The Voice Battle Rounds Recap: I Know Forever They'll Be Duettin', Duettin' [Updated]

The Voice - Season 6It’s time for The Voice Battle Rounds to come with a warning label: “Please ‘Steal’ Responsibly.”

Actually, maybe the show ought to consider rotating multiple kinds of cautions, like “Please Don’t Match Up Two of Your Best Singers (Then Whine About It Later).” And to the good folks at NBC, perhaps “Please Don’t Spoil for Viewers When There’s a Steal Coming Up After the Break,” as well as “Please Give Us More Than Six Complete Battles in a Two-Hour Installment (We Can Handle It!).”

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Still, despite some clunky structural woes — and the heinous snub of DeShawn Washington (which I’ll keep referencing for at least six weeks) — the overall architecture of Season 6′s initial Battle Rounds was solid. There was a glory note so enormous that it might be cast as Godzilla’s rival in a Summer 2016 blockbuster. There was Jill Scott’s dubious facial expression upon hearing the evisceration of Steve Windwood’s “Higher Love.” And we even got Adam Levine keeping a 35-year-old woman on his team. (Just when you think you’ve seen it all…)

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Anyhow, while you work on strongly worded Tweets to get DeShawn back into the competition, let me jump to a ranking of each of tonight’s Battles from least- to most-promising winner:

6. Team Usher: T.J. Wilkins defeats Biff Gore on The Temptations’ “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” (Biff stolen by Blake) | I was actually leaning toward Biff — whose tone is grittier and whose connection to the lyrics ran deeper — until the older fella broke out the squats and the high kicks and the wedding-singer dance moves. Then I just stopped caring who won. Still, I can’t believe Blake wasted his “Steal” here — when he coulda had the vastly superior DeShawn later in the episode.

5. Team Blake: Jake Worthington defeats Lexi Luca on Thomas Rhett’s “It Goes Like This” | Jake might never turn out to be a world-class vocalist, but he’s just so gosh-darn sweet — the way he hugged and comforted Lexi after their showdown, awwww! Oh, sorry, lost track of this paragraph. To be fair, the kid has a solid sense of pitch and some real authenticity in his delivery. If Blake can find ways to improve Jake’s diction and improve his stage presence, he could go deeper into the competition than one might predict on first glance.

jill-scott-the-voice4. Team Usher: Stevie Jo defeats Jake Barker on Steve Winwood’s “Higher Love” (Jake stolen by Adam) | This was a decent round, but hardly the show-closing extravaganza Carson Daly promised — although the wickedly astute Jill Scott’s resting expression of dismay (pictured) was a pretty major moment. I agreed with Usher that Stevie’s potential may not yet have been fully tapped, though the richness of his tone and his palpable enthusiasm made me root for him over Jake’s peacock-esque runs and oddly glum body language. In other words, Usher got it right; and whatever prompted Shakira, Blake and Adam to attempt to steal Jake remains a mystery to my ears.

3. Team Shakira: Dani Moz defeats DeShawn Washington on Emeli Sande’s “My Kind of Love” | And the award for Most Frustrating Battle Pairing (and Result) goes to… Mmm-hmm, I am crestfallen (with a side of enraged) that DeShawn showed such incredible growth in terms of pitch, magnetism, stage presence and believability from his “Twistin’ the Night Away” audition to his Battle — and yet nobody threw him a lifeline as he got sucked into the Season 6 undertow and disappeared. Don’t get me wrong: Dani showcased impressive pipes, passion and vocal control — but her tone wasn’t nearly as distinctive as DeShawn’s. In fact, I was convinced Shakira gave her the win because she figured DeShawn would get snatched up by a competing coach. Here’s hoping the end result stung the Colombian coach as much as it did the audience.

