Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Cee Lo Green, and Christina Aguilera have all worked very hard to be in the positions they’re in today. But sometimes we wish they’d just get out of the judges’ seats and give us a turn!
With the battle rounds premiering tonight, we know some of the contestant pairings already (like Cheesa v. Angie Johnson and Anthony Evans v. Jesse Campbell), but who would Wetpaint pick if it had the chance?
Whitney Myer vs. Mathai
Though the two soulful singers have a seven-year age difference, they both rocked challenging pop songs in their blind auditions. Whitney had every judge turn for her performance of “No One” by Alicia Keys, and Mathai had all the judges except Christina Aguilera interested in her rendition of “Rumor Has It” by Adele.
The two girls bring both beauty and talent to the competition, and we’re sure they’d bring it for a battle round competition. We’re thinking they’d thrive on a Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, or Beyonce song.
RaeLynn vs. Adley Stump
Blake does his best to branch off from the country genre when picking Voice contestants, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have the competition’s strongest country singers on his team.
What RaeLynn lacks in experience, she makes up for in Texan twang. The 18-year-old performed “Hell on Heels” so well in her blind audition that Blake put aside the fact that his wife Miranda Lambert sang it first. And newcomer Adley Stump secured the final spot on Team Blake when she blasted Carrie Underwood’s “Last Name.”
Both country cuties would bring a different set of advantages to battle. RaeLynn’s distinct accent gives her performances a stand-out quality, while Adley’s ability to belt out a ballad gives her more vocal power. We’d love to see them sing Reba McEntire, Lady Antebellum, or Miranda Lambert songs.
Team Cee Lo
Jamar Rodgers vs. James Massone
Native New Yorker Jamar Rodgers was praised for having a Cee-Lo-Green vocal style, while Boston native James Massone shocked the judges with his skin color (they had no idea he was white). Both have a flair for R&B, soul, and rap, and with their enthusiasm and definitive presence, their duet would make for a great performance.
Jamar impressed Cee Lo in his blind audition with “Seven Nation Army” by the White Stripes, thus combining the judges’ two favorite things — rock music and soul. But James Massone was an all-around crowd pleaser with his version of Drake’s “Find Your Love.”
It would be a close call, but Jamar’s infectious smile and flavorful vocal stylings have already won us over! They should sing something by Usher, Chris Brown, or Jay-Z.
Lindsey Pavao v. Jonathas
These two singers were fan favorites for several reasons. Lindsey’s alternative version of Trey Songz’s “Say Aah” proved to the judges that not only is she vocally talented, but her creativity is also to be praised.
When singer Jonathas took the stage singing Usher’s “You Got It Bad,” Cee Lo Green was convinced the producers were playing a prank on the judges and the real Usher had taken the stage. There aren’t many compliments higher than that.
Lindsey’s sultry stylings paired with Jonathas’ seductive sound would be and ideal match. We’d recommend an Amy Winehouse, Drake, or T.I. song.
What do you think of our picks? Do you have any other suggestions? Comment below!