The competition is heating up Oct. 15, as ‘The Voice’ enters its second night of the Battle Rounds.
As each artist prepared for battle on The Voice, Jacob Poole and Matthew Schuler set the bar, lighting up the stage with their performance.
Team Christina: Jacob Poole vs. Matthew Schuler
Jacob, 20, is the son of a pastor who wanted to step out and follow his own dreams and vision for his life. And Matthew, 20, is the bagel shop worker who rocked the stage with his original performance, earning the fastest four-chair turn in Voice history. They kicked off the night, battling with Fall Out Boy‘s “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up).” And they were on fire as they lit up the stage with a rocking performance. It was such a tough choice for Christina Aguilera; and even Adam Levine admitted, “That was like a musical a** whooping,” as he commented on how amazing the performance was. Blake Shelton agreed and was most blown away by Jacob’s improvement; but Christina chose Matthew.
Team Cee Lo: Kat Robichaud vs. R. Anthony
The judges either pair up artists based on their similarities or their differences — and for Kat Robichaud, 29, and R. Anthony, 33, it was their differences that Cee Lo Green wanted to juxtapose on stage. He challenged both artists to personalize Aerosmith‘s “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing.” Cee Lo’s mentor Miguel warned R. Anthony to not fall into the comfort zone of his gospel background; and even though he did his best, it was Kat’s intensity that grabbed Blake. She even got Adam to admit that his biggest regret from the blind auditions was not turning around for her. And Cee Lo just couldn’t let her go. In the end, Kat beat out R. Anthony.
Team Blake: Monika Leigh vs. Ray Boudreaux
Blake felt that Monika Leigh, 28, and Ray Boudreaux‘s, 25, bluesy sound would make for one “bad-a** battle.” Singing “Some Kind of Wonderful” by Soul Brothers Six, they both brought a lot of energy. Ray had some range issues with the song during practice, but he pulled it out and won Blake’s vote. Monika didn’t want her training to stop, and thanks to Cee Lo’s steal, she’ll have a second chance!
The Night’s Other Match Ups
Cole Vosbury battled Lupe Carroll, singing “Africa” by Toto. Cee Lo thought Cole handled the song with care, so he took home the win.
E.G. Daily went up against Sam Cernigila with Bonnie Raitt‘s “Something To Talk About,” and Blake chose E.G.
Ashley DuBose and Justin Blake took on Christina and Blake’s “I’m Just a Fool,” and Adam ultimately decided Ashley was more prepared to deal with all the things he felt were coming.
So Hollywoodlifer’s what did you think of the battle rounds night two? Did your top artists make it? Drop a comment and let us know!
— Jordan Clifford