The Voice Battle Rounds – Sneak Peek – (VIDEO)

The Battle Rounds begin on The Voice this Monday. Check out a few sneak peeks, including an interview with Team Blake celebrity adviser,  Kelly Clarkson.  Blake’s twelve contestants are split between Kelly, and his other adviser, wife Miranda Lambert.  “My team is sooo good!” brags Kelly, “The other 6 better watch out!”  I think the gauntlet has been thrown down!

Also, Christina Aguilera and her celebrity mentor, Lionel Richie,  advise Jesse Campbell for his round with Anthony Evans–watch a short clip of the actual battle.

Lastly,  a short clip of the battle between Cheesa and Angie Johnson from Team Cee Lo.

The Voice airs Monday at 8 pm on NBC

Kelly Clarkson – Adviser Interview

Christina and Lionel advise Jesse for his Battle Round

Battle Sneak Peek: Jesse vs. Anthony

Battle Sneak Peek: Angie Vs Cheesa

  • Anonymous

    chessa and angie were both really good… but i feel like angie was more affected and was definitely trying harder. idkkkkkkkkk! i guess i’m looking forward to the battlerounds. moreso for kelly and miranda though!!

  • http://twitter.com/KWOnlyDreaming Karen W.

    Definitely looking forward to battle rounds and seeing Kelly and Miranda.

  • Anonymous

    Jesse and Anthony both sounded good. Which is why this battle round format is screwy. Good talent can get lost in the mix.

  • Anonymous

    The battle rounds were my least favorite part of The Voice last season. Maybe in part because of the boxing ring set, which I found odd.

    But I am interested in seeing them this season, to see if they tweaked this round at all.

  • http://twitter.com/wanermania k w

    I think in the battle rounds it should be different teams singing against each other. Not members from the same team.

  • RustySax

    I think Kelly made a very, very good observation in her interview clip, where she said that she thinks it’s good for music overall when artists step out of their comfort zone or genre and try different styles. Her underlying point, I think, is that it stretches the artist professionally, hopefully allowing them to grow and become better at their craft.

    So. . . Maybe Idol’s “old-fashioned” theme weeks aren’t a bad idea after all???

  • Anonymous

    That’s my problem with the battle rounds a good person always gets screwed last year Cee-lo really made some odd pairings that messed him up in the end.

  • Anonymous

    another problem with the battlerounds is the judges sometimes say they already have an idea who they are gonna pick anyway… doesn’t that kind of defeat the purpose of the whole thing?

  • http://twitter.com/KWOnlyDreaming Karen W.

    I agree that when they have 2 great singers battling together someone gets screwed, but it does make for a great battle.  I guess thats the point. Last year when Vickie Martinez and the other girl battled, they were both amazing.

  • http://twitter.com/tukicarreno Tuki

    Can´t wait to see Kelly doing some mentoring! I am excited to see her on The Voice!
    BTW Angie and Cheeza sounded fantastic. I would´t know who to choose.
    Touch decision there for Cee-Lo.

  • sf3456

    That’s my problem with the battle rounds a good person always gets
    screwed last year Cee-lo really made some odd pairings that messed him
    up in the end.

    Cee-Lo said that he didn’t pick his pairings last season because he was on tour.  So, the producers picked his pairings.  He said if he had done the pairings he never would’ve put Vicci and Nicki (was that the name of the girl?) together.

    But yeah, Anthony and Jesse battling it out?  Not fair.  It’s going to be a good battle, though.  And the battle rounds actually became my favorite part last season.  I like the boxing setup and people battling it out for a spot.  I like that.

  • http://twitter.com/KWOnlyDreaming Karen W.

    I agree, the battle rounds are exciting to watch….but in the case of Vicci and Nikki it was shame because they were both great and unforunately one of them had to go.   But I guess that’s the nature of the show….right!

  • Nele621

    Was that Kelly interview just for on-line, cuz she said on Twitter Blake seems like such an ass. I’m not sure if she would say that if it was TV.

  • Nele621

    I think Kelly made a very, very good observation in her interview clip, where she said that she thinks it’s good for music overall when artists step out of their comfort zone or genre and try different styles.

    She must not have watched AI last season when Scotty never left his comfort zone, yet easily won.

  • Nele621

    All four were really, really good. How could they eliminate two of them right off.

  • Kirsten

    I agree that when they have 2 great singers battling together someone
    gets screwed, but it does make for a great battle.  I guess thats the
    point

    If they don’t battle equals together (e.g. two strong singers), there is no tension in the show because you can already guess who is going to win. So, why watch?

    Fundamentally, only one person from each team can make the finals and the judges/producer have probably already pretty much determined who that is. So, this is somewhat academic, especially this round. In a battle of two equals, the one who loses was going to have to be eliminated at some point anyway.

