The Voice Recap: Head-to-Head Games

Questions that raced through my mind during Tuesday’s installment of The Voice:

Is Pharrell the most altruistic celebrity in the history of reality-singing competitions? Why is Blake Shelton utterly charming — even when he’s shanking his opponents with a shiv fashioned from clumped-together Starbucks straws? And did I suddenly develop a knee-jerk love of underdogs or were all of Tuesday night’s steals on The Voice superior to the opponents who vanquished ’em?

To be honest, it’s hard to come to any solid conclusions after a two-hour telecast packed with a half-dozen Battles featuring at least five or six vocalists with the kind of talent to inherit Craig Wayne Boyd’s crown and sash ‘stache.

Still, though, it seemed to me as though The Falsetto Behind 1,000 Hooks often chose the lesser his two artists — at least when he thought the more talented vocalist might prompt a competing judge to hit his or her button for a Steal.

And yes, while I was jarred by the viciousness of Blake’s pitch to Meghan Linsey — in which he pointed out how Adam had three of the final four artists in The Voice‘s seventh season, yet “managed to screw the pooch” for all of ’em and lose to Blake’s country fella — it still somehow felt congenial, collegial and well within the confines of NBC’s shiny, happy talent show.

With that said, let me get to ranking tonight’s Battle Rounds in order from least- to most-promising winner:

6. TEAM ADAM: Blaze Johnson defeats Michael Leier on “Rude” | This utterly pedestrian duet was like a glass of tepid tap water served midway through a stellar five-course feast. It’ll take major improvement — or a calculated decision by Adam to advance a pawn for voting-round sacrifice — if Blaze is going survive past the Knockout Rounds.

5. TEAM BLAKE: Cody Wickline defeats Matt Snook on “How Country Feels” | I agreed with Adam that Matt’s vocal was stronger, but Cody’s superior charisma evened out the matchup — leaving Blake to choose the younger guy who’s just a buzz cut and a tighter Henley away from possible heartthrob status.

4. TEAM PHARRELL: Paul Pfau defeats Meghan Linsey on “Don’t Let Me Down” (Meghan stolen by Blake) | Halfway through this Battle, my ears relegated Paul’s sweet but indistinctive voice to the background, the better to focus on Meghan’s head-to-toe raspy testimony. When Blake jokingly said he “wouldn’t pick Meghan” as the winner — despite clearly favoring her — it was clear Pharrell was going to sacrifice her in order to make sure both halves of his matchup survived. And while that might make him the worst strategist in the competition, it also makes him the most artistically pure, no?

3. TEAM PHARRELL: Anthony Riley defeats Travis Ewing on “Get Ready” (Travis stolen by Blake) | Anthony’s a total beast — he possesses a big, utterly accurate voice with a keen sense of rhythm — but there’s a slightly affected showiness to his phrasing that leaves me a little cold. Travis’ smoke-infused instrument — while not quite as muscular — better communicated the earnestness and urgency of the lyrics. If Blake didn’t merely choose him as cannon fodder, Travis could go Top 10 — or higher.

2. TEAM XTINA: Sonic defeats Ameera Delandro on “Masterpiece” | The most mismatched duo of the night found the tremulous, terrified Ameera transforming into a dishrag with which the confident, booming Sonic wiped the floor. The latter chica might want to avoid Jessie J going forward — the similarities are almost too striking — but her spot-on pitch and vocal dexterity definitely moved her up a few notches in my personal Season 8 pecking order.

1. TEAM BLAKE: Sarah Potenza defeats Hannah Kirby on “Gimme Shelter” (Hannah stolen by Pharrell) | No one is ever going to top Merry Clayton’s background co-lead vocals on the Stones’ original, but damn these ladies did their darndest. Sarah’s thick, sometimes gruff tone really suited the subject matter, but some of her rhythmic choices drained the song of its inherent drama. (She’s pretty groovy, though, don’t get me wrong!) For my money, Hannah’s maniacal banshee attack of the melody was the more effective approach — and if Pharrell doesn’t saddle her with one of his “unique” arrangements or pit her against Tonya Boyd-Cannon in the Knockouts — she could be one to watch.

Your turn. What did you think of Night 2 of The Voice‘s Season 8 Battle Rounds? Who were your faves? Take our polls below, then sound off in the comments!

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  1. mamamitzvah says:

    WOW!! Plenty of good singing to go around. It will be hard to mess up this season. And no Daniel Seavey to make us squirm :)

    • JT says:

      The Battle Rounds are definitely my favorite part of the show. The performances are crazy good as the contestants really feed off each other. I also really like how they sing together — two voices in harmony are just awesome.

