The Voice - Battle Rounds Part 1 - Videos and Recap

Share on Tumblr
Submit to redditShare via email

The judges may have made their initial picks based purely on The Voice, but now that we’re getting into the nitty-gritty of the contest, all of the typical rules apply–with youth and beauty generally winning the day. The Patrick Thompson/Tyler Robinson fight barely seemed fair at all, with the song choice squarely in Patrick’s wheelhouse, and Blake’s constant harping on Tyler not to sing runs, It makes me wonder why he chose Tyler at all.

The Casey/Tim pairing was a bit unfair as well. When Tim refused to take all of Adam’s notes, I figured that was the end of him.  Blake  said he preferred Casey because he could already see some growth. Really, that was a nice way of saying he wouldn’t pick an old dog that wasn’t open to new tricks.

Frenchie has much more control over that big ole voice of hers than I remember on Idol, unlike Tarralyn, she understands that the key to great singing  is a blend of hitting those big notes and singing with nuance. It will be interesting to see how far Frenchie makes it in this competition.  She got some really great advice from Christina and Sia too-who pointed out that she had a tendency to sing sharp.

I agree with Blake–it was a shame to pit Vicci against Niki. They are both such great singers, I would have preferred they both advance in the competition. But if a singer had to go tonight–Vicci won it by an edge. Her vocals have a  very special and unique quality.

It was a fun show tonight, but I would have collapsed all the talky reality bits and stuck to the performances. They could have doubled the rounds to 8, with short introductions to each battle. Some of that stuff was just superfluous.

Here’s how tonight’s Battle Round will work: Contestants from the same team will face off in duets. The coaches will pick who moves on and who will be eliminated.

Christina speaks to the 8 members of her team. She picks the first pair:

Tarralyn Ramsey with Frenchie Davis They’ll sing Beyonce’s “Single Ladies”. Tarralyn is not surprised because they are both powerhouse vocalists. Sia joins Christina to help advise the pair. “I never worried about the words” jokes Christina. Sia tells Frenchie that she has a tendency to sing sharp. Tarralyn vows not to do a “great” rehearsal. She wants to keep her best tricks in her back pocket. Christina tells the duo they should be helping each other. Yeah right.

The singing begins! Taralyn QUIT SCREAMING AT ME. Pitch please. So far, Frenchie is winning. Tarralyn is confusing off key screaming with singing. Frenchie has more finesse. Cee Lo: I enjoyed that so much. Frenchie you got the big love going on. Adam: The best thing is when you forget it ‘s a singing competition. I forgot. Blake. It reminded me of Rocky. Christina: You got everybody worked up and having fun. I don’t want to pick this one! (she chats with Sia)

Winner: Frenchie Davis! (Good choice)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5fEZ_ACY4E

Blake Shelton is next!

Patrick Thomas and Tyler Robinson will sing “Burning Love” by Elvis. Blake brings in his advisor, Reba McEntire. Tyler has never heard “Burning Love”. That’s not good! Blake tells Tyler not to overdo the runs. Patrick asks Reba what she’s thinking about when she sings. She thinks of the words. This does not seem like a fair fight. Patrick is a country singer–the tune is in his wheelhouse. Tyler is a pop/soul guy and seems out of his element.

The singing begins! Patrick has this beat. His rich country voice is a perfect fit. Tyler’s voice is reedy, and the runs aren’t working here–he’s also off pitch. Bye Tyler. Christina: I was not expecting that. You both stepped up to the plate. Cee Lo: Both of you are surgically technical great singers. Cee Lo picks Tyler. Adam: You are both incredible. Adam also goes with Tyler! Hm. Reba says they both rocked it. Blake was happy that Tyler took his notes, but Patrick is the winner.

Winner: Patrick Thomas

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdHd6nGBFJI

Adam is next!

Casey Weston and Tim Mahoney will sing “Leather and Lace” Casey is 18, Tim is much older. Interesting duo. Adam Levine brings in Adam Blackstone. Casey has never heard “Leather and Lace”. Adam tells Tim his voice has to be like butter. He needs to work on his phrasing. Casey is a badass, says Adam. Tim isn’t ready to take all of Adam’s advice. Adam is going to pick the singer who performs best, regardless of what came before.

The singing begins! Both singers are good. But, Casey’s got the stronger, more intriguing voice. And let’s face it–she’s younger and prettier too. Blake: If I was Adam, I’d go with Casey because I see development. Christina: They blended really well. Lovely. Cee Lo: You remind me of a young Stevie Nicks. But Tim is more strangely unique. It’s interesting to me. Adam says he was nervous, but in the end, he brought it. He tells Casey that it’s hard to mess with Stevie Nicks, but she did it.

Winner: Casey Weston

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryRci2bkEow

Cee Lo is next!

Vicci Martinez and Niki Dawson will sing Pink’s “Perfect”. Cee Lo brings Monica on as an adviser. Monica thinks it will be challenging to pick between these two confident singers.

The singing begins! Wow. This is a tough one. They are both terrific. Can’t they both stay? They get a standing O. Adam: That was by far the best duet of the night: Blake: Refuses to pick, and thinks it was a mistake to pair them together. Christina: This is a hard one. Cee Lo says Niki did an exceptional job, but Nikki “you’ve got this war dance…you have this gut wrenching affect on me.” He picks Vicci.

