The Battle Round began Monday on NBC's The Voice season 18. Coaches Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton, Nick Jonas and John Legend were joined by celebrity advisers Dua Lipa, Bebe Rexha, Kevin and Joe Jonas and Ella Mai, respectively. This season implemented a new rule for the round. Saves can only be used in the event of there not being a bid for a steal, and the saves will also have to all compete in a four-way knockout at the end of the round.
The first battle came from Team Blake and Rexha. Shelton pitted Joei Fulco and Todd Tilghman against each other for a performance of Tina Turner's “The Best.” Rexha was impressed by their upper registers and worked with them to really blend their voices well. It yielded a cohesive Battle performance where neither artist really stood out, but both sounded strong. Shelton decided to keep Fulco on his team. Clarkson waited too long to make a bid at stealing him, so Shelton was able to then use his save right away on Tilghman. It was an odd choice, since each coach only has one opportunity to save, but Shelton clearly wanted to keep both of these two on his team.