Last night’s second set of battle rounds from The Voice Season 2 offered an all-around stronger set of pairings and performances.
After seeing only one performance last week, Team Cee Lo offered two unusual pairings. The first was folk singer Sarah Golden and gravelly rocker Juliet Simms. The second was between mellow acoustic guitarist Jamie Lono and energetic Cee Lo Green-style singer Jamar Rogers.
Neither seemed to be a particularly fair pairing, as the two quieter performers were vocally destroyed on stage, losing out to their more powerful counterparts.
Both the songs “Stay With Me” by Rod Stewart (selected for Juliet and Sarah) and “I Want to Know What Love Is” by Foreigner (selected for Jamar and Jamie) seemed geared toward the winning contestant and left us with lackluster performances.
Sarah did her best to hold her own against Juliet’s raspy stylings, but couldn’t seem to keep up. And the rendition of “I Want to Know What Love Is” that was prepared for the battle rounds proved overwhelming for Jamie’s laid-back persona.
Team Adam saw only one performance for the second week in a row, but it held its own. Adam paired seasoned diva Kim Yarbrough and youthful family-band singer Whitney Myer on the Mary J. Blige song “No More Drama.”
Whitney made a valiant attempt, but Kim’s life experience and advanced years sold the song’s story more, and Adam made right (though potentially less popular) decision in eliminating Whitney.
After controversial battle round decisions last week, Team Blake seemed to get things back on track with the battle between Charlotte Sometimes and Lex Land. Both singers brought highly stylized voices to the competition, but Lex’s lack of confidence and stage presence lost her a shot at the live shows when the two sang “Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster the People.
Though every judge likes to brag that their team is the best, Christina Aguilera has produced four incredibly strong battle-round pairings in the last two weeks. This week alternative singers Lee Kochand Lindsey Pavao sang a duet of Nirvana’s “Heart-Shaped Box.”
While the song choice was a little lackluster for the show’s energetic night, both singers seemed evenly matched, a quality we saw only on Team Christina last night. Christina went with coffee-house singer Lindsey, but Lee’s performance was nothing to be embarrassed by.
But the best performance of the night was also the first one. After Team Christina contestants Anthony Evans and Jesse Campbell won last week’s best performance with Alicia Keys’ “If I Ain’t Got You,” Lady Marmalade reigns triumphant once more as the winner of this week’s best performance is …
Sera Hill and Geoff McBride singing “Chain of Fools” by Aretha Franklin! It’s not easy to do Aretha, but after last night’s performance, we’d say one of history’s biggest divas may have some serious competitors.
The two performers tore up the stage with the song, and the battle was so close even we couldn’t have predicted it! Sera ultimately went on to the live shows, but we were equally happy for her as we were sad to see Geoff go!
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