Winner: Vicci Martinez

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPpJOjNhKO8

 
  • girlygirl

    anyone have link to live stream? thanks

  • taywatch

    I’d also love the link. Thanks!

  • gangreen29

    http://www.seeon.tv/view/3809/ here you go girlygirl

  • gangreen29

    Drama! lol

  • iluvai

    Oh my!! That was a battle!

  • missytoots

    go Frenchie!

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    I’m going for Frenchie on this one.

  • Fullmoon

    I think Frenchie got this.

  • bridgette12

    I love this show. Frenchie was good, but I liked the other woman’s voice better.

  • TylerWV

    I liked frenchie on that one.

  • girlygirl

    neither Frenchie nor the other girl was very good. Frenchie was a lot better when she was on Idol :(

  • lili_anne7

    Frenchie was better IMO

  • girlygirl

    Thanks gangreen29

  • bridgette12

    Congrats to Frenchie!

  • gangreen29

    Frenchie on Carson? I hope everyone else who wins tonight gets to be on too…

  • chicksineggz

    Ughhh that sucked, but Frenchie was definitely the better one.

  • lili_anne7

    YAY !!!

  • gangreen29

    neither Frenchie nor the other girl was very good. Frenchie was a lot better when she was on Idol

    Agreed on both points.

  • littlefishie

    Yes! Frenchie won!

    The other girl’s attitude was such a turn-off. Plus, her “glory” notes were so incredibly out of tune.

  • Valentin432

    Good for Frenchie

  • Lisa

    Yay for Frenchie

  • gangreen29

    Reba <3

  • Lexus

    Taralyn’s attitude sucked and it turned me off her right away. Lack of class.

    Neither hit it out of the ballpark for me, but Frenchie was the better of the two.

    I loved Patrick’s blind audition so I already have him picked for this battle.

  • Valentin432

    I’m guessing the country guy makes it before hearing the battle

  • chicksineggz

    okay, why are they pacing this so slowly? they should have done 8 battles in one hour.

  • lili_anne7

    This mash up seems unfair. The country singer clearly has the edge with an elvis song.

  • brie200

    Frenchie was better than the other girl, but I wasn’t impressed with either. The battle rounds sound cool in concept, but I feel like it just promotes screaming and oversinging.

  • girlygirl

    I don’t know if either one of these guys are really a “hunka hunka burning love”

    but Patrick probably has an edge since Tyler doesn’t know the song. However, one of the best versions I’ve ever heard of this song was by Arthur Alexander — a very r&b/soul version of the song. I could see Tyler doing a good job with that kind of take on this

  • gangreen29

    okay, why are they pacing this so slowly? they should have done 8 battles in one hour.

    I agree. Next time they do the show I would like 4 blind audition episodes and only two battle rounds.

  • Lisa

    Uh the boys sucked

  • TylerWV

    tyler on that one.

  • girlygirl

    I thought Tyler actually had more conviction and soul in that, but both guys were pretty good

  • s0x_prisoner

    Tyler > Patrick

  • Fullmoon

    Tyler got this one

  • brie200

    I liked Tyler better by far. Bad choice Blake.

  • Fullmoon

    Wow, that was a bad call.

  • TylerWV

    surprised on that one though patrick is a better fit for country Tyler needs to learn to dress the part. The bow tie has to go

  • Valentin432

    Not surprising, Blake goes with the country guy.

  • girlygirl

    boo!!! wrong choice :)

  • jrain

    Tyler was better but hey Patrick is more marketable.

  • bentley1530

    OK everyone is saying Tyler and he picks Patrick. Why?

  • songsungblue

    Wow. That’s so insane. He was pre-selected, clearly. Because Tyler totally outsang him. Patrick was all Branson.

  • anovich

    Tyler was better, but Patrick will have more appeal in the live shows

  • iggy

    Did I hear Blake say that Patrick was a trained vocalist? What a mismatch with that Tyler guy.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    Boo. Patrick is a cookie cutter country singer. No personality.

  • s0x_prisoner

    Blake probably just wanted a country singer… poor Tyler.

  • windmills

    Random comment: that background music they play when there’s tension, does it make anybody else think of Kelly’s Never Again?

  • songsungblue

    I thought the point was that they didn’t care about that? It was all about the VOICE? Heh. Yeah.

  • chicksineggz

    god i hope this show gets better during the voting rounds…
    i thought overall the boys did better than the girls. but still wasn’t good. =/

  • stwbcross

    I think we’ve just seen one of the biggest flaws of this show. If you’re not a country singer, don’t pick Blake as your mentor.

  • iluvai

    I thought on a previous episode that Blake looked a little surprised when he saw Tyler. I had a feeling he was going to pick Patrick.

  • littlefishie

    TEAM ADAM. He looks like such a good mentor in his edit.

  • http://www.dallascowboys.com GeminiDolly

    Blake really shit the stick on that pick.

  • jersey

    Meh on the guys from Blake’s team. I didn’t really like either one of them. I’m ok with the pacing of this. I like seeing a little bit of what went into the final duet and what the contestants are thinking.

