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The Voice Recap: Battle Cries

Night 1 of The Voice’s Season 12 Battle Rounds was such a head-scratcher that it’s a wonder I still had a singular Homer Simpson hair left up there by the time it was over. Quizz Swanigan over Felicia Temple? Mark Isaiah over Gaby Borromeo? No steals for Kenny P. or Missy Robertson? We were in Bizarro World territory! Did Night 2 return us to some semblance of, “OK, this computes”? Read on and find out, at least in my estimation…

Team Alicia: Chris Blue defeated RJ Collins on “Adorn” | Now this was a battle! RJ’s vocals were so sweet, they made me want to pour ’em in my coffee like creamer. (To be clear, I mean that as a compliment — they were really delish.) But Chris’ voice seemed to have far greater flexibility — yes, the same flexibility that I previously horrified you by suggesting he’d tried to show off too much of in his short Blind Audition. Here, it served him brilliantly, allowing him to demonstrate in non-rushed fashion not only an enviable falsetto but also a damn sexy growl. Plus, Chris was untouchable as far as stage presence went. (His moves left Gwen “mesmerized” by his body.) You couldn’t take your eyes off him any more than you could your ears.

Team Gwen: Johnny Gates defeated Sammie Zonana on “I Drove All Night” | In rehearsals, mentor Celine Dion was delighted with the duo’s indie-rock take on her hit — and, she was quick to note, Roy Orbison and Cyndi Lauper’s hit before her. But it was sounding a little dodgy to me, like maybe their voices weren’t gelling. (Mind you, that could have been unfair — like judging a cake before the sugar’s added.) On stage… yeah, no. It still sounded a little dodgy. And, as much as I loved Sammie’s husky voice based on her Blind Audition, Johnny’s vocals cut through the noise of the arrangement better on their duet and really stood out. So Gwen, I think wisely, stuck with her “Italian homey.”

the voice recap dawson coyle aliyah moulden battle roundsTeam Blake: Aliyah Moulden defeated Dawson Coyle on “Walking on Sunshine” (Dawson stolen by Alicia) | The youngsters’ inexperience tripped them up over and over again in rehearsals with mentor Luke Bryan. (Some things even crazy-cute outfits can’t overcome.) By the time they were done, it sounded like they’d found a way to harness the power of their raw voices. But on stage, the song just didn’t suit Dawson’s rocky voice. Aliyah fared far better, though she, too, struggled now and again. And neither of them were well-served by a stab at choreography that made it look like they’d just flubbed an audition for a High School Musical remake.

In unaired battles, Josh West defeated Nala Price to stay on Team Adam, Aaliyah Rose defeated Savannah Leighton to stay on Team Gwen, and Andrea Thomas defeated Micah Tryba to stay on Team Blake.

So, what was your pick for best performance of the night? (Definitely Chris for me, hands down.) Most confounding coach’s decision? (That Alicia stole Dawson.) Hit the comments.

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23 Comments
  1. JMark (formerly JM) says:

    I still love Chris Blue. Gwen was right; he is mesmerizing. Sad to see Sammie go, but she really didn’t bring it like I had hoped so the win rightfully went to Johnny. The kids, meh. And montaging THREE battles??? Disgraceful.

  2. OhMy says:

    (I think Charlie, our new recapper, may not, you know, have ears).

  3. Person says:

    Letter grades?

  4. Timmah says:

    This show has jumped the shark.

  5. danin says:

    Awww, I love Sammy’s voice.Sorry to see her go.

    • Smokey says:

      Looks like some battleround plays from tonight are getting some love ————-

      ROCK Genre —-#11 I Drove All Night (The Voice Performance)
      Artist: Johnny Gates & Sammie Zonana

      R & B —#62 Adorn (The Voice Performance)
      Artist: Chris Blue & RJ Collins

  6. loisbea says:

    Sammie was one of my favorites, maybe my favorite. I love her version of Dangerous Woman. It’s terrific. I play it over and over. True, her voice wasn’t as strong as some, but some people are great, but then the recording loses something. Anyway, that was the biggest loss so far, I think.

  7. sslevy says:

    if they’d stop showing this extra garbage filler, they’d have enough time to show unaired battles.

    • davmon says:

      Exactly. We have to hear the same old Adam-Blake snark. Or interplay about the lovebirds. Meanwhile six singer get montaged.

  8. burnscindy says:

    In one of the montages, they showed 2 judges (at least), giving a standing ovation. That wasn’t worthy of showing the whole battle??!! I missed all the blinds, so the battles are the first time I’m seeing and hearing these singers. I’d really like the chance to see them all. Are they available online maybe?

  9. Lyn Jensen says:

    I’m not sure why all three judges let RJ Collins go when Alicia cut him, or why Alicia was so determined to get Dawson Coyle.

    • Gail says:

      Sometimes I’m pretty sure they collaborate ahead of time on steals

    • Voice Fan says:

      Alicia stole Dawson so she put him up against Quizz in the knockout rounds. The judges strategically put their favorites against a weaker singer so they can make sure they get in the live shows. She believes the 13 year old Michael Jackson clone will be a teen heartthrob and all the young girls will vote for him. Alicia hopes Quizz will have the same effect on the voters that We did.

  10. Gail says:

    Walking on sunshine should never be sung ever again!

  11. Smokey says:

    ” I Drove All Night” (The Voice Performance) by —
    Artist: Johnny Gates & Sammie Zonana……………has hit #3 on the itunes Rock charts early this morning. Maybe they shouldn’t have sent Sammie home so soon.

  12. Khaleesi says:

    Chris Blue is a fave of mine ❤