The second night of the intense Battle Rounds took place last night.
Coaches Blake, Adam, Usher and Shakira were forced to make tough decisions while assembling the teams they believe hold "the Voice." Night two held no punches as some judges praised some contestants and others not so much.
I think Usher is still trying to figure what Jeff Lewis thought was so hilarious during rehearsals. *insert scowling Usher eyebrow*
Team Adam: Michael Austin vs. Warren Stone, “My Kind of Party” by Jason Aldean
It was the battle of the civil service men as Deputy Sheriff Michael Austin (and his black cowboy hat) took on firefighter Warren Stone.
While Michael came in the ring like “Stone Cold Michael Austin,” according the Blake, both men performed their own rendition of Jason Aldean’s “My Kind of Party” which Warren performed with some “country swag." The incredible performance left Adam with a tough decision. He ended up picking Stone, while Austin failed to earn a save.
Team Usher: Jeff Lewis vs. Josiah Hawley, “Roxanne” by The Police
After a not-so great first run-through, and an awkward laughing session in final rehearsal that left Usher asking Jeff Lewis “What’s funny?” (I guess he didn’t get the joke, did anyone?), former pop star Jeff Lewis faced model/singer Josiah Hawley.
Team Usher performed The Police classic “Roxanne." While both men had all of the confidence needed to dominate the performance, it may have been too much for the judges. While Blake was impressed, Shakira and Adam didn’t really agree with the performance. In the end, it was Josiah Hawley who came out with a chance to compete in the next stage of the competition, sending Jeff Lewis and his really nice smile packing.
Sidebar: The show lasted only an hour, so there was no time to showcase every performance live on air. Blake chose country star Grace Askew, Usher chose pop star Audrey Carrish, and Shakira chose Tanya Reynolds to join their teams, and move on to the next round. Within that time, there were no steals.
Team Blake: Caroline Glaser vs. Danielle Bradbery, “Put Your Records On” by Corrine Bailey Rae
Try not to be nervous ladies; you are far from high school and the coffee shop.
Team Blake’s final performance showcased the talents of his team’s youngest competitors. Caroline Glaser and Danielle Bradbery pushed through their nerves during rehearsal and performed the Corrine Bailey Rae hit “Put Your Records On.” After the performance each judge was left speechless (and refreshed like tangerine ice cream). Again, Blake was left with the grueling choice. After long-thought Blake decided to go with Bradbery.
Usher and Adam both decided to push their big red buttons and fight for the chance to save Caroline Glaser. Usher became “Gusher” while Adam tried to convince the young singer/songwriter they were a “wonderful fit” by firing compliment after compliment. In the end Gusher (I mean Usher) was left heartbroken as it was indeed Adam who won the steal.
How many steals will the following week of Battle Rounds bring? How many laughs? And how many new rehearsal tactics will the judges pull out to make sure they find the best competitor for their team? Let us know in the comments.