The final battles were shown on last night’s episode of The Voice. Thankfully, there were no montages; just three (I thought there would be four—there were actually four spots left, but only three battles left, because of Blake Shelton’s remaining steal) battle pairings. One each from Team Blake, Team Alicia Keys and Team Adam Levine. So, let’s get to it.
The first battle featured Austin Allsup against Preston James from Team Blake. Austin sang “Wild Horses” during the blind auditions, while Preston sang “Nobody To Blame” by Chris Stapleton. However, Preston’s audition was featured in a montage, which wasn’t a good sign. Blake gave the pair Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Bad Moon Rising.” While I liked the slowed-down tempo, the performance was just ok. If I wasn’t watching and had my back to the television, the two of them sounded very similar. I would have had a hard time telling which one was singing. Their harmonies were a bit off in places too. Blake chose Austin, which made sense; almost no one makes it too far if they were in a montage.
The second battle of the evening featured Gabriel Violett taking on the sister duo Whitney & Shannon from Team Alicia. Gabriel sang “Treat You Better” by Shawn Mendes, while the ladies sang “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac in the blind auditions. Alicia gave them Extreme’s “More Than Words” as their battle song. It was beautifully done. Gabriel’s falsetto worked well with the sisters’ exquisite harmonies. I was afraid the sisters would overpower Gabriel, but he more than held his own. I figured Alicia would pick Whitney & Shannon, but I was hoping Gabriel would be stolen. Alas, I was half-right: Whitney & Shannon moved on to the knockout round, but Gabriel was not stolen. A shame really; but the CET (Crack Editing Team) likes to edit the shows so that the last steal remains at the very end of the show.
The last battle pairing featured Bindi Liebowitz against Brendan Fletcher from Team Adam. Bindi sang “Bust Your Windows” by Jazmine Sullivan, while Brendan sang “Jolene” by Ray LaMontagne during the blind auditions. Adam gave the duo “Home” by Marc Broussard as their battle song. There really wasn’t a whole lot of suspense to this one, it was just a question of who would Adam keep and who would Blake steal. As for the performances, I think they were both ok. Adam preferred Brendan, while Blake stole Bindi to finish the battle rounds.
Heading into the knockout rounds, each coach has eight artists left. Here is the listing for each coach:
Team Adam: Riley Elmore, Billy Gilman, Brendan Fletcher, Nolan Neal, Simone Gundy, Ponciano Seoane, Jason Warrior, Dave Moisan
Team Alicia: Christian Cuevas, Wé McDonald, Michael Sanchez, Belle Jewel, Shannon & Whitney, Kylie Rothfield, Courtnie Ramirez, Sa’Rayah
Team Blake: Sundance Head, Dana Harper, Gabe Broussard, Josh Gallagher, Austin Allsup, Courtney Harrell, Karlee Metzger, Bindi Liebowitz
Team Miley: Ali Caldwell, Sophia Urista, Darby Walker, Aaron Gibson, Maye Thomas, Josette Diaz, Lauren Diaz, Josh Halverson
Each of the singers’ battle round performances can be found in this post, as well as here, here and here. Just a note: a few of them may be included in montages, so you won’t be able to view their full performances.
photo from Creative Commons via Eva Rinaldi (available for reuse).