‘The Voice’ coaches were back Oct. 14, and ready to duke it out on stage, as they each pinned two of their own team members against each other.
It was the first night of the battle rounds on The Voice‘s fifth season, and nothing compared to the face-off between Donna Allen and Tessanne Chin. These two powerhouse vocalists tore up the stage with their rendition of Emeli Sande‘s “Next to Me.” Donna’s voice was so powerful, the judges couldn’t stop comparing her to Tina Turner. But it was Tessanne Chin’s dynamic vocal performance that made Adam Levine choose her. He just couldn’t give up on the one he said could win The Voice.
Read on to see the other match ups and who’s made it through the battle rounds so far!
Team Adam: Grey vs Nic Hawk
Grey, 25, is a wedding singer who’s ready to move on in her career, while Nic Hawk, 26, is a music theater veteran with a very intense and exciting energy. Adam wanted to see the two most opposite people go head to head, and these two couldn’t be any different. Singing “Domino” by Jesse J. they both brought their “A” game, but there was something still untapped in Grey that made Adam choose her.
But things weren’t quite over for Nic. Just as he was getting choked up, Blake Shelton pushed his button and made the first steal of evening! Blake admitted that not enough was said about Nic’s singing, and that he had a lot more to give.
Team Christina: Amber Nicole vs. Timyra-Joi
Amber Nicole, 17, and Timyra-Joi,15, faced off, singing “Listen” by Beyonce. Amber came into this competition with a strong musical background, while Timyra-Joi really wowed us with her first performance. Christina Aguilera paired these two up because of their similarities and saw “Listen” as a soaring ballad that would get both girls to dig a little deeper within themselves. And dig they did; their performance was amazing. It sent chills up my spine and even brought tears to Christina’s eyes. The other judges were pulling for Timyra-Joi, but Christina chose Amber because she felt she was a little bit older and a little bit more developed.
Briana Cuoco vs. Jacquie Lee 16
Singing “House of The Rising Sun” by The Animals, Briana Cuoco went up against a young Jacquie Lee. The song encouraged both girls to step up their game and “B.B. King it up,” according to Christina. After a very soulful, intense battle, Jacquie came out victorious — but Briana wasn’t left out to dry, as both Cee Lo Green and Blake pushed their buttons to steal. Cee Lo was ready to “nurture her niche,” but she chose Team Blake with hopes that his past luck will continue with her.
Team Blake: Justin Chain vs. Shelby Z
Blake had Justin Chain, 23, and Shelby Z, 21, sing “Don’t You Want to Stay” by Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson to push both to the peek of their range. He told them, “You have to really connect on this”. After the performance, Adam admitted the singers blended so well he couldn’t focus on the separation. Both showed a great deal of emotion and connection but it was Shelby Z that pulled it out in the end.
Team Cee Lo: Anthony Paul vs. Caroline Pennell
Singing “As Long As You Love Me” by Justin Beiber, Cee Lo pinned Anthony Paul, 18, against 17-year-old Caroline Pennell. The song choice was interesting, especially for two singers as different vocally as Anthony and Caroline, but Cee Lo chose the song to give them the opportunity to sing about themselves. It was a bit out of Caroline’s genre, but she was determined to make it her own, and Anthony was warned not to over-sing the ballad.
During the performance, Anthony went into his falsetto effortlessly, but Caroline was really able to make it her own and put a unique twist on it with her tone. It was her sound that encouraged Cee Lo to “dream with [his] eyes open.” So poetically put! Caroline took Cee Lo’s vote.
But Christina stole Anthony! His vocal control caught Christina’s ear and earned him another chance. We’re excited to see what he does with it.
So Hollywoodlifers, Which was your favorite battle of the night? Vote and let us know!
WATCH: Donna Allen vs. Tessanne Chin: “Next to Me”
— Jordan Clifford