The Voice 2013 Live Recap: The Final Battle Rounds (4/23/2013)
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The Voice 2013 Live Recap: The Final Battle Rounds (4/23/2013)

It may seem like the battle rounds have just begun on The Voice 2013, but tonight marks the final episode in which the remaining spots (a total of seven) will be filled based on Usher, Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, and Shakira’s picks.

Usher is the only coach with one steal left, and knowing his no-nonsense approach to coaching, he’s probably waiting for the perfect contestant. With a total of six remaining performances, this one-hour episode is likely to feature a montage of battles lumped together, but that doesn’t mean we can’t expect great talent.

Let’s get going:

Shawna P. vs. Brandon Roush

Up first Shakira paired two of her most eccentric artists, seasoned rocker Shawna P. and Shaun White lookalike Brandon Roush. These two rockers tackled Janis Joplin’s “Piece of My Heart,” which immediately put Brandon on edge. The long-haired rocker noticed the similarities between Shawna and Janis, but Shawna was also anxious about Brandon’s youth.

In the words of Carson Daly, it was the battle of youth versus experience. Though Brandon was the youngster, it looked like Shawna was dressed for the hippie love parade when she took the stage. Maybe she was just trying to keep up with Brandon’s bright red bowler hat. Crazy fashion choices aside, the vocals were some of the weakest we’ve heard in the battles thus far. Both artists were talented alone, but clearly didn’t blend well.

Adam Levine thought the contestants were on an even playing field after their performance, despite the drastic age difference between the two contestants. Shakira commended Brandon’s ability to sing a Janis Joplin song, but ultimately she picked Shawna P. to move forward.

Brandon took the loss well, asking Shakira to keep in touch. Wink wink.

The Voice 2013 Live Recap: The Final Battle Rounds (4/23/2013)
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Duncan Kamakana vs. Sarah Simmons

Up next was a Hawaiian gentleman Adam confidently called a “stud” and the girl Adam thought could “win the entire competition." Singing Lady Antebellum’s song “Wanted You More” in front of mentor Hillary Scott, both artists were nervous and struggled to blend their sounds together.

Sarah’s big voice overpowered Duncan’s laidback style, and it was clear that these two needed to practice together ... maybe over a candlelit dinner?

Blake Shelton pretty much summed up this battle saying that Sarah was one of his favorite voices he’d ever heard in his life. The instant she opened her mouth, we were like, “Umm, Duncan who?”

Adam declared that he was extremely proud of both artists, but ended up declaring Sarah the winner, the way we knew he would.

Up next was the predicted montage, and though we knew it was coming we were sad to only get snippets of these artists’ performances. Team Usher’s Michelle Chamuel beat Chelsea M. singing David Guetta’s “Titanium.” And Team Adam’s Amy Whitcomb triumphed over Agina Alvarez on Pat Benatar’s “Hearbreaker.” And sadly we missed novelty duo The Morgan Twins battle country singer Justin Rivers. It was a battle between Blake’s love of blondes and passion for country music and in the end, his country roots won when he picked Justin.

The Voice 2013 Live Recap: The Final Battle Rounds (4/23/2013)
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Cáthia vs. Mary Miranda

In Shakira’s final battle pairing, she pitted the two Latina teens, Cáthia and Mary Miranda, against one another with her own song “Antes De La Seis.” Mary started off shaky, considering she didn’t know the song, and Cáthia was quick to criticize. It was a full-fledged Latin catfight, and clearly Shakira had her work cut out for her.

When both ladies took the stage, they looked polished and claw-free, and both were able to shine at different points in the performance. What was most concerning was Carson Daly calling the Colombian pop star “Shaki,” but we’re willing to overlook that ... just this once.

Usher tried to call Shakira’s song choice narcissistic, but she quickly fired back saying she wanted her contestants to prove that they could do more than copy her sound. Usher learned his lesson and vowed never to get in a fight with a Latina woman again.

When it came time for Shakira to make her decision she struggled between Cáthia’s “undeniable” talent and Mary’s “cotton candy” personality. Apparently Shak likes things sweet, and she picked Mary.

It was no surprise that Usher’s final steal came quickly after, and he snatched her up and we had the pleasure of hearing a Latin artist say “Let’s do it, Ursher!”

What did you think of tonight’s performances? Tell us below!

04.24.2013 / 06:30 AM EDT by Rachel McRady
Related: The Voice, Recaps, The Voice 2013

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