      • Tom22 says:

        The Voice seems to hit more and more stride with this each year. The “Duet” round is really what it’s become with almost all the singers understanding their chance to advance is greatly higher if they cooperate with the person they’re singing with. That’s both due to building a better fan with a better over-all sounding performance than if both singers stepped each other AND the increase in numbers of saves in this round (from zero in first season ?) so there is a very good chance both singers will go through if they’re very good..
        It was a very good show last night. The Voice is firing on all cylinders . Seeing the time with the contestants in practice and the charming coaches and guest coaches is as good a part of the show as the performances themselves which all turned out very well too.
        Very entertaining musical TV.

    • bobsaccamanna says:

      I sure hope you are right, that it will be hard to mess up the show because ITA about the good singing. To date for me this has easily been the most entertaining season for The Voice, between the amazing amount of talent, and the chemistry of the mentors, the two hours fly by every night. So many good choices I am not going to even try to list favorites until the narrow it down but in terms of just last night, Hannah and Meghan really stood out, and Monday night it was Joshua. I never usually like to do the Idol/Voice comparison, but the separation in talent this season is startling, really does make Idol seem like a high school talent show.

      • bobsaccamanna says:

        Oh and FYI Michael, I love Merry Clayton as well, but check out Lisa Fischer, who sang back up for the live Stones shows for a number of years. She gives Merry a serious run for the money.

      • gregk says:

        I watched Meghan and her fiance at the time, Joshua Scott Jones, perform as Steel Magnolia and win season two of the television talent show Can You Duet in 2009. Meghan gave a memorable performance that I well remember after six years. After winning the show, the duo signed a recording contract with Big Machine Records, and released its debut single “Keep On Lovin’ You” in August 2009, which was a Top 10 hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.

    • as says:

      Daniel Seavey has finally allowed me to put IDOL to rest (except Reality Check Michael Slezak) Idol is nothing more than a badly scripted tween reality TV show at this point whose judges Harry are non-judges and nothing but producer pawns for advancing cute little tweens for the chosen viewer demographic. America votes as they’ve been edited and lead to vote by Evil Harry and gang. Not an authentic fair comment from the lot in what is supposed to be a singing competition.
      GO PHARELL !!!!!!!

      • bobsaccamanna says:

        and to make matters worse, according to spoilers, Daniel has been voted into the top 12. The show becomes unwatchable when someone like Daniel keeps getting voted along, and at the same time receives accolades from the three judges despite the fact that every single post I have seen about last weeks show mentions how horrible Daniel was. Are the three judges hearing something different than the thousands of people(along with Melinda and Michael) watching at home. Or are they purposely pimping Daniel in an effort to keep a cute white boy alive in the competition. Either way it’s despicable, and relegates Idol to the level of a high school talent show, paling in comparison to The Voice.

        • Tom22 says:

          People posting here and at MJ’s have been far more negative than what I’ve heard about Adam and also about Daniel other places. The negativity is so fierce it makes it uncomfortable for people to even say something good about them. Clearly people are voting for them despite the crowd here that seems to emphasize different aspects of stage performance and singing.

        • as says:

          +1 The show is no longer a SINGING COMPETITION and the judges are no longer judges….they’re just celebrity props doing a bad job of copying the Adam/Blake bromance on The Voice.

    • JM1 says:

      Can we all just cross our fingers that Christina keeps on being as pleasant as she’s been so far? Hands down I like this X-tina way better than the one who used to get so mad at Adam and Blake . . .

      • Jill Moy says:

        It’s all an act! Nobody gets mad at anyone! It’s for ratings! Do you really think The Voice is a big deal to them?

        • tvtjw says:

          While to an extent I’m sure some things are staged, I wouldn’t necessarily say it isn’t important to them. It’s where some of their fan bases have come from and if they can coach an Average Joe into winning a huge musical competition, it looks very good on that coach. I would say they care.

        • JM1 says:

          I’m pretty sure Christina, in those first seasons, was being herself. :-)

          • Luiz says:

            And that’s what I definitely miss: someone who isn’t afraid to be real and give honest and useful feedback. She’s still the only one that does it, but she did that so better before. We can’t have it all, though. In terms of really good performances, the show is amazing in seasons she’s in, so we can’t really complain.

    • Timmah says:

      If Daniel showed up on The Voice, the coaches would probably be trying to stifle their laughter while explaining why they didn’t turn around for him.

  2. RawwkOn says:

    Fairly strong episode. I didn’t exactly agree with some of verdicts on who won the battles, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t predict just about all of them.

