Monika Leigh vs. Ray Boudreaux (Team Blake)
The Song: "Some Kind of Wonderful," Grand Funk Railroad
The Training: Blake matches these two artists for their similar bluesy sound. Ray's volume overpowers Monika initially, so advisor Cher warns her that she's got to rise to the occasion. Ray struggles with the high notes, since the song is already high for him to begin with. At second rehearsal, Cher tells Monica "you sing it differently every time," and worries about her consistency. It all leads to Blake saying that he has no idea what might happen in the ring.
The Battle: Ray's voice initially sounds like a better fit for the track, but by the first harmony, it's anybody's game. Monika certainly doesn't have a volume issue during the battle proper. A little more interplay between these two would've been nice, but their voices sound plenty pleasant together and they do a solid job of evoking the fun energy of the original song. With each of them finding moments to shine, there's no clear winner by the end of this performance.
The Verdict: Christina thinks that Ray was more consistent, but Monika surprised her; she doesn't pick a favorite. Cee Lo thinks that Monika got lost in the moment, and he also doesn't give a specific choice. Adam compliments both artists and he, too, doesn't make a choice either. Will anyone help Mr. Shelton out?! Blake makes a crack about not knowing the difference between DVR and VHS before he deliberates. "Trying to get her to do the same thing twice is like herding cats," he says of Monika. Ray's adorable daughter tries to get Blake's attention and steals the show for a moment - and maybe it worked, because Blake saves Ray. However, Cee Lo comes in to save Monika.
Our Thoughts: This one could've gone either way. Monika has talent, but as was pointed out by Cher and later by Blake, she's not as consistent as Ray. And consistency isn't overrated; the competition needs artists that you know are going to deliver every week for America's vote. However, it'll be interesting to see what Monika does for Cee Lo.
Battles Not Televised
Three battles didn't make the cut for broadcast on Tuesday: Cole Vosbury vs. Lupe Carroll (Team Cee Lo) on "Africa," E.G. Daily vs. Sam Cerniglia (Team Blake) on "Something To Talk About," and Ashley DuBose vs. Justin Blake (Team Adam) on Christina and Blake's duet "Just A Fool." Cole, E.G. and Ashley advanced, and no steals were used in these battles.
Stolen: Monika Leigh (Team Blake to Team Cee Lo)
Eliminated: Jacob Poole (Team Christina), R. Anthony (Team Cee Lo), Lupe Carroll (Team Cee Lo), Sam Cerniglia (Team Blake), Justin Blake (Team Adam)
Steal Counter: Team Adam has 2 steals remaining, Team Blake has 0 steals remaining, Team Cee Lo has 1 steal remaining, and Team Christina has 1 steals remaining.
Battle rounds continue Monday at 8 PM ET/PT.