After weeks of chair-swiveling, members of Team Usher, Shakira, Adam and Blake kicked off battle rounds on Monday night's episode of
In battle rounds, two contestants from each team compete in a sing-off, and their judge has to give one of them the boot. If axed from the competition, the other judges will have the option to save two disqualified contestants with a steal. Guest mentors include Pharrell Williams (Team Usher), Joel Madden (Team Shakira), Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum (Team Adam) and Sheryl Crow (Team Blake).
Team Adam's Amber Carrington and Sasha Allen were first, choosing Pink's emotionally torn "Try" as their battle track. When push came to shove, Levine went with 19-year-old Carrington's tender styles over Allen's power pipes. But Usher and Shakira quickly took to their red buttons to snag the 30-year-old classically trained pianist. Flattered by her save, Allen pondered on the decision before sticking with her gut and joining Team Shakira.
In a smooth transition into her evening duel, Shaki's teammates Garrett Gardner and J'Sun were up next. Sitting aside Good Charlotte's Joel Madden and his purple hair, the blonde bombshell offered advice as the duo rehearsed Heavy's "How You Like Me Now?" While 26-year-old J'Sun added a rock edge to his soulful suited voice, Shakira wanted season two's Gardner to add a little more dynamics to his offering. Surprisingly enough, Shakira chose Gardner to advance to the next round, sending Brooklyn native J'Sun back home.
Blake Shelton's team was next in line, so a Carrie Underwood song selection didn't seem too surprising -- especially when ...
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