The Voice season 22 Battle Rounds END tonight with returning coaches Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and John Legend. Pop star Camila Cabello joins the panel. Carson Daly returns as host. We’ll be live blogging all the Battle performances right here.
The 3-way Knockouts begin next week!
Celebrity advisors will join each team: Jazmine Sullivan joins Team Legend, Sean Paul joins Team Gwen, Charlie Puth joins Team Camila and Jimmie Allen joins Team Blake
The coaches will pair up their team members for unforgettable duets. Afterward the coach will choose the winner. The eliminated contestant can be saved by the coach, or stolen by a rival coach. Each coach gets 1 steal and 1 save.
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Only Blake Shelton’s save remains.
Omar Jose Cardona vs Lana Love – Team Legend – Into the Unknown from Frozen
NBC previewed this Battle earlier today. Omar, a four chair turn, works for an entertainment company, and has performed at many theme parks. He went into the music industry right after high school. Lana has been doing theater since she was a kid. John thinks they should harmonize less. He suggests Lana open the song. Jazmine had nothing to add, except suggesting they look at each other during the performance.
The song is BIG sung by BIG BIG voices. It’s the most purely theatrical performance of the season so far. Lana mentioned during the mentoring package that she sings from the gut, while Omar is more technical. Omar is the superior vocalist, but he’s almost too technical, at the expense of vulnerability and emotion. Regardless, he deserves to win this battle.
The coaches comments are about how Broadway came to The Voice, and they both could take on the Great White Way right now. Blake calls Omar one of the best singers he’s ever heard. Camila calls it one of her Top 2 performances of the season. Gwen is sad, because somebody has to go home. No more steals remain, so this is true. John picks Omar, Lana is eliminated John thinks Omar “could definitely win The Voice.”
Andrew Igbokidi vs Zach Newbould – Team Camila – I Wanna Dance with Somebody by Whitney Houston
Andrew was a 4 chair turn, while Zach had two turns, and has barely performed live. He’s only 19. Charlie suggested that Andrew feel more, and not worry so much about hitting notes. Both singers view the song as sad. Charlie and Camila say lean into that. They give a pep talk to a nervous Andrew.
I’m not feeling this song choice. It doesn’t serve either singer. Both of their Blind Auditions were better than this. The last half of the performance was better than the first. Having said that, Andrew, for all his nerves and angst, came into this performance with an advantage, being a four chair turn. But he didn’t live up to the hype.
Gwen felt Zach really shined, and appreciated Andrew’s vocal choices. John felt Zach was the most consistent. Blake felt Andrew held back, “you’re better than what you did here.” Blake also thinks Zach won the battle. Camila felt Zach stepped up to the plate, while Andrew struggled with nerves. Nevertheless, Camila picks Andrew, Zach is eliminated. Camila pledges to help Andrew get over his nerves. Gwen would have stolen Zach if she had a steal, she claims.
Three montaged Battles are next. Chello vs Constance Howard from Team Camila sing “Leave the Door Open.” Camila picks Chello, Constance is eliminated. Next, it’s Kara McKee vs Peyton Aldridge from Team Legend singing “More Than Words.” John picks Peyton, Kara is eliminated. And last, it’s Kayla Von Der Heide vs Sadie Bass from Team Gwen singing “Everything I Own.” Another Bread song! Gwen picks Kayla, Sadie is eliminated.
The Dryes vs Bryce Leatherwood – Team Blake – Red Dirt Road
Blake will save one of these artists! The Dryes are a married duo. Bryce lives in Georgia where he is perusing a music career. Blake says the three part harmony is the main thing to work on. Duos must include their duet partner! Jimmie believes the female voice needs to drive the performance.
Bryce has a country voice that cuts through. He’d jump right off the radio. He sounds a little like Scotty McCreery, actually. The Dryes harmonies are beautiful. The female singer, especially, outsings her husband. Her tone is gorgeous. There’s talk of the group starting out of pocket, but it didn’t ruin the performance.
Camila noted the song was out of pocket in the beginning. But Bryce really shined, she says. The performance started off shakey, says Gwen, but got better and better and better. She would also pick Bryce. John feels Bryce needed more punch, but the Dryes were electric. Blake admits they were out of pocket at first. He wants a do over! Blake thinks Bryce is beyond his 22 years. Based what happened in the moment, Blake picks Bryce, but he SAVES The Dryes. He keeps going on and on about how Leatherwood is the perfect country name.