“The Voice” kicked off the first of the Battle Rounds for Season 22. Coaches Blake Shelton, John Legend, Camila Cabello, and Gwen Stefani pitted their teammates against each other to eliminate singers from the competition.
SPOILER WARNING: Spoilers for the first Battle Rounds of Season 23 are below. If you don’t want the Tuesday, October 11, 2022 episode spoiled for you, don’t read any further.
The episode began with host Carson Daly introducing the coaches.
Team Blake: Austin Montgomery vs. Tanner Fussel
First up, Austin Montgomery was revealed as the winner of Blake Shelton’s first Battle, which aired at the end of last night’s episode.
Austin Montgomery was declared the winner. Tanner Fussel was sent home.
Team Gwen: Jillian Jordyn vs. Rowan Grace
For Jillian and Rowan, Gwen chose the song “Fingers Crossed” by Lauren Spencer Smith. During the performance, Battle Advisor Sean Paul suggested the two sing to each other more, and Gwen suggested they both work on their body language. Their performance was captivating and all the coaches seemed very impressed.
Gwen said she thought she noticed Jillian was nervous, but added that she loves her voice. She called Rowan “stunning.”
Gwen chose Rowan as the winner of the battle. Jillian didn’t seem available to steal or rescue, probably because the fight was taped later in the session. Jillian Jordyn was sent home.
Team Legend: Valerie Harding vs. She is Malai
Team Legend’s Battle Advisor was Jazmine Sullivan, and she was perfect for this battle because Legend had the girls sing “Bust ya Windows”. The advice to each of the singers was to get more character. Jazmine told Dia to channel Catwoman, and John told them to make it “a little less pretty.” They got a standing ovation from Camila Cabello and John was really proud of them.
“You two scared me a little,” Blake said, adding that he liked Dia’s consistency and Valerie’s “explosive” voice.
John chose Valerie as the winner of the battle. Dia Malai was sent home.
Team Camila: Steven McMorran vs. Morgan Myles
Camila Cabello enlisted Charlie Puth as her advisor for the Battle Rounds. Camila had the singers perform Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball”, which she thought would be “super pop” for them. Camila and Charlie suggested they sing the song to each other. They have proven themselves, showing a range of emotions throughout the song and performing beautifully together. They really commanded the stage. Morgan is well on her way to cementing her place as a fan favorite with this performance.
Gwen was shocked at how good the voices sounded together, and John called both performers “really good singers.” Camila said she thought both singers were “very, very special.
Camila chose Morgan Myles as the winner of the battle. She used her save on Steven.
Neither Morgan nor Steven went home.
“I see something in Steven that I want others to see,” Camila said of her choice to save Steven.