2. Team Adam: Kat Perkins defeats Patrick Thomson on Kenny Loggins and Stevie Nicks’ “Whenever I Call You Friend” (Patrick stolen by Shakira) | Patrick started off a little shaky on the opening verse, but seemed to pick up confidence and acuracy once Kat joined in the fun. Ultimately, though, the rocker nanny dominated the duet, hitting her big notes on the bridge with a cleanliness and precision that Patrick simply couldn’t match when he reached his upper register. It was sweet how excited Kat got when she heard Patrick being stolen, but methinks the dude is probably bound for disappointment come Knockouts time.

1. Team Blake: Sisaundra Lewis defeats Paula Deanda on Lady Gaga’s “Do What U Want” | Holy hell, this matchup was like putting a lion in a teacup poodle display down at the local pet store — not right on any level. And while Paula did a reasonably good job coloring within the Gaga/Xtina template, it was Sisaundra who took a match to the template, tossed it into the fireplace and created a raging blaze that raised the temperature in the room by several degrees. Was her approach wayyy over the top? Yeah, sure. But “Do What You Want” is the kind of madcap/obsessive jam that can support such theatrics. I’m seriously looking forward to Sisaundra’s epic glory notes, along with her shimmy-shimmy shakes, in the Knockouts and beyond. As Blake noted, “Sisaundra stands alone” — and seems pretty humble about it, to boot.

And with that, I turn things over to you. What did you think of the first set of Season 6 Battle Rounds? Did anyone deserve to get the Save and didn’t? Who gave the best overall vocal of the night? Take our poll, then sound off in the comments!

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115 Comments
  1. Riana says:

    So ends Paula DeAnda’s comeback attempt

    • CK says:

      This comment just made my night. I’m surprised that they didn’t drag it along though, I guess she wasn’t interesting enough to become knockout round fodder.

      • CK says:

        Heck, even Briana Cuoco and Nick Hawk got dragged along to be viewer porn/fodder.

        • Scott says:

          Ugg, can we as a society please agree never to bring up Nic Hawk ever again please. The only thing more befuddling than him getting stolen was how he made it into the Live Shows.

      • LizzieB says:

        Do whatcha want
        Whatcha want with my body
        Do whatcha want
        Whatcha want with my body

        What. A. Friggin. Earworm.

        But but. Paula’s not a powerhouse singer though :(
        I have to say though. It looked as if Paula didn’t even wanna try to participate in that battle. She should’ve accepted that challenge. Or at least try.
        Also. I love you Jill Scott!!! <3

        • Rivka Simons says:

          No-Paula isn’t a powerhouse singer, and they all kept saying that knowing full well it was a stretch to call her a strong singer. What Paula is- is a marketable commercial singer.

    • Foxfire says:

      Poor Paula, she was slaughtered by Sisaundra and seemed frozen in fear of her.

    • Rivka Simons says:

      She can write, so it depends upon how you define “comeback”. She may not be a big star, but that’s no indication she won’t make more money than most of the other contestants-if she gets a publishing deal.

  2. M. says:

    Jake Barker is a beautiful, beautiful man and I need him to flee from team Adam so that he doesn’t run the risk of fodder even if Adam has a decent track record with steals.
    Wish he had won though >.>

    • Timmah says:

      I thought he sounded much better than Stevie Jo.

      • Tyler says:

        Agree. But Adam did pretty well with James and Will last season so I think Jake did the right thing by picking Adam. I’m pretty sure he’ll make it to the live show.

        • M. says:

          I’m unsure if that warrants the idea that he’ll do well with Adam. At the end of the day I can only truly trust his growth in Usher’s hands since he’s right down Usher’s alley. Anyone else I’d leave it to Blake because he encourages artistic integrity and would allow Jake to do things that highlight himself even if it does end up being one trick pony-ish.

    • The Beach says:

      For someone who has never performed before the dude’s got some nice moves and stage presence. That surprised me. (and yes, he is very hot).

  3. OhMy says:

    Sisaundra Lewis really over sings. I hope that can get worked out.

    • Angie_Overrated says:

      Not sure that’s a fair criticism given the song. You have to “bring it” vocally on an Aguilera song, which is exactly what she did. If she does that on songs where it’s not appropriate, then maybe I’ll agree with you.

