I've been a bad, bad recapper. I skipped last Tuesday's show, although I have to say we didn't miss much, but Monday night's episode more than made up for that. It's the next to last Battle Rounds, with Adam and Christina putting together four of their best singers for the two best battles. [Editor's Note: In Brittani's defense, The Voice wasn't even aired on the west coast--at least not in Seattle, due to local political debates.]
Team Cee Lo
Alexis Marceaux and Daniel Rosa went head-to-head on Adam Lambert's "What Do You Want From Me." This wasn't the best song choice for either of them. Alexis' classical training made it hard for her to really get into the groove of the song and Daniel worried he wouldn't be able to hit the notes in the song. Alexis was oddly supportive of him, not understanding why he was doubting himself and thinking he had the advantage because he has already been on the show.
Daniel sounded better during the final rehearsals, maybe Rob Thomas telling him his nerves made his voice sound more vulnerable helped, and Cee Lo getting a little pissed him. Daniel said he didn't "want to sound bad," which was just honest, and while I didn't think him or Alexis sounded "bad" they weren't all that great either. This is a very shouty song and I think Alexis got a little lost in it. She actually started off the song standing behind Daniel. Blake and Christina gave the battle to her, but Cee Lo goes with Daniel because of their connection. No steals for Alexis.
It was old school vs new school with Nicole Nelson and Brandon Mahone. Adam picks "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" as their song, a perfect duet song for their voices. Brandon notes that Nicole had "no weaknesses," which freaked him out a bit. I don't think Brandon had anything to worry about but he let himself get intimidated. Adam told him that he needed to believe in himself more during their sit-down and he bonded with Mary J. Blige over their shared story of trying to make it for their families.
Nicole took Adam's advice too literally though. During final rehearsals he told her that "less is more" and I think she held back too much during their performance. There was room for some big notes for her but she didn't go for it. Blake and Christina liked her though, with Cee Lo calling the battle evenly matched. Adam picks Nicole and makes sure he hugs Brandon who unfortunately had no steal opportunities.
After this we got a montage of the unseen battles. Team Adam had Brian Scartocci vs Loren Allred, with Loren taking that one. Joe Kirkland went against Samuel Moulton, getting to stay on his team. From Blake's team, Cassadee Pope, who was kind of a stand out during auditions, defeated Ryan Jirovec.
Finally, Christina had 15-year old MarissaAnn and 20-year old Devyn DeLoera sing En Vogue's "Free Your Mind." I love this song, didn't love that she gave it to them. I mention their ages because apparently this was a big factor in who the other coaches thought won the battle. The girls have very similar voices, which is probably why Xtina put them together, and she was looking forward to the vocal cat fight. I liked the way they started the song off , same arm movements and everything but this wasn't as good as it could have been. Now I really don't think age factored in anywhere here, even though Adam was still blown away by the fact that MarissaAnn is only 15. That may have been why Christina wanted to give Devyn another chance, MarissaAnn and all the letters in her name still have a number of years to go. That left her available to be stolen by Blake who adds her to his team.
So Christina has the last steal, which I'm sure we'll see happen on Tuesday night. Blake said he was being a little stingy about using his so we'll have to see who Xtina chooses to give her last one to. Did you enjoy the little singing we got to hear before the Presidential Debate? (Or directly after if you live on the left coast.)
See y'all tomorrow!
Written by: Brittani