Coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Alicia Keys and Kelly Clarkson completed their teams of eight as the The Voice season 14 wound up the Battle Rounds on Tuesday (March 27). The episode featured 3 full performances and 3 that were given the dreaded montage treatment.
Usually an afterthought, Tuesday’s montage battles were notable. Interestingly, the first transgender The Voice contestant, Angel Bonilla was montaged twice before being eliminated on Tuesday. Considering she was a milestone contestant, I wonder why her performances were not highlighted?
Even more perplexing: Hannah Goebels dropped out of the competition at some point during her Battles run. She was around long enough to tape pre-battles promo and her iTunes recording with partner Alexa Cappelli, but by the time of the episode taping, host Carson Daly announced she had dropped out due to personal issues. Alexa filmed her part solo. Whatever the circumstance–I hope Hannah and her family are OK. The last time a The Voice contestant dropped out of the competition midseason, the story had a tragic ending.
In any case? I’m glad the Battles are over, and I mostly didn’t have to live blog the episodes. (THANK YOU DANA!). While there are many terrific battle performances, there needs to be more. There’s entirely TOO MUCH YAK in this round. My suggestion? Cut out the celebrity mentors. They add very little to the proceedings. Edit the mentor sessions and coaches antics way back to allow at least 8 battles per 2 hour episode. That’s how The Voice UK does it, and it’s MUCH MORE enjoyable.
Team Alicia Keys still continues to be a super-strong team and is still the one to beat. What do you think? Vote in our polls!