    • Andres says:

      I agree with you on that, I felt that some of the people who lost there battle should have won, like Meghan and Travis. I am a little upset that deanna go montaged considered they showed some of her rehearsal with ellie singing in the sneak peak of the battles.
      Im still wating for the India, Kimberly, and Corey to battle.

      • I too am waiting for the next battles, anxious to see Sawyer perform!

        • Jill Moy says:


          I would like someone to tell me why, when a mentor dismisses a singer, why it is a STEAL? Nobody STEALS anyone as the person isn’t the menor’s any more! It is a SAVE! A STEAL sounds stupid!

          • Jill Moy says:

            BECCA, Sorry for typos!

          • This is true what you say, they were saved not stolen. The whole show would be way more interesting though if they could REALLY steal each others people!

          • HTGR says:

            Although, in way it sort of was like a steal off Pharrell since he seemed, when it was close, to always go with the one who thought might be at a trace more risk to not get saved, so in a way he was allowing for some true steals. Almost sort of.

        • Jill Moy says:


          Maybe this will go through, regarding my picks. Well I happened to see a video of India. Right away I went on tvline and declared her the winner. I hadn’t heard any one else and you know I don’t watch This show. So, I decided it’s too hard to pick a winner only having one choice (last year was a miracle, only hearing CWB for a small time, and only hearing him and immediately stating him as the winner).

          I decided I would watch 1 episode, listening to the first 5 seconds of each singer. From this episode, I liked Ashley and the black man who sings in the military.I couldn’t decide which one to pick so I flipped a nickel on the table. Against ridiculous odds, the coin landed on it’s edge, so I guess thats a tie! So, my three are India, Ashley and the military man (can’t remember his name).

      • Birdy says:

        I agree that there were at least a couple of performers who actually won their battles, but lost their coaches’ votes….

        • Tom22 says:

          I got the feeling that there was some pre-orchestration about saves and switches of teams. In analyzing the look on Blake’s face (one of the reasons I still have my Tivo Brand DVR is to be able to super slo motion frame by frame watch things isn’t only for sports) he betrays a wince and a look in his eyes when choosing Sarah over Hannah… I think he’d made a deal (perhaps to get a different steal himself) and winced at losing who he would have wanted. That’s a thing like a jury reading a witness for veracity and comes down to body language so we might differ on that, but that’s how I saw it.

      • Florence+TheMachineRULES!!! says:

        I agree on the next 3 battles!!! :)

  3. Scott says:

    I agreed that I thought most of the battle “losers” we’re better, with the exception of Sonic and Sarah. I’m not a huge Sonic fan yet, but I definitely think she won hands down against Ameera. And I thought Hannah was great and deserved the steal for sure, but I wouldn’t say she was better. I did think they were pretty evenly paired, which is saying a lot about Hannah considering how much more experience Sarah has. Pretty decent episode overall, though Blaze’s battle kinda bored me.

  4. Florence+TheMachineRULES!!! says:

    I have so much to talk about tonight!!!
    1.) I was a little shocked that Meghan did not win her battle, but glad that she got stolen!!!
    2.) That gimmie shelter (one of my favorites) battle was intense!!!
    One of the best!!!
    3.) Here is a video of the original diva, MISS MERRY CLAYTON!!! :)

    • bobsaccamanna says:

      Oh man thanks for posting that Florence. When that album came out I would play Gimme Shelter on a freakin loop just to hear that three stanza section where Merry’s voice cracks as she is singing. Love the fact that The Stones decided to keep that raw power and energy in the final recording. I know it’s not fair to compare but as great as that battle was last night I am always a little disappointed in any copies of the original. I remember Fergie singing it with Mick at the rock and roll all of fame anniversary, it just didn’t have that same power. The only one who comes close(IMO) is Lisa Fischer but even as good as she is, she can’t hit the notes that Merry did.

      • Florence+TheMachineRules!!! says:

        Your welcome!!! When I first saw this video I was jumping for joy and I was like “SANG MERRY, SANG!!!”

      • gregk says:

        I watched on TV the legendary Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame 25th Anniversary Concert at NYC’s Madison Square Garden in 2009, where the Black Eyed Peas singer hit the stage to belt out “Gimme Shelter” with Bono and Mick Jagger himself! The performance was electrifying to watch, although of course Fergie was not as good as Merry and Lisa. Every fan should also watch the movie “20 Feet from Stardom” about these and other incredible “background” singers.

    • Hayder B. Hayden says:

      Merry Clayton’s recording is iconic, but there is a reason why Lisa Fischer has sung that song on every Stones tour in the last 25 years.

