The battle rounds continue on NBC's The Voice season 19 and coveted spots on Team Blake are dwindling. On Monday night, Ian Flanigan and Aaron Scott paired up against each other with a compelling rendition of "Have You Ever Seen The Rain" by Creedence Clearwater Revival. The duet was really incredible but only one singer could win the Voice battle.
John Legend kicked off the feedback for the two singers. "Fantastic job. Aaron, I think the most impressive part of your performance was just hearing your range and the power of your voice but it wasn't clear who you were. Whereas Ian, I feel like there was so much identity and character in your voice. The rasp, the gravel, that was more compelling for me."
Gwen Stefani also agreed that Ian had a unique voice which is really rare to find and that she would lean towards that contestant. Meanwhile, Kelly Clarkson admitted that while Aaron did a great job, it wasn't as strong as his performance in the blind auditions. But she was incredibly impressed by Ian.
"Ian you happen to be one of my favorite vocalists this season and I think that you have an incredible tone. I was like glued to you, like it was inappropriate," Clarkson joked.
Ultimately the decision came down to Blake Shelton. "Well, it's not that often that I get a battle pairing where I feel like every single note that was given in the rehearsals came into play here. And that just goes to show your professionalism and how eager you are to get this done up here today and you literally both did it."
In the end, Shelton followed what all the other judges said and declared Ian the winner. We should expect to hear more songs that show off Ian's low baritone voice moving forward. The country singer initially wowed Blake Shelton during his blind audition with Zac Brown Band's "Colder Weather." Shelton, the only coach to turn, was blown away by his appearance and lack of a "giant beer gut." Ian travels around the country performing country music full-time with his fiance Ayla and daughter and was actually scouted for the show during a performance in Nashville right as the coronavirus pandemic hit. We can't wait to see how far this singer goes on the show!