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The Voice Recap: Blake Shelton Makes Tough Cut Between Cali Wilson and EllieMae

These have all been tough decisions...

Written by Tammy Ragusa
The Voice Recap: Blake Shelton Makes Tough Cut Between Cali Wilson and EllieMae
THE VOICE -- "Battle Rounds" Season 17 -- Pictured: (l-r) Cali Wilson, Carson Daly, EllieMae -- (Photo by: Justin Lubin/NBC)

The second night of Battle Rounds for season 17 of NBC’s The Voice seemed to be over as quickly as they began. As always is in these face-offs, the competition is fierce, but so benevolent between the competitors and the decision is unbelievably difficult for the coaches.

Fortunately, the ability to “save” a member of their team remained for coaches Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton and the “steal” option remained for all of the contestants.

Here’s how the competition continued:

TEAM KELLY and NORMANI

ALEX GUTHRIE (25)  and INJOY FOUNTAIN (28)

Battle track – “Home” by Marc Broussard

  • BLAKE: picked Injoy
  • JOHN: picked Injoy
  • GWEN: picked Alex

Winner: ALEX

KELLY: “Alex has a very versatile voice, his range is insane. It was a little hard for everybody to hear on this particular song but I think that Alex is going to be really impressive in the Knockouts.

TEAM GWEN and WILL.I.AM

ELISE AZKOUL (28) and MYRACLE HOLLOWAY (44)

Battle track – “Breathin’” by Ariana Grande

  • KELLY: couldn’t pick
  • BLAKE: picked Myracle
  • JOHN: couldn’t pick

Winner: MYRACLE

GWEN: “I really had to go with Myracle because she really moves people and she has a special gift.”

TEAM JOHN and USHER

KATIE KADAN (38) and DESTINY RAYNE (23)

Battle track – “Tiny Dancer” by Elton John

Standing ovation

  • GWEN: picked Katie
  • KELLY: couldn’t pick
  • BLAKE: couldn’t pick

Winner: Katie

JOHN: “Katie’s voice is so rich, it’s so powerful. She’s just a superstar and there’s no way I couldn’t pick her.”

STEAL: Blake and Gwen (as Destiny was leaving the stage)

DESTINY picked Gwen

The following battles were not televised, but these are the results:

TEAM JOHN and USHER

MAX BOYLE (23) and MATT NEW (29)

Battle track – “Let Me Love You” by DJ Snake and Justin Bieber

Winner: MAX

TEAM BLAKE and DARIUS RUCKER

CALI WILSON (28) and ELLIEMAE (21)

Battle track – “Miss Me More” by Kelsea Ballerini

Winner: CALI

The Battle Rounds continue on Monday and Tuesday through October 28 when the four-part Knockouts begin. On November 11, The Voice goes live as the journey to a new winner continues.