The Voice stepped back into the ring for another round of musical throwdowns Monday night, so let’s get right down to business.
Jessica Childress and Vedo lit up the stage and started out the battle rounds with sheer vocal power. Singing Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out Of Heaven”, each singer overcame a few fears, and Usher said, “If they listen to the advice, it’s going to be hard for me.” Luckily, we don’t sit in Usher’s chair because the artists gave one of the most connected performances we’ve seen. As Blake mentioned, “There isn’t a right or wrong decision,” but since decisions had to be made, Usher chose Vedo. “He has what it takes to make it to the end.”
The last battle on Team Usher Monday night featured Orlando Dixon competing against Ryan Innes. The soulful sound dripped and oozed all over the stage. Usher followed Carson Daily’s direction and thought out loud for a second and Shakira helped him meditate to find his decision. The winner was Ryan. It was Adam who pushed steal and Orlando found a new team to call home.
Monique Abbadie- a four-chair turnaround- brought it with vocal range and stage presence, but Luke Edgemon hit his notes and executed an energy that had us on our feet. It’s okay to dance in your living room right? The coaches fell in love and demanded he win the battle. But Shakira made a strategic decision, “Because you seem so excited about Luke, I hope you guys steal him, I pick Monique.” She got her wish when Blake and Usher hit the steal button. Luke picked Team Blake.
Shakira’s second battle featured C. Perkins vs. Kris Thomas singing Bruno Mars “It Will Rain.” Kris lost his record-deal, but he made it through to the final rounds. As C. Perkins said his goodbyes and came to shake Usher’s hand, Usher hit his steal button with seconds to spare, forcing C.’s heart to drop.
America had a country music showdown when Blake pitted Jacqui Sandell against Savannah Berry. Each girl had to find her own path. Sheryl Crow’s advice for Jacqui was to “Open your mouth, you can hit those notes and not growl.” Savannah’s timing worried Sheryl and she fell behind in the pocket. What happened? For us, although they’re talented, one shined brighter than the other; Blake chose 19-year-old Savannah.
Duo Midas Whale’s Folk Americana turned four chairs during the blind auditions and Patrick, a blues-rocker with serious rasp plays every day on Beale Street in Memphis. Their final rehearsal with Adam took a twist when he added an aggressive, bluegrass feel to Elvis Presley’s “Burning Love.” What did you have? A hillbilly hoedown that had feet tapping, heads nodding and hands clapping. Who did Adam choose after his trio request was denied? Midas Whale moves forward. Patrick heads back to Tennessee.
There’s more amazing talent to be seen, don’t miss it! We’re tuning in tonight – are you?