If you are watching season 2 of The Voice, you know that part 2 of the battle rounds recently delivered gymnastic vocal runs, cracked high notes, and tips from the elusive “How to Be Successful in the Music Business” handbook. We can rest assured that at this point everyone is talented, but can they handle the rigorous competition and budding personality disorders contracted from reality TV?
Watch out for Jersey girl Charlotte Sometimes, “I want to destroy her! I want to win, win, win, win, win!” Opposite this spirited sentiment were heartfelt remarks like Jamie Lono’s shared through tears, “If I am going to lose, at least it was to an amazing person like that.”
Starting out the night Lionel Richie encouraged Geoff McBride to connect with the audience and shed the shades. Geoff’s enhanced eye contact was no match for Sera Hill’s vocal precision and stage presence. Music mentor Lex Land failed to pump up the judges and conceded to Charlotte Sometimes when they paired up on “Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster the People.
Texas folk singer Sarah Golden was no match for the organic rocky soul of Juliet Simms on the Rod Stewart classic “Stay With Me.” Nothing but fierce competition was exhibited in the diva round between Kim Yarbrough and Whitney Myers. Experience proved to be the victor, ushering Whitney out and Kim on to the live round.
It is always important to do your homework – that’s the lesson Lee Koch learned after showing up to this week’s coaching rehearsal unprepared to showcase his singing with Nirvana’s “Heart Shaped Box.” Lindsey Pavao’s beat Lee with her winning performance that coach Adam Levine coined as, “creepy.”
Believing in second chances, Jamar Rogers from team Cee-Lo had to face friend and competitor Jamie Lono singing “I Want To Know What Love Is,” made famous by Foreigner. Despite Jamie’s committed performance, his vocals stood no chance against Jamar’s gut wrenching, soulful delivery.
Tune-in next week to see how the teams continue to be cut back as the singers go head-to-head in the upcoming battle round of The Voice.