The Battle Round began on The Voice tonight, with coaches Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Miley Cyrus and Jennifer Hudson all bringing in one of their pals from the music industry to serve as mentors. Joe Jonas helped out Team Adam, Rascal Flatts helped out Team Blake, Cyrus’ father Billy Ray Cyrus joined Team Miley, and Team Jennifer was joined by former Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland.
First up were Lucas Holliday and Meagan McNeal from Team Jennifer. Hudson gave them “My Prerogative” by Bobby Brown, which she called an “unexpected song.” Both artists had issues blending their voices and were over-singing, and Rowland warned them against climaxing too soon. Heading into the Battle, Holliday seemed more prepared. But in their final performance, both sounded strong and worked the stage well. It was an exciting start to the night, and Levine called them both infectious. Hudson chose Holliday, and McNeal went home.
Team Miley -- the first all-women team in The Voice history -- was up next. Cyrus paired Moriah Formica and Shilo Gold, giving them “American Woman” by Lenny Kravitz and explaining that she wants to give her team songs that celebrate women. Formica and Gold needed a lot of work in rehearsal, but they came to life in their final performance, both bringing confidence and strong vocals to the Battle. They blended well, but Formica stood out. Cyrus chose her, and Gold left the competition.