Team Cee Lo – James Massone and Wade singing True Colors
After hearing Cee Lo announce this battle, I agree with him that this could be really good. Both of these guys have an R&B sound, though I feel Wade has a stronger voice and James has a more radio friendly appeal about him. During practice James was nervous about not knowing the song, but after taking the time to learn it, during rehearsal with Cee Lo, they moved him to tears literally. His final words of advice: live it, love it, and just be in the moment. Listening to both of them sing the song, it was sweet, kind of reminded me of a 90’s boy band, if you combined Aaron Neville with Lloyd. I am a huge fan of Wade, but a couple of his mistakes were more apparent than James Massone’s.
Adam: James Massone
Blake: James Massone
Xtina: James Massone
It came down to Cee Lo’s decision. He was very impressed by the change in James’ attitude. With Wade, Cee Lo felt he was too nervous. Again, Cee Lo became emotional. He openly admitted he was a little biased with Wade, wanting to make Wade “Soul Brother #2”. The Winner: James Massone.
Team Adam – Nicolle Galyon and Mathai singing Love Song
Adam picked a song that seems catered to Nicolle because of the piano, but Mathai is a big favorite this season. As Carson narrated that Adam had said he believed in her, my heart sank. LOL. I just remember Adam putting his stamp on another artist this season and she was cut. Mathai was a good catch for Adam’s team though. During practice Nicolle TOWERS over Mathai, which I thought a little funny. The piano scenario didn’t work, and Mathai was right in saying that it was a big part of the advantage Nicolle had over her. For the Battle, Nicole opened up and sounded sweet but nervous. Then Mathai busts in no holds barred.
Cee Lo: Mathai
The decision is Adam’s and he said he wasn’t really happy with it in general, that it was better in rehearsal. The Winner: Mathai.
Team Xtina – Moses Stone and The Line singing Satisfaction
This battle is one I have been eager for. I didn’t know who Xtina was going to pair Moses against. I already felt bad for whoever because going against the first mc on The Voice seems like an automatic death sentence. Obviously, The Line wanted a song that was more Country. Moses seems at a disadvantage because he isn’t a singer, but he has a decent voice, especially when he gets the high notes. Jewel did not have a satisfied look on her face while The Line were singing. She wanted them to not give the impression they were a wedding band. Xtina said The Line has great harmonies and vocals, but they needed to perform more. I think its crazy and maybe sometimes The Coaches struggle with remembering that the show is called The Voice because sometimes even when your voice is amazing, when the person you are battling has such awesome stage presence, your voice gets lost in a flurry of movement. I wonder why The Line didn’t use their guitars. If Xtina wanted more from their performance, their performance includes guitar, so maybe that would’ve worked to their advantage. For the battle, both groups started off really strong. Moses took the first verse, and it was good. The Line took the second verse and they came in strong. Their vocals were on point. The harmonies sounded really good. But it also felt like they were Moses Stone’s background singers in a rap song.
Cee Lo: Moses
Adam: The Line
(he said because the TV show is called THE VOICE and that is what he is focusing on. I think Adam appears to disagree with the decision of having Moses as an MC on the show. But Adam, in all his defense of trying to keep the integrity of the show judging solely on THE VOICE has made decisions to allow people through to the live rounds based on performance, not necessarily The Voice. I feel using that line is weak.)
Blake: The Line
The final decision is Xtina’s and she immediately defends Moses by stating The Voice doesn’t have to be this specific thing on the show, not an over the top vocal, or straight country, soul or R&B. Cee Lo lends his agreement with a “mmph. Preach.” The coaches are clearly divided by this issue: BROMANCE (adam and blake) vs SOULMANCE (xtina and cee lo). The Winner: Moses.
Haley looked pissed.
Team Adam – Karla Davis and Orlando Napier singing Rich Girl Easy Like Sunday Morning
Karla Davis is a country singer and Orlando is a blues guy, so this is an interesting pairing. Adam quickly changes the song from Rich Girl to Easy Like A Sunday Morning. We soon were introduced to Bertha, Karla’s inner big girl. LOL. Bertha needs a little more work, but I think Karla is on the right track with her coach and advisor. Orlando’s advisor Robin Thicke made a point I felt was very cool. Vowels are were the strength of the voice comes from. Very dope. During this battle, I liked the shirt that Orlando was wearing. The song sounded very much like Orlando’s type and he did really well singing it. I wasn’t a fan of Karla’s background vocals. Then she came in with her verse, and she has an interesting style that sounds like she could break out of the country and venture over to singer-songwriter. She reminded me of Winona Ryder on stage, if Winona sings. She has this awkward sexiness about her.
Blake: voice Karla/performance Orlando
Cee Lo: Orlando
The final pick goes to Adam. He says that Orlando is very specific, but Karla has blossomed. The Winner: Karla.
Team Blake – Jordan Rager and Naia Kete singing I’m Yours
Jordan had a hard time with singing harmonies. He wasn’t hitting the notes and it appeared to really frustrate him. Naia was giving too many vocal tricks at first and Blake suggested she tone it down until the end of the song. During practice with Naia and Jordan, Jordan showed out and was hitting all of the harmonies in all the right places. And it clearly impressed Blake. For the battles, Jordan sounded better than Naia for this performance. His voice on this song wasn’t spectacular, but he had cool moments where I could hear the potential. Naia had a verse that just didn’t sound her best. Her energy was there, but the notes weren’t.
Cee Lo: Naia
Final pick goes to Blake. He was surprised by Naia’s vocals because he expected her to be right in the pocket since the song seemed to be catered to her. Jordan impressed him. In the end The Winner is: Naia. In the back, she was sad that she won by experience and not by her vocal performance. I know that she will take this battle with her into the live rounds and rock it out.
Team Cee Lo: Tony Vincent and Justin Hopkins singing Faithfully
The battle of the Family-Men. They both have really great voices. I loved both of their blind auditions. During practice, this duet brought Cee Lo to tears. Tony started the battle, with a sweet tone. Then Justin came in with that rasp. This was a perfect song for the two. This is one of my favorite battles from this season. Its an emotionally charged song. I felt like I was at a rock concert. And when that electric guitar came in towards the end… SWEET BABY JESUS.
The final pick rests with Cee Lo. He becomes emotional all over again. He agrees with Xtina’s thoughts. The Winner: Tony
The Battle Rounds are over! 24 people made it to the Live Rounds which air on NBC, 4/2.
Are you satisfied with the coaches’ decisions tonight?
What can you do? LOL.
Its great television and a great singing competition.
If you disagree with any decisions, do your part to support your favorite artists, because its not the end of the road for any of them.