On Tueday’s final battle round episode of “The Voice,” the coaches finally completed their teams. Well, sort of. The teams of 10 are complete insofar as the contestants won their battles or were stolen by another judge.
But starting next week, the knockout rounds begin, prolonging the show even further into pre-recorded territory before we finally move onto live shows in November. What does that mean for us? Hopefully another wardrobe change, which would give us just a third costume change for the coaches in, oh, eight weeks.
So here’s how the coaches rounded out their last slots.
First Christina Aguilera faced Brooklyn waitress Adriana Louise against Disney kid Jordan Pruitt. She gave them Katy Perry’s “Hot & Cold” to sing, and had to warn them early on against sounding too much like Katy Perry. The battle was so cute, though Jordan was a little bit cuter. Adriana had a tendency to shriek on her wildly high notes, but those are what Christina connected do, and she chose Adriana.
Blake Shelton regretted giving up his last steal yesterday, because he said he would have stolen Jordan. “There’s a break in Jordan’s voice during her runs—I never heard anything like that,” he said.
Next it was Team Blake’s turn. He pitted 15-year-old Kelly Crapa against 16-year-old Michaela Paige in order to make his guest mentor Michael Bublé and me and everybody else feel old. Kelly is a green country singer; Michaela, with her hot pink Mohawk, is a much more seasoned punk girl. And pretty early on, Blake told us he was going to go with the more seasoned singer.
Kelly definitely tried to come out of her shell for the battle, even going so far to punk herself up with some Morse Code-like geometric patterns crimped into her hair. But even though Blake insisted he could hear a country artist like, guess who, his wife Miranda Lambert singing this song, Kelly was just out of her element. Or at least, not as much in her element as Michaela, and Michaela is who Blake chose to win.
Adam Levine had some great feedback: “It was like the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. Kind of like a musical pillow fight.”
Finally, Cee Lo Green gave Avery Wilson and Chevonne “Titanium.” Avery is the 16-year-old singing prodigy, who sounds like Usher without the auto-tune. Chevonne is a backup singer for Lady Gaga (and who looks kind of exactly like Lady Gaga). Chevonne really was amazing, hitting some super high notes pretty authoritatively. But Avery is transcendent.
Cee Lo said he was going for the whole package, and that was Avery.
Christina, in her feedback, commended Chevonne for her stage presence. “Avery could take lessons off of you,” she told her. So when it came time to steal, Christina, a fellow high-note singer, snagged Chevonne.
It was so sweet when Chevonne told Christina that her version of “I Turn to You” was the first song she ever sang, “the first time I felt strong.”
So with the teams complete, we got a quick explanation of the knockout rounds: next week each artist will perform against another one on the song of their choice. The matches will be revealed to them by the coaches as a surprise. We got one preview: Cee Lo is matching Avery Wilson against Daniel Rosa.
And in each match, only one artist can stay and one has to go. Which means we are probably going to lose adorable huggable sweet Daniel Rosa. Sniff sniff.
At the end of the Knockouts, each coach will have just five teammates, before we head into live shows November 5. After that, it’s all knockout rounds, until Avery probably wins the whole darn thing.