It may have taken six shows for the blind auditions to feature a montage, but it only took 2 before the battle rounds had one. Three battles were given the montage treatment, totaling one minute and thirty seconds of viewing time. So for Josh West and Nala Price from Adam Levine’s team; Aaliyah Rose and Savannah Leighton from Gwen Stefani’s team; and Andrea Thomas and Micah Tryba from Blake Shelton’s team—this video is for you.
For posterity’s sake, the Josh & Nala battle song was “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” by Tears For Fears; the Aaliyah vs. Savannah pairing song was “Treat You Better” by Shawn Mendes, and the Andrea-Micah tossup song was “What Hurts The Most” by Rascal Flatts. Since we only were able to hear one line of each performance in the broadcast, I’m guessing that not one of these singers make it to the live competition.
There were three battles featured on last night’s show, with complete rehearsal footage, coach dithering and the whole nine yards. So let’s recap them.
Battle #1 of the evening featured Johnny Gates and Sammie Zonana from Stefani’s team. The song choice was “I Drove All Night,” made famous by Cyndi Lauper, but performed by Roy Orbison and the duo’s guest mentor Celine Dion. The pair sound great in rehearsals, and carried that to the performance. Both singers did well, but in the end Gwen chose Johnny as the winner. I thought that Sammie might get stolen by one of the other coaches, but it wasn’t to be.
The next battle pairing featured Chris Blue and RJ Collins from Alicia Keys’ team. The singers performed “Adorn” by Miguel. I wasn’t thrilled with this performance, despite the obvious talent both singers possess. In the rehearsals, Keys told the singers to sing the song straight at the beginning, and then they could go into their ad-libs and runs. However, the two of them didn’t heed that advice, and gave performances that were filled with runs from start to finish. I’d have preferred something similar. Alicia chose Chris as the winner, and I’d have to agree, but I hope he tones it down a bit in his next performance. Collins is talented as well, but didn’t get a steal from the other coaches.
The final battle pairing featured Aliyah Moulden against Dawson Coyle from Shelton’s team. The song choice for this battle was “Walking On Sunshine” by Katrina & The Waves. The two singers brought plenty of energy to the battle, but I was undecided as to who won. My friends on Facebook picked Dawson as the winner; however Blake chose Aliyah to move on. Thankfully for my friends, Dawson was stolen by Keys.
More battles (and probably montages too) coming up on Monday.
(photo courtesy of Creative Commons via Eva Rinaldi—available for reuse).