‘The Voice’: The Battle Rounds Wind Down

by | October 23, 2013 at 8:13 AM | Recap, The Voice, TV News

Olivia Henken on "The Voice" (Photo: NBC)

The Battles wound down on Tuesday night’s “The Voice,” with final match-ups that pitted the few remaining stragglers into odd combinations that had more to do with matching eyewear than vocal compatibility.

Team Cee Lo: Jonny Gray Vs. Shawn Smith
The first arbitrary pairing, this one of two military guys, was Cee Lo Green’s first match of the night. Cause you can’t have more than one vet on your team, that would be redundant, right? In this case, Jonny (of the Air Force) is a rocker and Shawn (of the Army) is country, so not a great match, but Cee Lo taps into their passion for “liberty and freedom and justice” and gives them Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ “Refugee.” A red-genie-suit-clad Cee Lo admits he’s a product of military school himself, and now I get his hankering for strict color coordination. Shawn overdoes the screaming growl that is supposed to equal rock singing. Jonny’s pretty good though. Cee Lo tells Sgt. Shawn (aka Big Sexy) “you command me” but Jonny gives the Air Force a win.

Team Adam: Barry Black vs. Preston Pohl
Human trumpet Barry, and Christian band dude Preston aren’t brothers, though it really looks like they are related as they walk down the “street” toward the sprawling “Voice” compound. Same height, same thick black frame glasses, it’s kind of uncanny. Adam Levine says he paired them because “they both come from the same place.” Interesting. He gives them the Temptations’ “I Wish It Would Rain.” Barry wants to do the trumpet, ahem, flugelhorn, Adam advises against it, he does it anyway, and that’s the most awesome thing about his performance. The second most awesome thing about the performance is Cee Lo completely cracking up with delight at the trumpet. Preston, though, sings like and old soul pro. Adam compared him to Otis Redding when he picked him as the winner. Cee Lo could have had Barry take his last Steal and give him endless hours of trumpet pleasure, but he passes.

Briefly, we get snippets of other Battles. Blake Shelton advanced Holly Henry after she heeded Cher’s advice to open her eyes, and country guy Brandon Chase. Cee Lo moved Tamara Chauniece on to the Knockouts.

Team Xtina: Olivia Henken vs. Stephanie Anne Johnson
A tax preparer vs. a cruise singer: Christina Aguilera says she paired them because “both have sassiness and spunk,” and not because they are the last two people left in the entirety of the Battle Round. She gives them one of those awful angry, stompy country songs that don’t have melody, The Band Perry’s “Done.” So basically it’s about who’s angriest. And since Olivia doesn’t want to go back to working at her grandma’s tax office, I think she might have a little more motivation. But I love Stephanie Anne, she’s so cute in those polka dots! Cee Lo and Adam both like Stephanie better, but Blake says he has to go against the grain. “Because Olivia looks like your wife a little bit?” Adam asks. Or maybe because Blake’s the only one on this panel who cares what this song actually sounds like. Christina picks Olivia the winner, which I think was more a gift to Cee Lo for his last Steal than anything else. The other coaches act all surprised like it wasn’t time for Cee Lo to complete his team, finish off this Battle Round and move on to the Knockouts next week. Which it is! See you back here next week for the last slaughter before live shows!

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