‘The Voice’ Battle Rounds, Pt. 4: Beat Infrequency
The Battle Rounds continued on "The Voice" this Tuesday, and with the coaches continuing to make mostly reasonable decisions, there was little to debate or get too riled up about during the hour-long episode. The one gripe of the night? NBC's continuing lame decision to not show all of the battles in their entirety. So if you were a fan of Ben Taub, Adanna Duru, or (this is less likely) Beat Frequency...then sorry, you won't get to find out exactly what happened to those contestants this week.
But here's what else happened!
Blake consoles Nicole
Liz, age 25, had TV experience on her side, having not only competed on but actually winning "P. Diddy's Starmaker" in 2009. Obviously that prize wasn't worth the Bad Boy record-contract paper it was printed on, so Liz decided to make the move from basic cable to prime time this year. Meanwhile, little 18-year-old Nicole, a newcomer to Nashville, was nipping at Liz's cowgirl-boot heels. (Wow, it was like a real-life episode of "Nashville" up in there!) Both ladies, regardless of age or experience, must've been mighty intimidated to sing "Baggage Claim," a signature song full of attitude that also happens to be by Blake Shelton's missus, a feisty filly named Miranda Lambert. But both of them were up for the task. When the two battled, Liz's professionalism was on full display and she looked more like a star, practically ready to share the Opry stage with the similarly blonde likes of Miranda, Carrie, and Taylor...but honestly, I enjoyed Nicole's sassy spirit just a little bit more. This was a tough call, and Blake agonized--or at least pretended to agonize for the cameras--before finally deciding that Liz's experience with breath control had given her the edge. Nicole left the stage in tears, and Blake, arguably "The Voice's" nicest judge, momentarily left his spinning red chair to console her backstage. But really, Nicole is young, and she may have other chances to take Nashville by storm. This might be Liz's last shot. I have a feeling that played into Blake's decision.
Blake consoles Nicole
TEAM ADAM: Alessandra Guercio vs. Kayla Nevarez
Adam Levine's two 17-year-old pop girls (not as scandalous as that description sounds) both seemed like ripe poaching material for Christina Aguilera--the one coach who'd yet to use a Steal during the Battle Rounds, and also the coach who'd proudly declared her plan to "stick with what I know"--i.e., young pop girls. So going into this battle (of Katy Perry's not-easy-to-sing "Wide Awake"), I had a hunch that both contestants would ultimately be safe. Both of them were technically good singers, and Alessandra's rasp was cool, but I thought Kayla dug into the emotion of the breakup ballad's lyrics just a bit more and seemed more genuine. (You'd practically think Kayla was the one who'd married Russell Brand! Now that would be scandalous.) Alessandra just seemed detached--or, as Adam put it, too "trained." So Adam went with Kayla--no big surprise there. And, also unsurprisingly, Christina did steal Alessandra. (Really, Carson Daly was the only one who "didn't see that coming!" Yeah, right.) I'm not sure how Alessandra is going to stand out amid Team Xtina's army of almost interchangeable teens, but for now, she's still in the game.
STEAL: Alessandra moves to Team Xtina