The Voice 4 – Battle Rounds Part 4 – Recap, Video

Live blogging The Voice 4 Battle Round right here. The Knockouts begin next week!

The Voice Battle Rounds have come to an end–done in two weeks! That has to be some sort of record.  Sarah Simmons is the big contender to come of tonight’s rounds. I can’t imagine her NOT making the live shows.  I wish we got more than a quick look at pop-nerd Michelle Chamuel. I am really intrigued by her!

Brandon Roush vs Shawna P. –  Team Shakira – “Piece of My Heart” by Janis Joplin – Shawna has been a singer since before Brandon was born. The song choice seems tailor made for Shawna, and Brandon is very nervous. Shawna finds her place in the song right away while Brandon’s performance needs more work. Brandon is so young and pretty, it may not matter. Shakira advises Brandon not to SCREAM.  That’s good advice, because I remember a loud voice without much finesse from his audition.  Shakira is teaching him a lot, Brandon says.  She says Shawna needs to learn to express emotion. Forty-Five year old Shawna says she’ll be frustrated if she loses to a 19 year old.

Both singers are from the big, raspy voiced rocker tradition, but Shawna’s experience shines through her performance. Her tone is richer, and she sings with a ton of heart and emotion. Brandon is…loud, with a tone that doesn’t set him apart from your typical generic “rawker.” Adam thought the performance was “fun” and gives Brandon props for keeping up with Shawna. He ribs Blake, comparing Brandon’s long locks to Blake’s youthful style (Photo please?) Usher compares Shawna’s voice to fine wine, but feels they both provided great experiences.  Shakira calls the battle eagerness vs experience and in the end, she goes for the latter.  Shawna P wins the battle . Well, thank God. I was so expecting the young pretty boy to win. Nobody steals Brandon – Shawna P. Wins the Battle

Duncan Kamakana vs Sarah SimmonsTeam Adam –  “Wanted You More” by Lady Antebellum. – Duncan totally got the  cannon fodder edit during his audition, while Sarah got the pimp spot. We’ll see how this works out.  In rehearsal, Adam notes that Sarah has the tendency to fade off of her words. Duncan has to careful not to be swallowed up by Sarah.  Hillary Scott is the mentor, and it’s a little intimidating for both to be singing her song, which, as she explains, is very personal.  The two are having problems making a connection. Adam advises both to be more decisive about their phrasing.  And both have issues during the run through–pitchy pitchy!  Adam says they have to rehearse together more.

Duncan and Sarah have NO chemistry. You have Duncan on one hand, grinning from ear to ear, while Sarah is all angsty and emotional. Very weird. For a guitar strumming singer/songwriter type, Duncan is a solid performer, with an interesting  texture and phrasing. But he’s no match for the big-voiced Sarah, who is almost Sybil-like in her ability to change her voice to suit her phrasing and emotional delivery.  Duncan comes off like a lightweight, especially with the silly grinning. Blake loved the performance. Sarah is one of his favorites, he would totally pick her. Usher likes Duncan’s confidence, but Sarah “woke the entire room up” with her voice.  Adam is so proud of both. He loves Sarah’s effortlessness. And of course, Sarah is the winner. Duncan, thy name is CANNON FODDER. Pretty boy, edition. Sarah Simmons Wins the Battle

Quick Battles

Michelle Chamuel vs Chelsea M – Team Usher - “Titanium” –   Michelle Chamuel Wins the Battle

Amy Whitcomb vs Agina Alvarez – Team Adam - “Heartbreaker” –  Amy Whitcomb Wins the Battle

Justin Rivers vs The Morgan Twins – Team Blake – Justin Rivers Wins the Battle

Cathia Vs Mary Miranda – Team Shakira – Ante De Las Seis by Shakira –  She gives two young Latina singers one of her very own songs!. She wants to see who can deliver an emotional moment.  Cathia bitches that Mary isn’t learning her parts. Mary admits that she’s holding back because she doesn’t know the song. Cathia is doing the work and impressing Shakira and mentor Joel Madden.  At the run-through, Mary feels more comfortable with the song, but still not totally prepared.  But now, Cathia is suddenly pitchy. She blames her mistakes on Mary’s lack of preparation.  MEOW.

