout the competition.

With that, the floors lit up as all three remaining coaches Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton all vied for Brown with a push of their buttons. With all the coaches opting to use the steal, it was up to Brown to decide whose team she wanted to join.

Going with her gut, she picked Adam and I don’t think we’ve ever seen a coach happier.

What were the other highlights on the first night of battle rounds?

The mentors. Joining the coaches during the battle rounds are the mentors and this season there are some spectacular ones. Mary J. Blige joined Adam; Billy Joe Armstrong of Green Day joined Christina; Michael Buble joined Blake and Rob Thomas of Matchbox 20 joined Cee Lo. The mentors provided a lot of good insight to the contenders during their rehearsals and really complemented the advice and style set out by the coaches well.

A family overjoyed. Did anyone else want to cry when De’Borah won her battle again Nelly’s Echo? No one? OK maybe it was just me? Her reaction to winning and her family supporting her was one of the best things I have ever seen on a reality singing competition ever. I literally wrote in my notes, “De’Borah’s family is the best ever.” It’s moments like these that really set The Voice apart from American Idol and The X-Factor. Also how cute was De’Borah when she met Armstong? I wanted to hug her.

Another steal. Amanda Brown wasn’t the only singing hopeful stolen on Monday’s episode. After Team Adam’s Collin McLaughlin lost his battle to Bryan Keith in a fun performance of Sublime’s “Santeria,” he was scooped up by Shelton for his team. Blake wasn’t the only coach to push his button though, he fought with Cee Lo for the grad school dropout.

Maybe I should listen to country more? Team Blake’s second battle of the night between 2 Steel Girls and Graicia Harrison on the Dixie Chicks’ “Sin Wagon” was so much fun, I couldn’t help but dance. Despite her rehearsal nerves, Harrison knocked it out of the park for her performance.

Casualities of the first battles included Casey Muessigmann and 2 Steel Girls (Team Blake), JR Aquino (Team Cee Lo) and Nelly’s Echo (Team Christina) who lost their bouts with Terry McDermott, Harrison, Diego Val and De’Borah respectively.

You can watch the battles between De’Borah and Nelly Echo’s above and Amanda and Trevin below.

The Voice airs Monday and Tuesday nights at 8 PM on NBC.

Which battle did you like the best? Sound off in the comments below!

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