    • Hayder B, Hayden says:

      Merry Clayton”s recording is iconic, but there’s a reason why Lisa Fischer has sang that song on every Stones tour over the last 25 years.

  5. Kaba says:

    I officially dig Sonic.
    I love her vibe and her voice. The girl she battled, Ameera, wow she was really bad in that battle.

    • Angie_Overrated says:

      I’ve tried posting several times on Sonic but it keeps disappearing. Maybe responding to yours will show up? Seriously, this site has sucked ever since the reboot. Same thing happened to me last night and I finally gave up. I’m sure their advertisers love this problem!
      Yes, Sonic was all kinds of wonderful tonight. I’m not hopeful for her long-term chances in the competition, but that was awesome tonight. I’m really looking forward to seeing more of her in the coming weeks.

      • Kaba says:

        Yeah I have the same issue. I dunno what’s up with TvLine, but I hope Slezak has mentioned it to them.
        She handled that song so well! I figured she wouldn’t be able to match the grace Jessie J adds to it, but she really went around the heavier notes so well. I’m a fan of her and Koryn easily.

        • Angie_Overrated says:

          I’m with you on Koryn. Prob my #1. Sonic is up there too. And there’s a bunch of young woman I really like this season but I can’t remember all their names. Even the ones who aren’t my cup of tea are generally very good. Overall, it’s a very good season. The talent level easily exceeds last season. It’s truly refreshing to see so much talent on both The Voice and Idol simultaneously. Quick, anyone here schooled in multivariate regression analysis who can calculate what the odds were of that happening?!

      • Michael Slezak says:

        Angie, I fished four of your comments out of the SPAM folder — continuing to investigate… thanks for your patience.

        • Angie_Overrated says:

          Thanks! Any suggestions for us posters on how to craft messages that don’t get relegated to the junk folder?

          • analythinker says:

            I second this, sometime I have to try more than 5 times or more before giving up. If it’s not “your comment cannot be posted” or something like that, it’s “duplicate comment detected”.

        • Tom22 says:

          I’ve lost many many over the weeks but I’ve gotten better at figuring out what loses them. Too much punctuation, especially a series of periods seems to bar posting, seems to be the biggest culprit. There could also be something that looks at longer posts with more scrutiny. I’ve learned to copy the text before pushing Post yet even then I’m often unable to post what I copied even after editing out strange punctuation. There could be some key words it doesn’t like too.

          • HTGR says:

            Another thing it hates is if you say something was butch#red. I suppose that isn’t the most polite thing to say, although I’ve seen it let tons of far worse stuff through all the time so it seems a bit random. Interesting about the multiple period and punctuations marks, maybe that is something that’s gotten some of my posts.
            In some cases I’ve isolated a long post down to just one bad part of one sentence and it utterly beats me what it objected to in that phrase, but as soon as the phrase would be removed it would work. And there was truly nothing remotely bad about the part of the sentence from any possible angle I could imagine even trying to think in hyper-PC terms.

      • bobsaccamanna says:

        I tried posting several times yesterday, copying and pasting my one post. I kept getting a response that it was a duplicate post but the original never showed up, I really love Michael’s recaps but posting on this site has become a chore.

        • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

          We are looking into this, be assured. FWIW, I found only one past comment of yours in Spam, from March 5/Top 8 Girls. Re: “duplicate comment,” the fact is that on highly active recaps, comments might not appear to you “instantly” without a hard refresh. –Mgmt.

        • What I noticed is my comments usually only get eaten when Im NOT answering a reply! So now I always just try to find someones comment I like and reply to them. In other words,if I just go to the top of the page and just post there, to no one in particular, they get eaten and taken into the abyss! LOL Thats just my experience and not sure if that applies to others!

    • JM1 says:

      The moniker “Sonic” is going to be what does her in. It immediately puts a wall up between her and us, in that we have no idea who she really is. She’s plenty talented to not need the gimmicky nick-name (or that nose thingy!).

      Wasn’t there a contestant a year or two ago who went by “Voicebox” or something equally silly?

  6. Tonight was intense!!!
    Obviously Sarah and Hannah gave one of my favorite performances ever with that insane song!!!
    And happy that Meghan continues on!!! :)

  7. Angie_Overrated says:

    Yay! I’m happy to see I was right about Sonic being a lot better than her blind audition led us to believe she was. And I still think she’s got a lot of firepower left in there. I don’t see a potential winner there, but I’m still enjoying watching her nonetheless.

