BWW Recap: The Voice: Heated Performances, Steals, and...Flies?
Fourth performance of the night was a Team Adam battle, with James Irwin against Matt Cermanski, the "Comeback Kids", making it a second time after not getting any chairs turned the first time. They sang "Counting Stars" by One Republic, sung by Ryan Tedder, who is Adam's mentor for the Battles. Both Blake and CeeLo favored James, where Christina said both had talents. Adam was critical of the performance, saying it was "flawed performance" on both sides, but eventually chose James as the winner. On a personal note - this battle was so good that I bought One Republic's CD because of this battle. Anytime someone can make me stray away from cast recordings is a good battle. So they got the "Molly Seal of Approval", despite the fact that there could be only one winner
Battle Five was a Team Xtina battle, singing the intense and song that is full of emotion, "Not Ready to Make Nice" by the Dixie Chicks. Christina chose Destinee Quinn, who sang in biker bars before the Voice, and Lina Gaudenzi, who is classically trained. What I loved about this Battle was not only did we get to see the contestants sing the song, but we also got to see a clip of Christina singing it to help the girls. Christina sang it with such emotion that she finally was able to make the girls understand the emotion she was expecting for this song. After the battle, Destinee had sung the song with more emotion, and Lina was better technically. Christina emphasized with the emotion Destinee showed, and picked her as the winner. Adam, who was impressed with Lina, picked her at the last possible second, stealing her from Christina, though Christina seemed to be happy that neither girl had to go home after putting their all in it.
The final battle of the night was Team Adam, who had his contestants James Wolpert and Will Champlin sing "Radioactive" by Imagine Dragons. Christina favored Will, who came out with the "look" of the song, but Blake and CeeLo liked James, since he came out in a sweater and tie, his style so different from the song but his voice was good enough to let them overlook his style being different. Adam agreed, and picked James, sending Will home.
It was an eventful night for sure, and I'll be back tomorrow to recap the final Battle episode. Hopefully the flies will stay away from Christina and we'll have an amazing final Battle Rounds episode!