“The Voice” Recap: The Battle Rounds Come To A Close

Believe it or not, but the battle rounds are all wrapped up and now coaches Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green, and Blake Shelton are moving onto the live shows with their whittled-down teams.

They narrowed it down to the top 24 singers last night and it wasn’t easy for the coaches to pick who would be advancing to the next round of The Voice.

In fact, Cee Lo cried not once, but twice during his mentoring sessions!

Is the pressure finally getting to the “Forget You” singer? Carson, the host of the show himself, recapped a couple of yesterday’s battles for us!

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Photo by Lewis Jacobs // NBC

TEAM CEE LO: James Massone vs. WADE – “True Colors”

There were several battles last night, and even the coaches admitted that some of them were disappointing, but Cee Lo just couldn’t hold back his emotions during the match-up between James Massone and WADE.

WADE, who absolutely idolizes his coach Cee Lo, impressed the judges during the blind auditions with his old school cover of Amy Winehouse’s “Rehab.”

On the other end of the ring was James, who is a Boston boy through and through. Even Blake Shelton had to appreciate James customized “merch,” a letterman’s jacket with his initials on it.

Adam Levine said he was attracted to James’ voice more than WADE’s, which should come as no surprise since James has that same vocal timbre that Adam is known for.

Christina thought WADE has a strong voice, but noted that he had too many pitchy moments. That’s why she sided with James as well.

With all that constructive criticism, Cee Lo finally decided to declare James the winner of this battle round.

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Photo by Lewis Jacobs // NBC

TEAM CEE LO: Tony Vincent vs. Justin Hopkins – “Faithfully”

This was a particularly hard battle for not just Cee Lo, but Carson too! Tony used to play in Carson’s late night show house band, so he was watching an old friend go through this whole process.

Justin’s raspy vocals really gave the Journey song some depth, but Tony’s Broadway experience gave him the edge in overall stage presence.

Blake believed that while Justin actually delivered the more “solid” performance, Tony would be more versatile as the competition continues.

It pained Cee Lo to send someone home, but he didn’t have any choice. Cee Lo picked Tony to continue on with him to the live shows.

You can watch all of last night’s battles here!

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-Sarah Carroll, AMP 97.1


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