      • OhMy says:

        She already has. I also don’t think bringing is synonymous with over singing. She’s like a muscle car driving full tilt through a neighborhood.

        • Angie_Overrated says:

          My point being that that song was no neighborhood, it was the friggin autobahn.

          • OhMy says:

            Well, yes it is an unfortunate song.

          • Angie_Overrated says:

            Not my favorite song either, but it doesn’t change the fact that it’s meant to be sung with everything you’ve got, which is what she did. Now if she did the same on a Sarah Mclachlan song, then I’ll probably end up agreeing with you.

    • JM says:

      I’m glad I’m not the only one who feels this way!

    • Brad says:

      Did you even see gaga and Christina perform this song last year? Over singing is how this song is supposed to be sung. And in a battle round the whole point is to out sing your opponent. If you have a big voice then show em what you got.

    • CoryRox says:

      II thought she sounded a little Tina Turner-ish. I enjoyed her performance.

    • Rivka Simons says:

      Sisaundra did precisely what you should in a battle, and I would be interested in listening to anyone bold enough to criticize the way Celine Dion’s vocal director through five world tours, sang a song. Sisaundra was amazing, and more importantly, unforgettable. I have her pegged to win this season. She is exciting to watch and riveting to hear. Usher commented that he thought she did her “best” on her audition. She changed his mind.

  4. Angie_Overrated says:

    I thought for sure that Kat would be stupidly eliminated tonight. I love pleasant surprises.

    • Adake says:

      Adam has said he thinks Kat might be underestimated and could go far. The Stevie Nicks song tonight was right in her wheelhouse and she did great. Was happy for Patrick that he was stolen.

    • Tyler says:

      I thought Kat did great too. I hope she stays. But no more Kenny Loggins songs. Those type of songs don’t seem to be suitable for her. I would like to hear her do some Led Zep or Heart. No Aerosmith!

      • Angie_Overrated says:

        Yes! Led Zep and Heart would be awesome, but I’d also be ok with Aerosmith. It’s so nice to see a rocker who knows how to sing on this show. More often than not they don’t know how to sing.

    • The Beach says:

      Kat was one of my favorites from the auditions. I’m glad she did well and made it through last night. While I think Patrick has a very good voice it’s not that distinctive to me.

  5. Girl in MD says:

    I will be thinking about Deshawn throught out the whole show I was surprised he didn’t get a steal by Usher what a shame he was amazing! Agreed with all the other choices so glad Paula was not picked she was terrible

  6. Sarah says:

    DeShawn not making it through broke my heart :’-(. Sisaundra SANG that song, and is just the most gracious lady. I was so disappointed that Jake went with Adam. If Adam’s two winning seasons have taught us anything, it’s that he chooses one singer to really back ll the way to the finals, and everyone else is fodder or just good enough to take votes away from someone talented on one of the other teams.

    • Tyler says:

      I don’t know. I thought Adam backed both James and Tessanne last season. I mean, James should’ve gone during the knockouts with that horrendous performance of More Than A Feeling. But Adam kept him. And there was no way he was going to get rid of Tessanne.

    • Foxfire says:

      All the other coaches picked DeShawn as the winner over Dani Moz so I don’t understand either why none tried to steal him. I thought Dani showed a lot of improvement in such a short time and rightfully won that round, but someone should have stolen DeShawn, he had a lot of promise. Maybe there is more to the story than was shown last night.

  7. Jaszy says:

    Did anybody know that T.J. Wilkins is an actor? I knew he looked familiar! He played in a teen movie called Complicity. I saw it on lifetime like over a week ago.
    I see he wants to do it all.
    His battle round was great.

    • shenelletriplett says:

      Woooow thanks so much for reminding me that he was in Complicity! I kept staring at his face like “Where do I know this guy from??” I was so annoyed that I couldn’t place him, lol. He’s quite talented and one of the only likable characters in that movie.

  8. sheba says:

    Paula did pretty well, but if she really wants to make a comeback, she needs to develop a distinctive artistic voice rather than be a generic pop singer. In both of her performances, she sang the song in a similar style to the original artist and fumbled the falsetto. It was probably best that she go out early against a beast than drag out the inevitable. Plus, it seems unfair to deprive someone else who has had fewer career opportunities the chance to advance and get additional coaching. DeShawn did well too, but I understand Usher’s hesitancy about stealing him since he already has TJ, who has a richer tone. Interested to see what Usher’s plans are for Stevie Jo! Metal and R&B could be a cool combination if they choose the right songs.

    • Tyler says:

      Led Zep.

    • Tyler says:

      Black Keys.

    • Foxfire says:

      Loved Stevie Jo and I don’t blame Usher for choosing him over Jake. Those 2 did harmonize beautifully during the knock out round though, but Stevie Jo had more stage presence and better vocals than Jake. The fact that this was only Jake’s 2nd performance and he seems to be a very fast learner those 2 should last a while on the show. I am hoping so anyway.

  9. Adake Shusher says:

    Enjoyed the first night of battle rounds but thought they went as suspected. Was glad that Adam got Jake and that Patrick and Biff were stolen. I have to say I much prefer Christina over Shakira as a coach. Her always waiting for another coach to turn in the blinds and love affair with everything Blake (even choosing his wife as collaborator) – there is only one Blake – may be her undoing. At least Christina follows her own roots as a coach. Really like Usher and Jill Scott’s collaboration this season.

    • MC says:

      I remember Shakira turned too quickly in season four and probably garnered more than her share of duds as a result. She has decided (in the tradition of Usher and Christina herself) to listen as long as possible before turning her chair. Regarding her roots, Shakira has said on a few occasions that she started as a rocker and she still shows interest in that type of singer/artist. Lastly, there are only two judges in The Voice family who can fairly be described as “besties.” They are, as we all should know, Blake and Christina.

      • Adake says:

        Shakira almost always looked around to see who was going to hit their button and then hit it right after that. The other three coaches seemed to hit their buttons when they have heard what they needed. Shakira is a great entertainer in her own right and I wish she would bring her own latin/rock mix. And I think it’s Blake and Adam who are besties and who most make this show work.

        • MC says:

          Blake and Adam are “besties” on the show. They don’t cross paths much (if at all) in real life. Blake and Christina are “besties” in real life. Read interviews with Christina and it’s all there. Shakira does look around, but I also think she listens at the same time. All I know is she has a better team in season six than she did in season four. I would reserve judgment on her until the season is over.

  10. Roni says:

    It’s Steve Winwood, not Windwood.

  11. JM says:

    So glad a lot of people are upset about DeShawn. I thought his battle with Dani was the best. I agreed with most decisions except for TJ over Biff. I thought Biff had more heart and feeling in his performance.
    However, I did agree with Usher’s choice to keep Stevie Jo. Love him! And I’m excited to see what ideas Usher has in store for him.
    Not a fan of either Paula or Sissandra, so didn’t really care about that one. Love Kat! She’s my fav so far.

  12. shenelletriplett says:

    My favorite thing about this episode was the amaaaazing Jill Scott. Her passion and expertise are exactly what’s needed on The Voice.

    • Name This Tune says:

      Can I just say that it’s awesome to see someone actually mentor? She is wonderful and I wish thatAmerican Idol would replace Randy with her.

      • MC says:

        I thought Randy was amusing as a judge, but you have to bring something to the table as a mentor. He is beyond awful as a mentor.

  13. Ian says:

    Gotta toss in my displeasure with how The Voice does the iTunes downloads.

    1) It’s not the same performance as on the show. “The Sing-Off” gets this right, and it’s also a Mark Burnett production on NBC so I know it’s possible.

    2) For Battle Rounds, the downloads are complete separate versions of the song by each of the two artists. I loved Kat and Patrick’s song tonight, but on iTunes I can only get all Kat or all Patrick.

