The Voice recap: Night two of the battle rounds. Light 'Em up!
The same Battle rules apply: two teammates compete against each other, their coach chooses the winner, that winner advances to the next round and the loser goes home -- or has the opportunity to get a second chance in the competition only if another coach presses their button to get them in the steal.
Sidebar: Coach Blake used his two steals during night one of the battle rounds. He cannot press his big red button anymore during this competition. (Or charm anyone else onto his team with his dimples).
Team Christina: Jacob Poole vs. Matthew Schuler
This is the battle of the preachers' sons. Jacob Poole and Matthew Schuler have to put their gospel roots aside and perform a rock hit. Christina and her mentor, Ed Sheeran, choose Fallout Boys’ “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark” for Jacob and Matthew’s performance, to test not only their ability to sing, but their energy levels.
Each guy is eager to out-sing each other, but when it comes down to the performance, the coaches all agree that Matthew is the winner. Christina agrees with her fellow coaches, allowing Matthew to stay and sending Jacob home.
Team CeeLo: Kat Robichaud vs. R. Anthony
Team CeeLo’s first battle of the night is a battle of the complete opposites. Rocker girl Kat Robichaud faces off against choir boy R. Anthony, as they perform Aerosmith's “Don’t Want to Miss a Thing.”
While it was tough for the pair to synch together and find a common sound in rehearsals, by the time they take the stage, the performance is a breeze for both of them. While Kat keeps the energy up, R. Anthony manages to deliver consistent vocals. The performance gets rave reviews from coaches Christina and Blake, but it isn’t their turn to choose who made it. CeeLo decides to go with Kat, leaving a hopeful R. Anthony out of the competition.
During the unaired portion of the show, coach CeeLo added Cole Vosbury to his team after he beat out fellow blues man Lupe Carroll. Coach Blake added voice-over superstar E.G. Daly to his team, while Adam decided to go with Ashley Dubois.
Team Blake: Monica Lee vs. Ray Boudreaux
This epic badass blues battle pits hotel receptionist Monica Lee against single father and blues musician Ray Boudreaux. Coach Blake and his mentor, Cher, wanted to pick a song that would showcase the blues emotion in Monica and Ray’s voice, while challenging both.
After their performance of the classic “Some Kind of Wonderful” the coaches are all in shock over the way the pair pulled it off. The rave reviews for both contestants don't make Blake’s job any easier. He decides to go with Ray…and at the last second, CeeLo decides to steal Monica.
The battles are only just beginning. Next week, the coaches pair up more talent, and have them compete head to head to determine who should move on to the next round. After this week’s battles, who do you think has the strongest team so far?Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun