S2E8: Like a butterfly breaking out of its cocoon, The Voice says goodbye to the battle rounds and once again transforms into the live rounds Monday, April 2. Before the world has its say, the night of March 26 offered the final round of battles to set the teams of six for coaches Adam, Cee Lo, Christina and Blake. A country duo was sent home in favor of the show's first MC, a blonde beauty stepped away from her piano and Cee Lo was brought to tearstwice!
Body Shop vs. Baby Boy
"Maybe I just don't have that much confidence in myself." - James Massone
"Which is a serious problem." - Ne-Yo
James must have taken a shot of confidence or at least 5-Hour Energy before the battle because the young Italian Stallion brought it and will not be heading back to the family body shop anytime soon. WADE, one of the youngest competitors at age 18, didn't show his age at first, compelling Babyface to say he found maturity and calmness in the young man from Alabama, even comparing him to Al Green. Initially nervous, James eventually won over Ne-Yo and during the final rehearsal, Cee Lo broke down a bit with an "I surrender." During the battle, James appealed to Cee's fashion sense with a matching red jacket (embroidered with a JM), sounding like Justin Bieber while WADE came up a little off-key. Choking up again, Cee Lo admitted he had planned to move WADE forward to the live rounds but James changed his mind.
Nursing School vs. No More Piano
"Ultimately, this isn't a piano contest, this is about my voice." - Nicolle Galyon
And ultimately, the voice won the battle not for Nicolle but her opponent Mathai, the young lady determined to postpone a career in medicine. The piano-playing hottie Nicolle wanted to start off the battle on the keys but Adam quickly nipped that in the bud and tossed it off stage. Mathai's unique, fluttery voice had Alanis Morissette predicting the young girl is destined to make it, while Robin Thicke said Nicolle's voice was adorable and sounded like ""morning coffee on the veranda."" With a song like "Love Song," Nicole was worried about losing her weapon, the piano, but she started off smoky and confident in her leggy purple dress. Mathai interrupted the battle with her unusual, childlike vocals and stole the show. Adam chose her hands down.
Hip-Hop vs. Honky Tonk
"Moses and THE LiNE is such a kick-ass, interesting experiment." - ChristinaThe Rolling Stones ain't got nothing on Moses Stone. The Voice's first MC came up next against the country duo THE LiNE singing "Satisfaction," a classic Stones jam. This was the MC's chance to be an artist not just a rapper and after working with Lionel Richie, he was more than capable to bring that hybrid quality. Jewel didn't pull any punches with THE LiNE, telling them she didn't want a wedding band and even touching on their failed relationshipouch! Moses came out with versatility like Drake while THE LiNE didn't just harmonize but went back and forth, which impressed the coaches. In the end, Christina picked the more unique choice that a nation can get behind.
Team ChristinaMoses Stone
Ashley De La Rosa
Bertha Vs. Boring
"Bertha is the big girl inside me, I can take Bertha" - Karla Davis
This was the first battle where coach Adam, or any coach for that matter, came in and changed the song during rehearsal after it just wasn't working. Eventually the smooth jam "Easy" was the battle anthem for Orlando Napier and Karla Davis. Our boy O-Town was relieved because he knew nothing about the Hall & Oates song that Adam originally picked. Alanis wanted Karla to really belt and aim for those high notes, even creating an alter ego Bertha for the shy girl. Similarly, Robin Thicke wanted Orlando to draw out his vowels more. The battle in general was slow and not one of the show's best. The coaches seemed a little bored with the lack of action and Adam went with the "budding" Karla.
Pure Country Vs. Pure Hippie
"Miss Naia, this song was just very natural for you." - Cee Lo
Jordan Rager, the youngest singer left at age 17, went up again the street performer Naia Kete and her five-foot long dreadlocks. Blake rebelled against his country roots and picked a song "I'm Yours" that fit Naia's reggae style. Jordan struggled with harmonizing and with going out of his comfort zone from the very start. Even with his obvious reservations, Jordan got to meet his favorite singer Miranda Lambert and started to pick up steam heading into the battle. But the song was just too tailor-made for Naia and she stole the show. Her second verse blew the crowd and the coaches away.
Broadway Vs. Dive Bars
"Bringing tears to Cee Lo's eyes, incredibly humbling. It means we are doing the song justice." - Tony Vincent
Cee Lo was really feeling sensitive and teared up on more than one occasion. Tony brought his theater background and work on Broadway up against Justin Hopkins, the former band frontman when the two took on "Faithfully," by Journeyone of Cee's all-time favorites. The gritty sounds of Justin really impressed Ne-Yo and would eventually really push Cee Lo to the limit when choosing a winner. Tony brought his classic high notes, which showed he has more range. It really was a great way to end the battle rounds and the two went back and forth so effortlessly. Justin forced Tony to really bring it at the end and the panel was definitely taken aback by the show. Cee chose the man with the superior versatility.
Team Cee Lo
The battle rounds are officially over and the four coaches each feel like they have the best, most unique teams of six to really take this thing all the way to the end. How do you feel about the teams? Are you excited for next week and the live rounds? Will you be voting? Let us know in the comments section below.