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The Voice Blinds/Battles Recap: Somebody Loves These Babes

Christina Aguilera and Patti LaBelle clasped hands and squealed with glee on Monday’s episode of The Voice, and I don’t want to live in a world where there’s not an Emmy category to reward such a next-level historical event.

Xtina, the one Voice coach who’s not afraid to grab the mic and use a few bars to remind lesser divas that she is both the Alpha and the Omega of NBC’s reality singing competition, was uncharacteristically reverential as the “On My Own” legend joined her to guest-coach the Season 10 Battle Rounds. Thankfully, the soulful duo under these ladies’ tutelage did not disappoint, managing to somehow live up to Carson Daly’s hyperbolic promise of being “one of the greatest Battles in Voice history” and “one of the biggest steals of all time.”

The showdown between Bryan Bautista and Malik Heard was, in fact, so sublime that the first hour of the episode — dispensing with the last five Blind Auditions of Season 10 — played like a mere aluminum package for the sweet potato pie of the Battles.

To be honest, I’m not sure why the Blinds and Battles courses weren’t served separately — it’s not like The Voice is a problematic ratings performer that needs to be rushed along — but in any event, let’s get to recapping the action:

BLIND AUDITIONS (Rated Least- to Most-Promising)
5. Jared Harder – Kacey Musgraves’ “Merry Go ‘Round” (Team Blake) | And the last contestant selected by Blake Shelton shall be the first… to be sacrificed during Battles.

4. Jonathan Hutcherson – One Direction’s “You & I” (Team Pharrell) | Charismatic farm kid from Kentucky displayed some raw talent, but lacked the emotional oomph and grasp of pitch that might’ve come if he’d waited three or four years to audition.

3. Katie Basden – Allman Brothers’ “Midnight Rider” (Team Adam) | Straight up the middle and impressively in-tune southern rocker — but I’m not sure if she’s distinctive enough to resonate with voters.

2. Ayanna Jahnee – Adele’s “Skyfall” (Team Xtina) | I liked the sense of theee-ayy-trrruhh that Ayanna brought to her big belty notes, but she’ll need to get control of her nerves — and her pitch — when she reaches for low, rumbly parts of her register if she wants to avoid being a Battles/Knockouts casualty.

1. Moushumi – Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game” (Team Pharrell) | I’ll admit I always get antsy when a contestant shares with us how they gave up a respectable career (in Moushumi’s case, being a doctor) for a shot at reality singing stardom. But the way the erstwhile cardiologist glided across Chris Isaac’s melody — managing to be at once breathy and powerful — puts her in the top 5 or 10 contestants we’ve heard all season.

BATTLE ROUNDS (Rated Least- to Most-Promising Winner)
3. TEAM BLAKE: Paxton Ingram defeats Brittney Lawrence — Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello’s “I Know What You Did Last Summer” | I liked that Paxton brought physicality and fire to the stage — and based on that alone, I think he was the right choice to advance over the solid but under-nuanced Brittney. In what’s shaping up to be a deep season, however, I’m not convinced dude’s got powerful enough pipes to go much farther in the competition.

2. TEAM ADAM: Ryan Quinn defeats Katie Basden – Paul McCartney’s “Maybe I’m Amazed” (Katie stolen by Team Blake) | As Pharrell noted, Ryan’s got a gift for infusing every note with palpable emotion. And so while there were moments his voice scratched and strained in ways that Katie’s didn’t, the way he took control of the mood of the performance, leaving Katie looking occasionally adrift in the boxing-ring-style set, made him a much more likely candidate to make it to the live rounds. In other words, Adam got it right.

1. TEAM XTINA: Bryan Bautista defeats Malik Heard –  James Brown’s “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World” (Malik stolen by Pharrell) | With nary a missed note, a whiffed rhythm or even an emotionally unconvincing sentiment to be found in either Bryan or Malik’s vocal, I can’t say Xtina was wrong when she declared herself the only loser in the showdown. (The audience, though, we won from the minute the guys began to belt.) Sure, I might’ve gone with Makik — to my ear, his sizzling runs brought slightly more feeling to the tune than Bryan’s soaring high notes — but the kid’s wise choice of Pharrell over Adam and Blake tells me he and Bryan could be around for some time to come…

What did you think of The Voice‘s final Season 10 Blinds/initial Season 10 Battles? Any potential winners in the mix? Take our polls, then sound off in the comments!




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16 Comments
  1. Andres says:

    That moshimumi girl was amazing. I really like her voice. Bryan really stepped it up for the battles. Can’t wait to see more

  2. JM says:

    I just want to know when Pattie and Christina are going to sing together??? Make it happen, The Voice!!!

  3. Florence+TheMachineRulez!!! #TeamMariah says:

    Moushumi was my FAV!!! 😍🙌😭 I loved her earlier stuff, you all should go check it out!!! She’s one of my favorites along with ALISAN and Ryan!!! Also Ayanna and Katie were pretty sublime as well. Bryan SLAYED the battles!!! Glad Malik got to stay, but bummed for Britney’s exit. Overall, a pretty solid episode.

    • davmon says:

      Well said! Moushumi, Alisan, Ryan, & Mike Shiavo were all Great in the Blinds. But lots of what I call Very Goods were heel-nipping. And we saw in the Battles already how Katie, a VG, sounded as good as Ryan–and was deservedly saved. And Malik who I thought was VG and Bryan who I thought was merely Good in Blinds were both amazingly Great in the Battles! So, this season, they better bring it every night if they want to hang around…At least until the public voting, when sentiment kicks in and the best do not always advance.

  4. JMay says:

    That battle between Bryan and Malik was fandamntastic.

  5. DD says:

    I have an idea for tweaking next season – the coaches should be able to see each other during the blinds while their chairs are turned. This way, they would be making decisions based on their own opinions, and not turning after having a whole eye conversation with fellow coaches, or seeing that Blake thinks that a country singer is good.
    That would also eliminate the last minute turns as they all keep trying to do in order to keep the others from turning – but is just mean for the contestants!

    • Morisot says:

      Cut out the “pranks” too. (Like that whole missing phone bit…worse than silly.)

    • davmon says:

      My wish for next season’s Blinds would be to: Tighten the editing on the sob stories, Curtail time spent on those who do not get a chair turn to maybe 20 sec. of background and 30 sec. of singing. Include everyone of the 48 (12 per night over four nights) who make the cut–90 seconds of singing for each. Have a longer or shorter background story depending on the sob factor. And tighten the editing on the coaches’ interplay. Absolutely no scripted garbage of practicing hitting the button or hiding the cellphone! That way we get to hear everyone who advances for their full 90! And we have no need to split a fifth night between Blinds and Battles—which is an ugly creation!

      • Cldahlman says:

        Totally agree that too much time is spent on backstories. It’s why I tend to record and fast forward through all that nonsense. After all, it’s not the last time you’ll hear the stories.

  6. V. says:

    Xtina is not afraid to show she is the alpha and the omega BUT girl knows who she has to bown down to. She won’t bown down to Adam (pleeeeaaasse, as if) but when she’s got Patti on her corner, girl pays the dues where they are due. Also, can we get Xtina and Patti their own show. Where they sing to each other, eat Patti’s pies and just be awesome together? Best coach/mentor pairing EVER! True divas together is too much for me.

    • Do you know how much I’d pay to see that? A lot of money. That’s what. Make it happen, Hollywood! Christina’s got a phenomenal team this season, and I’d really love to see it happen. You’re very right about her, and how she knows who to bow down to haha.