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'The Voice': Carson Daly blogs battle rounds

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There was a lot of ’80s love in the air last night! I had noticed that three out of the six songs were ’80s staples: we had a little Billy Ocean, a little Tina, and a little Pat Benatar. So the songs of the ’80s definitely helped narrow the fields down in the third battle round.

Pip and Nathan Parrett are really close friends, and Adam, of all of our coaches, specifically tells the producers of the show that he doesn’t want to know any personal information about his artists before he pairs them up. He likes to decide his battle pairings based only on the vocals of the blind auditions, so that’s definitely an interesting tactic for him. But even though he didn’t know any of the personal details about the artists, he ended up picking Nathan and Pip to go up against each other. I remember Pip killing it in the blind auditions, coming out with his bow tie and suspenders, yet wanting to be taken really seriously, so he can be something of a silent threat. But he surprised a lot of us, and now look how far he’s gone. He’s going to the live shows, which is great for him.

Erin Martin and the Shields Brothers. Oh, how can I word this? It was definitely the weirdest and most polarizing battle of the night. Very weird, very polarizing, and very Cee Lo. I mean, Cee Lo loves a show, and loves a spectacle, and he definitely gave us one. Erin is a very eclectic person, very strong-willed and strong-minded, and obviously very different in her voice. Meanwhile, the Shields Brothers are trying to punch America in the face with rock & roll. So I think he just looked at these two like there can only be room for one wild card, so in some regards, it was actually a very smart pairing. The Shields Brothers were a lot of fun, and they had the best attitude, even when they left the show. I didn’t know the level of seriousness that these guys really had about music, but they really taught us a lot about how music can just be a lot of fun. They were a really nice addition to The Voice, they brought a lot of character and levity to the show, and they were really a joy to have around.

I really liked the pairing of Ashley de la Rosa and Jonathas. I really bought the two of them together. I remember watching the rehearsals when we shot that; they had great chemistry, and they did a really nice job with “No Air.” I haven’t really had a chance to talk about the mentors too much in this blog yet, but Ashley and Jonathas are a great example how the mentors this season have really helped the artists get better. From when I’ve seen them, from the executive callbacks to the blind auditions until now, I’m really starting to see these young singers evolve. Imagine being in a room in a private lesson with a legend like Lionel Richie. You really do get better. I’m an avid golfer, so for me it’d be like getting a private lesson from Tiger Woods. If I had a few hours with the guy, I’m sure my game would greatly improve, just in the little time I could spend with him. You see that especially with Ashley, who really started to shine after being mentored, as we saw last night.

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