It was the Second of four “battle” episodes of The Voice on Sunday 12th May as the coaches reduce their teams from 12 acts to 6.
Acts from the same team are paired together to perform a duet. At the end of the performance their coach decides who will go though to the next round and who will leave the competition.
The new twist for this year is that competing coaches have the opportunity to grab one of the rejected acts for their own team. So far Sir Tom Jones and Jessie J have taken advantage of this.
Carla and Barbara v Leanne Jarvis (Team Will.i.am)
The battle used the song Hero and both acts were coached by Dante Santiago from the Black Eyed Peas. It was quiet a weird clash between the Opera babes and a pop singer. Both good in their own right but a strange combination together. Jessie J thought the song choice was horrific. Sir Tom Jones felt that opera singers singing pop songs was scary. Will.i.am chose Leanne Jarvis so Carla and Barbara were available to steal – however only Danny O’Donoghue had a steal left and they were not for him.
Elise Evans v Cherelle Basquine (Team Tom)
All About Tonight, the Pixie Lot hit, was the song choice for this battle, with Cerys Matthews from Catatonia helping them develop it. For me neither of these acts really has it despite being capable singers but Elise seemed to edge it. Danny thought Elise was more comfortable on the high notes. Will.i.am was non committal. Sir Tom Jones was unsure but went for Cherelle Basquine as she has a more soulful voice. There was no steal of Elise Evans.
Danny County v De Vide (Team Jessie)
The Best I Ever Had was the song choice for Danny v De Vide. It was an interesting battle as it was a mix of singing and rap but Danny was more believable when singing this particular song. It was not a total surprise when Jessie J went for Danny County. There was no steal for De Vide but Will.i.am encouragingly told them that had the Black Eyed Peas been on The Voice they would not have won.
Leah McFall v CJ Edwards (Team Will.i.am)
Michael Jackson’s The Way You Make Me Feel was the choice for this battle. CJ sang a strong opening but Leah has a very original sound which for me gave her the edge. A really tough call for Will.i.am. Jessie liked CJ’s performance whilst Leah was stronger vocally. Sir Tom Jones was leaning towards CJ Edwards. Will.i.am chose Leah McFall because she was “mega dope”. There was no steal for CJ Edwards (again it was only Danny who had a steal available).
Nate James v Lovelle Hill (Team Jessie)
No Air, by Jordan Sparkes and Neil Brown, was the song choice for this battle. It’s a love song rather than a battle song and the two acts complimented each other. Lovelle Hill was a bit more adventurous but also not quite so solid on hitting some of the notes. Nice performance though. Nate James played it a bit safer and smoother. Will.i.am felt the song choice favoured Lovelle and Danny thought Nate edged it. Jessie J chose Lovelle Hill. There was no steal of Nate from Danny O’Donoghue or Will.i.am.
Conor Scott v Smith & Jones (Team Danny)
The final battle song was Some Nights by Fun. The three voices blended well together but the stand out voice belonged to Conor Scott. Will.i.am mischievously suggested they all form a band together. Sir Tom Jones felt it wasn’t a battle as they were all so much together. Danny O’Donoghue went for Conor Scott. Only Will.i.am had a steal left but Smith & Jones were not for them.
The Voice is back in two weeks time on Saturday 25th May (it’s the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday 18th May) for the third of the four Battle episodes when another 6 acts will leave the teams.