May 31, 2011 09:03 PM by Shayla Perry
It’s the last Battle Round of NBC’s reality sensation The Voice, meaning it’s the last chance for celebrity coaches Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green, Blake Shelton and Christina Aguilera to round out the teams they’ll be taking to the Live performance phase of the competition. Which contestants will move on? Find out after the jump!
Maroon 5′s Adam Levine is up first this week, sending his last two team members, Jeff Jenkins and Casey Desmond, into the Battle Round performing Elton John‘s “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me.”
An early favorite of both the fans and coaches, the Battle is Jeff’s to lose, but Adam knows that the decision isn’t going to be as easy as everyone thinks. He may have been the only coach to select Casey in the Blind Auditions, but since getting a spot on Team Adam, the rocker has proven to be a definite threat.
The two start the show off right with a powerful performance (although it was oddly cut short on the last note, then brought back as the coaches were giving their comments). Everyone agrees that Jeff was fantastic, with Cee Lo thinking he’s the clear winner, but Christina and Blake both agree that Casey also blew them away in a way that they didn’t know she was capable of. So which one will Adam Levine choose to stay on his team? After some deep thought, he makes Jeff Jenkins the last member of Team Adam to go into the Live shows.
Next up is country star Blake Shelton, who’s paired Xenia and Sara Oromchi to sing The Pretenders’ “I’ll Stand By You.”
The young ladies are both quite shy and “cute as a button,” as Reba McEntire says. Xenia is even brought to tears, overwhelmed with the entire competition and the fact that Blake and Reba think she’s so talented.
With Sara’s range and Xenia’s unique voice, the Battle is in no way predictable. During their performance, both of them seem to struggle to find the right pitch, which Christina Aguilera and Adam Levine both point out. Adam even goes as far as saying that the song choice was wrong for them. So who does Blake Shelton choose?
Though he agrees that the song may not have been the best, Blake says that in the music business, artists aren’t always going to be given songs that are perfect for them, and they’ll have to make them work. With that said, he decides to add Xenia to his team.
Christina Aguilera has team members Lily Elise and Cherie Oakley singing Kelly Clarkson’s “Since You’ve Been Gone,” a song that the pop diva thinks is a fair compromise and a challenge for both singers.
Though Cherie has tons of songwriting experience, she’s a little intimidated by Lily’s voice, but in the 2nd rehearsal, she’s much more confident.
The two enter the ring and deliver a great performance (though not as great as Cherie’s family backstage)!
When it’s time for the coaches’ comments, Blake Shelton says that Reba McEntire has been dying to say something since Cherie hit the stage. Cherie actually penned one of Reba’s #1 hits, and that moment was the first time that the ladies had ever met in person!
Cee Lo says that the collective energy of Lily & Cherie was great, but only one can go on. Who does Christina select? It’s a tough one, but Lily Elise is the victor in this battle.
Last, but certainly not least is Cee Lo Green, whose team members Emily Valentine and Curtis Grimes will be singing Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now.”
Interestingly enough, the two have grown quite fond of one another throughout the competition, making the Battle all the more difficult for both of them.
Cee Lo tells Curtis and Emily that they’ll need to tap into that emotion for the performance, just as he did in his hit “F*ck You,” which he says was a suggestion from his mentor on the show, Monica. (Who knew?!)
They’re off to a rough start, but the duo end on a strong note — shocking the coaches with their obvious affection for one another.
Make that — VERY obvious!
Monica may have had some sound advice for her colleague before, but now, she says the decision is just too hard to make. For Cee Lo, it’s clear that the final member of his team is Curtis Grimes.
Team Cee Lo:
Tori & Taylor
Next Tuesday, it’s the start of the Live Rounds with The Voice moving back to its earlier time of 9|8c. PLUS the coaches will be taking to the stage for another performance that you won’t want to miss — but if you do, you know where to get the deets!
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