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The Voice Episode: "The Battles, Week 3"

Season 2, Episode 8
Episode Synopsis: The battle round resumes. Advisers include Lionel Richie, Kelly Clarkson, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Jewel, Miranda Lambert, Alanis Morissette, Ne-Yo and Robin Thicke.
Original Air Date: Mar 19, 2012

The Voice Episode Recap: Wayne's World Battles The Princess Season 2, Episode 8

We're halfway through the battle rounds, but after Monday's competitions, it really feels like they are never going to end.

Unlike last week's episode, where it seemed the coaches knew which singer they were going to pick even before the first note, week 3 seemed to be all about the TV-manufactured underdogs. The quirky diva over the rockers, the introverted ingénue instead of the polished performer. But just because these picks made for less predictable TV doesn't mean they were the best choices. That is, unless the coaches were just watching a completely different group of performances than I was. Don't believe me? Read it for yourself: 

Pip vs. Nathan Parrett: "You Know I'm No Good"
The night starts off with a wonderful song choice for, as Carson puts it, "two young guys with old souls." Odds-on favorite Pip gets to start things off and he does a fine job, really trying to add his own flair to the tune. Nathan has so much natural soul in his voice, but his lack of confidence is a huge problem because it holds him back from performing at full power. Yes, Pip is a truly talented stage performer, but Nathan's vocals are more unusual and multi-layered despite his nerves. When you're performing against a singer as comfortable on stage as Pip, you got to really bring it and as much as I love Nathan, not sure that he does enough to silence the many Pip devotees out there. Christina says Nathan came across as more nervous, but that his voice demands attention. However, she and Blake both pick Pip nonetheless, while Cee Lo goes with Nathan. Adam picks Pip. Surprise, surprise.

The Shields Brothers vs. Erin Martin: "What's Love Got to Do With It"
Only the second one of the night and I already want to call this the worst battle yet. Erin Martin has talent, yes, but she is way too much of a diva. When she and the Shields Brothers get together to figure out who is singing what part, she tries to override Cee Lo's direction multiple times before he disses her and calls her a "princess" (this coming from the guy who wears red silk pajamas and keeps a cat named Purrfect in his lap, mind you). Even when Erin is working with Ne-Yo, he tells her that he's not buying what she's selling and she can't get over the fact that someone said she wasn't sexy. Meanwhile, Babyface is pleasantly surprised by the group that he says reminds him of Wayne's World — hello 1991! Erin starts off the song and she sounds like a dying cat at certain times when she makes a weird high-pitched noise at the end of certain verses that me want to duck under the table for cover. Her outfit is interesting, but her face is devoid of all emotion and she has very odd pronunciations on certain lyrics. The Shields Brothers do a fine job, but if anything, they should go to the live rounds just to save the nation of that high-pitched noise. I never want to hear it again!! Blake picks Erin because of her outfit, and Christina chooses the Shields Brothers. Cee Lo says he can do more with Erin going into the live rounds. All together now: Ugh.

Ashley De La Rosa vs. Jonathas: "No Air"
This is an interesting pick simply because it is originally a duet.  If Jonathas is a perfect vocal copycat of Usher, then Ashley is a very poor man's version of Jordin Sparks. If the last battle had too much going on, this one didn't have nearly enough happening onstage. Both of them seem to limp along throughout the song, but at least Jonathas tries to skate by with some genuine talent, in contrast to Ashley's lack of emotions and energy combined with her staged choreography. Apparently, this performance comes off different in the room and Blake says Jonathas was very one-note compared to the more experimental Ashley, and he and Cee Lo both pick her, as does Christina. Seriously? Did Jonathas get punished for sounding too much like a professional recording artist? I thought that was the point of The Voice...?

Jermaine Paul vs. ALyx: "Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car"
One of the weirder song choices of the night, but it totally works onstage. However, this battle feels almost cruelly unfair. Jermaine spent years singing back-up for Alicia Keys and has phenomenal stage presence and energy. ALyx, on the other hand, is pretty stiff and misses a golden opportunity to loosen up a little and have some fun on this fluffy and cheesy '80s pop song. She does a lot better onstage than she did working with Black on the song and ad-libs a random shout-out at the end: "Sometimes you just got to say, 'What the hell!'" All the random cursing and spontaneity can't save ALyx from getting booted compared to someone as powerful as Jermaine, and Blake does pick him to go to the live rounds.

Angel Taylor vs. Katrina Parker: "Bleeding Love"
This is another battle of the more extroverted performer vs. the more introverted singer, but this battle is a lot more even-handed. Katrina has a real Adele-like soulful quality to her voice, but Angel's got chops of her own and her singing is very clean. This is probably the best battle of the night simply because the song is a great fit for both of their voices, but also because it gives each singer enough room to display her individual strengths. Why did Adam have to pit these two against each other? I want to see them both advance! Can we just sacrifice princess instead? Or how about Ashley De La Rosa? If we must eliminate someone, Katrina's voice is more unique and has a little something extra to offer. Blake, Christina and Cee Lo all vote Katrina. Adam buries his head behind his sweater and says the choice is not very clear-cut to him. In the end, Adam picks Katrina as well. I have to admit, I don't remember her from the blind auditions, but I can not wait to see what Katrina perform in the live shows.

Gwen Sebastian vs. Erin Willett: "We Belong"
The battle rounds get emotional when Erin learns that her father isn't doing well and only has 24 hours left, according to nurses. However, she insists on staying because she knows that is what her dad would want for her. Gwen is good and starts out soft when she could have easily gone the predictable route and shouted from the roof tops. However, as soon as Erin comes in, she drowns out Gwen not only because of the power in her voice but probably also because of what she was going through emotionally. The ladies sound beautiful when they duet on the chorus, but it's hard to pick Gwen's voice out. Christina picks Erin, as does Adam, who says they were both fantastic. Blake says he thinks Erin played it a little safe, but also picks her to move on to the next round.

So what did you think of the night's battle rounds? Did you agree with the coaches' picks? Is there one singer you would have loved to save? And who else is happy that there is only one more battle rounds episode? I know I am! Sound off with all your comments below!

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We're halfway through the battle rounds, but after Monday's competitions, it really feels like they are never going to end.

Unlike last week's episode, where it seemed the coaches knew which singer they were going to pick even before the first note, week 3 seemed to be all about the TV-manufactured underdogs. The quirky diva over the rockers, the introverted ingénue instead of the polished performer. But just because these picks made for less predictable TV doesn't mean they were the best choices. That is, unless the coaches were just watching a completely different group of performances than I was. Don't believe me? Read it for yourself: 

Pip vs. Nathan Parrett: "You Know I'm No Good"
The night starts off with a wonderful song choice for, as Carson puts it, "two young guys with old souls." Odds-on favorite Pip gets to start things off and he does a fine job, really trying to add his own flair to the tune. Nathan has so much natural soul... 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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