    Having two equals compete will generate buzz, as well. People can legitimately argue as to who should have won. If the clear loser is evident to everybody, the viewing audience will just yawn and think nothing more about it. These shows live on buzz.

    Remember, this show really isn’t about giving these kids a career. If a promising person only gets two shows instead of seven, it doesn’t matter to the producers or the judges. The producers/judges are intent on giving the audience an entertaining show and it’s more entertaining to have equals battle.  If someone is lucky, the buzz will be big enough about a given contestant’s defeat that they could actually make a mini-career out of it (or get some free things from Ellen).

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    Honestly, Kelly is absolutely right.  Winner or not, seeing Scotty sing in the same style and not showing us more versatility made some of his performances boring.  Haley did it the way it needs to be done.

    I will never, ever tire of the old-fashioned themes and songs.  They have proven to be my favorite weeks over the years.

  • Anonymous

    I hate the battle rounds…kinda.  But, then I always remember those two girls that CeeLo paired up who had an awesome sing-off.  Sigh.

    Cannot WAIT to see the mentoring sessions.  This is gonna be so good.

  • Anonymous

    well i never thought Scotty was boring and i did not like the way Haley was singing IMO so i guess ppl like different things in what they hear

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    What made battle round so meh last year IMO was that 1. Some of the pairings were odd mismatches where the song favored one person over the other, 2. The “mentoring” leadup to the actual battle was staged and edited in a flat, boring way, 3. several of the matches just ended up in desperate screaming and 4. The whole thing lost that fun banter and feel good nature of the show.

    This year, I already like that they have the guest mentors pitted against each other… that’s an improvement that makes things more interesting. And that little clip of mentoring they had moved fast and was done in a way we could get to know the contestant a little better. It looks like they really are trying to improve that round this year. I bet they will get a nice ratings bump for this first one, so I’m curious to see if they worked out the kinks!

  • Anonymous

    You’ve got a friend, Young Blood, For once in my life, and that’s alright mama were out of his comfort zone.

  • Anonymous

    She must not have watched AI last season when Scotty never left his comfort zone, yet easily won.

    I don’t think Kelly’s advice was about “how to win American Idol”. Her advice was directed at how to grow as an artist. Scotty is a newbie, Kelly has been a serious artist for over a decade now. If Scotty wants to stay relevant in his genre or even branch out some, he will have to try new things along the way. He seems like such a level headed guy, who has a maturity way beyond his years, so I’m sure he will be open to learning and growing as an artist.

  • Anonymous

    But when does Kelly step outside of her comfort zone?  When she does, she gets criticized.  “My December” is the one album that’s different and it was not a big success.  She does best within a certain type of music.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think it matters to Kelly if she gets criticized for stepping out of her zone, what she is saying is that growth comes from it. Commercial success of every album and every single is not the be all and end all of a ten year career. Kelly might have needed to have a “My December” to stay grounded at that point in her career. We might not have the type of artist Kelly is today if she had never been allowed to fail.

    Also, Kelly has dabbled quit a bit in the country music genre in the past few years. She might be referring to that.

  • Anonymous

    And she went right back to the commercial type of album – not that I blame her – that’s where the money is and she seems to enjoy that type of music anyhow.  But I don’t see any enormous “growth.”  Except for My December she’s always sounded pretty much the same. 

  • Anonymous

    Kelly said that she thinks it’s good for music overall when artists step out of their comfort zone or genre and try different styles.
    (she stepped outside of her genre with country music) 

    She is giving her opinions on what she feels is good for music overall, not just what is good for her. Kelly never said that she had experienced “enormous growth”.

  • http://twitter.com/lufflyness Jenna

    Kelly is talking more about exploring different genres, which she has always done, within each album and over the course of her career. With her latest two singles alone, Mr. Know It All incorporates some of that light pop/r&b influence we haven’t seen since Thankful, while What Doesn’t Kill You is by far her most disco/synth driven song yet. Overall, everything she does is under the pop umbrella, My December included, so in that sense, everything Kelly does is pop. But she has said that she prefers being a pop singer as opposed to exclusively switching to something like country because she can more easily draw from varying genres.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ENXWTPQX7WDUGFKDMOUHAWCQMY Van

    You have to experience Kelly live to get the whole picture. Just google search a review from her current tour, all reviewers have been noting how she jumps from genre to genre… pop, r&b, country, rock, soul –she even threw in a Broadway song with Funny Girl’s “My Man” at one of her shows. 

    Also, little fun fact: http://www.billboard.com/column/chartbeat/hot-stuff-why-this-week-s-billboard-hot-1006276752.story#/column/chartbeat/hot-stuff-why-this-week-s-billboard-hot-1006276752.story
    Kelly’s the only artist to ever have topped the Hot 100 and each of Billboard’s Dance/Club Play Songs, Country Songs, Adult Contemporary and Adult Pop Songs charts. 

