Today is opposite day on The Voice, apparently, because the theme of tonight’s battle series is pairing up people who sound nothing alike and seeing how it goes. Only one of the contestants earns a steal from this crop, but he probably didn’t expect to have to rely on the last-minute save slap coming in to keep him here since he’d just earned four turned chairs in the blinds a few weeks back, and the person who almost knocked him down barely made it past that round with just one coaching bidding on him. Hey, anything can happen here on The Voice. Here’s how the battles commenced in tonight’s abbreviated episode.
Team Miley: Lane Mack vs. Sophia Urista
“Money” by Pink Floyd
Miley Cyrus has recruited a lot of people onto her team by promising a season full of key song selections, but with this one, she might have dropped the ball early on in the game. Lane and Sophia both got onto this show in the first place by showing off some crazy screech techniques, and this number only encourages each of them to try and out-shout each other instead of showing us anything new about themselves. The results… aren’t pleasant. Lane spends the vast majority of his stage time here at an ear-splitting decibel level, while Sophia tries to make it interesting by bringing another octave or two into play when she can but ends up being kind of a mess herself. This song was not meant to be emulated by many people — least of all these two.
Winner: Sophia Urista
Team Blake: Courtney Harrell vs. Ethan Tucker
“Gravity” by John Mayer
Blake Shelton’s team is an interesting space to watch right now because he’s got a lot more going on with his squad this season than a gaggle of boot-scooters. Courtney and Ethan, for example, are soul musicians by trade, and while they have completely different sounds than each other, they may have delivered one of the more friendly duets that we’ll see in the battles round because their voices were so distinct that they gave each other room to stand out — sort of a modern version of the Aaron Neville/Linda Ronstadt dynamism circa 1989. The bad news for Ethan is that while he has a nice, warm, and cushy tone going for himself, Courtney uses that to her advantage by making some moves up and down the scales to prove that she’s the more formidable player in this competition.
Winner: Courtney Harrell
NEXT: One singer defies all expectations …