‘The Voice’ delivered another night of intense competition Oct. 21. With the battle rounds coming to a close, the judges were on high alert for any potential steals — and Adam knew just who he was looking for.
Destinee Quinn 20, and Lina Gaudenzi, 23, battled for a spot on Team Christina with “Not Ready To Make Nice” by The Dixie Chicks. Christina Aguilera said she chose the song to bring both girls a little out of their comfort zone, and the winner would depend on how willing they were to let go. Both girls were very connected with the song during the performance, but Adam Levine found a few technical glitches. Ultimately, the choice came down to emotion versus range. For Christina, it was Destinee’s emotion that won the battle. But Adam swooped in and stole Lina before Carson Daly could even get a word in edgewise!
Read on to see the rest of the night’s match-ups, and find out who will be advancing on to the knockout rounds!
Team Christina: Josh Logan vs. Michael Lynch
Josh Logan, 33, a seasoned performer who balances singing six nights a week with fatherhood, went up against 27-year-old landscaper Michael Lynch, who wowed Christina during the blind auditions with his performance of Enrique‘s “Baliamos”. They battled with Maroon 5‘s “Hard To Breathe” and earned high praises from Adam himself for a job well done! During rehearsal, Michael struggled with the rapid-fire rhyme and jam-packed lyrical structure of the song, and that carried into the battle. Meanwhile, Josh channeled his inner Adam — Cee Lo Green even comment that he almost sounds exactly like Adam — and took home the win. Unfortunately, this just wasn’t the song for Michael.
Team Cee Lo: George Horga Jr. vs. Juhi
George Horga, 19, moved from Romania solely to pursue his dream of becoming a pop singer. Cee Lo’s mentor, Miguel, compared him to Justin Timberlake and Bruno Mars, but warned him to pick his moments. He battled Juhi, 16, a very intelligent high school student with an extremely unique vocal style and tone. They sang Gavin Degraw‘s “Best I’ve Ever Had.” While George cracked and had a bad note, he showed his resilience when he continued on and finished the song well. But it all comes down to the raw material, and for Cee Lo, it was George who had the most potential. “I want to commend and support someone who wants to solely pursue music and doesn’t have a plan B,” Cee Lo said.
He made a big mistake, and I’m so glad Adam pushed his button to steal. Juhi is a diamond in the rough. She has an extremely unique vocal style. While Adam admitted she does have some work to do, she’s only 16 and has plenty of room to grow.
Team Blake: Austin Jenckes vs. Brian Pounds
Blake pit Austin Jankes, 25, against Brian Pounds, 24, with “To Love Somebody” by the Bee Gees. Blake confessed it was an odd song choice for two country singers, but he said it’s cross-genre and he wanted to see who can really commit and sell the song. Brian was challenged to really connect with the song, while Austin needed to remember that less is more; he tends to come right out of the gate with his power. But Austin held out for the precise moment to really let loose. He did well with his highs and lows and belting moments. He left his heart out on the stage, and won Blake’s vote.
Team Adam: James Erwin vs. Matt Cermanski
This was the battle of the returning contestants. “We’re the comeback kids,” James Irwin, 31, joked about himself and Matt Cermanski, 20, who both failed to turn a chair their first time auditioning for The Voice. Singing One Republic‘s “Counting Stars,” the pressure was on. Their mentor, One Republic’s front man Ryan Tedder, gave some sage advice and said, “James is a more naturally gifted singer, but Matt could come up and steal this from him.” But this wasn’t the performance we thought it was going to be! Adam even admitted that it was very “flawed.” However, he thinks that James is capable of a lot more and chose him to move on in the competition.
James Wolpert vs. Will Champlin
James Wolpert, 22, went up against Will Champlin, 30, son of Chicago‘s Bill Champlin. Their song was “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons and ultimately it came down to who could conquer their nerves. In rehearsal, James was warned to be wary of over-styling, while Will came “leaps and bounds” in the short time they had to practice. The performance was powerful; it was a lot more even than Adam thought it would be. Unexpectedly, James was picked to move on to the knock outs rounds … and so was Will! Christina pushed her button to steel and gave Will a second chance.
So Hollywoodlifers which battle do you think topped the night? Drop a comment and let us know!
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— Jordan Clifford