As the battles continue on “The Voice,” coaches Adam, Christina, Cee Lo and Blake are winnowing down their teams and slowly, but surely, the season is progressing. We may even be done sometime before Valentine’s Day.
In the first battle of the night, Blake put country fledglings Liz Davis and Nicole Johnson together with “Baggage Claim” by Miranda Lambert … Blake’s wife. Smooth, Blake. During the performance, the two voices blended together seamlessly, and given that this was the first time I’ve ever heard the song, I’d say it was pretty darn good. But for the first time, Blake said, he heard Nicole lose her breath, so he went with Liz. Seriously, that was a reason he gave.
Adam paired 17-year-olds Alessandra Guercio and Kayla Nevarez with Katy Perry’s “Wide Awake.” During rehearsals, Alessandra was nervous, over-thinking everything and worried — Adam described her as “studied” compared to Kayla. Duh, the girl goes to the “Fame” high school.
But during the performance, Kayla shone. She was effortless and natural in the song, as opposed to Alessandra, whose self-confidence led to over-performing. (Bonus points: Compared to Alessandra, in her sleeveless glitter turtleneck and leather pants, Kayla actually looked, sounded and acted like a 17-year-old, and not a Real Housewife.) Adam went with Kayla, but Christina picked Alessandra in a steal. That’ll be a better match anyways, and Christina will — hopefully — work wonders on Alessandra’s self-confidence.
Later in the evening, one of Adam’s battles fell victim to the montage: Michelle Brooks-Thompson went up against Adanna Duru with Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love.” Adam chose Michelle. Even in the short clip, I could tell Michelle was above and beyond anything Adanna could do. (The girl’s only 15; I don’t blame her.)
Christina’s only battle of the night, subject to the cruel editing of the montage as well, was between Laura Vivas and husband-wife duo Beat Frequency with Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face.” This was one that I was relieved to see cut up into near nothingness. The show is “The Voice” not “The Voices.” One voice, guys. Singular. Duos, GET OUT. Besides, when you have two voices up against one, and the one still beats you, it means you’re doing something wrong. Christina went with Laura.
TEAM CEE LO
Cee Lo put Ben Taub up against Mycle Wastman with “Too Close,” which I only know at the song in the Internet Explorer commercials. Cee Lo went with Mycle, and that’s all I can tell you about this segment because it was literally about 15 seconds long.
BUT THE BEST PART OF THE EVENING happened when Cee Lo put together Emily Earle with MacKenzie Bourg with Owl City/Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Good Time.” Refresher time: MacKenzie is the adorable 19-year-old Harry-Potter lookalike who plays a mean Foster the People cover. And not only was this one not butchered into a clipped montage, but actually spanned a commercial break! Can our attention spans even handle it!
During rehearsals, MacKenzie was overly attached to his guitar, and Emily was channeling too much Carly, but the performance was fun, if tinged with nerves. Emily still had a little country twang in her voice, and it’s obvious MacKenzie has no clue what to do with his hands if he’s not holding an instrument but this was a huge step outside both contestants’ comfort zones. Cee Lo described MacKenzie’s voice as “all-American,” and selected him.
Where we stand after Tuesday's episode:
Adam has three battles (six contestants) left, and no steals. It’s interesting to note that he’s the coach with the most original contestants stolen by other coaches, which says a lot about the bar he sets for himself and his ear during blind auditions.
Cee Lo has two battles left, as well as no steals. The only original contestant stolen from his team (so far, mind you) is Amanda Brown, who went to Adam.
Christina and Blake both have two battles each left, as well as one steal a piece.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun