One of these days, I’m going to have a nightmare about The Voice Battle Rounds.
A tiny teenage diva bludgeoning a spritely, bespectacled competitor with a glory note — or a baseball bat. A twentysomething country stud choking out a musical barista with a deft bit of harmony — or his guitar strings.
It’s not so crazy, really. I mean, the entire “Phase 2″ of NBC’s reality singing competition takes place inside a wrestling ring filled with screaming, chanting fans trying to will the outcome one way or another.
Yep, the Battle Rounds are anxiety-inducing — even if, once in a while, they result in some genuine musical magic.
On that note, let me jump to a ranking of each of tonight’s Battles from least- to most-promising winner:
3. Team Shakira: Clarissa Serna defeats Jeremy Briggs on Foreigner’s “Cold as Ice” | Two strong albeit not exactly distinctive vocalists, though if I’m being honest, I might’ve preferred the way Jeremy’s voice cut through the room more than Clarissa’s occasional affectations.
2. Team Adam: Delvin Choice defeats Caleb Elder on Aloe Blacc’s “The Man” | An utter mismatch, with Delvin nailing the fleet rhythms and rounded, soulful notes as Caleb gasped and spluttered like a fish on the dock. But it was nice of Adam to pretend to deliberate.
1. Team Usher: Melissa Jiménez defeats Brittnee Camelle on Melanie Fiona’s “Give It to Me Right” (Brittnee stolen by Adam) | It’s an odd phenomenon, but all too often on The Voice, attractive straight-up-the-middle pop divas seem to fall a little short in the pitch and passion department. And while I’m not 100% this battle broke the mold on the former consideration, I did love the way Melissa brought extreme sass to the lyric and piercing accuracy to her upper register. (Her rehearsal bangs, however, were not the look.) Brittnee, whose tone is a little fuller, struggled when she wasn’t full-on belting. Which is why I’ve got to give a slow clap to Usher for making the right choice.
Shown in Vrrrrrry Brief Snippet Version
Team Shakira: Ddendyl defeats Lindsay Pagano
Team Blake: Megan Ruger defeats Ria Eaton
Team Usher: Morgan Wallen defeats The Brothers Walker
And with that, I turn things over to you. What did you think of the second 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!