The Voice continues tonight with the Battle Rounds, though tonight, they also end — this will be the final Battle Round of the season. The teams are shaping up, and will be solidified by the conclusion of tonight’s episode of The Voice. Usher is the only judge who has a Steal left — when will he use it, and who will he steal? Find out the answer to those questions and many more, by reading on!
The host of The Voice, Carson Daly, began this episode by showing some scenes from the past Battles, then he mentioned the Advisors/Mentors, Aloe Blacc (Team Adam), Jill Scott (Team Usher), The Band Perry (Team Blake), and Miranda Lambert (Team Shakira).
Cary Laine and Sam Behymer of Team Adam are the first two who will go head-to-head in a Battle tonight. Adam gave them the song “Give Me Love” to sing. Aloe Blacc gave them both good advice, and offered them tips on how to improve — he seems to me to be one of the best mentors yet on The Voice.
Cary worries that if she doesn’t get the song perfect, she could be going home. That’s been true of all of the performers, really; after the first commercial break of The Voice we’ll see which one of these two very good singers wins this Battle.
Carson Daly introduced Cary first, then Sam Behymer. Sam began the song, singing very high, but it sounded extremely good. Then, Cary joined in, and their voices blended together really well, complementing each other.
The audience started to clap along about half-way through the song. The two young ladies were gettin’ down with their bad selves.
Blake: “I thought you guys both did really good. I heard a few pitchy things. I guess it comes down to a matter of taste.”
Usher: “It really does come down to a matter of taste. You both have unique voices.”
Shakira: “Tess, you have a really unique voice, and Cary, you’re really solid.”
Adam: “I see striking similarities in your tones. You were totally even. I’d say because there’s so much power and emotion in your voice, the winner of this Battle is — Sam.”
Carson reminded the judges that Cary was available to Steal. However, Usher has the only Steal left, and he says he’s “looking for something very specific.”
Back from the commercial break, Kaleigh Glanton and Noah Lis of Team Blake will face each other in the next Battle. Who will prevail? They will be saying “Everything” by Michael Buble.
Noah said he “was floored” when he heard what the song would be. He thinks it will play to his strengths. But, Kaleigh started to add embellishments to the song, and it sounded pretty cool — though, Blake warned her that she was “getting ahead of the beat.’
Blake told Noah to “dial back” the ad-libs he was doing. Blake said that they had “no business in this song.’
As they continued to rehearse, they both started to settle in and work very well together. “At this point, it’s a dead tie,” Blake says.
Coming up after another commercial break we’ll hear how Noah and Kaleigh do, and also see which one Blake declares the winner of the Battle. He will have a tough decision to make, as they are both awesome performers.
Carson introduced Kaleigh first, then Noah Lis. They both made their ways to the center of the stage, and the Battle began with Noah singing the first lines. He did great; then, Kaleigh joined him, and they were TERRIFIC together.
The audience clapped along as they sang, and then many of them stood up during one part where Kaleigh did especially well. They looked into each other’s eyes as they sang the last few lines of the song – it was AMAZING!
Usher: “Noah, I thought that your performance was a bit too ‘lounge.’ Anyway, you eventually pulled it around. If I had to give this round to one of the two of you, I’d give it to Noah.”
Adam: “It was pretty evenly matched, but I would choose Kaleigh.”
Blake: “Kaleigh, you did a good job picking your moments. Who is the winner? I think the tie-breaker for me is that thing you just can’t teach people. The winner is — Kaleigh.” Blake said he thinks Kaleigh can go deep into this competition.
Though Noah Lis is up to be Stolen, Usher didn’t press his button. He said he’s holding out until later on.
We didn’t get to see a couple of the next pairings. Blah.
From Team Blake, Ryan Whyte Maloney went up against Cali Tucker, and the song they faced off in Battle to was “What’s Love Got to Do With It.” Blake chose Ryan as the winner.
Another Battle we didn’t get to see was Christina Grimmie and Joshua Howard of Team Adam Battled each other, singing “I Knew You Were Trouble.” Adam picked Christina as the winner.
Then, two pairs from Team Shakira “Battled,” back-to-back.First, was one we didn’t get to see, between Kristen Merlin and Lindsay Bruce. They sang “Turn On the Radio.” They both did a great job, but Shakira ended up choosing Kristen as the winner.
The final Battle of the episode was between Cierra Mickens and Emily B. They sang “Brave” by Sarah Bareilles. Miranda told them they needed to “leave their hearts on the stage.” Emily B has such a powerful voice, it might be difficult for Cierra to be heard.
We’ll get to see the last Battle of the Battle Rounds on The Voice right after another commercial break.
First, Carson Daly introduced Cierra, then Emily B, and he said “Let the Battle begin!”
They faced each other, doing as Shakira and Miranda wanted them to do — that is, they sang their hearts out. Their voices soared to the rafters, and they poured a ton of emotion into the song.Emily B hit a very high sustained note, but then, Cierra countered her with one of her own.
Adam: “That was a — dare I say — brave choice. Cierra, you had a really big last note, I’d probably go with Cierra.”
Blake: Emily had a big power note right before Cierra, so I’ll go with Emily.”
Shakira: “You both coincided. It’s hard for me to make a decision here. The winner of this Battle — is Emily B.”
Cierra is up to be Stolen — and, at the very last moment, Usher hits his button and uses his Steal on her! WOO-HOO! They are both great signers, and deserve to move on. Cierra walked up to Usher and gave him a big hug.
Carson said that next week, for the first time ever, there will be another Battle Round — Battle Round II! The opponents will have to agree on which song they sing. Also, there will be only one Advisor/Mentor — the lead singer of Coldplay, Chris Martin. Just when I thought The Battle Rounds were officially drawing to a close, what they’re really doing is entering into Phase II.
What about tonight’s episode of The Voice? Highlights for me included the Battle between Kaleigh Glanton and Noah Lis, when they sang “Everything,” the Battle between Cary Laine and Sam Behymer, were they performed the song “Give Me Love,” and the final Battle of the night on the Voice, between Cierra Mickens and Emily B, when they sang “Brave.” What are your opinions/Comments? Please leave them below!
Written by: Douglas Cobb