    3) The artists almost always play it a lot safer than on the show, so the moments you fall in love with often don’t exist in the download. That moment on the bridge when Patrick overloaded his voice and it sounded amazing as hell doesn’t exist on the download. So if I want to hear it on my iPod (and boy do I), I have to resort to other means. Similarly, a few seasons back when Amanda Brown blew the roof off of “Dream On”, the download version was nowhere near as good.

  14. Titina says:

    Loved Stevie Jo! I think he has huge potential.. Usher is the right coach for him.
    So happy he keeped him..

    • Foxfire says:

      I loved Stevie Jo and his voice as well. Can’t believe Usher was the only one who turned around for him but I missed that episode so maybe he didn’t audition well.

      • Helloall! says:

        Stevie Jo auditioned with an Usher song, so even though they were all reasonably excited about him, the other coaches decided to wait for Usher, since they probably won’t get picked if Usher turned his chair. Hope that helps.

        • Foxfire says:

          Thanks Helloall, since Stevie Jo made his preference clear I’m glad the other coaches respected his wishes. No wonder Usher didn’t want to see him go. Makes me wonder why he paired those 2 together in the first place. I do wonder what goes on behind the scenes sometimes.

          • nhf7170 says:

            I think he paired them together intending to pick Stevie because he knew Jake would get stolen. Jake has a great voice, but the runs are excessive. Listening to him, I forget there are even words. I love Stevie. He’s laid back and intense at the same time, and the genre-bending possibilities with him are limitless.

  15. polarvortex says:

    I loved Katt and Stevie Jo!I’m a metal fan so it’s nice to see someone with a metal backround as it’s not something you see too often on The Voice!

  16. Timmah says:

    I was really happy when Blake stole Biff, and I’m not even sure why.

    • Foxfire says:

      I know it was corny but I died laughing when big old Tiff was kicking that leg up in the air as if he were the Karate Kid or something. This guy is going to be very entertaining this season.

  17. kcostell says:

    “Jake [Worthington] might never turn out to be a world-class vocalist”, but if he keeps on singing the sort of music he sang tonight with the intensity he brought to it, I’d prefer listening to/watching him over many of the “better” singers who advanced tonight.

    • Sarah says:

      Totally agree with you – I get that he doesn’t have the stage presence or the glory notes of other singers on the show but he drew me in with his performance in a way most of the others didn’t. I think he’s very underrated.

      • Foxfire says:

        There’s a lot of work that needs to be done with Jake Worthington but he does have the voice needed to succeed after the show ends. For starters get the diet and exercise program into effect immediately.

    • Connie D. says:

      Jake Worthington is very enjoyable to watch and listen to, just like he is.

      His town is only about an hour away from Danielle Bradbery’s family in the Houston TX area.It wouldn’t hurt to get those two kids together for a couple of hours so Jake can be brought up to speed on how to pace himself through this competition.

  18. Timmah says:

    When they announced Lexi’s name I thought they said Lexi Luthor which in retrospect would have been a cool stage name.

  19. Quinn Carson says:

    Really liked Sisaundra, Kat, and Patrick; they kinda turned the night around for me.

  20. trimaran12 says:

    I know it’s sad sometimes to see someone good lose out in a battle round. But seriously, if they can ‘t win the battle, or get stolen in the process, they really have little chance at success in the real world. All the contestants get to go back to their lives and actual careers with a little boost. There are no tragedies here.

    • Angie_Overrated says:

      Hillary Scott from Lady Antebellum was flatly rejected by Idol on more than a few occasions. I tend to agree with what you’re saying, but often the most successful recording “artists” don’t have a lick of vocal talent. The winners of The Voice always have amazing vocal talent, but that doesn’t mean they will necessarily be successful.

  21. Terry says:

    Since they had already spoiled that Jake and Stevie Jo were going to have 3 coaches steals, I kept waiting throughout their whole performance for them to do something worthy of having 3 coaches steals, but they never did, not to my ear anyway. Oh well. My faves were the other Jake, Dani and Sisaundra.

  22. Timmah says:

    The 80s just called. They said they don’t want their bad Kenny Loggins and Steve Winwood songs back.

