‘The Voice’ Battle Rounds, Pt. 3: Men of Steal
Midas Whale vs. Patrick Dodd
Midas Whale vs. Patrick Dodd
Here's what went down during Monday night's surprising Battle Rounds:
TEAM USHER: Jessica Childress vs. VEDO
Usher pitted two of his best R&B singers against each other, which wasn't exactly the shrewdest move. Why would he want to give up either of these contestants--or run the risk of having one of them stolen away by a rival coach and used against him later? Anyway, as a duet, this performance was about as awkward as when Usher himself recorded that "Same Girl" duet with R. Kelly--except not as amusing. Jessica and VEDO's voices, while great on their own, just did not mesh well. And the song Usher assigned them, Bruno Mars's "Locked Out of Heaven," worked much better for VEDO's poppier, less bluesy style (despite the fact that Jessica had covered Bruno before, during her initial audition). I appreciated VEDO's showmanship, as he dropped to his knees to serenade Jessica, and while I know sob stories should not matter, it was still impossible not to root for VEDO, knowing that his cancer-stricken mother had died shortly after his Blind Audition. Overall, I thought Jessica had the superior voice--based on the two singers' first auditions, that is--but I thought VEDO narrowly won this Battle. And apparently, so did Usher. Blake said there "wasn't a right or wrong decision" here, but yes, there were actually two bad decisions: Usher's decision to put both of these singers in the same ring in the first place, and the joint decision on the part of Adam and Blake, who still had Steals up for grabs at this point, to let Jessica go. Someone really should have saved her. I bet if Shakira hadn't blown all her Steals already, she would've poached Jessica right away.
TEAM SHAKIRA: Luke Edgemon vs. Monique Abbadie
I had already decided that if Luke (my favorite male contestant of Season 4) didn't win this Battle, my Purrfect-like claws were going to come out. I knew Luke was going to slay Lady Gaga's "You and I," but still I feared that Shakira would feel more allegiance to Monique, a Latina pop singer who, like Shakira, started off as a tween star in Latin America. Monique did her best in the ring (despite a shaky start), but Luke stole the show. This Battle was more like a massacre. "Where did Luke come from?" cried an incredulous Adam. "He came from heaven!" answered Blake. But Shakira then stupidly sacrificed literally the best contestant on her entire team and kept…Monique. I guess Shakira just likes losing or something. Fortunately, I scarcely had time to put my fist through my TV screen/throw myself out of the nearest window/start my "Boycott 'The Voice'" petition before Shakira's clearly wiser co-stars, Usher and Blake, both buzzed in to make a Steal. (I was surprised Adam didn't try, too.) "That was one of the most energetic, pitch-perfect performances that I've seen in the Battle Rounds in a long time," raved Blake--and soon after, he picked up Luke for his already very strong team. I have a feeling Shakira is regretting her foolish, foolish decision right about now. If not, she should be.
STEAL: Luke moves to Team Blake