'The Voice' Recap: The Battle Rounds Begin...

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While I'm still loyally watching American Idol (and recapping it) this season, I confess that The Voice has overtaken just about any other show on TV as my weekly favorite. So this year, finally, I decided I ought to recap The Voice too.

I've always had the rule that I won't recap the audition phase of American Idol...I have no interest in dissecting the mockery that's as likely to be on display as the talent. With The Voice I actually could recap the auditions...The Voice is focused on the truly talented and *only* the truly talented. But I chose to be consistent and start post-auditions. The teams are set. The battles begin!!

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Here's how it went down. 

Team Adam:

Battle #1: Amber vs. Sasha sang "Try" by P!nk

They sounded amazing! Wow. As always I really question when a coach pits two of their very best against one another. I get that you want different styles and genres, but I would have saved these two as ammunition to get rid of some of his weaker singers. (Although I tend to think Adam has the strongest overall team after the blind auditions.) That being said: I would have picked Sasha no DOUBT. I'm SHOCKED Adam picked Amber. So, very glad she got stolen back by Shakira (much to Usher's chagrin).

Battle #2: Judith vs. Karina sang "This is a Mans' World" by James Brown

Both did a great job. Probably his next two strongest, so again...a shame he pitted them against one another. I'm a little surprised that I think I liked Karina better. Judith's switch into falsetto was a little harsh for me, although her low range was bad-ass. I think Judith made it through on the strength of her initial audition as much as her performance tonight. Once again Shakira benefits from Adam's choice, and steals Karina.

Battle #3: Michael vs. Warren sang "My Kinda Party" by Jason Aldean

The battle of the deputy vs. firefighter was a good one, as they had a nice blend together and both sounded strong. I thought they were both quite good. Warren is a little more charismatic, and his hunky appearance don't hurt. It was a smart choice for Adam to keep Warren. 

Team Shakira:

Battle #1: Garrett Gardner vs. J'sun sang "How You Like Me Now" by The Heavy 

I would go with J'Sun all the way. He had the smooth and the rough. The hard and soft…and he seemed like a bad boy, not an awkward boy. I'm SHOCKED Shakira chose Garrett. And it's a shame no one stole J'Sun, because he really sold me on this battle.

Battle #2: Tanya vs. Mark sang "The Chain" by Fleetwood Mac

It was apparently not exciting enough to actually show us the whole thing, which doesn't bode well. Tanya won.

Team Blake: 

Battle #1: Holly vs. Michelle sang "Blown Away" by Carrie Underwood

Michelle had major pitch issues during rehearsal, so I was guessing Holly would do better. And she did, but not by as much as I expected. It was predictable and appropriate for Holly to win the battle round. And I'm not surprised no one tried to steal Michelle.

Battle #2: Christian vs. The Swann Brothers sang "I Won't Back Down" by Tom Petty

Christian seemed like the lead, with the two brothers backing him up. He has a ton of charisma. I'd go with him, all the way. So, once again, I'm flummoxed by a coach's decisions. Blake chose the Swann Brothers who just seemed basic and unexciting to me. I thought maybe someone would steal Christian, but it was not to be.

Battle #2: Danielle vs. Caroline sang "Put Your Records On" by Corinne Bailey Rae

Danielle has a strong, clear, lovely voice, but she had a bit of a scared rabbit look about her when she performs. Danielle just has a cool vibe which is very, very current. I'd go with Caroline, but I'm not surprised Blake went with his comfort zone of country and chose Danielle. Also glad, and not surprised, that Adam stole Caroline. Now, someone tell me...who does Caroline look *exactly* like? Is it Rachel Bilson?

Battle #3: Grace vs. Travis sang "Me and Bobby McGee" by Kris

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