    • MC says:

      I don’t think “Higher Love” is a bad song. This cover of it, however, was dreadful imo. I think that younger audience members watch indifferent or bad covers of old songs and assume the song itself was always terrible. It’s not like the original artist or songwriter approved this interpretation.

  23. Kimbo says:

    You have such an acute disdain for Jake [Barker] for reasons I’m not seeing Slezak :/

    • Adake says:

      I agree with your comment Kimbo. I think Jake will do well on Adam’s team though he has a strong team. If he gets knocked out in the next round, hopefully they will have steals again.

      • Kimbo says:

        I think he has the potential to be rather brilliant. His only downfall would be that he is so similar to Justin Timberlake he wouldn’t have any space in the industry to match Timberlake.

        • Foxfire says:

          Jake has as much star quality and charisma as any singer that auditioned, not sure if his voice is the best though but I’m thinking he will win the female vote hands down.

          • Kimbo says:

            If there’s one thing that season 4 taught us is that you do not need the absolute best voice to be a masterclass singer and performer. Michelle Chamuel arguably did not have the best voice, but what she did with what she had was just phenomenal. Same with singers like Melanie Martinez, certainly not the best voice, but certainly could have been the winner.

    • The Beach says:

      Hey Slezak, don’t hate me just cuz I’m pretty.

  24. Julia says:

    I’d like Kat better if they got her out of the 14-year-old teen-goth-wannabe look.

    • Foxfire says:

      Amen to that and get rid of that horrible lip earring thing. I love her voice and want to like her but I wish she would leave the teen-goth look behind as well.

  25. Kaba says:

    Am I the only one just not that intrigued by Stevie Jo?
    I would have sooner preferred Jake won that, but I can’t say I felt Stevie won on the grounds that he has the “stronger vocals” between the two. Cause apparently that matters to the public. Notice how Usher wasn’t fixated on the strength of Stevie’s vocals (as he said once he’d made his decision), but rather his possible versatility (which could be a result of his stronger vocals).
    Something about Jake’s potential just resonates better with me and there’s a tenderness to his voice that I think nobody is paying attention to at this point. I’m willing to give him a try and I hope he proves my suspicions with his knockout performance…I can only imagine who he’ll be up against.
    I’d like to think that he won’t be fodder, but with Adam it’s thoroughly up in the air. Yes, he has been more accepting of steals going into the playoffs than the other coaches have been, but I can’t really find myself willing to get behind a coach that’s willing to throw his contestants under the bus for the sake of the one he has greater support for regardless of how far into the competition it is.
    I’d like to think that Jake will prove to be worth of a steal, if not steal back, in the knockouts if Adam confirms my apprehensions :/ meh. C’est la vie, oui?

  26. Kaba says:

    My main question would have to be…who could Stevie compete against in the knockouts besides Tj? He’s the only sensible pairing if you ask me.
    Usher has a very diverse amount of artists, he’s got country to blues rock…this should be interesting knockouts.
    As long as Bria Kelly and Madilyn Paige are going to the knockouts, that’s all the matters.
    I’m glad Usher is being significantly more conservative about his steals and actually thinking about who would best highlight his team. Can’t say that about Shakira, though I do enjoy that she’ll never go against how she feels. She’s less tactical and more about what feels right, which is a bit refreshing on the show regardless of how tactical she might try to act. She is just so genuine with all her artists it’s impossible to hate her for it. She (and Usher too I believe, though I say he takes a bit more of a calculated approach) really, REALLY, aren’t out to make their teams centralized around hierarchies. I wouldn’t say they would treat anyone on their team as future fodder. Well Usher might considering I doubt he’d let Bria go so easily.

    • Scott says:

      Knockout pairings do not matter very much, unlike the Battle Rounds where you try to pair two singers that hopefully can make good song together, I have always been under the assumption that most coaches take their four best singers and pit them against the four weakest in a NCAA Bracket seeding. The winners are already predetermined before anyone takes the stage as long as one of the favorites does not completely bomb their performance.

