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The Battles Premiere - Recap

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The Battle Rounds are here and Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Shakira and Usher are there to help their teams be the best as they have to battle each other. This year, the steals are back and the coaches can take a singer away from another coach. Adam has brought in Hilary Scott, from Lady Antebellum, Blake has brought in Sheryl Crow, Shakira has brought in Joel Madden, from Good Charlotte and Usher has brought in Pharrell Williams.

First pairing is between Amber Carrington and Sasha Allen from Team Adam. They get into rehearsals and Adam says that they both have great voices. They are going to sing “Try” by Pink. Hilary Scott tells them to put themselves out there. Adam tells Sasha to tone it down a little bit. Amber meets with Adam and Hilary. Adam tells her not to compare herself. Amber says that she is doing this for her mom. In final rehearsals, Adam helps them to get it perfect. The night of the battle arrives and they come out and sing. Afterwards, Blake says that he loved it and says that the biggest surprise was Amber. Usher says that the birth of an incredible talent happened. Shakira says that they are the best. Adam says that he is proud of them and says that Amber shocked everyone today and says that she is amazing. He says that Sasha was good. He decides that the winner of the round is Amber Carrington. Usher and Shakira put in for the steal. Usher says that this is a success and he will use the greatest secrets. Shakira says that they can win and says that she can work with her. Sasha goes with Shakira.

Next pairing is between Garrett Gardner and J’Sun from Team Shakira. They get into rehearsals and Garrett tells Joel that he is one of the reasons he started to sing. Shakira says that they are going to sing “How You Like Me Now” by The Heavy. Joel likes J’Sun’s voice and Garrett is a little intimidated. Shakira tells Garrett to tone down the rasp. In the final rehearsals, Shakira is impressed with J’Sun with the Rocker attitude. She says that she sees potential in Garrett. The battles arrive and they come out and sing. Afterwards, Adam says that he gets it with Garrett now. Blake says that J’Sun played around with the falsetto and says that Garrett says that he was great. Usher says that J’Sun turned it up and says that he won this battle. Shakira says that Garrett was captivating. She says that J’Sun did amazing too. She decides that the winner of the battle is Garrett Gardner. No one decides to steal J’Sun.

The Next pair is between Holly Tucker and Michelle Raitzin from Team Blake. They get into rehearsals and they are told that they have the power together. They are going to sing “Blown Away” by Carrie Underwood. Holly loves singing harmonies with Sheryl Crow. Blake says that Holly needs to make her voice less sweet. Blake says that Michelle was a little pitchy. In their last rehearsal, Blake says that there is not pitch issues with Michelle and Blake tells Holly to get madder. The night of the battles arrives and they come out and sing. Afterwards, Usher says that they were incredible and both pushed one another. Shakira says that Blake is really proud and says that they both did great. Adam says that Holly was powerful and says that Michelle kind of lost her breath. Blake says that there is no way a vocalist like her and says that she deserved to be a 4-chair turn. For Holly, he says that she was great. Blake says that the winner of the battle is Holly Tucker. No one decides to steal Michelle.

Next pair is between Jess Kellner and Taylor Beckham from Team Usher. They get into rehearsals and Usher says that they are going to sing “You Know I’m No Good” by Amy Winehouse. Pharrell tells them that they need to captivate. Usher tells them they need to try to captivate. In the final rehearsals, Jess is struggling with her tone and Usher tells her to put a lot of attitude into it. Jess says that she has to get crazy to win this. Usher tells Taylor to step up and it is going to be a catfight. The battle arrives and they come out and sing. Afterwards, Shakira says that Jess has a rich voice, but on the other hand, Taylor’s voice is angelic. Adam says that Jess has a big voice, but Taylor’s voice surprised him. Blake says that he enjoyed Jess more because she was having a ball up there and nailing the vocal part. Usher says that it was more or less about their presence and it might have taken their mind off the vocals. The work is only going to get harder. He decides that the winner of this battle is Jess Kellner. Blake decides to steal Taylor.

The next pairing is between Christian Porter and The Swon Brothers from Team Blake. They get into rehearsals and they are star struck. Blake says that they can mesh well. They are going to sing “Won’t Back Down” by Tom Petty. The Swon Brothers are confident and Christian starts to get intimidated. Blake says that he needs to get the confidence up. In the last rehearsals, Christian shows that he can nail it. Blake says that he is hitting everything. The Swon Brothers are all over the map and they need to get it together. The night of the battle arrives and they come out and sing. Usher says that Christian hit the note. He says that both of them did great. Shakira says that she had fun watching them and says that she likes how the Swon Brothers did. Adam says that Christian surprised him and says that he was the winner for him. Blake says that Christian was good, but The Swon Brothers have a unique sound. Blake says that the winner of the battle is The Swon Brothers. No one steals Christian.

The final pairing of the night is between Judith Hill and Karina Inglesias from Team Adam. They get into rehearsals and they are singing “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World” by James Brown. Judith struggles a bit because of the lack of melody. Adam says that she needs to push out more. Adam tells Karina to tone it down a bit. Hilary says that the song is more powerful coming from a woman. In the final rehearsals, Adam tells them that they need to work it out so that they are talking to each other. Adam is upset that he paired them together now. The battles arrive and they come out and sing. Afterwards, Blake says he was freaking out and says that it was so good. Karina brought it though. Usher says that it was incredible and says that they were connected. Shakira says that it was full of power and says that it was amazing. Adam says that was the best battle he has seen and says that he is going to lose. He decides that the winner of the battle is Judith Hill. Shakira decides to steal Karina. The episode ends.