Cathia is easily dominating 17 year old Mary. She’s got a big, powerful, commanding voice and sings with a depth Mary just does not possess.  Adam  didn’t understand it, but he felt all of it, regardless. Both are amazing singers, he says. He would go with Mary. (Really?)  Blake admits he was totally out of his depth. He’s sure the song was written about him (joking!). He “loved every syllable.”  Cathia blew him away. Usher accuses Shakira of narcissism.  Why else would she pick her own song? Ha.  Shakira insists she tested them both to see if they could make HER song their own.  Kidding aside, Usher thinks they did incredible.  Shakira notes that Cathia has strength and power while Mary has  a sweet voice with a signature vibrato.  Shakira chooses  Mary. WHAT? This has GOT to be a setup for a steal.  As Cathia thanks Shakira tearfully, Usher STEALS her just as she begins stepping off the stage. Yep. That was a setup for a steal. Mary Miranda Wins The Battle – Usher Steals Cathia 

  • Jordana33

    With time for only 3 battles, I really thought that this would be a montaged one.

  • bridgette12

    Brandon has some pretty hair.

  • http://twitter.com/TherealDharper therealDharper

    Brandon is holding his own in this duet.

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake W.

    I’m liking both of them. I don’t care which one stays.

  • bridgette12

    I’m loving Brandon, really good voice.

  • chillj

    That should have been her song; it wasn’t. A little too hammy on both of their parts – it looked like Othello in motion.

  • Connie Stamley

    Why is this woman wearing her bathrobe? This show needs some stylists.

  • LeoCS

    Brandon is good. The woman is good too, but she’s kinda arrogant. She would never go far in the competition.

  • irockhard

    Brandon better win! Please don’t break my heart Shakira!!!

  • supersonic

    Brandon is a real life Budnick from Salute Your Shorts.

  • irockhard

    Why????????

  • http://twitter.com/happylittlefish Amy Beth

    Ooh, they’re speeding up the pace. Battle 1 only took 15 minutes instead of 20.

  • vd88

    I really don’t think they’re going to show Usher’s supposedly crazy thing he did which some ppl believe he tried to steal his own contestant, they haven’t been hyping it like they did in the past.

  • justmefornow

    I just turned this on in time to see Brandon lose to that old woman? Really? She’s got zero shot of winning this thing. What a stupid move.

    Edit: Old woman in a bathrobe, lol.

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake W.

    Sarah is my favorite contestant this season. I hope she beats this dude.

  • irockhard

    She better!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=501482875 Kesia Monteith

    I’m beyond pissed Brandon loss. First Jessica, then Patrick, and now Brandon? A joke, really.

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake W.

    Haha, it shouldn’t be hard after hearing him.

  • bridgette12

    Why do Sarah have on that awful red dress that makes her look bigger than she is.

  • matt89

    Duncan was pretty weak

  • bridgette12

    Sarah won this battle easily.

  • irockhard

    Adam’s made dumb decisions before, but fingers crossed.

  • http://twitter.com/TherealDharper therealDharper

    Sarah won that duet

  • matt89

    Notice that Adam didn’t even have to agonize over that decision

  • blackberryharvest

    I think they pretty much know who they will put through before the battles even begin.

  • irockhard

    I don’t get it at all. Even for strategic reasons. She already has a better and more likable female classic rocker on her team – Karina.

  • irockhard

    Yay Sarah!

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake W.

    Yay, a bitch fight. The voice has been lacking some conflict between the contestants lately.

  • Jordana33

    They actually edit out the time it takes the judges to decide. I heard that sometimes they deliberate forever (occasionally up to half an hour or more)

  • http://twitter.com/justsing17 J

    Darn it! They montaged Amy Whitcomb again… :/

  • irockhard

    They montaged Amy Whitcomb again?????!!!!!!!!

  • LeoCS

    her fans must be having a meltdown. lol

  • chillj

    Nice.

  • justmefornow

    Lets face it. That duet was damn creepy, like he was singing to his mother. Yuck.

  • irockhard

    Blake’s entire team is country, literally!

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake W.

    I think it is sad that he never wants to take a risk. If you arn’t country, you should definitely go with Adam,Shakira, or Usher.

  • irockhard

    She’s not my absolute fave but I would’ve like to see one full performance, she’s good.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004875903894 Katie Smith

    They seem to be letting most of the girls through in the boy-girl battles. And people said Idol manipulated a girl win…

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake W.

    I actually think the girls are stronger this season.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004875903894 Katie Smith

    Sad that none of them will make it after the show.

  • chillj

    Yeah, and I was so looking forward to a dick fight.

  • irockhard

    LOL at Latina cat fight!

  • irockhard

    The Voice is the total opposite to Idol with gender casting. Idol generally casts stronger and more interesting guys, while The Voice generally casts stronger and more interesting girls. Most of my AI faves have been guys but most of my TV faves have been girls.