      • Kaba says:

        Generally the knockout pairings are done with consideration of who the coaches need for their teams. Like, if you have two soulful artists cut from practically the same cloth, you’re only looking for the best. Which is why I made the claim.
        At least in Usher’s case that’s how I’ve seen him work things out. It’s how Christina managed her knockouts last season too.

        • Scott says:

          It has seemed to me that the Battle Rounds are the place where they weed out similar artists. You can make an argument that every battle round pairings last night were “cut from the same cloth” with the exception of DeShawn and Dani and maybe Sisandra and Paula to a lesser extent. Sure some of them bleed into the Knockouts (Blake always has an overabundance of country that he narrows down to one with the exception of season 4 where he went all country), but for the most part the Knockout is about getting the four best singers to the Live Rounds.

          • Kaba says:

            I don’t really think the way the knockout rounds are designed now are designated solely for weeding out the best from the weak. If it was first and foremost about finding the best artists left there’d be 0 need to do pairings for the knockouts. The entire premise of the pairing entails that the coaches can be strategic about who they pit against who, or even cast people off as fodder.
            At this point I’m pretty much trying to say that the way the Voice UK handled their knockouts this season is the best means for finding the best artists in your group. In the UK version, the knockout consists of everyone on the team singing after one another and the coach picks the best performers rather than pit them against each other.

    • The Beach says:

      I guess I’ve become jaded after years of watching Idol so I wonder how much producer manipulation plays in the pairing of the battle round singers or if the choice is totally a coach’s decision. Sorry to sound so cynical but I’ve become programmed that way.

      • Kaba says:

        It’s within good reason.
        I feel like there isn’t with this show simply because of how coach oriented the show is already. They have a high regard for their coaches so I don’t think they’d bother control them that much.

  27. maaricle says:

    I know there are always comments complaining about how current seasons don’t live up to past ones, but it really feels that way for me re: this season of The Voice. Maybe I’m finally reacting to the oversaturation of my exposure to these singing shows, since I’m also watching idol, but I can’t even bring myself to take an interest in any of The Voice contestants this year….

    • Name This Tune says:

      We have barely seen any of them and there are 48 singers with only 3 eliminated last night I don’t think I will have any opinions until that number is reduced by 2/3 to 16. This is like Hollywood week on Idol. There’s just too many of them to care.
      Even still, I was entertained and that’s more important than anything.

      • Scott says:

        Maaricle is right, this season has been lackluster, none of the Blind Auditions moved me this season and there is usually two or three that grab me right off the bat. Then there were a couple Battles last night where they could have sent both singers home and I would not have minded. I also thinks it says a lot about this season that not one song is currently on iTunes Overall charts.

  28. Browing says:

    Upset that DeShawn did not get a steal as he was complimented by all three coaches as the better vocal. Sometimes I think all these shows are rigged in some way for some stupid reason. Shakira is ok if she would stop pulling down her way too short dresses. She’s obviously a rocker and prefers rocker women singers. I thought it was unfair and sad that DeShawn was not picked, he has great potential. I could see the disappointment in his face and too bad he didn’t say something about that in his goodbye and thank you speech. I guess they are told to be nice and gracious to their coaches.

    • Foxfire says:

      I must be the only person who thinks Dani Moz won that battle, absolutely love her voice and she is a very quick learner who I think could go far

      • The Beach says:

        Nope, you’re not the only one. I thought so too.

        • polarvortex says:

          I
          I agree! I really enjoyed Deshawn’s blind audition but felt that he fell flat in the battle round.Dani has a very strong voice and I hope Shakira gives her good song choices that play to her strengths

    • Jessica says:

      Oh, the show is definitely rigged. Read something online the other day that the show can pick and choose who they get rid of regardless of how popular they are with the viewing audience. They are made to sign “demeaning” contracts and exploited like a sex-trafficked teenager. This is part of the reason Judith Hill was eliminated last season despite being so popular.

