Week two of the battle rounds comes to and end with Mackenzie blowing away his competition on Carly’s hit duet with Owl City! Read on for more details.
Welcome back, fans of The Voice, to the second night of week two of battle rounds. As the teams continue to be whittled down, our favorite coaches (Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green, and Blake Shelton) have to make some tough choices!
Liz Davis vs. Nicole Johnson
Blake paired up these two country crooners, in what should be a fairly even battle. When meeting with Blake and advisor Michael Bublé, we learn they’ll be singing “Baggage Claim” by Blake’s wife, Miranda Lambert. He’s intent on weeding out the weak country singers on his team. Liz swings hard right out of the gate, but Nicole has nothing to be nervous about because she totally holds her own. I’ll admit that I’m not the world’s biggest country fan, but these two sounded really great on this song during their battle. It was hard for me to call a winner. It was just as hard for Blake, though he eventually hands the win to Liz, pinning his decision on experience. No one chooses to steal Nicole, even as she pleads, which is a little sad. Blake was super sweet, following Nicole off stage to give her a hug. Bye, Nicole!
Alessandra Guercio vs. Kayla Nevarez
When these two meet with Adam and advisor Mary J. Blige, we learn that he paired them together because he believes they can connect with each other and give an incredible performance. They’ll be battling on “Wide Awake,” by Katy Perry. Alessandra is too methodical in the initial rehearsal, while Kayla just taps into it instantly. During the battle, Alessandra still seems to have trouble with thinking too hard about her performance. Kayla is a little pitchy, as well, something Adam warned her about. I’d have handed the win to Kayla. Adam agreed with me, and Kayla moved on! But Alessandra isn’t going anywhere, as Christina steals her, making this battle free of any goodbyes.
The Battles NBC Didn’t Feel Like Showing Us
I wonder how the producers decide which battles are worthy of actually being seen. In this week’s battle montage, we saw the following: Ben Taub vs. Mycle Wastman (Mycle moved on), Adanna Duru vs. Michelle Brooks-Thompson (WTF? Why didn’t we get to see that monster of a battle? Michelle moved on), and Beat Frequency vs. Laura Vivas (Laura moves on)
Emily Earle vs. Mackenzie Bourg
This pairing made no sense to me, with Emily being a country singer and Mackenzie being much more of a indie pop singer, who gave one of my favorite auditions of the season. When the two met with Cee Lo and advisor Rob Thomas, we learn they’ll be singing “Good Time” by Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen. Cee Lo says he paired them up because of their youth, not their genres. Both seemed a bit wary during their initial rehearsal. In the battle, both seemed much more comfortable. I preferred Mackenzie much more, I must say. His voice fit in the song much better. Adam and Blake did not agree with me during their critiques. Luckily, for me and Mackenzie, the choice was up to Cee Lo and he went with Mackenzie. No one stepped up to steal Emily. Adios, Emily! Good luck in the future!
What did you think of tonight’s episode, HollywoodLifers? Did the right people made it through? Let me know in the comments below!
– Billy Nilles
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