Episode Recap: Season 5 Battle Rounds, Part 2

The Voice - Season 5

Tuesday night means four more battles on The Voice. With coach Blake already out of steals, and Christina having used one of hers already, that means there’s only five steals remaining over three more evenings of head-to-head matchups. Will any of tonight’s losing artists get their second chances? Let’s see how the fight card stacks up.

Jacob Poole vs. Matthew Schuler (Team Christina)

The Song: “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light ‘Em Up),” Fall Out Boy
The Training: Advisor Ed Sheeran is impressed by both artists, and thinks “whoever can hit the high note better should always take it.” Christina doesn’t want Matthew to be “overzealous” and dominate the duet. In the second rehearsal, Matthew changes one thing he did differently the day before, and neither Ed nor Christina are in favor of the change, with Christina thinking it sounded “like a mistake.” She says she liked it better the first way, and he takes that advice to heart. Still, both artists are “superstars” in the eyes of their coach.
The Battle: These two perform this particular song really well; in the beginning we’re not sure if they’re going to sing together or get into a fistfight. They trade off seamlessly, and both of them have solid stage presence, more than entertaining the crowd. Vocally, they each hit their share of high notes in performances that are impressive throughout, especially considering the pace of the track they’re singing.
The Verdict: Cee Lo thinks this is one of the show’s best battle rounds, but doesn’t name a favorite. Adam calls it “a musical ass-whupping” and thinks Jacob came up to Matthew’s level, but sides with Matthew ultimately. Blake agrees, saying that he was waiting for “someone’s nose to start bleeding,” and adds that he was more impressed by Jacob since Jacob was only a one-chair turn in blind auditions. That brings things back to coach Christina, who doesn’t surprise anyone in picking Matthew. Adam and Cee Lo opt not to use one of their steals on Jacob, sending him home even after that amazing effort.
Our Thoughts: Matthew’s strong performance was expected, given how people might still be raving about his audition. But Jacob did everything he could have possibly done to win the battle. He cannot be faulted at all. It’s a shame that he’s got to go home after raising his game the way he did.

Kat Robichaud vs. R. Anthony (Team Cee Lo)

The Song: “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing,” Aerosmith
The Training: Cee Lo wants to see their “personal connection” to the song, and what kind of emotion they can use. For R. Anthony, that means thinking of his wife and children; for Kat, it’s drawing on her late father. Advisor Miguel suggests that R. Anthony pick and choose his vocal runs. Cee Lo is looking for more roar and rasp out of Kat, and Miguel adds that she needs to build to a big moment in her performance.
The Battle: Both artists do a good job of making the song their own in various ways, but with a ballad like this, what we’re all waiting on is the showstopping moment. Kat finds hers hitting some crazy notes, and while R. Anthony doesn’t quite reach those heights, he plays off her very well and the soul in his performance is evident. Similar to the battle between Grey and Nic Hawk last night, it’s a case of the more unique voice versus the more straightforward one.
The Verdict: Adam says his biggest regret from auditions was not turning around for Kat, but doesn’t offer a favorite from the battle. Blake sides with Kat, positing that she even checks the mail with intensity (and watching Blake open an imaginary mailbox is pretty funny). He awards the win to her. Christina compliments both artists but doesn’t give a name, so it’s 2-0 Kat before we get to coach Cee Lo. He refers to Kat as “a natural…disaster” (in a good way!) before selecting her.
Our Thoughts: Also not a surprise. Kat had the more unique voice and she does have an intensity that could be very interesting in later rounds, especially when coupled with the crazy things Cee Lo sometimes comes up with for his artists. Again, the songs that she chooses or that get chosen for her are going to be a big factor, because she clearly has the performance ability – so now there has to be material that can show the vocal talent that needs to go with it.

Monika Leigh vs. Ray Boudreaux (Team Blake)

The Song: “Some Kind of Wonderful,” Grand Funk Railroad
The Training: Blake matches these two artists for their similar bluesy sound. Ray’s volume overpowers Monika initially, so advisor Cher warns her that she’s got to rise to the occasion. Ray struggles with the high notes, since the song is already high for him to begin with. At second rehearsal, Cher tells Monica “you sing it differently every time,” and worries about her consistency. It all leads to Blake saying that he has no idea what might happen in the ring.
The Battle: Ray’s voice initially sounds like a better fit for the track, but by the first harmony, it’s anybody’s game. Monika certainly doesn’t have a volume issue during the battle proper. A little more interplay between these two would’ve been nice, but their voices sound plenty pleasant together and they do a solid job of evoking the fun energy of the original song. With each of them finding moments to shine, there’s no clear winner by the end of this performance.
The Verdict: Christina thinks that Ray was more consistent, but Monika surprised her; she doesn’t pick a favorite. Cee Lo thinks that Monika got lost in the moment, and he also doesn’t give a specific choice. Adam compliments both artists and he, too, doesn’t make a choice either. Will anyone help Mr. Shelton out?! Blake makes a crack about not knowing the difference between DVR and VHS before he deliberates. “Trying to get her to do the same thing twice is like herding cats,” he says of Monika. Ray’s adorable daughter tries to get Blake’s attention and steals the show for a moment – and maybe it worked, because Blake saves Ray. However, Cee Lo comes in to save Monika.
Our Thoughts: This one could’ve gone either way. Monika has talent, but as was pointed out by Cher and later by Blake, she’s not as consistent as Ray. And consistency isn’t overrated; the competition needs artists that you know are going to deliver every week for America’s vote. However, it’ll be interesting to see what Monika does for Cee Lo.

Battles Not Televised

Three battles didn’t make the cut for broadcast on Tuesday: Cole Vosbury vs. Lupe Carroll (Team Cee Lo) on “Africa,” E.G. Daily vs. Sam Cerniglia (Team Blake) on “Something To Talk About,” and Ashley DuBose vs. Justin Blake (Team Adam) on Christina and Blake’s duet “Just A Fool.” Cole, E.G. and Ashley advanced, and no steals were used in these battles.

Final Statistics

Stolen: Monika Leigh (Team Blake to Team Cee Lo)

Eliminated: Jacob Poole (Team Christina), R. Anthony (Team Cee Lo), Lupe Carroll (Team Cee Lo), Sam Cerniglia (Team Blake), Justin Blake (Team Adam)

Steal Counter: Team Adam has 2 steals remaining, Team Blake has 0 steals remaining, Team Cee Lo has 1 steal remaining, and Team Christina has 1 steals remaining.

Battle rounds continue Monday at 8 PM ET/PT.

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3 thoughts on “Episode Recap: Season 5 Battle Rounds, Part 2

  1. I really like all the new music, this season, but geez, why edit out “Just a Fool?” That ranks right up there with Moses Stone’s blind audition for stinking editing decisions. I would have liked to have seen Adam’s approach to coaching that one. (Fume. And yes, he obviously knows not 1 but 2 country songs – that and “Honey Bee.”)

    1. I’ve given up on hoping NBC will stop montaging people in blinds and battles. My gripe is that if this is what they’re going to do, why not at least make the full versions available online? If you remember NBC’s remake of American Gladiators from a few years ago – they didn’t show every event, but there was a tease that would say during the show to go to NBC.com for full footage, and it was always there. I don’t see why The Voice can’t do the same thing.

  2. BTW – did you see any of the “After the Battle” clips on YouTube? It looks like the new backstage interviewer (formerly Christina Milian) is…Terry McDermott (?) (!)

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