  8. Mike says:

    The coaches started doing this a few seasons ago. When they realized that both should go through they’d pick the less popular of the two, knowing someone will steal the other one. For a show that puts so much emphasis on the coaches I actually find this rather selfless. Hopefully in the end it will lead to having the better singers around when we get to the live rounds.

    • Joy says:

      In this case, it disappointed me, because I was really looking forward to seeing where Pharrell’s influence would take Meghan creatively. I’m afraid Blake’s going to keep her in a very straightforward country box, with no new twists or hidden depths to look forward to. As for Paul, I think Adam would have stolen him anyway, and I doubt it makes as much difference which coach he works with.

  9. Angie_Overrated says:

    Ok, third attempt at posting. We’ll see if this one works! Seriously, what is wrong with this site? I tried 5x last night on the last blind auditions article and finally gave up.

    Yay for Sonic! I had a very strong suspicion that her blind audition didn’t do her talent justice, and I’m so pleased that that was the case. I’m not seeing her as a potential winner, but I’m very much enjoying watching her sing and perform. I’m guessing there’s even still a lot more gas left in that tank.

  10. Craig says:

    – In the battle of Blaze v. Michael, I felt Blaze was quite noticeably better. However, this song is so terrible I don’t care who sings it and that kept me from enjoying any of it.
    – Matt delivered a better vocal than Cody but Blake’s not stupid. He knows the country guy to push has to be either young and dumb (“aw shucks!”) or somewhat attractive or else people won’t vote for them. Matt’s problem is that he doesn’t click the boxes.
    – Between Paul and Meghan, I felt Meghan did slightly better though both were good. I think Pharrell knew Meghan would get stolen at LEAST by Blake so he let her go over there just so no feelings were hurt.
    – Anthony and Travis were both terrific, though I’d give the edge to Anthony on this particular song. However, I can see myself eventually liking Travis more once he gets to choose his OWN songs (not ones playing to someone else’s strengths).
    – Sonic and Ameera… meh… Neither do anything for me but Sonic (the most annoying name since “Music Box”) was clearly better. I hope SONIC is cut soon though just so I don’t have to hear her stupid arse stage name any longer.
    – Both Sarah and Hannah were awesome! I don’t think one was better than another. Just boils down to whether one prefers power with gravel or power with clarity. Glad both are still in the competition.

    • JM1 says:

      You’re right on pretty much all the way.

      – I think we all heard Matt singing better than Cody (“PLEASE shave that moustache”) Wickline. Blake probably had to make that choice, though.
      – In my opinion, Meghan did much better than Paul – he just sang loudly enough that we couldn’t hear her all that well. Meghan does have to change up that cotton candy hair and her look, though. That just won’t win it for her and I really like her voice.
      – Sonic can sing, but is killing her chances with that lame nickname and overall look.
      – Hannah quite honestly scares me when she sings. Something about the jerky robot arm movements or something. And I admire her voice, but don’t actually enjoy it. Sarah warms my heart, somehow. How awesome was the line, “They’ll just have to settle it when the smoke clears.”

  11. tvtjw says:

    Not going to lie, I cannot stand that Meghan Linsey. Sure, she has a nice voice and deserved to go onto Knockouts, but that doesn’t mean I wasn’t any less angry. The way she carries herself about how she opened for Blake Shelton and her rough breakup turns me off. It just seems like she thinks she’s better than her fellow contenders because of her old group. Hope to see her dropped soon.

    But holy cow, is that Cody Wickline adorable.

    • Yes, I love Cody and Sawyer! They are my favs and cant wait to see Sawyers battle! Cody’s voice is unreal!

      • Cody and Sawyer are my picks for guys and Sarah and Hannah are my picks for girls! Oh and I forget the really big guys name? He has a great voice too!

      • Birdy says:

        I can’t wait for Sawyer’s battle as well! He’s hands-down the most unique, exciting performer of all the men. I’m pulling for him to win the whole thing. The kid’s incredible. Sorry, but I don’t think Cody’s a match for him. Matt’s voice was better than Cody’s, but he didn’t have the cute factor.

    • tvtjw, Ya know I have to agree that for me Megan does not have the LIKEABILITY factor at all. Her attitude shows through on TV!

      • Jill Moy says:

        HEY BECCA,

        So far so good for me (waitibg on 2, one went through). I watched show for first time in many, many years! This has to be the most boring show in history! Too much talking, very little singing! This show could be 45 minutes! Plus, I was 100%, picking winners of the singers and which would be saved! I knew Blake would get the lady who had history with him as Pharrell wanted her with him! Everything was so obvious.