  • http://twitter.com/TherealDharper therealDharper

    Man I love Spanish music. Don’t understand a word of it but i enjoy listening to it.

  • irockhard

    Go Mary, Cathia is annoying!

  • chillj

    Usher is gonna steal the little one for Bieber. She does not seem an appealing person.

  • matt89

    these 2 kind of just blend together. I can’t really tell the voices apart

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake W.

    No kidding!

  • matt89

    Still can’t believe they montaged michelle chamuel

  • sweetmm

    Usher so wants Mary to coach I think.

  • http://twitter.com/dancinsD Dancin VI#81

    last season and the one before .. blake was choosin a lot of non country singers in the battles .. look at his winners

  • matt89

    Kind of anticlimatic. 1 save left, last battle…

  • Jordana33

    Someone on the production staff doesn’t like those two girls. Neither got a very favorable editing.

  • matt89

    well, at least Usher tried to make it exciting with the last second steal, however we knew he was going to steal

  • supersonic

    They look so much alike, too.

  • http://twitter.com/happylittlefish Amy Beth

    We knew, but they didn’t. Battles weren’t shown in exact order.

  • RalphResty

    Agree. Cathia has been annoying even from her audition. Didn’t like her from the start.

  • Jordana33

    I would have preferred to see her over Shawna and Brandon. Plus, the person Michelle battled was also montaged for the auditions, I think. They also montaged Justin Rivers both times. Isn’t he Blake’s only country soloist guy?

  • cheese1

    I was happy to not see the creepy twins again!

  • Jordana33

    Her blind auditions outfit was equally unflattering, IMO. Hopefully she gets some fashion help.

  • RalphResty

    It’s really quite obvious he favors his country singers. What kind of judge would “stick to what he knows”?

  • vd88

    Told y’all they was going to cut out Usher’s crazy thing he did, I hate when these shows just hype you up for nothing. lol

  • Jordana33

    Wasn’t very impressed either, but hopefully with this exposure, he can graduate from doing Burger King Commercials.

  • alonzo7

    Can’t believe we haven’t seen Amy except in montages-she won’t make it far that way with no audience to even see her.
    Didn’t care for the attitudes of Mary or Catia-thought Amy won the battle over Agina???

  • irockhard

    Amy won that battle.

  • http://twitter.com/happylittlefish Amy Beth

    There are 32 contestants left. As far as I can tell only Amy Whitcomb and Justin Rivers have been double-montaged. Am I missing anyone?

  • irockhard

    Yeah me too, that way him losing wouldn’t have stung so much. Dam you Shakira!

  • irockhard

    I have to say the production and execution of this episode wasn’t great, and I won’t be surprised if the ratings dip a bit as a result.

  • Jordana33

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who found it a little creepy.

  • Jordana33

    That was the only upside.

  • RalphResty

    Some of The Voice judges’ questionable decisions regarding the winners
    have really turned me off. There was clearly some favoritism there.

  • Jordana33

    Vicci, Chris Mann and RaeLynn (who just got signed by Dr. Luke’s label) would probably beg to differ. Then there’s Cassadee Pope and Juliet Simms who both seem to be on a promising path. There are two Voice alumni charting on radio, which is good , in light of the fact that the show is only two years old.

  • LeoCS

    Well, that was boring for today.

  • 1rollbounce2

    Wow, I blinked and it was over. Probably worst Voice episode ever. Glad I blinked.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004875903894 Katie Smith

    Chris’s album didn’t even sell 3000 copies the first week. Raelynn’s single bombed. I have never heard Vicci on the radio and there are a lot of people who chart that still haven’t “made it” in the real world. Even Taylor Hicks charted at one point. Raelynn hasn’t done anything since her run on the show ended besides maybe open up for Miranda a few times. Juliet isn’t marketable enough make it(plus its been a year since her run on the show), and Cassadee won’t make it as a country singer especially since she isn’t genuine.

  • RalphResty

    You got that right.

  • sweetmm

    Tuesday night as usual is less exciting than Mondays; but tonight demonstrates during the battle the best singers are chosen over eye candies. TVoice managed to stay true to its hype.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=501482875 Kesia Monteith

    Just want to say that out of the montage tonight, Justin Rivers sounded fantastic. Wish we could have seen the battle just for him.

  • http://butterbeanjunction.com/ Connie D

    Her hair looked pretty, but what a pity no one advised her not to wear lounging attire of such a dated design.

