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Watch Meghan Linsey’s Battle Round Comeback on ‘The Voice’

After a killer Beatles cover, the country-soul singer is “stolen” by an old friend

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On Tuesday night’s episode of The Voice, Meghan Linsey had three coaches fighting for her — again.

The former Steel Magnolia singer was paired with pop crooner Paul Pfau during the show’s battle rounds, turning the Beatles’ “Don’t Let Me Down” into a soaring, soulful duet. (Watch above.) Their coach, Pharrell Williams, praised them for their engaging performance and declared both as deserving to stay on the show. He chose Pfau as the winner, knowing his fellow coaches well enough to predict that Linsey would indeed stick around, as well, thanks to the show’s “steal” sanction. (Blake Shelton certainly hinted that he was going to lobby for her, sarcastically telling Pharrell, “If I was you, I wouldn’t pick Meghan.”)

Linsey was just two words into her “thank you” speech to Pharrell when Shelton interrupted her with a red button hit, shortly followed by competition from frenemy Adam Levine and Voice queen Christina Aguilera. Though Levine stood up to physically demonstrate how he’d fight for her, Linsey was ultimately moved by the words from the country superstar for whom she once opened shows several years ago.

“I want you to consider three things: my history on this show, our history as friends and, when people look back at the most epic fails of all time, Adam Levine’s name will rank among the top ten,” Shelton pleaded to his friend, going on to explain that Team Blake prevailed last season even though Team Adam members made up three of the final four contestants.

So, Linsey chose Shelton over Levine and Aguilera, forgiving the country coach for being the only one to keep his back turned during her blind audition. The Louisiana native now joins Team Blake, which has an eclectic mix of artists also including traditional country crooner Cody Wickline and Nashville-based powerhouse blues singer Sarah Potenza.

The Voice battle rounds will continue next Monday and Tuesday. Linsey, Wickline and Potenza are all moving on to the knockout rounds, during which they’ll perform solo.

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