        • Jill, I like Sarah and Hannah, both who battled together and then Cody Wickline, (the country guy), but Sawyer is my favorite! He was just excellent for 15! Still waiting to see his battle next week. Pharrell practically threw a fit he was so excited to get Sawyer on his team! Jill, when I first saw him I thought he was a girl. LOL ok well he has pretty hair. LOL Still lovin the 2 Q’s on idol.

    • analythinker says:

      Really? That’s not what I sensed about her. I think she’s bitter after what happened with the duo. To not be able to keep the professionalism after breaking up means it went really badly, whatever that was. It feels to me like she’s still recovering from that (proven by how she’s shying away from eye contact with her DUET partner).

      • Analythinker, Yes I had also noticed that! She talks about the breakup and that could very well be mistaken, for what I thought was her having a bad attitude. I have been there (breakups) and it can really screw you up for a while! Especially making insecurities come out.

    • Timmah says:

      I don’t like Meghan at all either. That sourpuss look on her face all the time, combined with the fact that her voice really isn’t that remarkable to begin with.

  12. AB says:

    I find it weird that Meghan has known Blake a long time and even toured with him–and he supposedly didn’t even recognize her voice and turn his chair for her?? What’s up with that? She should have picked somebody besides Blake in the steal.I like her voice, but i dont think she is going to win, and neither does Blake.

    • Sara says:

      I really think that he wasn’t allowed to turn for her. If you rewatch her blind audition, he was acting really nervous during it, leg shaking, kept glancing at the other judges. And when they all finally turned, you can see him in the back cheering in the back of the shot.

      • MC says:

        Great observation. I think that’s what actually happened during the blinds. I don’t know how “likeable” or “adorable” Meghan is and I really don’t care. I’m not buying a puppy here, but Meghan is past the point where she can play the young, cute and innocent card. That only leaves talent, ambition and connections. Real world stuff. You can only be “adorable” for so long, even if you’re not in show business.

    • Well Lets put all of these coincidences together.Somehow, I think some of the contestants are planned ahead of time! Someone who used to perform with Blake, someone who went to Adams concert and got backstage pass and now brought a demo tape for Adam, and one young girl who sang in a Christina Aguilera contest? Just a little to coincidental for me! I think Blake already new Megan was coming and they told him not to turn around his chair because of fairness reasons!

      • Jenks says:

        I was thinking the very same thing. Blake turns for practically everybody. No way he was not going to turn for a powerhouse like Megan.

      • Tom22 says:

        I posted nearly the same thing in a reply above Calebswackofan. I’m sure there is some horsetrading going on. It’s fair enough because it seems to be assuring that the best singers get saved.

    • Timmah says:

      It doesn’t make sense, because Blake said that she has one of the best voices he’s ever heard, and we know he never exaggerates.

  13. les says:

    Blake really screwed up on this one, Matt was a much better choice than Cody.

    • Jenks says:

      I don’t think Blake screwed up at all. He knows exactly how voting goes down and he chose the guy who will get votes.

  14. Angie_Overrated says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen the styling team so grievously fail a contestant as they did tonight with that country singer lady stolen by Blake. What. Was. That. !!!! She looked like a 65-year old eastern European nana, which is absurd because she’s not unattractive. That hair. And that ascot. Why?
    Nightmarish styling aside, I really like that girl’s voice. A lot.

    • Kim Moores says:

      I shed so many mental tears for the girl, she looked awful.
      Like… failed tacky grandma chic.

    • She reminds me so much of Grace Slick of Jefferson Starship or airplane. Grace is older, same hair, same type of clothes, same taste or style of music. Grace Slick was such a performer and rocker. I do love her voice! She is the one who sang “White Rabbit” if you are familiar with the song. They should have Sara perform that. It is right up her alley.

    • analythinker says:

      I don’t like the way “they” dressed Sarah & Hannah as well, and I usually think The Voice’s stylist is better than Idol’s.

      Side note: people might think Jax wearing THE dress was brilliant, but I feel like somehow she knew her ANM wasn’t good enough so she needed people to focus the attention to or store memory of something other than her performance, which makes me like her less.

    • T says:

      I couldn’t agree more- I have been waiting for someone to comment on it… for awhile I thought it was just me!

    • I had the sound off when they showed the usual pre-break thing and I couldn’t understand whose mother was singing with that young guy. I was horrified when I realized it was Meghan!

  15. Cindy Tan says:

    I am so glad Blake picked Cody Wickline over Matt Snook. Cody will go all the way to win this season and Blake will be the best judge again!

    • Birdy says:

      I think Matt has the better, more pure voice, but Cody’s “cute and young” factor won out. KInd of too bad, I think…. Wish someone had stolen Matt, but knew that wasn’t going to happen!

