Blake Shelton Makes Tough Decision Between Aaron Konzelman and Connor Christian on ‘The Voice’ Battles

Team Blake’s Aaron Konzelman and Connor Christian faced off during Monday’s (March 29) Battle Rounds on NBC’s The Voice.  Prior…


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March 29, 2021


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Team Blake’s Aaron Konzelman and Connor Christian faced off during Monday’s (March 29) Battle Rounds on NBC’s The Voice

Prior to their performance, the contestants received feedback and advice from GRAMMY-winning country superstar duo Dan + Shay, who is appearing as the Battle Round Advisors for Team Blake this season. 

Konzelman and Christian absolutely crushed their performance of Waylon Jennings’ “Ain’t Livin’ Long Like This,” leaving the coaches were thoroughly impressed.

Nick Jonas declared their performance a “barn burner” as Kelsea Ballerini, who is filling in for Kelly Clarkson, exclaimed, “That was fun!”  

“I really just had a fun time listening to the whole thing. Aaron’s voice a little more electric to me and it felt like it was more suited to this particular song. But there’s something cool about your voice, Connor. I was thinking about what it would feel like for you to just sing a stripped-down ballad with just you and a guitar. I’m more intrigued by the possibility of hearing what else you can do. It’s a tough decision.” 

I can’t believe I’m gonna say it, but I really think that song was perfect, Blake,” Ballerini complimented. 

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Shelton acknowledged the tough choice he was about to make. 

“Aaron…He’s the jack of all trades, from teaching martial arts to creating essential oils for men’s beards,” the “Minimum Wage” laughed. “I don’t know how you manage to do anything else when you’re so good at that.”

“Connor,” he added, “who works full-time as a tennis coach…By the same token, it’s like how does Connor do anything else other than this?” 

It was a close call, but Shelton ultimately decided to send Connor through to the Knockouts. 

“I know I’ve got to make a decision here. I’m being honest with myself, it’s a little bit more in Aaron’s wheelhouse, but Connor, I know how much work you’ve put into this. I’ve got to give it up to Connor,” he revealed. 

Watch it all go down in the clip above. 

The Voice airs on Mondays and Tuesdays on NBC. 

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.