The Battle Rounds are continuing on The Voice this week, and we’re right in the thick of it. There have already been a fair number of steals, so the coaches are starting to get a little stingy with them. They aren’t as likely to hit their button for everyone they wish didn’t have to leave the show.
Up first tonight is Team Blake Shelton with his advisor Gwen Stefani. It’s Adam Wakefield taking on Jared Harder. Gwen notes that Adam already comes across as such a natural, while Blake thinks Jared is still learning who he is. They have a great back and forth battle with Adam on keyboard and Jared on guitar. Adam Levine can see Adam Wakefield going out on tour with the Allman Brothers tomorrow. Adam makes Blake Shelton think of the word character, both in voice and because he looks like one. The difference is experience, so the winner is Adam.
Pharrell Williams is working with Sean “Diddy” Combs as an advisor. This battle will be between Emily Keener and Jonathan Bach. Diddy tells Jonathan not to be premeditated with the emotions and tells Emily that her emotion has to match her performance. They sing “Explosions,” and he has a nice falsetto while she has a nice tone. While Blake Shelton thought Jonathan made it more theatrical, he connected more with Emily. Pharrell explains that while it wasn’t in Emily’s wheelhouse, she continues to push, so he chooses to move forward with her.
Daniel Passino and Kristen Marie will be battling it out for Christina Aguilera and her advisor Patti LaBelle. They’ll be singing Adele’s “Turning Tables” which is interesting because Kristen sounds so much like her. Patti thinks she has a beautiful tone but loves Daniel’s range. In their battle, they are as promised. All the judges lean towards keeping Daniel. Christina decides to go with the singer who is more sure of themselves and what they want to be, and that’s Daniel.
Up next for Team Pharrell are Abby Celso and Brian Hnira. They’re singing Maroon 5’s “Sugar.” Diddy notes that the way they deliver it will make the song more impactful. Both he and Pharrell want them to bring more emotion into it. They do better with that in the battle, but their version still pales compared to Adam’s. All the judges think Brian should be the winner. Pharrell believes they both should stay in the competition. He mentions putting his faith in others and chooses Abby.
It seems like Pharrell picked Abby because he knew one of the others would pick up Brian and felt if he reversed it that Abby would go home. Sure enough. Adam and Christina both push their buttons for Brian. Adam says he’d be on a pedestal on his team, while she says she knows what to do with him. He picks Adam.
Adam and his mentor Tori Kelly work with the next pairing, Caroline Burns and Mick Schiavo. Adam knows he has great instincts from when he played with him at his audition. He wants Caroline to have more confidence. They sing “Like I’m Gonna Lose You,” and she seems nervous and a little immature in her emotions. The judges differ on who had the better performance. In the end Adam goes with the one who he sees more potential from, and that’s Caroline.
The last pairing of the night is between Alisan “Curly Sue” Porter and Lacy Mandigo for Team Christina. They’ll be singing “California Dreamin’.” Patti says Alisan has a powerful voice while Lacy can be a hot mama vocally. In the Battle, both are incredible, but you have to give it to Alisan in the end. Blake thinks they’re two different types of vocalists, so they’re hard to compare, but he thinks Lacy needs more time. While Christina is moved by both of them, the winner is Alisan. And just when Lacy starts to walk off, Blake steals her.
There are just a few more Battle Rounds left and one steal before the Knockout Rounds begin next week.
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