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The Voice Episode: "The Battles, Week 2"

Season 2, Episode 7
Episode Synopsis: The battle round continues with the coaches pitting their team members against one another. Advisers include Lionel Richie, Kelly Clarkson, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Jewel, Miranda Lambert, Alanis Morissette, Ne-Yo and Robin Thicke.
Original Air Date: Mar 12, 2012

The Voice Episode Recap: Are the Coaches Playing Favorites? Season 2, Episode 7

Welcome back to the battle rounds of The Voice! Or should we say, the part of the competition where the coaches so obviously play favorites and give their most promising picks the upper-hand in song choice, assistant mentors and other areas. It's not as catchy, but this week the latter title definitely proved to be true. Juliet Simms vs. Sarah Golden on a Rod Stewart song — who would you place your money on? (That's what we thought). Anyways, less griping, more recapping!

Sera Hill vs. Geoff McBride: "Chain of Fools"
Sera and Geoff have a nice back-and-forth at the beginning of the song, but Sera definitely gets the advantage by going first. She has great range, which she thankfully doesn't over-abuse, and has power in her voice that beats out Geoff's more subtle delivery. Bottom line: It's a valiant effort put forth by Geoff, but this is Sera's battle to lose and she packs in every punch she can. Cee Lo likes that Geoff kept more control, and Adam leans towards Geoff because he felt like he was more natural, while Sera put on a show. Blake picks Sera, as does Christina and Sera gets to move on to the next round.

Charlotte Sometimes vs. Lex Land: "Pumped Up Kicks"
Apparently neither Blake, nor his assistant coach, Kelly Clarkson, have wised up to the fact that Charlotte is actually horrible. Combine that with Lex's lackluster vocals and a lame song (Foster the People, really?) and this adds up to be the worst battle yet. Scratch that, this song is not lame, it's just the absolute worst choice for these two singers. Both of them seem drunk or on some heavy duty muscle relaxers throughout — Lex a little more so than Charlotte but only because Charlotte has crazy eyes at times. The personal competition between these two girls is also a little much for me. Can't we act like grown-ups even if we don't see eye-to-eye? Lex just doesn't have the power to match Charlotte and it seems clear who is going home (even though they should really both be sent packing). Christina, Cee Lo and Adam all say it's a close battle, but pick Charlotte, as does Blake. Surprise! Not. I will never understand her appeal.

Juliet Simms vs. Sarah Golden: "Stay With Me"
From one of my least favorites to one of my personal front-runners, Juliette Simms, and it's clear she's Cee Lo's favorite when he so obviously handpicks a song right in her wheelhouse: a Rod Stewart classic. Her deep, raw and gravely vocals are perfect for the song and — although Sarah gives it the old college try — she is defeated the minute Juliet opens her mouth. It's a shame too, because Sarah had something to offer, none of which had even the slightest chance of getting showcased on a tune like this. Adam and Christina pick Juliet, while Blake makes it interesting and chooses Sarah. Cee Lo picks Juliet and another no-duh battle is complete.

Kim Yarbrough vs. Whitney Myer: "No More Drama"
Both of these singers are powerhouses, but as Whitney so aptly puts it herself, "Kim's house is bigger than mine." This is the first battle of the night where there's a genuine chance of the underdog coming from behind and winning the round. Kim starts out solid, but Whitney's performance is more unusual and much more refreshing. However, while Whitney is more experimental, Kim is extremely consistent and smooth throughout. Kim's higher notes towards the end of the song stop the coaches dead in their tracks. It's hard to argue with her pure talent, and Adam picks Kim to go forward.

Lee Koch vs. Lindsay Pavao: "Heart-Shaped Box"
Like "Pumped Up Kicks," this is a very unusual choice for a singing competition, but unlike the former, this Nirvana classic definitely has potential to highlight someone's vocal abilities (or lack thereof). Thankfully for everyone involved, Lee seems to have left his harmonica at home. Although he entered this battle the underdog in many fans' eyes, it didn't help that he admitted he hadn't heard the song in 10 years, Lindsay's voice is almost too soft at times. Christina told her to diversify herself and make the song her own, but in certain parts, she seems to fall into the shadows. She has more range, but Lee knows how to make the most with less. In this case, bigger isn't better and after the other coaches pick Lindsay, Christina picks her too because of her diverse vocals. Don't forget to take that harmonica with you on the way out, Lee.

Jamie Lono vs. Jamar Rogers: "I Want to Know What Love Is"
Finally! A battle round with no clear winner! Unfortunately, that sentiment doesn't last long as my dear sweet sandwich boy is very pitchy throughout the song. Is this him choking? He was so great in his blind audition. To make matters worse, Jamar really pushes it out and holds out a very memorable long note at the end. Vocally, Jamar is bigger, better and really makes himself a tough act to follow. Blake gives a kind pity shout-out to Jamie, but all the other coaches agree that Jamar won fair and square. Cee Lo picks Jamar, and Jamie tells Cee Lo that his coaching will not be in vain. Sandwich eaters of Chicago, you've been, um, warned.

So what did you think of the latest battle rounds? Do you think the right people went through to the next round of competition? Do you think the coaches played favorites at all? Sound off in the comments below! 

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Welcome back to the battle rounds of The Voice! Or should we say, the part of the competition where the coaches so obviously play favorites and give their most promising picks the upper-hand in song choice, assistant mentors and other areas. It's not as catchy, but this week the latter title definitely proved to be true. Juliet Simms vs. Sarah Golden on a Rod Stewart song — who would you place your money on? (That's what we thought). Anyways, less griping, more recapping!

Sera Hill vs. Geoff McBride: "Chain of Fools"
Sera and Geoff have a nice back-and-forth at the beginning of the song, but Sera definitely gets the advantage by going first. She has great range, which she thankfully doesn't... read more

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