The battle rounds came to a close Tuesday night, a little bit too quickly if you ask us!

We were treated to another evening of incredible performances. It’s clear that The Voice has really raised the bar this season.

When the episode began, Usher was the only coach with a steal left over and he took his sweet time deciding who would be worthy of the honor!

Carson and Producer Angie discussed their favorite moments from the last hour of battles:

“I was watching the show last night. I was like, ‘What happened to our show?’ Carson said Wednesday morning. “This isn’t like an amateur singing show anymore. The quality is so good now.”

Good might be an understatement! There are so many great singers to go around that fans are already majorly disappointed about some of the early eliminations.

Take, for example, Producer Angie. She’s been rooting for Duncan Kamakana ever since the blind auditions and was bummed when coach Adam Levine picked the equally-impressive Sarah Simmons to advance to the knockouts.

“He’s got that real Jack Johnson sort of thing. Surfer, plays guitar,” Carson said of Kamakana. “I wanted them to form a band. They were doing Lady Antebellum, but they did it really well together.”

Adam picked Sarah to move onto the knockouts. With Simmons and Judith Hill sitting pretty in Levine’s line-up, Carson thinks America will have a hard time down the line deciding which one will represent Adam in the finals.

“One of them is going to go,” he said. “I remember last season I was like, ‘Oh my god! Cee Lo’s going to have to at some point, it’s going to bottleneck. He’s going to have to make a selection between Jamar and Juliet Simms, who were both frontrunners at the time. And Sarah Simmons and now Judith Hill enter, I mean, who knows what will happen during the knockouts. Well, I do know, but I won’t say! That’s a hell of a match up.”

Carson’s favorite performance of the night was hand-down Team Shakira’s Latina battle royale between Cathia and Mary Miranda.

“I thought it was sort of groundbreaking in a way,” he explained. “They did it all in Spanish and like the coaches said, they didn’t know what they were singing, but it was very moving.”

17-year-old Miranda appeared to be struggling during rehearsals because she was unfamiliar with the song.

“Imagine how embarrassed she was. She didn’t know the song. I mean, she just didn’t know and it’s not her fault. I mean, I don’t know that song. You’re supposed to know all of Shakira’s songs? It’s not ‘Hips Don’t Lie’ or something.”

“I felt bad for her,” he added. “But what ended up happening is that when they went away, Mary did her homework and then she came back and she murders it!”

Shakira decided to keep Mary Miranda for the knockouts, but Cathia’s tears of sadness turned into tears of joy when Usher used his final steal on her.

Next week, the knockouts begin! Each coach currently has 8 contestants and just like the battle rounds, they will pair 2 of their own singers against each other.

This time, however, each artist picks their own song and then their coach must decide which one will advance to the live shows.

“Any song,” Carson explained. “Do whatever you want. Wear whatever you want. Show the coach what you think your vision is for yourself with no coaching and sing for your life.”

There are no steals this time around, so expect the singers to bring it 100%!

Catch all the action Monday night at 8pm PT on NBC!

  • Which coach has the strongest team now that the battle rounds are over? Sound off in the comments section!

Sarah Carroll, 97.1 AMP Radio/Los Angeles


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