Score one for the birthday boy.
The Voice coach Adam Levine – who turned 35 Tuesday – stole powerful young singer Brittnee Camelle away from Team Usher during the second night of battle rounds after she barely lost an epic battle against teammate Melissa Jimenez.
The two singers delivered a steamy version of Melanie Fiona’s “Give It to Me Right” that earned praise for their commanding vocals and sultry stage presence.
“I thought it was awesome: [it had] edge, pocket, sassiness. It was just smoking hot,” Shakira gushed.
Levine rightly predicted fellow coach Blake Shelton “is probably having a heart attack right now.”
“I need a minute,” Shelton deadpanned, before praising the performance and singling out Jimenez, a 29-year-old New Jersey R&B singer, for hitting an impressive high note at the end of the song.
Usher was so blown away he admitted he regretting paring them together “because I want to keep both of you.” Yet he ultimately chose Jimenez, explaining that “I just think Melissa gave a little bit more.”
Luckily for Camelle, both Levine and Shakira slapped their buttons for the steal and made compelling pitches to the 23-year-old nursing student, who risked her scholarship to appear on the show.
Although Shakira declared that “deep in my heart I know we are meant for each other,” Camelle chose Levine, who pointed out that he carried two singers to the finish line.
“It’s hard to fight for the female singers when you have the Sexiest Man Alive sitting next to you,” Shakira said in defeat. “There’s nothing I can do.”
Despite that loss, the Colombian hip-shaker was in the position of power at the top of the show when the two rockers on her team got gritty while performing “Cold as Ice” by Foreigner. Clarissa Serna, 27, a Texas pop rocker, was paired with Jeremy Briggs, 26, of Sacramento, who works in the unemployment office by day and rocks out at night.
The two delivered a dramatic performance, which Shakira praised as “showing so much courage and confidence” – even if she wished it was slightly less dramatic.
In the end, she chose Serna, explaining that it’s “because I feel like I can do a lot more moving forward.”
The other battle shown in its entirety paired Team Adam’s Caleb Elder, a 19-year-old Virginia donut shop worker, against soulful South Carolina barista Delvin Choice, 24. The duo sang “The Man” by Aloe Blacc – who was on-hand to offer notes as Team Adam’s mentor.
The coaches cautioned that the final performance could have had more polish, but praised the singers for having fun onstage. Ultimately, Levine chose Choice for his “booming voice that’s just captivating.”
The show also glossed over other battles, revealing that Shelton chose Nashville rocker Megan Rüger over Massachusetts dancer Ria Eaton; Shakira chose lounge singer Ddendyl over former professional singer Lindsay Pagano; and Usher chose baseball player-turned-singer Morgan Wallen over musical twins Brothers Walker.
After the show, The Voice also revealed via Snapchat that Coldplay front man Chris Martin will advise the remaining contestants in the second round of battles on March 31, April 1 and April 7, reports USA Today.
The Voice returns on Monday (8 p.m. ET) on NBC, as the battle rounds continue.