The Voice Review: Always a Good Time
The Voice gave us three worthy battles in one hour this week. We might not always agree with who the coaches choose as their winners, but isn't that part of the fun?
Let's take a look at who won the battle, who lost the battle and who was stolen by a new coach on Tuesday night's The Voice...
Team Blake - Liz Davis vs. Nicole Johnson - "Baggage Claim"
The Battle: Both of these girls are in Nashville trying to make it. I was in Nashville for the past two years. How did I not see them around? In all seriousness though, during the practices Blake basically said he was looking for someone to be the next "my wife." As for the actual performance, I was surprised at how much more I like Nicole Johnson (I thought they would have been pretty even). Maybe it was that earlier discussion about Liz's nasal sounding voice, but she just seemed off in comparison. It might be that her sound doesn't fit on a Miranda track, and therefore Nicole sounded that much better because of it.
My choice: Nicole
Blake's choice: Liz
Battle Grade: A-
Team Adam - Alessandra Guercio vs. Kayla Nevarez - "Wide Awake"
The Battle: Adam states that Alessandra is more studied, while Kayla is more natural. All else being equal, wouldn't you be more likely to keep the natural talent? That contestant is probably easier to help improve throughout the competition. The entire beginning of their performance sounded really off paced. I'm not sure if one was throwing it off for the other, or if it was both of their faults, but it didn't sound right. Once they got into the groove of the track, it sounded better. Alessandra, specifically, surprised me with how much better she was than in practice, but I still think I'd go with Kayla based on her great tone.
My choice: Kayla
Adam's choice: Kayla
Battle Grade: B-
Steal: Xtina has let so many singers slip by her steal because they weren't the right fit for her team, but she steals Alessandra because no girl should lack confidence? Strange.
Team Cee Lo - Emily Earle vs. Mackenzie Bourg - "Good Time"
The Battle: I am all for helping a performer get over a crutch like having to have an instrument on stage with them, but in this round? I feel like that is something you do down the road when the contestant has already made their mark on America. Fortunately, Mackenzie did fine out there on stage...well that is if you could get past that ridiculously awkward jumping up and down both he and Emily did. This was a difficult matchup, because I don't think the song was in either of their respective wheelhouses. Since I could get enough of that little crack in Emily's voice, I'd have to give it to her by a hair.
My choice: Emily
Cee Lo's choice: Mackenzie
Battle Grade: B
Other battles that went down, but we didn't get to see were:
Team Cee Lo - Mycle Wastman defeated Ben Taub
Team Adam - Michelle Brooks-Thompson defeated Adanna Duru
Team Xtina - Laura Vivas defeated Beat Frequency
Who impressed you most? Who impressed you least? And are you getting tired of the battles at this point?
Dan Forcella is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.