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The Voice Recap: The Steal Saves Amanda Brown & Collin McLoughlin!

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Did you watch The Voice last night? According to the ratings, a lot of you did and we can’t blame you…the battle rounds were jam-packed with an impressive display of talent.

This season, The Voice is switching things up a bit. Usually, one of the two contestants battling against each other gets eliminated, but now, the other coaches have the option to steal the “loser” if they still think they have what it takes to win.

Spoiler alert…the steal came into play last night and it couldn’t have been more awesome.

“The steal became kind of a new device that would make it that much more competitive with the coaches to keep their eye on other people’s rosters, but also just an effort to keep good singers on the show and give people kind of a second chance,” Carson Daly explained earlier this morning.

Carson and Producer Angie recapped some of the most memorable performances from the first set of battles.

De’borah vs. Nelly’s Echo: “Message In A Bottle”

Producer Angie’s favorite battle took place on Team Christina. Chicago native De’borah came out to impress with her R&B-inspired take on The Police and she did not disappoint.

“I loved De’borah,” Producer Angie said. “Her family’s cool, she’s got a great vibe. She’s got great stage presence.”

“She’s taken a lot of heat from her friends and institutions that didn’t really accept her,” Carson added. “She’s sort of out of the box and her parents are just totally down. They accept her for who she is. They’ve been cool to be around. The story’s strong and De’borah killed it.”

Coach Christina Aguilera agreed. She picked De’borah over Nigerian-born Nelly’s Echo. Unfortunately, none of the coaches opted to steal Nelly’s Echo and he was sent home packing.

Bryan Keith vs. Collin McLoughlin: “Santeria”

Team Adam’s Collin McLoughlin appeared to be fighting an uphill battle from the very start. Sublime’s “Santeria” was much better suited to Bryan Keith’s gritty tone.

Luckily, that didn’t matter because both Blake Shelton and Cee Lo Green were more than happy to steal McLoughlin for their own teams.

Shelton built the most convincing case, pointing out that Green had said just minutes earlier that he thought Bryan Keith was the winner of the battle.

Trevin Hunte vs. Amanda Brown: “Vision of Love”

Carson gave us a little preview of this battle yesterday morning, but he didn’t reveal how everything turned out.

Long story short, it was one heck of a battle! Cee Lo Green hadn’t even made his final decision and Adam Levine was already declaring that he would steal whomever wasn’t picked because they were both that good.

Cee Lo went with his gut and chose 17-year-old Trevin and almost instantaneously, the other coaches pressed their button to steal Amanda. That meant she got to choose which team she wanted to join.

“What’s great about the blinds is that when somebody turns around or if multiple people turn around, all of a sudden some 17-year-old or some 30-year-old is interviewing these celebrities,” Carson said. “That shift in power, we brought that into the battle rounds so that in the steals, if three people want him, then that power shifts back to you and you’re like, ‘Alright, I just lost this battle, but now I have a new lease on life. Am I going to pick Cee Lo or Blake?’ You have a choice.”

The battles continue tonight at 8pm PT on NBC!

  • What was your favorite battle from last night’s episode? Sound off in the comments section!

-Sarah Carroll, 97.1 AMP Radio/Los Angeles

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