The Voice recap: Brave performances

Team Blake Battle Reality on The Voice. (Trae Patton/NBC)

Team Blake Battle Reality on The Voice. (Trae Patton/NBC)

Jason MacNei

, Last Updated: 9:31 PM ET

Tuesday night's episode of The Voice's battle rounds was a case of three battles given precedence and three which viewers could've missed had they blinked.

Country singer Cary Laine and quirky vocalist Sam Behymer were like oil and water musically, during Ed Sheeran's Give Me Love for Adam Levine's team. The rehearsals had Laine sounding “pitchy” while both were clearly out of their comfort zone. Onstage the duo was lukewarm to each other and had no connection at all to the song itself.

Both Blake Shelton and Shakira said the singers were “so different” it would be difficult for Levine to make a choice. While trying to paint a pretty picture on the tedious battle, Behymer ended up being a hair better in Levine's eyes.

Infinitely better (which might not be saying much) was the ensuing matchup between crooner Noah Lis and Kaleigh Glanton from Shelton's team. Shelton's song selection was Michael Buble's Everything, which was in Lis' wheelhouse. But Lis was sabotaging the song in rehearsals, leaving Shelton to tell him to “stop playing” with the song.

When the twosome hit the stage, Glanton and Lis did Buble proud by playing it cool without hamming it up or forcing the issue. Glanton showed more range at times, particularly in the homestretch. Usher found Lis to be too lounge-like but thought he fared better than Glanton. Levine thought Glanton had the odds against her given the crooning tune. Shelton pondered briefly before giving Glanton the nod.

The show then tore through three battles which obviously were barely worthy of airtime. Ryan Whyte Maloney was victorious over country singer (and Tanya Tucker's relative) Cali Tucker during Tina Turner's What's Love Got To Do With It. Meanwhile Christina Grimmie defeated Joshua Howard in another battle on Levine's roster. And Kristen Merlin toppled Lindsay Bruce which pared down Shakira's team slightly.

The last vocal duel had two more of Shakira's stable of talent figuratively throwing haymakers at each other. Cierra Mickens, who decided The Voice at this point in her life overrode enrolling in law school, faced Emily B. The tandem were great during rehearsals, nailing Sara Bareilles' Brave so perfectly both Shakira and adviser Miranda Lambert looked very pleased.

In battle mode, other judges took notice with both singers at the top of their game. Levine said they were “spot on” during the conclusion. Shelton however thought the winner was Emily B. Usher decided it was a split decision, a good strategic move with him having a remaining “steal.” In the end Shakira went with Emily B. The result was Usher having a no-brainer, waiting for Mickens to nearly exit before hitting his “steal” button.

Next week’s episode features Coldplay's Chris Martin as adviser. Hopefully he won't be in tears after splitting up with Gwyneth.

 


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