      • Davey says:

        In this case of Matt, I think mature (older) artists aren’t ever going to advance far on this show. It’s nice they get the chance to be shown but their experience seems to work against them. Pharrell for instance talks about potential a lot, meaning he would rather mold someone with less experience. Matt never had a chance and he said specifically before he went on that this was his last shot. Though he will probably will still go on, The Voice basically told him that maybe he should stop dreaming of a music career.

        • Birdy says:

          I agree, Davey. And it’s too bad that age has to work against someone with really great talent. I’m not a C&W fan, but Matt’s voice was great, and he has a nice personality that shows through when he sings. And those things aren’t valued as much as they should be, IMO. That being said, there’s some fabulous young talent on; that Sawyer is a prodigy, and I hope he wins. But he’s got substance, not just youth and a good voice.

  16. Gabriel Oak says:

    I thought Blake was an idiot at the end of the show talking about he won over three of Adam’s contestants last season. Adam probably would have won if he had fewer finalists. But whatever. I’m sick of Blake’s singers winning and I hope something different happens this season.

    • Jen says:

      I agree. What was the point? It seemed petty and mean.

    • ash says:

      I agree! It seemed totally uncalled for. And I agree, I always figured Adam’s three contestants split the vote and that’s probably why CWB won

      • Jill Moy says:

        CWB was the best last year. I only heard him, and only him, for 5 seconds and announced him the winner! No question in my mind! I don’t know why everyone aas so surprised when he won!

  17. danin says:

    Best version of Don’t Let Me Down..wonder if Pharrell or Meghan or Paul or any of the Prod’s know of Fraser&Debolt..Meghan has a kind of similar sound to Daisy Debolt I think

  18. danin says:

    Best to hear Fraser&Debolt’s take on Don’t Let Me Down.I wonder if any of them know of it cause it’s right in Meghan’s lane&somewhat in Paul’s.I tried posting the YouTube of it w/a comment but it’s no where to be found here.

    • tvlover44 says:

      thanks – i’ll look that up.
      ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘
      btw, want to echo my frustration about issues with folks posting here. i don’t post that much, but i devour the comments for recaps of ‘idol’ and ‘the voice’ – and so having fewer comments means more frustration and less time on the site. and that’s not to mention ALL THE SPAM POSTS BELOW – seriously, with such a great site, can someone here not get it together to fix and monitor the comments section?!

  19. T says:

    I personally did think Blake’s comment was a cheap shot. Adam lost last year because he had three artists in the finals. They were ‘stealing” votes from each other so to speak as they were more similar than the lone country star in the mix. Craig might of won anyway but I think he was clearly helped by who the other singers were and the strong “country” vote.

  20. Blynn says:

    Here’s a few thoughts on why Blake might have chosen Cody over Matt: first off, I believe Cody took Blake’s mentoring a bit better–He was much more animated on the stage than previously. Matt was told to tone it down a bit, and while he might have done a little, it wasn’t all that noticeable. So while to some Cody might not have had the stronger vocals (I don’t agree–for the type of music he sings he was superior in my opinion), Cody was the more able to take advice and change.
    As an older singer, Matt was going to have a lot more trouble getting rid of bad vocal habits than a younger singer like Cody. There’s a reason a lot of the older singers have trouble advancing–the vocal quirks and bad habits they’ve formed over the years can be very, very hard to get rid of.
    Also, there was something more authentic about Cody’s presence. Unfortunately, Matt (to me) came off as being a bit contrived. I should add that I’m a great-grandma–and while Cody is definitely easier on the eyes, that isn’t why I’m rooting for him. I honestly believe that Cody was the better performer, both vocally and on stage.

    • Moria says:

      Reading the other posts here, I guess I’m the only one who gets a potential serial killer vibe from Cody. Dude is seriously creepy every time he zones out.

  21. Saiber says:

    I dare to say that everyone would agree that Meghan had won her battle but lost Pharrels vote because he wanted to save Paul and was pretty sure that Meghan would be stolen by the other 3 couches. Blake did give him a hint that he will for sure press his button and honestly, Blake is the better couch for Meghan.

    • Saiber says:

      Sorry, I mean “coach”.
      Adam has a very weak team this year. He will try his best to steal as many as he can from Pharrel, Xtina and Blake.

  22. Tiff says:

    So I guess no one’s going to talk about the dreaded montaged contestants, huh? I was pretty miffed that I didn’t get to hear Gabriel Wolfchild again – his recording of that Bob Dylan song was sublime. Maybe the producers got the memo that Sawyer was the bigger potential folk star, though?

