As the battle rounds begin, a few standouts, including Amanda and Trevin, rise to the top! Read on for more details.
Welcome, fans of The Voice, to the start of the battle rounds! With the blind auditions finally behind us, it was time to see what this season’s crop of talent could really do. And some of them, including Trevin Hunte and Amanda Brown really wowed. Thankfully, the producers introduced a new twist to the battles this season: once a coach made their elimination choice, another coach could opt to steal away the singer being sent home. It paved the way for some delicious drama between Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green, Christina Aguilera, and Blake Shelton!
Casey Muessigman vs. Terry McDermott
The two meet with coach Blake and guest advisor Michael Bublé, where Blake explains he paired them up because they’re both loud, powerful signers. “Carry On, Wayward Son” by Kansas is the song they two will be tackling. Michael advises Casey to embrace versatility, rather than bring his country voice to every genre. Spot on advice. They open the song in perfect unison. Terry takes the first verse, making cleat that this song is made for his voice. Casey tries, but, for me, it’s not enough. This battle was wrapped up in a bow for Terry. The decision should be easy for Blake. And it is, as Blake chooses Terry, explaining that he knows what his voice can do a little bit better. Wise choice, Blake. No one opts to steal Casey. So long, Casey.
Bryan Keith vs. Collin McLoughlin
In their first meeting with coach Adam and guest advisor Mary J. Blige, Adam explains that they’re super talented and have a report with each other that’ll be entertaining. They’ll be singing “Santeria” by Sublime, which seems to be setting Bryan up for the win. Mary rightly explains that Collin needs to find some pain in his voice. Bryan shows some cracks in rehearsals, though, as Adam notes that he has trouble with the elongated melody. In the battle, Collin seems to be trying a bit too hard, while Bryan handles the song with ease. Another battle where, for me, the victor is clear. It was for Adam, as well, as Bryan takes the win. Shockingly, Blake and Cee Lo want to steal Collin! Collin chooses Blake, and we don’t have to say goodbye to anyone.
Diego Val vs. JR Aquino
In their first meeting with coach Cee Lo and guest advisor Rob Thomas, Cee Lo explains that he’s paired these two up to sing Rick Springfield‘s “Jesse’s Girl,” a song that Peruvian Diego isn’t familiar with. Diego didn’t even come prepared, which is pretty unacceptable, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the song. Cee Lo tells JR that he wants him to bring some attitude, which should be interesting to see if he can do it. I’ll be honest, neither of these two are too exciting for me during the battle, but JR edges Diego out, for me, simply because he doesn’t sing through his nose the way Diego does. But they’re both a little bland. Cee Lo goes with Diego, shocking everyone. Even more shocking, no one steals JR. Bye-bye, JR!
De’borah vs. Nelly’s Echo
In their first meeting with coach Christina and guest advisor Billie Joe Armstrong, Christina assigns the “unique characters” “Message In A Bottle,” by The Police. In the first rehearsal, Nelly sounds incredible right off the bat, but De’borah’s unfamiliarity with the song has her worried. In the beginning, it seemed like De’borah’s singing in her lower register wouldn’t be able to overtake Nelly’s high notes, but on her verse, she came alive and proved she really figured out the song. This was the first battle of the night that there was not a clear victor in my mind. Christina chooses De’borah as the winner, and, after hearing all the coaches critiques, I think she made the right decision. Sadly, no one opts to steal Nelly and we have to say goodbye to him tonight. Side note, De’borah and her parents backstage after the battle brought me to tears. You too?
2Steel Girls vs. Gracia Harrison
In their first meeting with Blake and Michael, the mother-daughter duo and the yodeler were tasked to sing “Sin Wagon” by the Dixie Chicks. It’s quite a logical pairing, putting the country queens all up against each other. 2Steel Girls couldn’t quite hold their own against Gracia during the battle, in my opinion. Overall, though, the performance wasn’t exactly the barnburner that Blake expected. Blake hands Gracia the win, definitely making the right choice. None of the other coaches want to steal the 2Steel Girls, so we say another goodbye.
Trevin Hunte vs. Amanda Brown
This was one of those battles where you wonder what the coach was thinking — why would they be willing to risk losing one of these powerful singers? In the first meeting, Cee Lo and Rob inform the two that they’ll be competing with “Vision of Love” by Mariah Carey. Immediately, Amanda proves she’s a force to be reckoned with. Cee Lo lets frontrunner Trevin know that he’s got a run for his money. Trevin seemed very unsure of himself all throughout rehearsals. All I could think during their powerhouse battle was “Thank God the producers created the steal twist this season” because no one deserved to go home after that. In the end, Cee Lo decided to stay the course with Trevin, leaving the other coaches to fight over Amanda. And fight they did. Adam, Blake, and X-Tina each plead their case, but Amanda goes with her gut and chooses Adam! Thankfully we don’t have to say goodbye to her.
What did you think of tonight’s episode, HollywoodLifers? Who was the most impressive for you? Are you as glad as I am that the blind audition are merely a figment of our imaginations? Let me know in the comments below!
— Billy Nilles
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