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The Voice Episode: "The Battles Begin"

Season 2, Episode 6
Episode Synopsis: The battle round kicks off with team members dueling in duets and the coaches enlisting help from such star mentors as Jewel, Lionel Richie, Alanis Morissette, Robin Thicke, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Ne-Yo, Kelly Clarkson and Miranda Lambert.
Original Air Date: Mar 5, 2012

The Voice Episode Recap: The Battle Rounds Begin! Which One Almost Killed Christina? Season 2, Episode 6

Say it with me now, the blind auditions are ov-ah! It's time for the 48 contestants to go head-to-head with their teammates in the battle rounds. As Adam Levine so perfectly summarizes it, this is when the singers have to harmonize well together, but also totally beat down their competition vocally. So, let the games begin!

Tony Lucca vs. Chris Cauley: "Beautiful Day"
Tony gets to open the song, but his voice sounds soft in certain parts where it needs to be much stronger, and his pronunciation is a little garbled. After Chris' so-so first solo, Tony gets in some powerful screams, but Chris adds a little more style and inflection to his parts. The two harmonize well together near the end of the song, and Tony's voice comes off slightly more dominant where it really counts. After the performance, Blake goes with Chris, but Christina and Cee Lo vote for Tony. Adam likes Chris' theatrical side, but says he has to go with Tony.

Adley Stump vs. RaeLynn: "Free Falling"
It's smart of Blake to pit the two young country ingénues against each other. How many Carrie Underwood wannabes do you need? It's also nice to see Blake pushing both of their comfort zones with a classic rock song instead of a modern pop-country tune, which they both performed during the blind auditions. RaeLynn's voice cracks — probably from nerves — right out of the gate, but she quickly finds her footing and her unique vocal undertones add something extra to the song. Adley is much more consistent and on-pitch throughout her performance. She's also a little bit more dramatic. When the two sing together, RaeLynn comes off a little bit stronger. Christina, Cee Lo and Adam all go with Adley, but Blake names RaeLynn the victor.

Monique Benabou vs. Chris Mann: "The Power of Love"
This definitely promises to be one of the more unconventional pairings of the night, so hats off to Christina -- literally, X-Tina, take off that hat thing! -- for the daring decision. Their voices really don't harmonize as well together as the other battles thus far, but they both have power in their voice and the ballad makes sense for each of their styles. However, Monique is a bit rough on the high notes — the exact notes that a seasoned opera singer like Chris does so well. It seems like Monique doesn't stand a chance no matter how perfectly OK she is. Adam goes with Chris, while Blake picks Monique. Christina compliments them both, but votes for Chris.

Cheesa vs. Angie Johnson: "Total Eclipse of the Heart"
Cee Lo puts two of his more underwhelming (IMHO) vocalists against each other for this Bonnie Tyler classic. The arrangement itself is pretty great, with the two women going back and forth throughout the first verse. Angie Johnson is good, but you can feel how hard she's pushing and see all the work. She gets a few good high notes in there, but Cheesa's bravada and power is hard to top even if her higher range leaves a lot to be desired. It's a close call, but Cheesa is the slightly more interesting selection. Adam goes with Cheesa, but Blake and Christina support Angie. Cee Lo picks Cheesa.

Brian Fuente vs. Jordis Unga: "Ironic"
Brian is a little worried about this tune because he feels it caters more towards a female vocalist. However, Blake says that means Brian could really come from behind and surprise people, but can he realistically? Jordis kicks things off and it's immediately clear there is no way Brian is catching up. She clearly beats him during the chorus and when it comes time for Brian's solo during the second verse, he misses a beat and can't seem to find his way. He is so pitchy, he almost throws Jordis off during the second chorus and they sound horrible together. It's actually painful to the ears. Blake picks Jordis in the biggest "duh" moment of the night so far.

Anthony Evans vs. Jesse Campbell: "If I Ain't Got You"
This is another good match-up because their gospel-influenced styles are very similar and Christina really only needs one such singer going into the live rounds. This is probably one of my favorite — and by far one of the closest — battles of the night, because where both guys could go really loud and powerful from the first note, they both start soft and really pour their emotions into the song. Jesse has a slightly better annunciation, as well as some killer high notes, but Anthony fights back and delivers a very beautiful high run. There were no errors in this performance, so how do you decide between these two? Cee Lo can't even pick one and Adam says he would hate to be Christina before he picks Jesse. Christina says this decision kills her and, after much inner turmoil, picks Jesse.

So what did you think of the first night of battle rounds? Were there any pairings you particularly liked or didn't like? Did you disagree with any of the coaches' decisions? And who do you want to see battle next week? Sound off in the comments below!

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Say it with me now, the blind auditions are ov-ah! It's time for the 48 contestants to go head-to-head with their teammates in the battle rounds. As Adam Levine so perfectly summarizes it, this is when the singers have to harmonize well together, but also totally beat down their competition vocally. So, let the games begin!

Tony Lucca vs. Chris Cauley: "Beautiful Day"
Tony gets to open the song, but his voice sounds soft in certain parts where it needs to be much stronger, and his pronunciation is a little garbled. After Chris' so-so first solo, Tony gets in some powerful screams, but Chris adds a little more style and inflection to his parts. The two harmonize well together near the end of the song, and Tony's voice comes off... read more

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Premise: Singers square off for a coveted recording contract in this reality talent contest from the producers of "Big Brother" and "Survivor." Four vocal coaches mentor the contestants in three distinct competition phases: the blind auditions (during which the coaches can't see a contestant and thereby judge them solely on their vocal talent); the battle phase (in which the contestants are advised and developed); and, lastly, the live-performance phase.

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