It was the final night of battle rounds Oct. 22, and with only six spots — and one steal! — left, the coaches were forced to make some tough decisions.
As the coaches narrowed down the last of their team members, Olivia Henken and Stephanie Anne Johnson prompted Cee Lo Green to use his final steal. But wait, now that steals have been added to the knock-out rounds, every coach has the chance to steel again! “It’s one more chance to make the best team possible for the live rounds,” said Christina Aguilera. Keep reading to see if your favorite artists made the cut.
Team Cee Lo: Jonny Gray vs. Shawn Smith
Cee Lo put Jonny Gray, 29, up against Shawn Smith, 32, with Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers‘ “Refugee.” It was the perfect song choice since both men served in the military — the Airforce and the Army, respectively. In rehearsal, Cee Lo asked Jonny to deliver the song with more angst, while Shawn struggled a little with the “trailing talking syncopation,” as he put it, of the song. But once Miguel gave Shawn tips on his stance, a new attitude came alive in him. Tom Petty’s songs are “deceptively hard to sing,” said Adam Levine. Jonny Gray was able to really able to sell the song and ultimately won Cee Lo’s vote.
Team Adam: Barry Black vs. Preston Pohl
It was a soul singer showdown for Barry Black, 27, and Preston Pohl, 26. Adam paired the two together because of their love for soul music. Singing The Temptations’ “I Wish It Would Rain,” these boys delivered a very passionate performance. Adam’s mentor Ryan Tedder warned the singers to “stick to the script” on stage as the song could run away from them, but they held on tight. Barry even broke out his trademark vocal horn! But it was Preston that Adam was moved most by.
Team Christina: Olivia Henken vs. Stephanie Anne Johnson
Olivia Henken, 25, and Stephanie Anne Johnson, 29, sang “Done” by The Band Perry. Christina’s mentor Ed Sheeran said, “I think this is definitely Olivia’s thing, but Stephanie gave it a lot of flair.” The song is more about attitude than technical skill. While Stephanie invested herself and “left it all on stage” for Cee Lo, Olivia was the most consistent for Christina, who felt she most owned the song.
But it wasn’t quite over for Stephanie. Cee Lo turned his chair for both girls during the blind auditions, and he just couldn’t let Stephanie go now. “She’s remarkably talented,” he said and pushed his button right away!
The Night’s Other Matchups
Holly Henry, 19, went against Cilla Chan, 22, with “Torn” by Natalie Imbruglia. Blake chose Holly as he thought she was could really rise up to the challenge of the competition.
Emily Randolph, 15, battled Brandon Chase, 20 singing “Tiny Dancer” by Elton John. Blake thought Brandon was more developed as a vocalist.
23-year-old Tamara Chauniece and Keaira LaShae, 30, took on Fergie‘s “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and Cee Lo chose Tamera.
So Hollywoodlifers, the teams are now complete, which coach do you think will take home the trophy? Vote and let us know!
— Jordan Clifford