      • Scott says:

        Judith Hill was eliminated because she chose to sing a horrible will.i.am song. No was pimped harder that season than Judith until that song. She should be lucky she even made it as far as she did because she got crushed on the iTunes chart the first live show by Amber, Sarah and Caroline but somehow advanced in a week with “voting irregularities.”

        • Emma says:

          Even worse, a will.i.am song featuring Justin Bieber. She was my favorite that season and even I couldn’t have voted for her after that. Song choice is important, it can get you eliminated. And she couldn’t even blame her coach for that one, it was self inflicted.

  29. Mikko says:

    They are all so good, that choosing between them is mostly a matter of taste. So it seems to me, because to me Dani was clearly winner against DeShawn, and I would not have even stolen DeShawn.
    And to me, Jake Worthington was the best, surprisingly.
    Sisaundra is an impressive singer, but too much for me, over the top. I liked Paula more, and I was hoping somebody would steal her.
    Kat was great, and I felt that stealing of Patrick was a wasted steal.
    Stevie and Jake were both quite good, and although I am waiting more from Stevie, I thought the winner was Jake (There was more livelyhood and creativity in his performance), so I am glad he was stolen.
    Biff was to me winner over TJ, but I would not have stolen him.

    What mattered to me is, that Jake W, Kat, Stevie (and also Jake B to see how he develops) are through – alittle bit sad because they let go Paula.

  30. Jenny says:

    Did not like how stand-offish and bitchy Paula acted… Like if she was too good to be on the show because of her history. She didn’t do herself any favors by acting like this. So glad she’s gone. Sisaundra just absolutely killed it!

    Didn’t like that Shakira picked Patrick…. Waste of a steal. But in the end u just need a few good ones so cannon fodder anyone?

    Love Usher. really brings out the best in his artists.

    Funny when they made fun if Adams sweater in the beginning.. Really don’t like his new style. In fact his sex appeal has gone down.

  31. Jessica says:

    Agree with everyone in being super disappointed that DeShawn wasn’t picked back up…thought either him or Dani (whichever lost) would have been good on Usher’s team. I thought Usher’s excuse of “I already have a similar artist” was a cop-out, but maybe I’m just too attached to the kid. That battle was one of the best i think i’ve ever heard, and wish that full battle versions of the song could be downloaded and not just the winning battle version.

  32. Ryan P says:

    Sisaundra is uber-talented, but she’s not the most enjoyable voice for me just yet. There’s a difference between being ridiculously skilled and having a ridiculously infectious voice, and if one’s voice is interesting enough, that can be more appealing than someone who can sing flawlessly but indistinctly.

  33. Kimbo says:

    Am I the only one who thinks Sisaundra is just…going to prove to be a very, very overly excessive singer? I love her voice, but I can just see her being extremely bombastic every time and never changing it up.

  34. Viajero says:

    I guess I must have really different tastes because I thought that the Dani-Deshawn battle was the weakest of the night. I don´t think either one really deserved to go through.

  35. RedInDenver says:

    Michael — Why, in your video, do you spend 95% of the time talking about American Idol? “The Voice” is SO MUCH BETTER. Catch up with the ratings, man!

    The coaches on The Voice have a vested interest in improving the singers on their team, meaning they give very good constructive criticism and offer tips on various ways to improve flaws.

    The CONTESTANTS are far superior. In particular this season: Caleb is the only stellar talent on AI; while The Voice has a ton of people who are super talented.

    The contestants on The Voice also don’t appear to have been coached to be terminally ‘cutesey’.

    Also, there’s more DRAMA on The Voice, with the battle rounds, the steals, etc.

  36. Christian says:

    They are changing the Knockouts to Battles Pt. 2, I think where each contestant is paired up and each have to sing an interp. solo of each song, and there is Chris Martin from Coldplay as the sole advisor, with 1 steal each to the Live shows.

  37. HTGR says:

    I didn’t get why Usher said T.J. was picked because he fought for it more on stage when Biff was going crazy on stage, hah, loved the kicks (and I thought he sounded a touch better too). Neither was going to win by any means but at least Biff is more entertaining.

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