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

Kelsea Ballerini, Blake Shelton; The Voice
Kelsea Ballerini, Blake Shelton; The Voice
Kelsea Ballerini, Blake Shelton; The Voice

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.

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.