Kelsea Ballerini and Blake Shelton Prepare To Face Off in ‘The Voice’ Battle Rounds

NBC’s The Voice returns on Monday, March 29 with the first Battle Round as well as the first show with…


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March 29, 2021


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NBC’s The Voice returns on Monday, March 29 with the first Battle Round as well as the first show with country superstar Kelsea Ballerini filling in for Kelly Clarkson, who wasn’t feeling well during the Battle Round tapings.

In a teaser clip shared to YouTube on Sunday (Mar. 28), it appears that viewers are in for quite the show this week. There is not one but two steals that take place during the first Battle Round, plus there are two Nashville artists in the coach chairs including Ballerini and Blake Shelton. The clip also unveiled the first round of pairings for each of the four teams. 

“Hi guys, thanks for having me!” Ballerini says as Shelton declares, “this is shocking.”

“Two Nashville people, uh oh,” Ballerini joked 

During the video, the coaches also introduced fans to this season’s Battle Round Advisors, including Darren Criss (Team Nick), Luis Fonsi (Team Kelly), Brandy (Team Legend) and Dan + Shay (Team Blake). 

The exciting clip concluded with a phone call between Clarkson and her temporary fill-in, Kelsea Ballerini.

“Hey Kelsea, thank you so much. You are so amazing at this,” Clarkson gushed before Ballerini replied, “Thank you, I’m sorry you’re sick!”

“Gosh, I know, I am under the weather, so we’re trying to be safe,” Clarkson added.

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Below are the first Battle Round pairings and the songs that the artists will sing. 

Team Legend
Christine Cain vs. Pia Renee
“Baby” – Brandy

Team Nick
Awari vs. Jose Figueroa Jr.
“You Say” – Lauren Daigle

Team Blake
Aaron Konzelman vs. Connor Christian
“I Ain’t Livin’ Long Like This” – Waylon Jennings

Team Kelly
Gean Garcia vs. Ryleigh Modig
“pov” – Ariana Grande

Team Nick
Dana Monique vs. Devan Blake Jones
“Stuck With U” – Ariana Grande feat. Justin Bieber

Team Blake
Avery Roberson vs. Ethan Lively
“Just Got Started Lovin’ You” – James Otto

The Voice returns on Monday, Mar. 29 at 8 p.m. EST 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.