updated 10/15/2013 AT 4:00 AM ET
•originally published 10/15/2013 AT 7:30 AM ET
Call them Baby Beyoncés.
Two teenage vocalists tore up the stage diva-style Monday night on The Voice, delivering an impassioned and mature version of Beyoncé’s ballad “Listen.”
Their youth and sheer talent on the first night of the show’s battle rounds brought coach Christina Aguilera to tears.
“If I was up and coming on the scene I would be scared of you guys right now,” Aguilera told Houston’s Amber Nicole, 17, and San Diego’s Timyra-Joi, 15.
In the end, Aguilera chose Nicole, saying, “I went with Amber because she was a little bit older and more developed.”
The battle rounds premiere also featured new mentors to help the coaches perfect their duets – Shelton paired with Cher, Aguilera with Ed Sheeran, Levine with One Republic’s Ryan Tedder and Green teamed up with Miguel.
Green had his own youthful conundrum as Anthony Paul, an 18-year-old from Ohio who put college on hold to compete, competed against shy and quirky New Jersey native Caroline Pennell, 16.
Their unique turn on Justin Bieber’s “As Long As You Love Me” refreshed the R&B hit as Paul’s smooth soul paired perfectly with Pennell’s lilting delivery.