The Voice Season 7 Episode 8 saw the Battle Rounds continue as the judges pit their treasure trove of talent against each other with only room for one to advance.
Well, unless the coaches' steal comes into play, that is.
On the previous installment, three defeated singers profiled on The Voice Season 7 Episode 7 ended up being snapped up, which does make some sense.
The show has an incentive to air the best of the battles, which feature two singers with the skills to move on. Yet it takes away from a little bit of the finality.
Would Episode 8 be the same? Let's find out ...
Jordy Searcy vs. Taylor Phelan (Team Pharrell): Williams, along with Alicia Keys, focused on coaxing emotional performances in "Breakeven (Falling to Pieces)."
It worked. The only problem was the big decision.
Looking agonized, Pharrell ultimately chose Phelan for "the ambition he sings with, [which was] communicated very well to the audience and the world."
Alessandra Castronovo vs Joe Kirk (Team Adam): Speaking of emoting, Levine asked the two young singers to battle it out on "Stay" by Rihanna.
They delivered when it counted and then some.
In a difficult decision, Levine ultimately chose Castronovo, which left the ousted Kirk, who was nervous and who Blake and Pharrell had praised, crying.
Williams graciously walked him out and shared an exchange that tugged at the heartstrings. "Keep going," Williams said. "If you stop now, then 'no' was right."
Menlik Zergabachew vs. Tony Ritchie (Team Gwen): With husband Gavin Rossdale on board her advisor, Gwen had the two do a reggae version of "Maneater."
Blake declared the result "the best battle of the day as far as I'm concerned," while Stefani said "I wish I could put you guys in a blender and make one person."
The show will keep both. Gwen ultimately chose Ritchie, which prompted both Levine and Williams to quickly hit their buttons to try and steal Zergabachew.
Williams said he loves working with singers who look different than they sound, and ended up with the services of Menlik when the Knockout Round begins.
What did you think of The Voice Season 7 Episode 8? Which singers were the best, and who deserved (or did not deserve) a steal? Discuss in the comments!