  • lili_anne7

    I think we’ve just seen one of the biggest flaws of this show. If you’re not a country singer, don’t pick Blake as your mentor.

    Yep. ITA, he will screw you over.

  • Willis

    Tim Mahoney has been playing in my city for years. I’ve seen him a few time and he’s pretty good. That said, Adam should choose the girl.

  • brie200

    Not that I ever thought the blind rounds were really blind, meaning that obviously the producers picked the people before sticking them on stage–but I kind of agree. What was the point of even doing the gimmick of the blind rounds if the coaches are throwing that all out the window already?

  • kmd

    I think I am going to be Team Adam. The two Adams look like good mentors to me.

  • bentley1530

    stwbcross says:
    05/10/2011 at 10:33 pm

    I think we’ve just seen one of the biggest flaws of this show. If you’re not a country singer, don’t pick Blake as your mentor.

    I think Blake was the only one who turned around for Tyler so he did not have a choice. Too bad for him.

  • ricardo222

    Blake just couldn’t pick the gay guy. simple as that

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    Although the “blind” auditions are a gimmick, some of these people would never have made it on Idol simply for their looks. Let’s see how long they last on this show.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    I love this song, btw.

  • songsungblue

    She has a lovely voice, this girl. This is a much better duet, although I’m skeeved by the lyrics with an 18 year old girl.

  • gangreen29

    I love this song. They are ruining it :(

  • Miss Blue

    Best duet so far. This was wonderful and I’m a HUGE fan of the original.

    I hope Adam picks Casey – she has potential leaking out of her ears, not a missed note in sight, and I LOVE her tone.

  • iluvai

    I like the girl!

  • TylerWV

    both good. she sounds more country but he was better I think

    The real contest is how many commercials they are throwing in.

    Re. Blake not picking Tyler cuz he was gay. Country music is just beginning to have the occasional outed gay. If Blakes job is to find a viable country artist, then thats why he didnt go for Tyler. Too bad another judge didnt pick him.

  • anovich

    That was really well done, but I vote for Casey

  • aislinn

    Tyler was totally screwed over in that pick. He gave the better performance, and two of the mentors recognized it. Blake went within his comfort zone, not with the better choice.

  • girlygirl

    I like both of them, but I thought I heard a little “goat” vibrato in Casey’s voice. Yes/no?

  • lili_anne7

    Casey has more star potential IMO

  • iluvai

    Casey has more star potential IMO

    I think so. Plus she’s so young. wow.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    Going for Casey. The dude is somehow skeevy to me. He’s probably perfectly nice. I just don’t like him.

  • Valentin432

    4 battles in one hour? They are really milking this.

  • bridgette12

    I love Casey, there’s something so different about her voice.

  • windmills

    Miss Blue: I hope Adam picks Casey – she has potential leaking out of her ears, not a missed note in sight, and I LOVE her tone.

    Ditto. She reminds me of Ashley Monroe who is one of my favorite singer/songwriters in country music and that is a VERY good thing.

    girlygirl: I like both of them, but I thought I heard a little “goat” vibrato in Casey’s voice. Yes/no?

    Yes. She was mumbling and had a major case of nerves too. I still like her much better. But I think he’s going to pick Tim.

    I was on the grassy knoll with the 1st 2 pairings and picks but not the current one.

  • jrain

    Imo Tim was a little better but she’s marketable.

  • J.S.G.

    There are more layers/depth to Casey’s voice.

  • jersey

    I liked both of Adam’s contestants. Casey a little more.

  • songsungblue

    I wouldn’t call Tim the most unique voice I’ve ever heard, actually. But I would go Casey here. She’s got a terrific voice, a nice vibe – and the fact that she’s a beginner? Amazing.

  • Miss Blue

    I love Casey, there’s something so different about his voice

    .

    Casey is the girl.

  • missytoots

    I like both of them, but I thought I heard a little “goat” vibrato in Casey’s voice. Yes/no?

    Yes

  • lili_anne7

    Good choice Adam !

  • Miss Blue

    YAY!!!

    Love her, love Adam. He’s got it goin’ on. And I like that MD with him, as well.

  • soccerboi

    Yay…Casey

  • webster

    Not enjoying this. It feels contrived. Pair one you like with one you regret and pretend it’s a sing-off.

  • songsungblue

    Oh, I feel bad for him. But she’s a real talent, and she deserves developing.

  • s0x_prisoner

    From the previews, it seems like Vicci vs. Niki is going to be gooood

  • missytoots

    I think he’ll pick Vicci because they didn’t even show Nikki’s song in the last episode

  • windmills

    Yay Casey!! She’s my favorite.

    Is there any way Niki isn’t fodder seeing as they didn’t show her full audition?

  • Miss Blue

    I hope Vicki “knows what he’s sayin”, cuz I didn’t get that at all, lol.

    I’m going to root for Vicki, I think.

  • songsungblue

    Cee Lo just cracks me up. What is he wearing, a giant pink mu mu?

  • Nostradamas

    So you’re busting Blake’s balls because he picked ‘his’ choice and not the guy who NO other judge even wanted?? Of course some say the ‘gay bias’, but bullshit, if he had something that was worth keeping, then some other judge would have picked him too…they didn’t……

    Right choice Blake….

