Provo teen Madilyn Paige is advancing to the next round of "The Voice" — but she'll be on a different team when the show airs Tuesday night.
NBC's hit show spent the past two weeks in a second battle round, which pitted winners of previous matchups against each other. Previously, Paige outlasted fellow Utah County resident Tanner James in her first battle round matchup. In Monday night's episode, Paige's coach, R&B superstar Usher, paired the 17-year-old Utah native up with Bria Kelly, a power vocalist from Virginia.
In the second battle round, each coach paired up their artists and gave them three songs to choose from for their upcoming duet. After performing the song, the coach would choose one artist to advance, leaving the other vulnerable for elimination. Each of the four coaches — Usher, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Shakira — was given an extra "steal," which they could use to save a contestant from going home. Heading into Monday night's episode, Blake Shelton was the only coach with a "steal" remaining for his team.
Paige and Kelly decided to sing a rendition of the Pretender's "I'll Stand by You" for their battle. As they prepared for their performance, they were able to work with and receive feedback from Usher and Chris Martin, the lead singer of Coldplay.
“When I saw Chris Martin, it was so exciting," Paige said after meeting her new mentor. "I’ve been a huge fan of Coldplay for so long. His voice is just so different. I love it.”
During the practices, Martin noticed that Paige seemed a little nervous, so he pulled her aside to give her some advice.
"I find, when I’m doing TV or something, unless I center in on, like, a real thing, I get nervous and so you want to bring your real life into it — because I can see you can really sing, but you’re maybe getting a little shy," Martin told Paige during the show. "But we all get like that. Forget all those things.”
After incorporating Martin's advice, as well as some other helpful feedback from Usher, Paige and Kelly would ultimately impress the two music icons.
"Madilyn has a very sweet tone, but she also has a very big voice inside there," Usher said.
"The pairing of Bria and Madilyn is like loud and quiet," Martin said. "But, like a good Nirvana song, they can work together — and they did."
After their battle, the other "Voice" coaches added some positive evaluations, as well.
"That was great," Shakira said. "Madilyn, you were very comfortable in your own skin, which surprised me to see you so in command and so self-assured. It was a real good battle."
"Madilyn, you continue to surprise us," said Levine. "I think you get stronger and improve a lot."
"I think that you’ve learned a lot," Usher said. "Madilyn, I feel like you came out here and gave it your all. You guys are young and there’s so much more to learn in time. I’ve just got to select one of the two of you to teach. There’s no bad decision here, but I’ve got to make one."
In the end, Usher selected Kelly to advance with his team, leaving Paige available to be stolen.
"I like her a lot," Shelton said as he pressed his button to steal Paige. "The one thing that stood out is that her confidence is coming out more and more every time she gets on that stage."
Shelton said that he has faith in Paige, who will be moving forward in the competition as a member of Team Blake. "I believe in you as an artist. Now we’ve just got to make a performer out of you and I think we can do it."
Despite being the youngest competitor left in the top 20, Paige is hopeful for her future on the show. "There’s a lot of pressure being the youngest here," she said. "I really think this whole process is going to continue to make me a more confident person and I think I need that in my music career. This is definitely one of the biggest opportunities I’ll ever get. I want this."Comment on this story
Shelton, who has won "The Voice" in three of its five seasons thus far, has an impressive history of coaching young female musicians. In season three, Shelton coached 23-year-old rocker Cassadee Pope to victory, and he won with 17-year-old country singer Danielle Bradbery in season four.
"The Voice," which airs Monday and Tuesday nights on NBC, continues tonight with the playoffs round, which will narrow the field down to the final 12 singers. The final 12 will then begin performing live for America's votes, starting April 21.