'The Voice' Recap: The Final Battles
Tensions run high with six final spots left to fill
Tensions were high out of the gate on this most recent episode of a thus far stellar sophomore season of "The Voice."
Even so, the first two "battles" were actually somewhat shrug-inducing, so-so affairs. Cee Lo, that lover of '80s fare, assigned a tried-and-true '80s nugget, "True Colors." Brought to tears during the rehearsal, the money was on Wade going in, as Boston boy James Massone was a bundle of nerves. It was unanimous, however, when all was said and done: Massone brought it and took the prize. Then Levine, ever the lover of the more recent stuff, had Nicolle Galyon and Mathai perform "Love Song." The mentoring was mild, with Alanis Morissette continuing to need a translator. Levine himself dubbed the sparring a letdown, ultimately selecting Mathai to move forward.
Next up ... an upset. It wouldn't be "The Voice" without one, right? Christina put country duo The Line up against Moses Stone, two total opposites as far as style, genre and pretty much everything else, and Shelton summed it up perfectly when he called the result "pretty weird." The judges were unanimous in their support for Leland and Haley of The Line, but XTina chose ... Moses! It was a stunner, with Haley even refusing to comment to the cameras immediately afterwards.
When Levine returned to finish rounding out his team, the choice of song, the Hall & Oates classic, "Rich Girl," was inspired, especially considering soulful Orlando Napier being one of the contenders. He went up against Karla Davis, and when the song suddenly changed to "Easy" by the Commodores, Napier was ecstatic, stating "it favors me because it's soul." Google some Darryl Hall, buddy. Perhaps that's why Davis bested you ... although this was a damn close one -- exactly what Shelton said as he wished Levine luck in making his decision.
Speaking of Shelton, his final pairing was Naia Kete and Jordan Rager tackling Jason Mraz. Honestly, (for me anyway) the "coming up" moment where we got a glimpse of the Tony Vincent/Justin Hopkins bout overshadowed this performance. Still, Kete took it.
And then it came. Tony Vincent versus Justin Hopkins. Cee Lo kept the '80's coming: Journey's "Faithfully," which he called "epic." The guy was brought to tears during a rehearsal again! You just knew something special was coming. A Broadway veteran (Vincent) against a true bar-band guy (Hopkins) -- this was heavyweight territory; theatrics versus throat, respectively. Justin got two out of the three judges' seal of approval ... but not the one that counted most: Cee Lo's.
Next week "The Voice" goes live, and being on your best behavior might be some of the contestant's only savior.
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"The Voice" airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.
I have know the Massone family for 30 years. I used to do Karaoke with James' grandfather. We could not be more proud of James ! Good Luck !
I am sorry to say that The Voice is starting to be a disappointment...the songs selection has been so boring, just ballads..why??? and the judges picks...upsetting!! The Line did a way better job than Moses, are you deaf Christina? but even worse when Blake picked the little blonde country girl. I never understand Alanis Morrisette 'advise', and what the hell Jewel has to do with Christina? at least Sia is way more talented!
They need to step it up! ... and I am also tired of watching the judges with the same clothes for a month, it doesn't matter if they recorded everything on the same day...Christina's hat is annoying!
not fair to showcase professionals against amateurs.......seems that the coaches are more in favor of winning the voice than the talents of the performers........