  • cinel22

    ricardo222
    Blake just couldn’t pick the gay guy. simple as that

    Seriously? Did you miss the part where Blake said runs were bad? I hate all those overdone runs. Just sing the freaking song!!! That’s why I thought Patrick was better. Obviously, Blake feels the same way.

  • Valentin432

    I hope they don’t end the show before cee Lo makes his decision.

  • soccerboi

    Wow…Ce Lo really does have a tough choice. That Pink song is awesome.

  • Miss Blue

    I’m sorry, Nikki, but those bangs are just not working for me. Way too much of a Fanty vibe, which is definitely a negative for me.

    Still, I’ll keep an open mind and hope for a great duet.

  • jersey

    Yeah, I can’t get all bent out of shape about Blake picking the country dude. Tyler wasn’t all that and he wouldn’t have been on the show at all if Blake hadn’t turned his chair because no one else did.

  • kmd

    It is tough to make a pick. Cee Lo has a tough choice.

  • soccerboi

    ok so that was Perfect to me…tough choice

  • songsungblue

    Wow she has a Melissa Ethridge vibe, doesn’t she?

  • bridgette12

    I like Nikki, but both of these are really good.

  • Valentin432

    It’s 11PM, they could use the uncensorred version of that song lol.

  • Miss Blue

    I heard Melissa Etheridge the first time I saw Vicki and that is still what I’m hearing. Which is all good.

    This is a really good duet. Both girls are very good. But I like the deeper tone of Vicki’s voice. I’m hearing some sharpness in Nicki’s voice.

    Tough choice.

  • jersey

    I like both of these girls but Vikki seems a bit behind the beat to my ears.

  • anovich

    Yeah, I can’t get all bent out of shape about Blake picking the country dude. Tyler wasn’t all that and he wouldn’t have been on the show at all if Blake hadn’t turned his chair because no one else did.

    This. So far I think they’ve all made the right decisions.

  • lili_anne7

    Damn! I liked Nicky better, but they both killed it!

  • littlefishie

    Vicci has the better tone on the verses, but I didn’t like her phrasing. Nikki was better on the chorus. I can’t decide who I prefer…

  • girlygirl

    see, this sucks — both of these girls should go through. they are both better than the ones who already went through

  • Valentin432

    The war dance looked like a frog jumping up and down to me.

  • soccerboi

    Yay Vicci…good choice Ce Lo

  • s0x_prisoner

    I liked Niki better, but Vicci seems more unique. I dunno. Both were great.

  • TylerWV

    I love vicci too. That was a tough one.

  • saga

    I liked all decisions except Blakes. Tyler was def better imo.

  • lili_anne7

    see, this sucks — both of these girls should go through. they are both better than the ones who already went through

    Yep. I hate this format. Both girls were amazing, they both should have made it through.

  • Miss Blue

    Vicki = Good choice, CeeLo.

    My god, I LOVE this show. Music. Good voices. Current.

    AI has become a huge let-down for me the next day. And I’ve been a can’t-miss viewer from the first episode, so that makes me sad.

    Oh, and I’ll be buying the last 2 duets. Which means I’ll have already purchased more music from the Voice than this seasons AI.

  • jrain

    Imo Nikki is the right choice, there is something interesting about her.

  • brian_ny1976

    Vicky won not Nicky however you spell her name

  • iluvai

    I liked Nicki, but Vicki is good. The only bad thing is having to wait another week for the next round!

  • songsungblue

    That was sweet, how Cee lo told Nikki that he ‘has’ her, that she should call him. She would have swept AI this year, IMO.

    But all three of those choices seemed about presentation, in some way. They all picked the better-looking singer. So how is this show really different?

  • Tony

    This show is pretty good. I didn’t know Frenchie was on it either! I was flipping through stations and saw her and was like, “WTF???”

  • kmd

    I still love this show.

  • suenigma

    I have never disagreed with MJ more. LOL. Tyler kicked Patrick ass. Although I will say that Patrick is a good singer as well. It also seemed like the live audience was behind Tyler as well.

    One thing that pissed me right off – they never showed Tyler’s one-on-one sit down with Reba and Blake, Or did I miss it? Oh “The Voice”, your manipulation is showing.

  • earthy

    Four weeks of one hour battle rounds.. LOL, I don’t like that pace at all.

  • Nostradamas

    So….take a look at the 4 amateurs left on AI and some real star quality starting to show here and it’s obvious it’s time to stick a fork in AI….

  • lili_anne7

    Those two reminded me of Allison Iraheta with their soulful voices. How I wish we had voices like that this year on Idol.

  • Mel1

    I love Vicki’s energy, and she’s a damn good singer too. Nicky was also good, but V just edged her out in stage presence.

  • gangreen29

    This show is entertaining, but more in the way of like a celebrity apprentice with all the drama than as a singing show.

  • chicksineggz

    Am I the only one who just thought that last duet was TERRIBLE?? Ughh, all I heard was a bunch of shouting.