    Anthony is a fantastic singer, but I agree with Michael that he’s a bit too much of a showman. I don’t FEEL anything from him. Travis worked his butt off, so I’m glad he got stolen.

    I felt sorry for Michael the Pearl Jam impressionist – I think he’s a good singer that got saddled with COMPLETELY the wrong song.

    I agree with a few other people that man, the stylists really did a number on Hannah. And not in a good way. What the heck was she wearing? Frumptastic style is not helping her.

  23. Alienate says:

    Why in the world does he feel the need to spoil the suspense?

  24. seej says:

    SO tired of hearing Blake talk about his wins. He wins because country fans vote for the country singer and the rest of the contestants split the votes. His remarks about Adam’s team last year were pretty ugly.

  25. patdamico says:

    1). Sarah is mega-talented and a definite front runner, but was I the only one who noticed how badly she fell behind the beat when she tried to turn down the volume? Trainor was right to point the yelling out to her, but despite Sarah’s experience, she clearly needs to work on it.

    2). I agree with Michael about Travis being a dark horse… IF, and only if…. he gets smart song choices. Song choice is going to be everything for that kid.

    3). I was disappointed that no one picked up Matt (even though Cody was clearly the smarter choice). People are always complaining about Blake and the country advantage, but until the coaches make a decided effort to challenge him in that genre, the country vote will never split. Matt has an old-school, iconic voice and would have been a great country vote splitter.

    4). I think some people here are taking the friendly coach competition more seriously than Blake and Adam. In all fairness, if I’d managed to pull off a win despite another coach having 3 of the 4 finalists, I’d probably want to remind people of that, too.

    5). That whole Meghan/Pharrell/Blake thing… with Blake not showing favoritism in turning on the blinds… was totally planned, and I commend them for the way they did it. It’s not like they’re insulting us with failed covert strategy. They’re just trying to be as fair as possible while supporting an artist who’s had some bad breaks (and I don’t get the attitude problem from Meghan that some are posting about [I think Anthony is the one who needs to work on that]. She seems to be suffering from a severe loss of self-esteem, and I hope Blake… and a MUCH better stylist… can help her in that area, because she is *very* talented).

    6). Sonic clearly won her battle (agree about the awful nick and look… did you see the old pics of her with long hair? Gorgeous.), but I really hope someone works with Ameera and asks her back. She had a very unique, ethereal quality to her soulful voice. Such a shame is was ruined by The Trembles.

    7). I am soooo glad Paul got through. There’s something about that kid… can’t quite put my finger on it… that screams likable and potential. Another one who will sink or swim based on song choice.

    The fact that despite this being one of better years (talent wise) for A.I., it’s so very telling that it still can’t hold a candle to the quality of singers on The Voice.

  26. CaioImmich says:

    Tonya is from Adam’s team, not Pharrell’s. I love Hannah, but let’s wait and see, Pharrell has a pretty strong team in his hands, it’s not safe for anyone.

  27. Viajero says:

    This episode was great. The level of talent this season is pretty amazing.

    I was so happy to see Hannah leading your poll. I thought she was fantastic. Where was that upper range in her blind audition? This is one girl who can clearly benefit from good coaching. I just hope she doesn’t get lost on Pharrell’s team. She really is (to quote Blake) like nobody else we’ve seen on this show.

    Actually, I’m pretty much in agreement with the ranking in your poll right down the line, with one exception. I would have ranked Anthony 5th, just below Sonic.

  28. betsi says:

    Michael, how is Pharrell going to pit Hannah Kirby against Adam’s contestant, Tonya Boyd- Cannon in the knockouts?

  29. bluedog says:

    No doubt about it… Merry Clayton is totally amazing… however, in my mind, Lisa Fischer is “da bomb” backing The Stones on “Gimme Shelter”!!!

  30. Joe Shaw says:

    As a new viewer to The Voice, I am hooked! As for Hannah v. Sarah, just WOW! Hannah is now my clear favorite, because she sang the song better than the woman who should have. It was evenly matched, but shouldn’t have been. When Hannah ran across the stage to sing right back at Sarah, and then when she belted out “Love, Sistah..” in response to Sarah’s best belt of the night, just magic.

  31. Blynn says:

    I saw a current news blurb about Cody, and he wasn’t looking too happy. His hair was a lot longer, he looked thinner and a lot scruffier. He seemed dispirited. I’m sincerely hoping this doesn’t mean he didn’t make it through the knock-outs, but I fear it does. This is my take on it, hope I’m wrong.

  32. jason says:

    Has sawyer sang yet? I missed the very beginning?