'The Voice' Battle Round, Week 1: Christina Aguilera Finally Remembers Tony Lucca

Tue, March 6, 2012 12:25am EDT by 3 Comments

The battle of the best began March 5 as team members competed for spots on teams that will perform in the live shows!

The Voice coaches — Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton — felt the pressure this week, as they had to choose between two of their own team members after they battled it out in the boxing ring-like stage. The paired contestants had to give it their all after being mentored by their coaches and some of the industry’s finest.

First up was Adam’s team: Tony Lucca and Chris Cauley battled it out to U2’s “Beautiful Day” after being mentored by Alanis Morissette and Robin Thicke respectively. Christina — and her funny looking hat — mentioned Tony’s Mickey Mouse Club past and chose him as her favorite. (Sure, now she remembers him!) Cee Lo was also impressed by Tony, while Blake preferred Chris, but in the end Tony got a chance to continue to reach that second big break he is looking for.

Blake’s team followed with Raelynn beating out Adley Stump. Adley was mentored by American Idol queen Kelly Clarkson, and Raelynn by Blake’s wife Miranda Lambert. The feedback for both singers were great, with Adley showing off her chops, but ultimately Blake chose Raelynn’s softer and quirkier tone. But was it the right choice? His second team battle came courtesy of Jordis Unga and Brian Fuentes, and even though he wasn’t too pleased with either one, he ended up choosing Jordis.

Cee Lo chose Cheesa over Air-Force sergeant Angie Johnson after bringing in R&B star Ne-Yo and singer-producer Babyface to help out.

Christina paired Chris Mann with Monique Banabou and had them tackle Celine Dion’s ‘The Power Love.” We quickly discovered that, while one a classically trained powerhouse, the other simply couldn’t read music. Chris was mentored by legend Lionel Richie, and Monique by Jewel. While it seemed that Chris’s big voice was going to overpower Monique, she held her own. Still, in the end, Christina stuck with Chris. For her second team battle, the final one of the night, Jessie Campbell beat out equally talented Anthony Evans.

While the night’s performances were pretty good, it seemed like very little happened for a two-hour show. Seriously, the two hours included only six performances! Most of the time was consumed with recaps of the contestants’ past performances and their struggles during rehearsals and mentoring sessions. That can only mean one thing: I’ve got several hours more of battle recaps before anything live comes up.

Until next week…

What did you guys think of the coaches decisions? Did they keep the right singers?

— Milly Contreras