  • Fullmoon

    That last one was a tough call. Cee Lo made the right call. Great show tonight. #RIPIDOL

  • rihannsu

    MJ, you posted the winner as Nicky Dawson but he picked Vicki Martinez. I noticed though that he also told Nicky to call him that he would take care of her, he would see about her. The thing is that even if they don’t make it on past this round if they make enough of an impression it can still get them in the door.

  • jrain

    So….take a look at the 4 amateurs left on AI and some real star quality starting to show here and it’s obvious it’s time to stick a fork in AI….

    I don’t know about that the talent pool on the voice isn’t much better overall. Just wait until america votes for the horror to begin.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    This isn’t as fun as Rock Star, but I’ll take it for now. LOL.

  • jtgraffix

    i was rooting more for niki, but i’m not upset. they were both fantastic!

  • stwbcross

    So….take a look at the 4 amateurs left on AI and some real star quality starting to show here and it’s obvious it’s time to stick a fork in AI….

    But that’s what distinguishes the two shows. AI is where an amateur has a chance to win but in The Voice, an amateur wouldn’t even get an audition.

  • lili_anne7

    My favorite is still Casey. I still remember her blind audition, she just has that something that sets her apart. She really has star potential.

  • Fullmoon

    Rock Star was probably the best talent show I’ve seen. I don’t know why they don’t try to do another one like that.

  • jpfan

    Idol still has a better format but I’m enjoying this show alot. I especially like the fact that most are experienced singers. Everybody is at least somewhat talented which is great.

    I wasn’t a big fan of the last duo either. I didn’t like Allison much either. I guess I’m just not a fan of that type of voice (although I love Kelly Clarkson). I think I enjoyed the Burning Love duet the most and thought Tyler was great. Although I totally understand why Blake picked Patrick. He has more potential in the country genre while Tyler ain’t going anywhere but Broadway maybe. I still like pop/soul singers the best though. ;)

    The coaches are making the Idol panel look like less than zero.

  • Mahalo2

    One battle round show down, three more to go. :)
    From the previews, I can’t believe Ce Lo is putting Nakia against Tje, two of his best male singers, IMO. I don’t get it why Ce Lo is putting his best overall singers against each other in these battle rounds.

    Doesn’t make sense to me. . .

  • Mel1

    Blake, to me was the only one who didn’t pick the “best” singer. Tyler nailed it. He was vocally superior to Patrick. P, however, was also very good, and I knew Blake would pick him.

  • Truthiness

    I liked this week’s show and enjoyed the ‘battle rounds’ more than I thought I would.

    I hope this isn’t a show I only like every other week.

    But I hope not to jinx it by saying I was feeling the show again.

  • jrain

    I can’t believe Ce Lo is putting Nakia against Tje, two of his best male singers, IMO. I don’t get it why Ce Lo is putting his best overall singers against each other in these battle rounds.

    Doesn’t make sense to me. .

    you know I think it’s tough. Generally you want two singers of similar gender and genre like Tarylin and Frenchie but the teams are not setup that way. You also want to avoid a clearly better technical singer and someone who is not.

  • Inconnu

    Good show tonight, I was pleasantly surprised that Frenchie was the one chosen.

    I thought that Tyler performed better than Patrick, who I found boring or missing something in his delivery.

    I got both songs of Casey Weston and Vicci Martines last week. Those two are amongst a few that I really like. I’m glad they’re moving on.

    I like all the coaches. The host what’s name? He was friendly enough last week with the contestants but I think there is something missing there – in the presentation. But I love the show. It’s different, it gets me entertained and that’s all that matters.

    ETA: I’m also hoping that some of the contestants who don’t make it in this battle rounds come back for one last final round with all the best rejected. And the show next week should be 2 hours. It’s too short!

  • windmills

    I enjoyed tonight, it was much better than last week’s. I don’t think any of the coaches choices tonight were strictly based on the actual battle round performance. They’re still trying to cast the show for the live rounds (which is why marketable country guy Patrick was always going to go through) and I think the producers decided on some of the pairings though the coaches were able to prevent their favorites from going up against each other.

    Casey’s going to need to work on stage presence and nerves but she’s my favorite voice.

    I don’t know if many or any of these people would look as good in the AI format but again, that says something about the different formats as much as it does about the actual talent. The AI format being so rigorous might make for more growth and better prep for the real world but The Voice format means less filler.

    Christina/Sia’s and Cee Lo/Monica’s coaching sessions were the best IMO. Adam/Adam’s seemed like it was probably pretty good but they didn’t show a whole lot. Blake/Reba’s just made it seem like the deck was stacked against Tyler and it didn’t seem like they really gave either guy great advice.

  • Jae

    I didn’t think I would like the battle rounds but really they are not that much different than hollywood week. I actually was totally caught up. Obviously tonight didn’t have many of my favorite singers so I think next week will be awesome but painful. I think Blake picked the wrong guy. Tyler was better I think over all though he did some weird phrasing. Christina did ok with Frenchy though over all I don’t think Frenchy will go far. Adam had the best pick with that girl Casey. She did really well though that vibrato…and Cee Lo. Hard. I liked Vicci better during auditions but thought Nicole did a bit better tonight.

  • Mahalo2

    I don’t know if any of these singers will be big album sellers, but I, too am entertained. So far, the format is pretty much following The Voice of Holland version, down to the boxing ring.