  • Jordana33

    Raelynn just got signed last week, so whatever “single” she released before wasn’t under a major label, and Chris has landed major high profile gigs since the Voice and for the genre of pop-opera, that’s considered successful. So if Vicci and Chris can make it, so can others. And in the normal non-idol world of non-manufactured pop stars, it actually takes more than a year or two to “make it” in this industry. But continue saying that all these good hard-working artists are going to flop! This is based on what…..2 years of data? LOL.

  • RalphResty

    Maybe the producers think he’s just average. I think so too.

  • Wfish88

    Vicci has received moderate radio success with “come along” but only because it featured CeeLo. Her album on the other hand, hasn’t done well. RaeLynn & Juliet have already released their debut singles, they flopped. Chris Mann’s album flopped as well. So no, The Voice alumni have not done well.

  • Jordana33

    And that means that none will ever do well?

  • Jordana33

    Which results seemed like favoritism?

  • girlygirl

    In the commercials they kept teasing this major shock in tonight’s show. There was absolutely nothing shocking about it. In fact, it was pretty boring.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004875903894 Katie Smith

    Raelynn has been signed since last July.

    http://tasteofcountry.com/raelynn-record-deal-republic-nashville/

    And she performed her single “Boyfriend” on Season 3, but it went nowhere.

  • Wfish88

    RaeLynn was signed to Republic Nashville (a major label) when her single was released & performed on The Voice. It still flopped. So because Chris landed some high profile gigs (apparently?), he’s a success? His album sales were bad. Well 2 years of data and multiple major label VOICE artists whose albums or singles have flopped – Javier, Dia, Jermaine, Juliet, RaeLynn, Xenia, Chris.

  • RalphResty

    Blake picking the country singer again tonight. Ugh!

  • Tanya Harvey

    What’s up with that? That’s the only reason I was going to watch tonight. They waste so much time on some of these contestants. Why can’t they at least give everyone some time before it’s up to the viewers to vote. She hasn’t got a prayer.

  • hayes

    I still regularly play Sarah’s “One of Us” studio version. I’m looking forward to hearing her studio recording of “Wanted You More”. I love that song.

  • http://www.facebook.com/djafans Fan Dja

    YES her connection was spot on. Mary is my second overall favorite after Sarah Simmons.

  • tibitibis

    I agree, right now her and Sarah S. are my favorites . Mary Miranda has an enormus potential and a really beautiful voice.

  • Jordana33

    Billboard article that just came out last week. Raelynn signed by Dr. Luke, which is a huge deal

    http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/the-615/1558798/raelynn-inks-deal-with-dr-luke-on-eve-of-recording-debut-album

  • Jordana33

    Maybe you know something these journalists don’t know? Not bad for a contestant who came in 4th and one who didn’t even make the top 12….

    http://www.starpulse.com/news/Brittany_Frederick/2013/02/25/the_voice_finalist_chris_mann_reveals_

    http://www.examiner.com/article/the-voice-alum-raelynn-inks-deal-with-dr-luke-prepares-to-record-debut-album

  • Jordana33

    Mary’s Spanish (in terms of pronunciation and vocal inflections) is definitely better than Cathia’s, but I still liked Cathia’s voice more. So to me, it was still a tough decision.

  • windmills

    Rae Lynn wasn’t signed to Dr. Luke’s label. She’s signed to Republic Nashville, which is part of Scott Borchetta’s Big Machine Label Group, just like Cassadee Pope. That’s because The Voice’s deal is with Republic Records.

    The article you linked is about Rae Lynn signing a publishing deal with a joint venture between Dr. Luke’s publishing company and Big Machine’s publishing company that’s meant to facilitate pop and country collaborations.

    Rae Lynn hasn’t had a single promoted to radio yet – they didn’t try with Boyfriend. Apparently she’s taken voice lessons but it’s still not clear when they’re going to try to launch her. She’s kept in close touch with Blake whereas from Cassadee’s comments it doesn’t seem like they’ve kept in close contact about her music (which is not a knock on Blake and isn’t a sign of trouble between them).

  • Wfish88

    RaeLynn has a new record, yes. BUT she was signed to Nashville Republic after The Voice, MJ has a post about it months ago, and check iTunes… yet her single stoll failed… With Chris -So if Lee Dewyze had his own TV special that would make him a success? His album ‘Roads’ debuted at 172 on billboard 200, and fell off after 1 week. His album sales are terrible. Chris may be doing better than most other Voice alumni, but that ain’t sayin much.