Last night on The Voice, the battle round continued. Six battles were shown in full, and another three were relegated to the dreaded montage. Please know that your recapper/blogger tried to get all the songs from the montage, but unfortunately I was unable to get one of them. I did get all the names though. The results of the montage battles were as follows:
Dana Harper vs. Tarra Layne (Team Blake Shelton) song unknown. Winner: Dana
Belle Jewel vs. Halle Tomlinson (Team Alicia Keys) singing “Bennie & The Jets” by Elton John. Winner: Belle
Simone Gundy vs. JSoul (Team Adam Levine) singing “You’re All I Need To Get By” by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell. Winner: Simone
Got video if you want it. If you can tell me the song that Dana and Tarra sang, let me know in the comments.
As for the six battles that were shown in full:
Leading off the night were Johnny Rez and Nolan Neal from Team Adam. Johnny sang “Iris” by the Goo Goo Dolls in his blind audition, while Nolan sang “Tiny Dancer” by Elton John in his. The battle song was Peter Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer.” I love this song, so I was intrigued to see how the battle would go. To me, Johnny sounded more relaxed, while Nolan seemed to push harder, making it look like work. Both approaches worked though, and the battle was close. In the end, Adam chose Nolan as the winner.
Battle number two featured Darby Walker against Karlee Metzger for Team Miley Cyrus. Darby previoiusly sang “Stand By Me” by Florence + The Machine, while Karlee sang “Samson” by Regina Spektor in their auditions. Both contestants sang “Brand New Key” by Melanie; an inspired choice by Miley to say the least. Inspired by what, I’m not sure. Anyway, once again it was another performance that I thought Miley enjoyed more than I did. Overall, it was okay—I didn’t hear any glaring errors, but I wasn’t moved by either performance. Miley chose Darby as the winner of the battle, but Karlee was stolen by Shelton.
The third battle of the night paired Blaine Long against Josh Gallagher for Team Blake. Blaine sang “Have A Little Faith” by John Hiatt, while Josh went with “Stay A Little Longer” by the Osborne Brothers in their blind auditions. “Stranger In My House” by Ronnie Milsap was the song choice. Blaine was at a bit of a disadvantage, as he wasn’t familiar with the song, but by the time he got to perform, he did very well. Josh was by far more comfortable, and gave a more assured performance. While I thought Blaine did well enough that if he lost he would be stolen, that wasn’t the case. Josh was chosen by Blake to move on to the knockout round.
The fourth battle pairing of the show featured Josh Halverson and Kylie Rothfield from Team Alicia. In their auditions, Josh sang “Forever Young” by Bob Dylan, and Kylie sang “Wherever You Go” by One Republic. It turns out that Kylie and guest mentor Charlie Puth were classmates at Berklee College of Music. Alicia gave the pair of artists “House Of The Rising Sun” by the Animals. I swear someone always sings this song every season, but I do agree with Adam that it is a difficult song to sing. Both singers brought the heat to this one, but in vastly different ways. Josh’s vocal was very haunting, while Kylie showed off some serious range, despite a shaky note at the beginning. In what was a very close contest (at least to me), Alicia chose Kylie. Josh was stolen by Miley.
The next battle featured Christian Fermin against Gabe Broussard for Team Blake. Fermin sang “Brother” by Needtobreathe, while Broussard sang “Lonely Night In Georgia” by Marc Broussard in their blind auditions. Fermin’s blind audition was not seen in its entirety, he was in the first montage of the season. That should have been a bad omen; usually if you are in a montage, you don’t hang around for long. Blake gave the two young singers “The Reason” by Hoobastank. I was impressed with Fermin’s voice, but the coaches were a bit more impressed with Broussard, particularly since he is fifteen years old with a voice that belies his age. Blake went with Broussard as his pick, making my prediction come true for Fermin.
The final battle pairing of the evening featured Aaron Gibson and Sa’Rayah from Team Miley. Aaron sang “Losing My Religion” by R.E.M. and Sa’Rayah sang “Drown In My Own Tears” by Ray Charles in their blind auditions. Miley chose the song “I’ll Take Care Of You” by Beth Hart for their battle. The song and the singers performance of it made this the battle of the night; both Aaron and Sa’Rayah were outstanding. While watching, I expected a steal to be coming, and there it was: while Aaron was chosen by Miley as the winner, Sa’Rayah was stolen by Alicia, as the singer picked Keys over Blake Shelton.
The teams stand as follows after Monday’s battles:
By my count there are four battles left, and Blake has the only steal remaining.
If you watched the show or any of the videos, did you see anyone that stood out? The battles conclude on tonight’s show.
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