    Wikipedia mentioned that during the voting rounds, there is top vote getter from each team that is ‘safe,’ and the coach has to chose one singer from his/her team to eliminate each round.

    I still don’t quite get how it all works — and the producers seem to deliberately be keeping us guessing.

  • stwbcross

    I didn’t think I would like the battle rounds but really they are not that much different than hollywood week

    Actually I like hollywood week better but only because the teams are working together not trying to take each other out and you can end up with some amazing performances. Here the only two to work together was the last pairing and imo it was the best performance of the night.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    Rock Star was probably the best talent show I’ve seen. I don’t know why they don’t try to do another one like that.

    Because it got low ratings.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    Because it got low ratings.

    That, and the concept was sketchy. All these young singers trying out for a has been band. Or a new band made up of has beens. I still think there’s a concept for a rock band out there that would attract good talent like that show did. And songs that cleared. Ahem.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    This show is entertaining, but more in the way of like a celebrity apprentice with all the drama than as a singing show.

    I agree. The battle rounds are more like a traditional reality show than a singing competition, and I prefer the latter.

    ETA: Even the Idol Hollywood Rounds have more singing.

  • phil25

    I thought the singing was much better tonight than it had been in the audition episodes.

    As for the format, I like getting to see the contestants a little behind the scenes, and I like that almost everyone that makes the top 16 is going to have equal screen time prior to voting. I also like that the back stories did not seem to manipulative, but it seems the judges will have a heavy hand in the competition throughout so I guess they don’t have to pimp as hard if the judges are going to save the favorites.

  • Valentin432

    I thought the battle gimmick was quite entertaining but I’m a sucker for any type of head to head competition so that’s probably the reason.

  • http://www.last.fm/user/RemusL/ RemusL

    With the Battle Rounds concept, they’re just trying very hard to distinguish themselves from X-Factor. I don’t mind them singing the same song but I would have preferred they each got to sing it separate from the other, but then it would be too much like X-Factor. They all have different vocal tones, ranges and singing styles. Forcing them to essentially sing a duet compromises both competitors in a pairing. I do have to give them kudos though because they all did very well with this gimmicky “battle”. I’m just not sure how the duo Elenowen is supposed to battle/sing with a solo act.

    I agree with Christina’s choice of Frenchie and Cee-Lo’s choice of Vicci. Would have picked Tyler over Patrick and Tim over Casey.

  • YeahRight

    I knew the battle rounds would be interesting. I think Christina and Cee-Lo made the right choice. I didn’t care much for Blake’s guys. And I would’ve picked Tim over Casey.

    I don’t know what is up with Cee-Lo, though. First, he puts Vicci and Niki against each other. Then next week, it’s Nakia and Tje. That’s going to be another hard one. I guess he really truly wants it to be a battle.

  • gabriel oak

    I found Patrick the most boring pick tonight. He’s so bland. Tyler was a much more interesting character. I forget if Blake was the only judge who wanted to work with him.

  • sunchick

    I don’t know what is up with Cee-Lo, though. First, he puts Vicci and Niki against each other. Then next week, it’s Nakia and Tje.

    Maybe its strategy- the tougher the battle, the more memorable it will be to the audience? It must have worked on me, because looking back the only singer I really remember from tonight was Vicki.

    Rockstar, said it once, say it a thousand times, best produced singing reality show ever with the lamest prize. Damn shame.

  • gabriel oak

    Seriously? Did you miss the part where Blake said runs were bad? I hate all those overdone runs. Just sing the freaking song!!! That’s why I thought Patrick was better. Obviously, Blake feels the same way.

    Um, Tyler didn’t sing runs which he likes to do and he still was more interesting and sounded better than Patrick who will probably be voted off early in the competition.

  • Ratna12

    Casey vs Tim – Casey was really good, but way to go to wear really tight clothes and showing cleavage for Adam.

    Eventhough the promotion was all about blind audition, etc, I think that the winner will still be a pretty good looking young person that is marketable.

  • songsungblue

    It kind of hit me that Casey is who AI wishes that Lauren would have emerged into – she’s very pretty, she’s got a pretty fabulous voice [strong vibrato disappears when she's not nervous, I listened to her website downloads], and she’s not a bad little songwriter for someone so young. She’s not skinny, but she carries herself very well. It makes me wonder if she auditioned…I think I read that Vicci Martinez auditioned, made it to Hollywood and didn’t go because they asked her to buy ‘sexy clothing.’

    Speaking of which – Vicci has played clubs around the corner from me in Seattle! Never heard of her. Interesting.

  • gangreen29

    [strong vibrato disappears when she's not nervous, I listened to her website downloads]

    Those are studio recordings and they could have used auto tuning to smooth it out. Her vibrato was all over the place. Nerves can’t explain that level of vibrato, she just simply lacks any vocal control.

  • Valentin432

    Itunes ranking:

    234. Time After Time (The Voice Performance) – Javier Colon
    259. F**kin’ Perfect (The Voice Performance) – Vicci Martinez & Niki Dawson
    483. Leather and Lace (The Voice Performance) – Casey Weston & Tim Mahoney
    939. Rolling In the Deep (The Voice Performance) – Vicci Martinez

  • BrandoC15

    That last duet was a hot mess to me. None of these 8 would’ve made the top 8 on Idol IMO. And I really don’t like the host. He just doesn’t get into it like Ryan does. But I do like Cee Lo. Never knew he was such a teddy bear!

