More steals, sendoffs, and coaching sass in round two
The Voice‘s battles wage on tonight with a second round as the quartet of coaches — Adam Levine, Alicia Keys, Kelly Clarkson, and Blake Shelton — try to whittle their teams down to those contestants who are really ready to face the knockouts. So, who gets to sail on through to the next round, and who’s sent packing so early in the game? Let’s take a look at the night’s performances and results.
Team Kelly: Amber Sauer vs. Jorge Eduardo
“Starving” by Hailee Steinfeld, Grey ft. Zedd
Not that being a one-chair turn is necessarily a bad thing (oh, hi Chris Blue!), but it does diminish expectations a little more than, say, a four-chair turn that inspires one of those epic insult-offs between Blake Shelton and Adam Levine. However, Amber Sauer and Jorge Eduardo seem to want to prove that they’re worthy of Kelly Clarkson’s precious team space — especially Jorge, who manages to throw in some language-bending lyrics, work the guitar, and find places to break away with some very clean head-voice moments.
While they’re both pleasant to listen to here and match the tone of this feel-good pop anthem to a T, Jorge proves that he’s so much more than the one-trick pony he seemed to be in the auditions with his on-the-money “Despacito” performance. Kelly’s right to go with her gut on this one and see what else he’s capable of because clearly he’s full of hidden gifts, which is probably why he went so far on La Voz.
Winner: Jorge Eduardo
Team Adam: Davison vs. Reid Umstattd
“Love on the Brain” by Rihanna
Sometimes a song choice does no one any favors, so this mess is squarely Adam Levine’s doing. He thought that by pairing them with their exact opposite — a country singer who’s a dead ringer for Luke Bryan versus a warm soul singer who’s single-handedly ready to bring back the smooth R&B style of the early ’90s — and then throwing in a song that makes sense for neither of them, it’d be interesting and revelatory. And, well, it’s something else alright.
The best compliment that anyone can muster for this is how surprised they are that Reid Umstattd is able to hit the high notes and sort of match the rhythm of this clunky back-and-forth bit. Even Davison seems out of his element here. Considering they’re both made to stretch their voices, hurry the number, and volley lines like it’s a tennis match, this is all wrong. If anything, they should’ve gone with a lower and slower arrangement just to give themselves a chance, ’cause there are no winners here in this battle. Those attempts to harmonize…ow, my ears.
“Winner”: Reid Umstattd
Team Alicia: Jordyn Simone vs. Kelsea Johnson
“Don’t Let Go” by En Vogue
Meanwhile, Alicia Keys has set up the most sensible battle pairing in Voice history with these two doppelgangers. Not only do they have a similar look and energy, but they complement each other on the stage as well, while still differentiating their particular sounds from one another.
With Jordyn, there’s a sweet, melodic nature to her voice that’s easy to listen to but also comes through as a bit generic compared to Kelsea Johnson’s unique gravel tones. That said, Kelsea has some trouble reaching certain notes (which very well may be a product of her illness, so let’s not harp on that too much). Even so, it pretty much comes down to who’s got the coaches vibing the most, which is why Kelsea walks away with the W. But Jordyn’s not left empty handed. Both Adam and Kelly Clarkson vie for her to transfer to their teams, and because Adam actually picked her to win this bout, she opts for his team. (It’s the second time Kelly’s been passed over by Jordyn, so let’s hope Jordyn does’t need the woman to steal her in the knockouts, because Kelly might not even bother.)
Winner: Kelsea Johnson
Steal: Jordyn Simone to Team Adam
There are a few competitions that are unfortunately montaged this evening, for one reason or another, but here’s what we know about the match-ups. On Team Blake, Branson Ireland and Jaron Strom go toe-to-toe on a country ballad, and while that might be Branson’s genre by design, Blake’s more impressed that Jaron can hop lanes so well and keeps him around instead. Then on Team Alicia, we have Johnny Bliss and Megan Lee singing (let’s be glad this one was montaged, guys) “Versace on the Floor,” and ripping off his jacket is just convincing enough to hand Johnny a pass to the next round, apparently. And, finally, Team Kelly’s Teana Boston and Jamella throw down, with Kelly deciding that the latter is more ready for the next round. So here we are.
Team Adam: Rayshun LaMarr, Drew Cole, Mia Boostrom, Reid Umstattd, Angel Bonilla, Stephanie Skipper, Miya Base, Gary Edwards, Genesis Diaz, Jackie Verna, Jackie Foster, Jordyn Simone
Team Alicia: Britton Buchanan, Kelsea Johnson, Jaclyn Lovey, Christiana Danielle, Johnny Bliss, Terrence Cunningham, Livia Faith, Sharane Calister
Team Kelly: Brynn Cartelli, D.R. King, Molly Stevens, Jorge Eduardo, Alexa Cappelli, Hannah Goebel, Jamella, Justin Kilgore, Tish Haynes Keys
Team Blake: Kyla Jade, Kaleb Lee, Pryor Baird, Brett Hunter, Austin Giorgio, Spensha Baker, Wilkes, Jaron Strom, Jordan Kirkdorffer, Dallas Caroline, Dylan Hartigan