THE STORY SO FAR! From pop
tarts to rock gods, amateurs to veterans, they came by
the thousands, covering every part of the nation from
the Atlantic to the Pacific, from Canada to Mexico, and
all points in between, and even some points beyond. They
all have one goal, to win the hearts of America and be
crowned "The Voice".
But first... they will
have to do battle.
George Horga Jr.
Stephanie Anne Johnson
The coaches will select
their lineups, train them with the help of some
superstar advisors (Cher for Blake, Miguel for Cee-Lo,
Ryan Tedder for Adam, and Ed Sheeran for Christina), and
then send them to battle, where one of them will advance
to Knockout Rounds. The other may yet get a second shot,
because the Steal option is in play for the coaches who
are not involved in the Battle. They can only steal TWO
vocalists, so they have to figure out when it is in
their best interest to use them. And anyone can opt to
steal at any time. If two or more coaches use their
steal, they will have to fight for the artist's
At the end of this phase,
only 32 will move forward to face your votes. Time to
sing like every note will be your last. Because it just
might be. BATTLE ON!
#TEAMADAM: Grey vs. Nic Hawk
Grey, 25, is a wedding
singer from Jacksonville, while Nic, 26, is a musical
theatre veteran from Dallas. Their opening gambit is...
"Domino" by Jessie J, a former coach from "The Voice
UK". Would that she were here right now to bear witness.
Blake thinks that Nic is
"priceless" and it's impossible not to get wrapped up in
it. Christina thought that Nic was infectious, and that
Grey added balance. Cee Lo is partial to Nic.
ADAM CHOOSES: GREY
Now will anyone decide to steal Nic away
to their team? "Oh Adam, you screwed up so BAD!" BLAKE STEALS!
#TEAMXTINA: Amber Nicole vs. Timyra-Joi
Amber Nicole, 17, hails
from Houston, while Timyra-Joi, 15, comes from just down
the 5, San Diego. Both of them are big-voiced belters
connected in some way to a vocal coach. Hopefully
they've put in enough time to put their all in ...
"Listen" by Beyonce.
Both drove Christina to
tears, calling both of them vocal beasts. Cee Lo called
it "unbelievable", but gives it to Timyra. Adam thought
she was nervous, but afterwards, bigger than her body
gives her credit. This was a "legitimate battle" TO THE
CHRISTINA CHOOSES: AMBER
Will Timyra's loss be
another coach's gain? We've listened... it's a no.
#TEAMBLAKE: Justin Chain vs. Shelbie Z
It's a pair of Alabama
outlaw country singers with Justin, 23, from Fort Payne
vs. Shelbie, 21, from Jasper. Determination led both to
Blake, but only one can survive battling out with "Don't
You Wanna Stay" by Jason Aldean featuring Kelly
Christina thought that
Shelbie Z won, though the melodies blended perfectly.
Cee Lo agreed. Adam said that it felt more like a
performance than a battle. He could not focus on
separation. If he had to make a choice, he'd pick
BLAKE CHOOSES: SHELBIE Z
And unfortunately, we're breaking out of
#TEAMCEELO: Anthony Paul vs. Caroline Pennell
A pair of teenager
dreamers, 18-year-old Anthony from Ohio, and 17-year-old
Caroline from New Jersey. Anthony was coming out of show
choir in high school, while Caroline broke out on the
Voice stage. It looks as this battle is stilted to
Anthony, but what about "As Long As You Love Me" by
Justin Bieber. Who will Cee Lo love after this?
Cee Lo says that this is
perhaps the most uncomfortable moment for him...
CEE LO CHOOSES: CAROLINE. And guess what,
Anthony? CHRISTINA CHOOSES YOU!
#TEAMADAM: Donna Allen vs. Tessanne Chin
Adam's first battler, a
54-year-old from Hollywood, FL, and a 28-year-old from
Kingston, Jamaica. Donna has worked with Gloria Estefan.
Tessanne is a relative neophyte who managed to turn all
four chairs. Both of them are going to take on Emeli
Sande's "Next To Me".
Blake thought it was epic
and full of rasp and range. He gives it to Donna.
Christina disagrees, giving it to Tessanne. Cee Lo was
attracted to Tess' finesse.
ADAM CHOOSES: TESSANNE
And the coaches fail to pick up Donna.
Back to Florida.
#TEAMXTINA: Briana Cuoco vs. Jacquie Lee
One's a 24-year-old pop
singer from LA. The other is a 16-year-old R&B singer
from Jersey. Briana thinks that talent runs in the
family (again, her sister is Kaley). Jacquie thinks
she's every bit the singer and even more the person than
Briana is. They will go at it in the ring with "House of
the Rising Sun" by the Animals.
Perhaps the most intense
battle of the night. Cee Lo called it amazing, saying
that Jacquie brought youth to an old record. If Adam had
to choose right now... he couldn't. Blake gave it to
Briana, who captured the essence of the song. But the
final decision is Christina's.
CHRISTINA CHOOSES: JACQUIE... and don't
look now, but the OTHERS want a piece of the Briana action! So now it's
up to her.
BRIANA CHOOSES.... BLAKE! Hard to lose
out on someone TWICE... Cee Lo.
So to review...
George Horga Jr.
Stephanie Anne Johnson
And this is the first of
many battles to come...
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