‘The Voice’ Season 6 Battles, Pt. 2: NBC, You’re as Cold as Ice
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The Battle Rounds of "The Voice" Season 6 continued apace this Tuesday, and while the episode was only an hour long, NBC sure packed a lot of heartache into that short time window. By the time the clock struck 9 p.m. and Carson Daly signed off, we'd had two Sophie's Choice (or make that Delvin Choice) battles; three annoying montages; and the bummer eliminations of two beloved contestants (or technically three contestants, since one of those eliminations was a duo).
Fortunately, there were some truly intense, truly entertaining battles that made up for all that disappointment, and made for some good TV. Let's get to the recapping, shall we?
TEAM SHAKIRA: Clarissa Serna vs. Jeremy Briggs
Shakira chose Foreigner's "Cold as Ice" for these two rock belters. I guess she was willing to sacrifice her love for one of them. Heh. And these contestants certainly were willing to sacrifice each other in battle. They were all up in each other's faces, singing their own faces off, chewing each other's faces off, etc. They almost seemed that they didn't like each other at all. But I sure liked this battle. It was all very "Rock of Ages," meaning it was awesomely over-the-top. Jeremy was a perfectly passable rock singer, but I was loving the Taylor Dayne realness that Clarissa was serving. Shakira totally made the right decision here.
WINNER: Clarissa Serna
TEAM ADAM: Caleb Elder vs. Delvin Choice
It was the donut shop worker vs. the Starbucks barista, and this pairing left a bad taste in my mouth. Why? Because ONCE AGAIN, Adam Levine pitted two of his best contestants against each other. Why does Adam always do this? Caleb and Delvin were two of my Team Adam favorites. To be honest, though, both of them disappointed me in this battle — and they probably disappointed their guest mentor, Aloe Blacc, whose song "The Man" they sort of ruined. The song was way too challenging for either of them, and they noticeably struggled to power through it. Delvin struggled much less, however, so he prevailed. If Caleb had been more able to hold his own, there may have been a Steal with his name on it, but his performance was full of holes, so to speak. So it was back to the donut shop for Caleb.
WINNER: Delvin Choice