Another battle round show, another montage. This one featured three more battles that were not shown in full on the air. The following artists were featured in this montage: Enid Ortiz and Valerie Ponzio, Team Blake Shelton; Hanna Eyre and Sheena Brook, Team Adam Levine; and Jozy Bernadette and Troy Ramey, Team Gwen Stefani. The winners were Ortiz, Eyre and Ramey. Here’s there 90 seconds of viewing time:
For the record, the songs performed in each battle were “Love Triangle” by RaeLynn; “Try” by P!ink, and “Angel Eyes” by the Jeff Healey Band. It turns out that the full battles are available on YouTube. You can watch them here, here, and here.
As for the battles shown in full, here’s how they went:
The first battle of the evening pitted Josh Hoyer and TSoul from Team Blake. The song choice for the battle was “In The Midnight Hour” by Wilson Pickett. Both guys performed well; well enough that I thought the loser would be stolen. Blake chose TSoul as his winner, but Hoyer did not get stolen. Weird, because he was good enough to be taken by another coach. But with only four steals left (Levine had both of his, Stefani and Shelton each had one), no one jumped to take on Hoyer.
Alicia Keys’ team had their first battle pairing of the night with Autumn Turner and Vanessa Ferguson. Their song was “Killing Me Softly With His Song” done by Roberta Flack, but using the Lauryn Hill version performed with the Fugees. I personally would have preferred the Flack version because I think it showcases the voices better, but I’m not the music director. Anyway, I thought that Ferguson was just a bit smoother and better than Turner during the performance, and Keys agreed. Turner was stolen by Levine.
The next battle to be shown featured Johnny Hayes and Julien Martinez from Team Adam. Their battle song was “Hard To Handle” first performed by Otis Redding but covered later by The Black Crowes. There was a lot of squalling and screaming in this battle. I couldn’t tell who I thought won; Johnny seemed to struggle with the words, and Julien didn’t have a lot of range. When Julien ended the song with a scream, it called back his performance from the blind auditions, where he did the same thing and got Adam to turn for him. However, it didn’t work this time around, as Adam chose Johnny as the winner.
Next up for Team Gwen were Caroline Sky and Stephanie Rice. The pair performed “The First Cut Is The Deepest,” by Sheryl Crow, but written by Cat Stevens. This battle featured singers with two distinct voices. Sky’s more angelic, smoother tone took on Rice’s grittier vocal style. Both were good, but I liked Rice just a little bit better. Stefani agreed, picking Rice as the winner. Sky will remain in the competition though, as she was stolen by Shelton.
Kawan DeBose and Malik Davage from Team Adam were the next artists up, and they performed “Love Me Now” by their guest mentor, John Legend. Rehearsals were poor, as neither singer seemed prepared, but they worked most of their issues out for the battle performance. I thought their battle performance was better. DeBose has range for days and a wonderful falsetto voice; Davage brought energy to his performance. I thought the loser would be stolen, but again I was wrong: Levine chose Malik as his winner and there was no steal for DeBose.
The final battle on the show was for Team Alicia, and featured Hunter Plake and Jack Cassidy. The duo performed “Dancing On My Own” by Robyn, but recently covered by Calum Scott. In what was perhaps the best battle of the night, both artists sounded great. Alicia was given a tough choice after this one, but she went with Cassidy. Both Stefani and Levine pressed their buttons to steal Plake, but in the end, the singer chose to go to Team Gwen.
The last battles air tonight. Adam Levine is the only coach with a steal left, and I’ll bet they save it until the end of the show. Once the battle rounds are complete, the knockout rounds begin. If I recall correctly, each coach gets one more steal during that round.
(photo from Creative Commons via Eva Rinaldi—available for reuse.)