  • songsungblue

    [strong vibrato disappears when she's not nervous, I listened to her website downloads]

    Those are studio recordings and they could have used auto tuning to smooth it out. Her vibrato was all over the place. Nerves can’t explain that level of vibrato, she just simply lacks any vocal control.

    I liked how she sounded, vibrato or not. It doesn’t sound like she has access to great production, but sure you could be right. But considering how horribly Taylor Swift sings live….anyway, I think she sounds far better than Lauren. Her voice is more interesting. There’s more texture to it. YMMV, and all that.

    I missed the set up to all this, so what’s the prize for being ‘The Voice’ anyway? Money? Contract?

  • sherimoonzombie

    Wow, I loooove Vicci. Great duet, but she killed Niki in both unique vocals and performance value. I hope she goes far. And damn, she is beautiful. I don’t play on her team, but she is stunning.

    ^^^ Pretty sure I heard them say it was money ($100K, maybe $250K) and a chance for a contract. Don’t recall a contract being guaranteed.

  • sherimoonzombie

    Speaking of which – Vicci has played clubs around the corner from me in Seattle! Never heard of her. Interesting.

    songsungblue - I’ve only heard of her because Evening Magazine (local entertainment type news show) did a story on her a year or so ago about why she opted out of AI and what she’s been doing since. She caught my ear then, but I didn’t realize how interesting and good she is.

    Oh, and I’ll be buying the last 2 duets. Which means I’ll have already purchased more music from the Voice than this seasons AI.

    Hmmmm, interesting point. It would be fascinating to see the purchase data compared between the two shows. Wishful thinking, I know.

  • mandabutter

    There was a war in my household over Niki and Vicci. 3 for Niki and 1 for Vicci. My parents and friends were livid that Niki didn’t take it. LOL. I didn’t have a vote but I would’ve gone with Vicci.
    Is Blake going to have the most boring team? I couldn’t even remember Patrick and I saw his audition THREE separate times. not a good sign….

  • colette

    Vicci is a very seasoned pro who has gigged a lot on the West Coast. Seems to me this show is not so much after the total unknown (Frenchie sure isn’t one) and the storyline as Idol is. Glad to see Vicci get a well-deserved shot, and the duets were a lot of fun. But they also got super-screechy at times. I was personally glad that Frenchy won over the vocal Olympics of her competitor. These judges actually are really LISTENING and CRITIQUING…..a nice shift from Idol….

  • Reflections On Life

    casey’s goat vibrato actually made her sound very much like stevie nicks as she sang that song originally in ’81-ish.

    i was wondering why adam chose this song. turns out he dueted with sara evans on it. its on youtube. adam’s good but he’s no don henley. in fact tim sounded better than adam on it.

  • http://www.last.fm/user/RemusL/ RemusL

    I remember Patrick Thomas mainly because he was the featured audition in the 12 minute promo teaser that aired the week before episode 1 was broadcast. At the time, I thought he was so much better than Scotty McCreery on Idol – and still do. However, he was kind of boring in the battle round. Despite performing better, in my opinion, Tyler had the deck stacked against him. I’m sure Blake Shelton in the back of his mind must have realized he’d be crucified by the country fans if he didn’t choose Patrick. He probably heaved a sigh of relief that Patrick, while not being outstanding, at least didn’t screw up.

    Patrick Thomas is going to have to do much, much better if he wants to advance any further. All of the other three who won their battles tonight are much more dynamic and interesting singers.

    I hope Tyler Robinson gets invited on to Ellen’s show. I think he deserves some further recognition to help him in his singing career.

  • Dlynne

    I loved the show tonight. I also loved that it was only an hour long. It left me wanting more instead of wondering when it would end. And it was so refreshing to hear some current music, too.

    I would have chosen Tyler over Patrick but I agree with the rest of the coaches’ choices.

    I’m looking forward to next week.

  • Grammie Kari

    It must have worked on me, because looking back the only singer I really remember from tonight was Vicki.

    I agree Vicci was memorable. I would like to hear her do some Pat Benatar or Joan Jett songs. There is a bit of a rebel in her. So, we have 3 more weeks until the TOP 16 are chosen?

  • kvwicks13

    I’m really loving the Voice, it has me glued to the tv. My favorites were Casey and Vikki.

    Cee Lo makes me laugh, he’s so funny!

    Also I don’t think the Patrick/Tyler battles was unfair. Elvis was more soulful than country so I actually would think that Tyler would have the advantage rather than Patrick.

  • NM

    MJ, I don’t know if anyone has pointed this out but when you write

    “Cee Lo says Niki did an exceptional job, but Nikki “you’ve got this war dance…you have this gut wrenching affect on me.” ”

    the second “Nikki” shouln’t be Vicci? And then he picks her (Vicci)?