  • Anonymous

    “But yeah, Anthony and Jesse battling it out?  Not fair.  It’s going to
    be a good battle, though.  And the battle rounds actually became my
    favorite part last season.  I like the boxing setup and people battling
    it out for a spot.  I like that.”

    I think this is a nice illustration of the serious disjoint between the music-contest shows succeeding as “good tv” or succeeding as a “a source for the next music stars.” The contests — like some other features of the shows — attract viewers because they’re full of the conflict and drama that make for good television. But the more a show focuses on the “great-tv” features the more it’s likely to push aside good musicians. I think it’s probably completely unrealistic for us to expect the shows to succeed in both realms, even though that’s what most of us here seem to want. A contest on tv that reliably eliminated the lesser musical lights in favor of the stronger ones wouldn’t attract and hold much of an audience, I fear.

  • Anonymous

    “‘I think Kelly made a very, very good observation in her
    interview clip, where she said that she thinks it’s good for music
    overall when artists step out of their comfort zone or genre and try
    different styles.’
    “She must not have watched AI last season when Scotty never left his comfort zone, yet easily won.”

    Some particular person winning isn’t necessarily the best thing for music overall, though. She wasn’t talking about — What makes viewers vote –… She was talking about how you would produce a crop of truly great musicians.

    Scotty’s a high-school kid and very much a raw, unpolished talent up to this point. So I’m willing to give him a pass for being in a complete musical rut right now (although Haley, for example, isn’t much older and she’s not in a rut at all …). But if, over a course of his career, Scotty doesn’t exercise his “trying different things musically” and “making things way out of your box your own” musical muscles, he’s not going to be a truly great musician, but just a cute guy with an endearing aw-shucks smile and a deep voice. …. The latter would be better for “music overall,” as Kelly was saying… and better for him, too.

    On The Voice, with so many experienced people, I would *really* like to see them do more of “step outside your box and try to adopt this foreign music concept to you” and less “stand in a ring and battle,” but then I’m a music geek, not somebody trying to get a big tv audience for NBC.

  • Anonymous

    “What made battle round so meh last year IMO was that 1. Some of the
    pairings were odd mismatches where the song favored one person over the
    other, 2. The “mentoring” leadup to the actual battle was staged and
    edited in a flat, boring way, 3. several of the matches just ended up in
    desperate screaming and 4. The whole thing lost that fun banter and
    feel good nature of the show.”

    Bingo. I’m wondering whether they’ll just keep this or tweak it to make it better. Seems some of the needed changes would be fairly easy to make. For example — maybe they could always pick songs that aren’t in the box of EITHER combatant. Then see who can “make it their own” without crumbling as a performer.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WIHKL34XDORTS2UZP4SWUUTG3U randi

    And she went right back to the commercial type of album – not that I blame her – that’s where the money is and she seems to enjoy that type of music anyhow. But I don’t see any enormous “growth.” Except for My December she’s always sounded pretty much the same.

    It wasn’t the music that made My December non-commerical, it was the negative spin surrounding it via the media.  The reality is My December sold only about 100K less than AIEW.  The difference being that AIEW had radio hits and My December had one single which was basically yanked from radio weeks prior to the album even being released. 

    Also, the sound overall from My December was not a vast depature from any of Kelly’s other albums but the lyrical content and mood of the album was much darker.

    Since Kelly was on Idol she has dabbled in every genre of music.  It’s one of the things that sets Kelly apart from a lot of artists in today’s music. 

  • http://twitter.com/KWOnlyDreaming Karen W.

    Lionel Ritchie looks like he’s going to be a really good mentor, honest and giving good advice. 

  • Anonymous

    Too bad the battle rounds don’t happen live. Then they could let the audience vote for the best duets and save both contestants in those instances.   

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UITYTUSGL7IK7WLFFDXXRYP7GA Falfor

    Jesse and Anthony, both were so good. How is someone to decide something like that?  One will lose out and the public will be denied a great talent. Hope some rules get broken on that one. 

  • http://twitter.com/youtweetmetoo it’s me

    WTG Angie Johnson I’m a fan!

  • amadcow2

    It does look like they tweeked the format a little, by having the teams split into two teams of six and then pitting them against each other.  I think that if they show more about the growth of the teams through this mentoring process, it will make the actual sing-offs look a little more in context.  I’m very much enjoying the Voice this year.

  • Anonymous

    I think the change puts the spotlight on the guest mentors, which pretty much goes along with the show not making it about the contestants.  This might actually be a good idea, because one of the problems with the battle round last year was that it seemed like something negative, but this format makes it look like it’s the celebrity mentors who are going up against one another, and not the individual contestants. People may see it in the same way that they view the first round of auditions, with the mentors competing against one another.

  • Anonymous

     haha.  Kinda reminds me of Rock Em Sock Em Robots.