Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The Voice Battle Rounds Get 'A Musical Ass-Whooping'

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Photo: NBC
"The Voice" got fiery last night. Coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green stepped up their games as the second round of battle rounds continued.

Xtina and Green had a particularly strong night with one of the best performances and a steal (respectively).

Here's how it went down:

Team Christina Lights It Up
The first performance of the night came from Aguilera's pop rocker Jacob Poole and "Cough Syrup" singer Matthew Schuler, who got the fastest chair turn in "Voice" history during his blind audition. The competition was tight from the start with Poole feeling at home with the "Light Em Up" track and Schuler taking the high notes to shine.

Guest mentor Ed Sheeran revealed he was "most excited" about this battle, and for good reason. The pair attacked the "machine gun" pace and complimented each other onstage. Levine called it a "musical ass-whooping," and Green noted that "no average artist can perform that at that pace and keep the intensity." In the end, Schuler won the round but Poole got a big nod from Shelton, who revealed they all messed up since Poole only got one chair turn during the blinds.

The Tigress Roars
When Cee Lo Green paired the fiery Kat Robichaud with gospel singer R. Anthony to take on Aerosmith's "Don't Want to Miss a Thing," you didn't quite know what to expect. During rehearsals, Miguel advised Anthony to tone down the runs because too many of them become "disingenuous." Although the battle was neck and neck, Robichaud's intensity clearly outshined the gentler Anthony. Xtina called Robichaud a "tiger" and Levine admitted being the "only idiot that didn't turn around" for her during blinds. While both were "original works of art," Green chose Robichaud the winner.

Baby On Board
Team Blake closed the night with Monika Leigh facing off against single father Ray Boudreau with the song "Some Kind of Wonderful." From the get, Cher advised Ray to work on his range, telling him "You should be able to know that you can do it" and told Monika to be consistent with her riffing, sassily telling her, "You sing it different every time." While the soulful Leigh kept up with the energetic Boudreau, coaches sang the father's praises. "There's a difference between singing and 'sanging!' And you can 'sang' Ray," Green told him.

Although the decision was hard about who to keep, Boudreau's baby girl broke the tension, screaming out her dad's name at the most opportune time, and with that endorsement, Shelton kept Boudreau, leaving Leigh up for the steal. Her heartfelt thank you hit a chord with Green who snagged the soul singer for his team.

Other winners of the night included Team Cee Lo's Cole Vosbury, who beat Lupe Carroll; Team Blake's E.G. Daily took Sam Cerniglia out of the race and Team Adam's Ashley DuBose who won against Justin Blake.

"The Voice" battles will continue next week.

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