'The Voice' Recap: Intense Battle Round Begins

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Judges Adam Levine and Pharrell Williams vie for a contestant on the March 9, 2015 episode of NBC's The Voice.

Tonight on the The Voice, coaches Adam Levine, Pharrell Williams, Blake Shelton, and Christina Aguilera fill the final spots on their teams as the Blind Auditions come to a close. It's then time for the Battle Round, when the coaches pit their artists against each other and have to make tough choices about who to keep, who to cut, and who to steal. The coaches bring in celebrity advisors to get their teams in shape. Aguilera invites Nick Jonas; Pharrell invites Lionel Richie. Levine asks Ellie Goulding, while Shelton invites Meghan Trainor.

But first, as the Blind Auditions close, artist Nathan Hermida impresses both Levine and Aguilera with his performance of "Sure Thing" by Miguel. "I want to make music with you and finally win this competition," Aguilera says. But he picks Levine, making Team Adam the first completed team.

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Next, Paul Pfau auditions with "Fly Me To The Moon" by Frank Sinatra. Shelton turns first, followed by Pharrell, who he ends up choosing. It's the right coach choice considering Pfau similarly likes to blend genres.

Gaia Golden sings "Red" by Taylor Swift, but her pitchy performance doesn't turn any chairs.

The audition goes better for Vance Smith, who sings "Reach Out I'll Be There" by The Four Tops. Pharrell and Aguilera turn their chairs on the very last note, captivated by his final run. He chooses Aguilera as his coach, completing Team Christina.

Caitlin Caporale takes on Aguilera's own song "Impossible" and gets Pharrell and Shelton to fight for her. She becomes the final artist on Pharrell's team. Aguilera, bummed that her team was already full before Caporale's audition, gives Caporale the chance to sing the chorus with her.

Only one spot remains for the season right teams, and it's up to Shelton to find the artist who's going to fill it. After a slew of singers don't quite make the cut, Hannah Kirby takes the stage with "The Letter" by Joe Cocker. She caps off Team Blake.

With the Blind Auditions finally over, it's time for the Battle Round to begin. The first matchup is Team Pharrell's Ashley Morgan versus Mia Z. Pharrell chooses ZZ Ward's "Put The Gun Down" for them to sing, hoping it will bring out their bluesy sides. In their initial meeting with Pharrell and Lionel Richie, Pharrell tells Mia Z she needs to work more on the technical side, while Morgan gets the opposite note. Having done a lot of studio work, her technique is there, but she needs to work on being more vulnerable on stage. "Throw away your training," Richie tells her.

In their final rehearsal, both girls incorporate every note they were given, showing huge improvement. Morgan has more years of experience on Mia Z, but when it comes time for the battle, they perform on a pretty equal playing field, with Morgan finally showing her personality in her singing. It's a close battle. Aguilera nudges Pharrell toward Morgan, who she thinks is the strong vocalist. But Pharrell chooses Mia Z to put through to the next round. But it's not the end of the line for Morgan, as Aguilera, Levine, and Shelton all want to steal her. Morgan picks Aguilera as her new coach.

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Team Adam's first battle pairing is James McNeiece versus Tonya Boyd-Cannon. He asks them to sing Michael Jackson's "P.Y.T." Ellie Goulding advises McNeiece to smile so he can open up his voice for the bigger notes. In their final rehearsal, Levine tells Boyd-Cannon to sing a little more rhythmically. Levine even hops on the drums for one last run through. In their battle, McNeice and Boyd-Cannon have really strong chemistry, with McNeice showing off his falsetto and Boyd-Cannon completing some really powerful runs. Levine has trouble choosing the winner, but he ultimately goes with Boyd-Cannon, who shares a celebratory dance with her family.

Shelton's first battle pits country singers Joshua Davis against Brian Johnson. Davis and Johnson struggle a little bit with the harmonies, but Meghan Trainor helps them get back on track. In their rehearsal, they actually move her to tears. "If they do what they did in there on the stage, they ain't going home," Trainor says. Their battle is one of the more emotional performances of the evening, with both guys really connecting to the music. Shelton chooses Johnson as the winner. But Levine goes in for the steal on Davis.

Tomorrow, the competition heats up as the Battle Round Do you think the coaches made good choices tonight?

This article originally appeared in THR.com.


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