The Voice wrapped up the battle rounds on a pretty boring note. The coaches finalized their teams, and we said goodbye to six more singers I barely remembered. You could tell the coaches weren't really feeling any of the performances either but they had to get through them like the rest of us.
Team Cee Lo
Cee Lo's team was up first, he had James Massone sing against Wade with Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors." As we found out during rehearsals, this song moves Cee Lo to tears, which is why he chose it, but James didn't even know it. How old is this kid again? Did he not have to sing it in an elementary school recital like we did? Anyways, Wade wasn't as lost as him but it took the two a while to really get into the song. I thought the performance was a little boring considering how good their voices are. Cee Lo was impressed by James' confidence, which helped him to go on to the live rounds. He picked James!
Cee Lo also had the last team to compete, Justin Hopkins vs Broadway boy Tony Vincent. It was a no brainer to pick a big rock ballad like Journey's "Faithfully" for these two, but this was another match-up that was pretty easy to predict.
Again, Cee Lo got a little verklempt watching his boys sing. He has a lot of feelings, okay?! Adam and Blake thought Justin was more consistent throughout the performance, while Christina pointed out that Tony could be a bit more diverse with his vocals. This could have gone either way, but Cee Lo agreed with Christina and Tony won this bought.
The final two singers from Adam's team were Nicholle Galyon and Mathai. They got to sing Sara Bareilles' "Love Song" which should have been an easy song for them to tackle but Nicholle struggled with not being able to hide behind her piano and was a little intimidated by Mathai. I wasn't all that impressed by Mathai's voice because I feel like there were enough singers in the competition that had her sort of pixie sounding voice. Nicholle came off a bit flat, especially at the end, and the two had no chemistry on stage. You could tell they were just trying to get through it. Adam said he was a little let down by the overall performance, but he sticks with Mathai.
Adam's second and last match-up was between Orlando Napier and Karla Davis. I think Adam puts the most thought into what song he chooses for his singers, but it has to be frustrating for all of them when they have a contestant that doesn't know the song at all. Adam picked Hall & Oates' "Rich Girl", an awesome song, for them to sing but Orlando had never heard it and both of them had trouble with it. So he switched it up with Lionel Richie's "Easy" but that ended up a challenge for them as well. Neither of them did really well here, but Karla had the better voice and seemed to get over her insecurity a bit. I have to agree with Christina, the whole thing was just "lackluster." Adam goes with Karla.
Xtina's last battle put Country duo The Line against rapper Moses with the Rolling Stones' "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction." This was the only sort of exciting battle of the night, if only because I wanted to see if Moses would freestyle during the breakdown of the song. He didn't disappoint, but Christina had to remind him during rehearsals not to crowd Leland and Haley. The only interesting thing about The Line is that the two used to date, and Jewel told them to try to let people know that they are more than just a wedding band. They got rid of the guitars during the performance but Moses kind of stole this one from right under them. Christina went with Moses.
Blake saved his most different singers for last. Country boy Jordan Rager sang with street performer Nala Kete. The song choice, Jason Mraz's "I'm Yours" already put this in Nala's favor. Jordan was nervous about doing harmonies but I was impressed with how completely different he seemed on stage. I think the two complimented each other, but Adam and Christina leaned more towards Nala. I thought Blake would have for sure went with Jordan who is pure Country, but he surprisingly goes with Nala.
So we have our Top 24, and next week America will get to vote on who goes on. That might make for a more interesting competition. So far I think Christina has the best singers on her team, but of course the other coaches' teams could pull up an upset.
Written by: Brittani