"I love the talent this season… The teams are really strong throughout. I think it’s one of our better seasons of talent since I’ve been on the show," Legend said. Clarkson agreed: "This is my best team overall of any season."
That means narrowing down their teams during the Battle Rounds isn't getting any easier. Just ask Grande, who threatened to "quit" rather than send a singer home. "I am just emotionally very distraught because I love my team so much," Grande said during the third night of Battles Monday.
Grande paired Raquel Trinidad, 23, and Hailey Mia, 13, one of the youngest contestants to compete on "The Voice," for a fun rendition of Rose Royce's "Car Wash" because both singers "have such older influences but are so young and bright."
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Shelton said Grande had a "tough" decision to make. Clarkson said "there's a path for both (singers) on this show," and although Legend acknowledged how "ridiculous" Mia's "confidence and presence" is at 13 years old, the "All of Me" singer leaned toward Trinidad because she "put on a show."
However, the final decision was up to Grande. And she almost didn't make one. "It’s going to be very hard for me," she said. "I’m going to quit."
In the end, Grande picked Trinidad as the winner because "she did so beautifully today and I feel like I’m the right coach for her."
Clarkson unexpectedly swooped in to steal the teen. "I did not plan on using my steal here… There is something that’s super kind of magical about the fact that you are 13 and just did that."
— The Voice (@NBCTheVoice) October 19, 2021
The "American Idol" alum said she'll be "a really good coach" for the teen. Clarkson previously won Season 14 with Brynn Cartelli, who was 15 at the time, and Season 15 with Chevel Shepherd, who was 16 at the time.
Grande said she was grateful that Mia didn't get eliminated: "I’m so thankful. I feel like Kelly will do such a beautiful job taking her to the next step."
She returned the favor by stealing Team Shelton's Manny Hernandez after he lost a highly-contested battle against Wendy Moten on Sting's "If I Ever Lose My Faith In You."
— Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) October 19, 2021
Shelton dubbed Moten the winner, telling her, "I don’t know why you chose me as your coach but thank you to 'The Voice’ Gods for shining down on me in that moment."
Grande said Ramirez's performance left her with "goosebumps everywhere."
"I’m so grateful for how I used my steal," Grande declared.
"The Voice" continues Tuesday at 8 EST/PST on NBC with the fourth and final round of Battles.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: 'The Voice': Ariana Grande threatens to quit rather than choose winner