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‘The Voice’ Recap: Melanie Martinez & Caitlin Michele Wow The Coaches

Tue, October 9, 2012 9:47pm EDT by Billy Nilles 1 Comment
The Voice Melanie Martinez Caitlin Michele
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Thank you, NBC, for this season’s steal option! No one was ready to say goodbye to either Melanie or Caitlin!

Welcome back, fans of The Voice! Tonight’s episode continued the battle rounds, seeing our favorite coaches (Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, and Blake Shelton) pairing up some heavyweight singers and sending them head-to-head into the ring. Thankfully the producers introduced the steal twist this season because the night’s final performance, between Melanie Martinez and Caitlin Michele, was too good to send anyone home!

Cody Belew vs. Domo

The two meet with Cee Lo and advisor Rob Thomas to learn the song they’ll be performing: “Telephone” by Lady Gaga. Cee Lo wants to see which of these two singer-dancers can step up and take charge. During rehearsals, Domo comes off just as annoying in her blind audition. She’s more concerned with her look and her dancing than perfecting her weak vocals. During the battle, Domo has problems with pitch almost immediately. Both of them are pitchy, to be honest. They seem more concerned with their dancing than their vocal — not a good move on a show called The Voice. Cee Lo gives the win to Cody, and no one steals Domo. Adios, Domo!

Aquile vs. Nathalie Hernandez

In their first meeting with Christina and Billie Joe Armstrong, the two learn they’ll be singing “You Give Me Something” by James Morrison. This song is a perfect choice for these two and their voices. Aquile hits it hard right at bat, while Nathalie struggles with some confidence issues, though she sounds great. In their later rehearsals, Nathalie proves that she’s gotten over her confidence issues. During their battle, both singers sound incredible. Their voices really complement each other and the song. Christina gives the win to Aquile! No one steals Nathalie and the youngest competitor is sent home!

Did anyone else think it was weird that we didn’t get to see the actual battles between Celica Westbrook and Lisa Scinta and Charlie Ray and Rudy Parris? Well, Celica and Rudy made it through — though no one at NBC seemed to care to show us why.

Melanie Martinez vs. Caitlin Michele

When the two meet with Adam and advisor Mary J. Blige, they learn they’ll be battling it out to “Lights” by Ellie Goulding. Melanie brings it during the initial rehearsal, unsettling Caitlin. But, during later rehearsals, Melanie has some real trouble. In the battle, however, the two wowed, turning Ellie’s song into a haunting beauty. There is no way that this decision could be easy for Adam because both girls are incredible. After much hand-wringing, Adam hands the win to Melanie. But no need to feel sad for Caitlin because both Blake and Cee Lo go for the steal. After the two bicker, Caitlin chooses Cee Lo!

What did you think of tonight’s episode, HollywoodLifers? Did Melanie and Caitlin blow you away, too? Let me know in the comments below!

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— Billy Nilles

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