Till now, “Voice” coach Christina Aguilera seemed to be extra choosey about taking on another coach’s rejects. But high school student Alessandra Guercio was the one who finally made an impression.
Originally on Adam Levine’s team, Alessandra’s performing arts training and big pop belt seemed to be a mismatch for the judge. Adam paired her with Kayla Nevarez, whose softer voice has an indie tinge perfectly suited for the Maroon 5 frontman.
During rehearsal it was immediately clear that Alessandra was a bit too composed for a guy like Adam. She’s a perfectionist from the musical theater world. Adam, and his helper Mary J. Blige, told Alessandra that she needed to relax a bit and not be so right on all the time on Katy Perry’s “Wide Awake.”
You could tell letting go was hard for Alessandra. Leading up to the battle, she kept saying how hard she was working to get it right — basically that she had to really perfect letting loose. Not a good combo.
In the battle, Alessandra came across as forceful, while Kayla had a few pitch problems. But Adam said he felt an insecurity from Alessandra, and chose Kayla.
Christina seemed to identify with Adam’s feedback more than with Alessandra herself, but that’s beside the point. Telling Alessandra that “I come from something called the ‘Mickey Mouse Club’… I wanted to be heard… I think you deserve that experience, too,” she pushed her button for the steal.
“I just want to support you,” Christina told Alessandra. “No woman should feel not confident on any level.” Definitely some inner issues Christina is working out here, but Alessandra will take it.
There were no other steals Tuesday night, and now only Christina and Blake each have one available steal left.
The show only highlighted two other battles on this episode. In Blake Shelton’s Liz Davis vs. Nicole Johnson, two country girls battled for the affections of the country coach, who outfitted them with his wife Miranda Lambert’s “Baggage Claim” in his search for the “new generation female country attitude Miranda Lambert-type pissed off.” That’s actually a new Billboard chart.
Blake’s guest mentor Michael Buble told the girls to “destroy them.”
Both girls sounded almost identical, and Blake took his time trying to make up his mind. “Whenever you can, let us know,” host Carson Daly told him.
Because Nicole had a couple of moments of losing her breath, Blake finally chose Liz.
Cee Lo Green pitted subway singer Emily Earle against Harry Potter-esque Mackenzie Bourg on Owl City’s “Good Time.” It was a cute and upbeat battle, but neither contestant really stood out in their singing. Mackenzie, however, stood out in his style, if nothing else. And his incredibly loud and jubilant family made sure he stood out in audience support. In the end, Cee Lo said Emily had mixed emotions, so he went with Mackenzie.
In other speedy recap moments, we got a glimpse of Cee Lo choosing Mycle Wastman over Ben Taub; Adam choosing Michelle Brooks-Thompson over Adanna Duru; and Christina choosing Laura Vivas over Beat Frequency. Sad that we didn’t get to watch in full the last battle with a duet (Beat Frequency), but duets never make it past battles on this show anyway, so I guess it wasn’t suspenseful enough. Now the only suspense left is who else can convince Christina to push her button one more time.