The Voice: Battles, Night 2

Monday night’s battles were so good that Tuesday’s show had a lot to live up to, and sadly the battles didn’t quite do it. Last night’s show was a one hour affair, which caught me by surprise; I was expecting another two-hour extravaganza. There were three battles shown in full, and another three featured in a montage. I barely got the names of the artists who were in that montage, and we only got to hear a few words of the songs they sang. To sum it up, here were the battles in the montage:

Elia Esparza vs. Ponciano Seoane (Team Adam Levine) doing “Tenerife Sea” by Ed Sheeran. Winner: Ponciano

Charity Bowden vs. Josette Diaz (Team Miley Cyrus) doing “She’s Got You” by Patsy Cline. Winner: Josette

Khaliya Kimberlie vs. Maye Thomas (Team Miley) doing “For What It’s Worth” by The Cardigans. Winner: Maye

Here is the video of the montage. I’ll leave my grumbling out of it, but you know I was doing it.

I’m betting those battles might have been better than the ones we were able to see during the broadcast. Then again, maybe the CET (Crack Editing Team) knows best.

As for what we were able to see: the first battle of the night pitted Lane Mack against Sophia Urista from Team Miley. Mack sang “Everyday I Have The Blues” in his blind audition, while Urista sang “Come Together” by the Beatles in hers. Miley gave them Pink Floyd’s “Money” to sing in their battle. An interesting choice, but I’m afraid to say that both singers struggled a bit with the song. I think it was a choice that did neither singer any favors, and judging from the video I saw, Miley enjoyed it way more than I did. Cyrus had to pick a winner though, and she chose Urista.

The second battle of the evening pitted Courtney Harrell against Ethan Tucker from Team Blake Shelton. Courtney sang James Bay’s “Let It Go” during the blind auditions, while Ethan performed “Roxanne” in a reggae style during his. Blake chose John Mayer’s “Gravity” as their battle song. This battle was much better than the first, and it was close. I was impressed with Ethan, more than I was during his blind audition. I thought Courtney handled the transitions better and was much smoother. After the coaches oohed and ahhed at Ethan’s voice, Blake chose Courtney to move on to the knockout round. After all that praise, I would have thought a coach would have stolen Ethan, but it didn’t happen.

The last battle of the evening had Dave Moisan against Michael Sanchez from Team Alicia Keys. Moisan sang “Sex And Candy” by Marcy Playground (in the Maroon 5 arrangement) in his blind audition, while Sanchez did Bill Withers’ “Use Me.” Alicia chose “Valerie” by Amy Winehouse for their battle. This particular battle had a wrinkle in it; both singers played the piano during the performance, which I thought was cool. As for the singing, once again another singer sounded better than in the blind auditions, and it was Michael this time. Dave showed why he got a four chair turn in his audition, he was never less than very good. In what was the most entertaining battle of the night, Alicia chose Michael to move on. Adam, upset that he missed out on Dave in the blind auditions, stole him after the battle was over.

To see the teams as they currently stand, click on the link below:


If you watched the show, or looked at any of the videos, did anyone stand out to you? Were you as upset about the montage as I was? Leave your impressions in the comments.

photo from Creative Commons via Eva Rinaldi (available for reuse).

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