'The Voice' Recap: The Final Battles Have Surprising Results
Now it's time for Team Blake's last battle: Jordan Rager vs. Naia Kete on Jason Mraz's "I'm Yours," which I recall because Team Adam's Devon Barley sung it last season. How will these two do with it? It's hard to say given that Jordan is one of the artists whose blind audition we didn't get to see in full. He struggles a bit with doing a harmony, which is out of his element, but hopefully Miranda Lambert can help him. She thinks he "has a lot of work to do." Naia meets with Kelly Clarkson, and seems like she might have the edge. Might being the operative word. Jordan seems to come around in the final rehearsal.
So let's get to the battle. These two are so cute together I think I might go into sugar shock. At least, I start singing along again, which is always a good sign. At least to my eye, though, it's obvious that Naia's extra performing experience makes her a little more comfortable on that stage. Jordan did a great job with his vocals and his harmonies worked out in the end, but Naia looked like she was more at home. Christina votes for Naia, as do Cee Lo and Adam. But it's all up to Blake, who cites that experience as he selects Naia to fill his last spot.
Now we're down to the most awesome battle of the night: Team Cee Lo's Justin Hopkins vs. Tony Vincent. Again, you might scratch your head and say, "What?" But despite differing sounds and appearances, these are two talented guys who also happen to be two incredibly nice people (she says from experience). This is one of those battles where I both smile because I'm glad to hear beautiful music and cry inside because I don't want to see either of them go. Plus, they're singing "Faithfully" by Journey, which is a song that incites sniffling anyway. And if that's not enough, here's footage of their adorable families.
From the first rehearsal, these guys have got it. They can connect with the song instantly, and glass might break with some of those notes Tony's holding. And yes, Cee Lo is crying again, saying that he's "in awe." Tony gets to work with Babyface, and I love how he turns it into a dialogue instead of just standing there taking advice. He has confidence in his abilities and is seizing the opportunity for what it's worth. Meanwhile, it's Justin and Ne-Yo, and the latter is very impressed with the emotion the former can bring out. This one's going to be a whopper.
What makes this battle work so well for me is that these two aren't just vocally talented, but it's clear that they're pulling something out of themselves and leaving it on the stage. I feel like I'm really connecting with each of them on an emotional level, as if we're sharing a moment together. There's something raw and emotional and fantastic here. Not only do these two guys kill it, but you can see the respect they have for each other during the moments where they're not singing. Adam and Blake like Justin, but Christina argues that Tony is more versatile and therefore more valuable going forward. Cee Lo grants the last spot on his team to Tony in a very tough decision.
And with that, the live show rosters are set. We know the final twenty-four who will be singing for America's vote. There are several legitimate threats here, including but not limited to Chris Mann (Team Christina), Katrina Parker (Team Adam), and Tony Vincent (Team Cee Lo), who'd make up my top three. Who's your favorite? Sound off and I'll see you next week on the red carpet!
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