With “American Idol” all done, I can focus solely on “The Voice” now. Recapping two singing competitions at the same time is way too much work. That being said, have you seen Bravo’s “Platinum Hit”? It’s sooooooooo good. I’m debating covering it for the site. Anyhoo, back to the final groups for the battle round. Thank God, next week the live shows are here. I can’t wait to see the next phase of the competition. Personally, I’m over this round and hope the producers trim it down to just three battle rounds next season. All of tonight’s matches were subpar and not thrilling in the least.
Now that all the judges’ teams have been finalized, who has the better team? Going into the battle rounds, I would’ve said Cee Lo or Adam, but I’m going to pick Christina. The other two guys made some odd decisions. In the end, it doesn’t matter because let’s face it… Javier Colon has this in the bag or at the very least a really good shot. Mr. Levine should be thankful Javier chose him over the other judges. Without further ado, let’s get to this week’s battles.
Casey Desmond vs Jeff Jenkins
Song: Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me by Elton John and George Michael
Besides Elton John, this song will forever be associated to Clay Aiken, in my books. I can still remember the tingles I got when he first belted this out on Idol’s second season. I digress. Let’s face it, Casey never had a shot. Not only was Jeff the recipient of a four-way battle from the judges to woo him, but the pre-package was all about Jeff. Poor Casey never even got a one-on-one mentoring session with Adam. I actually didn’t mind Casey, but that girl never had a shot of winning this thing even if she got past Jeff.
Sara Oromchi vs Xenia Martinez
Song: I’ll Stand By You by The Pretenders
Snorefest. I get that they’re really nervous and young, but that was probably the most boring duel ever. They never interacted with each other until the very end. I love Xenia’s tone, but I don’t think she has enough range to go deep in the competition. Had Sara not been so pitchy, she would’ve been a better choice. Sadly, she sucked and handed the win to Xenia on a silver platter.
Cherie Oakley vs Lily Elise
Song: Since U Been Gone by Kelly Clarkson
Pitchy, pitchy, pitchy. If I had to handicap this battle prior, I would’ve given the edge to Cherie since Lily was only picked during the second chance round. This was the one match-up I was torn on. I liked both these girls and would’ve been happy either way. On a side note, I’m glad it was addressed that Cherie wrote a hit song for Reba McEntire. It was certainly classy for Reba to thank Cherie publicly for her songwriting efforts. Lily’s boxer outfit was a tad slutty, but maybe that’s what won Christina over. We all know how much Aguilera loves provocative attire. Dirrrty anyone???
Emily Valentine vs Curtis Grimes
Song: Need You Now by Lady Antebellum
Emily has been my girl ever since I saw her audition for “American Idol” a few seasons ago. I really thought she had this in the bag. Curtis was alright, but nothing special. If Cee Lo really wanted a strong team, he would’ve picked Emily. BTW. Was anyone else annoyed the kiss between Emily and Curtis was the heavily-hyped unexpected ending NBC had been promoting since last week? Lamebots.
Did you agree with this week’s decisions? If not, I’d love to hear who you would’ve advanced instead of the judges. Post them below.