Published on March 13th, 2012 | by Melody Simpson3
‘The Voice’ Season 2 Episode 7 Review: Battle Rounds Part Two – The Best go Head-to-Head
Battle Rounds of The Voice reached a high this week as the best of the best in this competition went head to head as well as the best of the best against the hopeless. What an intense battle. Last week was a breeze compared to this week. Live shows are going to wreck the phone lines this year. This talent is truly out of this world. If you’re not watching The Voice, catch up as soon as possible and thank us all later. This is where the entertainment is at!
Team Christina is shaping out to be quite a fierce one… but we all knew that it would. In this week’s episode,
Geoff McBride met the end of his fate after battling it out with Sera Hill, singing “Chain of Fools.” After winning Christina Aguilera over during the blind auditions, Sera Hill was going to make it to the live shows no matter who she sang against. McBride turned out to be the one of the others on the team to get the short straw so he never stood a chance. Aguilera went with her gut and with who is unarguably her favorite artist but will America feel the same? Sera Hill is an incredible talent but what is it that sets her apart from the rest?
Next to go head to head from Team Christina were Lindsey Pavao and Lee Koch. What an odd pairing. Pavao was by far the most impressive artist to come out of the blind auditions and her love for “Heart Shaped Box” by Nirvana in the battle round definitely gave her another advantage. As fitting as it was for Pavao to meet Lionel Richie as her mentor, and unfitting it would have been had been Koch met Richie… I really wanted Pavao to meet Jewel and hear what Jewel had to say about her. Anyone else? Creative as Pavao may be, she still needs to work on her stage presence. Some problems can’t be fixed overnight but could it be a deal breaker come live shows?
As for Koch… both Jewel and Christina Aguilera were concerned about Koch’s ability to connect to the song, as well as his pronunciation throughout. It’s a lot to ask from anybody connecting to this song in such a short amount of time and he stepped up greatly so! What a difficult decision this was for Aguilera to make. Although Pavao was a favorite so baker boy went back to town. His time is over on The Voice but after getting the exposure that he did, there’s no way he’ll just be a baker for the rest of his career. Who’s better, Pavao of Charlotte Somtimes?
This brings us to Team Blake…Jersey girl, Charlotte Sometimes went head to head with Lex Land, taking on Foster the People. Sometimes made a major impression during the blind auditions and immediately became a favorite artist on Shelton’s team. Her explosive personality and stellar vocals won over mentor, Kelly Clarkson in no time but this number suited Land and her sexy, airy vocals a lot more… all Land needed was the confidence to match. That came as the song progressed, getting more comfortable in the song and taking risks but it may have been too little too late. This was quite a battle to anticipate and easily the most exciting performance of the night so it was devastating to see either of these ladies go. This week we said goodbye to Lex Land on The Voice but she’s got the voice, America has heard it, and America will hold up her and take her far in this industry. We’ve noticed Land, so don’t give up!
Giving Juliet Simms and Sarah Golden the Rod Stewart hit, “Stay With Me” was Cee Lo Green. Simms had a big advantage here with the song catering to her and overpowering Golden who honestly wasn’t all that impressive with or without yodels. Who else wants Simms to One, duet with Dana Fuchs and Two, come out with her own fashion line? Anyway, as Christina Aguilera said, this was a no-brainer. Simms owned this performance and earned her rightful spot in the live show. Golden had a great challenge on her hand with this song but in the end, could not deliver what we all hoped to get. Golden has a sound for a very specific genre and as much as I don’t want to say it, she just needs to stick with that genre and be versatile from within.
Jamar Rogers and James Massone also had their difficulties before battling it out on the stage and taking on “Want To Know What Love Is.” Massone tried his hardest, bless his heart but that confidence, as Cee Lo pointed out needs a pick up. As talented as Massone is, he is simply not ready. A cracking voice during rehearsals that did not get much better come the battle round says so. His voice needs maturing and confidence needs growing before this star can shine its brightest. Don’t cry Jamie, your time will come. In the mean time, Jamar Rogers is going to rock the live shows!
“She sings like she’s hanging off of a cliff and she might fall at any second and that’s where the magic lies.” – Robin Thicke on Mary J. Blige
50 year old Kim Yarbrough and Whitney Myer from Team Adam had a challenge on their hand channeling Mary J. Blige singing “No More Drama” while standing out on their own and not worrying about their competition. But up against Yarbrough, Myer was an amateur that you just wanted to say, “Thanks for playing!” to as soon as she began her first notes. Myer was trying too hard and was too wrapped up in outshining Yarbrough than simply shining. She has a lot of work to do and at 50 years old, it was Yarbrough’s time. She carried this song effortlessly and earned her spot in the live shows. See you in the live shows Yarbrough!
On another note, does anyone find it odd the small circle of artists recycled through The Voice, American Idol, and The X Factor? Mary J. Blige was a mentor on American Idol last week and one of her songs played a major part in tonight’s show. Three of the mentors on this show including Idol alum, Kelly Clarkson are going to be featured on a new singing show, Duets on ABC. Really, the list goes on but which artist hasn’t been on any of these shows that you would love to see? And how are you hoping for the final battle round parts to shape up? So far, the battle rounds have been unbelievably satisfying and hopefully that train ride isn’t ending soon because it’s a good one.
Watch The Voice Mondays at 8/7c only on on NBC.
*Photo Credit: Lewis Jacobs/NBC