‘The Voice’: Watch Two Epic Battles From Last Night’s Episode

May 18th, 2011 // 10 Comments

Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton, Cee Lo Green and Adam Levine continued pairing up their team members for week two of the battle rounds on NBC’s recently-renewed series The Voice last night. And there was some true talent on display in all corners. But it was Cee Lo’s match-up of Texans Tje Austin and Nakia and Xtina’s pairing of rock chick Beverly McClellan and soaring tenor Justin Grennan that stole the night. Only one member from each team walked away with a remaining spot on the show. Watch below.

For this week’s battle round, Adam Levine somewhat unfairly stacked the immensely talented Javier Colon against upbeat beauty Angela Wolf. Their duet was ironically “Stand By Me,” though Angela didn’t really have a chance when it came time to out-sing Javier.

Blake Shelton’s pairing of Elenowen (i.e. Josh and Nicole Johnson) and Jared Blake was a little more up in the air. The folky duo and hard-luck rocker were thrown a curve ball when Shelton chose Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell’s Motown classic “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” for them to sing. Simple mathematics would make it seem that Josh and Nicole’s beautiful harmonies would eradicate Jared’s gruff vocal delivery, but it was the quite the opposite — Jared actually proved the more magnetic performer on stage while Elenowen seemed uncomfortable and confused when placed in front of a large audience. Sadly, the married duo were sent packing for life back in Nicole’s parents’ basement.

Anyway, on with those two killer battles! First up was Tje and Nakia from Cee-Lo’s team, who were tasked with Ne-Yo’s “Closer” as their duet. Burly Nakia wound up victorious.

Next we had Justin Grennan and Beverly McClellan from Xtina’s team. We actually thought Justin held his own when belting out The Who’s “Baba O’Riley” with vocal powerhouse Beverly. Alas, his best just wasn’t good enough when it came time for Aguilera to choose one of them.

Is it too much to ask for one more duet from this electric pair, NBC?

Two more weeks of battle rounds remain before Adam, Blake, Cee Lo and Xtina’s teams of four take the competition public and duke it out for America’s votes.

Are you liking what you’ve seen of The Voice so far? How do you think it compares to American Idol? Let us know below!

  1. Lynn

    I’m TOTALLY diggin’ “The Voice”!!

  2. I love it, I tend to be upset with the battle round pairings Tie and Nakia up against each other was just uncalled for. They could have done such great things in the long term, and I find the song selection to be random and out of place some times. Last week when Xtina chose Single Ladies for the two divas I was scratching my head like, why? That song doesn’t showcase anything vocally, and without the trademark dance number it just seemed awkward.

    But I’m still loving the show,

  3. johnny's girl

    They don’t compare, but I love the voice. I really love the head to head competitions

  4. I’m HELLA bummed that Justin got kicked out. To what Brandon said about Tje and Nakia, I feel like Justin could have done great things on the show had he not been paired up with the mighty Beverly.

  5. Prudence

    I completely agree with Robbie Daw (above).

  6. Xadax

    Justin looked like Jordan Bratman for some reason. Yeah that’s why she ditched him out LOL!

  7. You know I think that she should of put up Beverly with Justin, he is fantastic, she should of paired up Bev who is great with someone else, keep the mighty one that includes Justin and let them battle the ones that are not as great, just like the other coaches did

  8. Leslie

    I would love an Encore performance with Bev and Justin. Justin proved he could sing a song that was in Bev’s comfort zone(and learn that song in one day), the question I want answered is can she sing a song that is Justin’s comfort zone that she doesn’t know and learn it in just one day. I think they are both great vocal talents, but the test of a truly great singer is can they be challenged to sing outside their comfort zone and still sing it well…Justin proved he is a truly great singer…is Bev up for the challenge? I want a rematch of these two?

  9. I think that Justin killed it. He got everyone up on there feet and entertained as well as sang flawlessly. He is the total package. Yes Beverly is a great singer but i feel like she is very much a ROCK singer, and is not very versatile. I may be mistaken but i agree that there should definitely be a rematch between the two and for it to be on a more level playing ground. I believe that will prove who is more truly talented. Also if Justin was my “banker” i’d open several accounts haha.

  10. ZMH

    i feel kinda disappointed of the elimination of Elenowen. Since the beginning of the show I kinda feel like Blake’s decisions were a little random. Last week he paired the most country one and a rather pop one with an Elvis song, which was weird enough. This time a country duo and a rocker for motown?? I get his idea of meeting in the middle, but that makes little sense for a competitive duet.

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