  • tomr

    Overall I was disappointed because some of the contestants seem to have been selected just to be cannon fodder. Vicci was by far the best. This round seems to contrived for me. Cee-lo at least made it more interesting. What happened to Tyler & Tim was predicted by me after they were first shown. At that time, neither of them were what the judge thought they’d be once the judge turned around and saw them. So much for the “voice” being the deciding factor. Once it gets to the live round, the judging will get very much like x-factor in that a judge will never negatively critique his/her own act. That’s the problem with judges as mentors. I do think that Adam and Cee-lo are very competitive which could make their judging of each others acts interesting once it goes live. Cee-lo needs a stylist…his outfit with the long shorts makes him appear as Humpty Dumpty.

  • bean99

    I pretty much agreed with their choices last night although Patrick was probably more because of his 1st performance and his looks. I thought Casey & Tim were a toss up performance-wise but she has more potential. I didn’t want Frenchie before they performed but she was just better and deserved to go on. Loved the last duet and Vicci is a favorite of mine. I love the tone of her voice.

    I totally enjoyed the show and didn’t think I’d like the duets but did. I love the coaches. :)

  • Thirsty

    I enjoyed this round a lot more than I thought I would.

    It was fun seeing Frenchie wipe the floor with Taralynn. Taralynn’s got a voice but wow is she all over the map with her runs. Frenchie did just enough, and dang but she has some stage presence.

    Patrick and Tyler were tricky. Although Patrick wasn’t terribly exciting, he has so got that country thing down. Tyler has a good voice, but when it comes down to who Blake can help more the choice had to be Patrick. P.S. Reba is awesome.

    Casey was way better than Tim. She has a really interesting voice and I’m glad Adam picked her on the second chance round. He mad the right call on the battle, too.

    Dang, Niki and Vicci were good. That was a really tough one. Cee Lo is right about Vicci and her war dance. :) Her voice isn’t perfect but there’s something about it that just grabs you, and that can’t be taught.

    Yay!

  • kcostell

    I can just imagine Jimmy Iovine setting up these rounds on Idol.

    ‘Scotty? I don’t like you, so you’re going up against James on Aerosmith’s “Dream On”. Good luck!’

    I guess that’s kind of what Blake did anyways though…

  • GwendolynD

    I love this show.

    I don’t care much for Frenchie, and Tarralyn’s performance reeked of desperation. This all feels like “give Frenchie the American Idol she never had.” I certainly don’t see her winning.

    I hated the anguish of choosing between Vicci and Niki. They were both that good. But, I heard what Cee Lo said to Niki at the end, so I’ll take comfort in that for now. Vicci’s good – way better than her audition.

    I was also surprised by how much I loved Casey. I’m looking forward to hearing more from her.

  • Allison

    Frenchie was great, as usual. I’ve seen her in Rent and in “Ain’t Misbehaving”, in which she was terrific.
    I think the 3 of the judges got rid of their “mistake” picks tonight, except for Cee-Lo. Niki was a shame to let go.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Still enjoying this show very much. I’m glad that Frenchie, Vicci and Casey advanced, and although I thought that Tyler out sang Patrick, I understand why Blake chose Patrick, considering his genre. I like that the coaches actually offer constructive criticism and aren’t just dialing it in. I’m interested to see what happens when the viewers start voting. Will “The Voice” limit the number of votes from any one source?

  • TylerWV

    Casey fans look up Ashley Munroe. They could be clones in looks and especially voice. Ashley is country and just getting a good start. She had an album but never got it out although the single did well. Shes also part of Miranda Lambert’s new band, Pistol Annie. I love her voice. Check out I Dont Want To. Totally love that song. The pistol annie song from Girls Night Out show is on YouTube.

  • Reflections On Life

    re blake, tyler, and patrick – if the mentor is always going to choose the person from their own genre, then anyone in tyler’s position should from now on choose a mentor from his own genre, if he’s in the position to choose. tyler was clearly better than patrick. that was lame.

  • Nostradamas

    ROF^^

    Which is exactly why Tyler got left on the floor….Blake was the ONLY one to give him a chance…and Blake chose who HE wanted to advance between the two….

  • littlefishie

    The whole thing about Cee Lo pitting Niki against Vicci, instead of pairing them up with other people. I think the strategy is that you want to have variety in your 4-person team. So if you have two singers that have similar styles/tone, then you’d probably only want to keep one of them, hence the battle.

  • saramcvt

    I am loving this show (though not the new time slot)! I am pretty happy with the 4 that advanced. I think they all sang pretty well, and I love having real coaching and modern songs! Can’t wait for voting to start. Such diverse voices.. Will be really interesting!

  • zmcklein

    I totally disagree with Blake’s decision to pick Patrick over Tyler. Both were good, but Tyler brought his own flavor to the song. Why should Tyler be punished for doing some runs? I’m hoping they do another “wildcard” round like they did for the auditions… And, check out some of Tyler’s videos on youtube (Daniel Merriweather – Red; his cover of a Sara Bareilles song, etc.). The guy is a really good singer. UGH BLAKE

  • JGLucky

    Dear NBC, I love Biggest Loser, but seriously that show needs to stop being two hours. It’s way too long. The Voice should be moved to 8 or 9 and I guarantee it could get Idol-type ratings. 10 PM will never move that many ratings, because people are heading to bed for work.