The Voice singers on tonight's two-hour show have big shoes to fill from Monday's episode as the good performances were truly great."Cole Vosbury was the unofficial winner of the night with his rendition of Passenger's "Let Her Go," which charted to No. 52 on the iTunes chart two hours after his performance. This morning, the single surged to No. 19. No other singer landed on the chart as I periodically checked it throughout the day. (This is crucial as the show moves to the live performances since iTunes position will factor into the votes.)
And this is the guy who lost his knockout, which is why the steal is important because even though you could argue Cole was better than Jonny Gray in this sing-off, how do you get rid of a voice like Jonny's? Cee Lo's loss becomes Blake's gain.
Besides Cole, we saw Nic Hawk's artistic side, while Tessanne Chin and Grey delivered another solid performance. Who will step up to the plate tonight, and who will fall flat?
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Team Adam: Lina Gaudenzi vs. Preston Pohl
Adam wants one of these soul singers to set themselves apart.
Lina Gaudenzi ("I'd Rather Go Blind" by Etta James): Her performance seems effortless, but she sounds like a lounge singer.
Preston Pohl ("No Woman No Cry" by Bob Marley): Less is sometimes more, and it feels like he gives it too much at times. He could've been more easygoing with it, but the song didn't lend itself for him to do a whole lot with it.
Blake said Preston showed control and command. Christina noted that it's hard to expand in the knockout round, and Preston didn't.
Preston is the winner!
Team Blake: EG Daily vs. Ray Boudreaux
Blake is looking for only one of these with bluesy influences to bring to the live shows.
EG Daily ("I Can't Make You Love Me" by Bonnie Raitt): Kind of a snoozefest. She reels in the big notes, but still it's rough and a bit too hoarse for my liking.
Ray Boudreaux ("Hard to Handle" by Otis Redding): I like his voice, the song suits him, but he just seems uncomfortable and stiff and it's hard to enjoy the performance as a whole. Loosen up and relax!
Christina said Ray had more control while EG's voice broke when it didn't seem like it was supposed to.
Ray Boudreaux is the winner!
Team Christina: Anthony Paul vs. Jacquie Lee
These two young pop singers need to prove themselves under pressure. Which one will rise to the occasion?
Anthony Paul ("The Other Side" by Jason Derulo): Two big notes aren't in tune, the rest just isn't consistent either. Even though he wants to be a Jason Derulo-type artist, it seems too much for him.
Jacquie Lee ("Stompa" by Serena Ryder): I didn't think she could pull that off, but she's someone who's really improving each time she takes the stage.
Cee Lo says Anthony was so much better than this performance. Adam said Jacquie's performance drew her in.
Jacquie Lee is the winner!
Team Cee Lo: Stephanie Anne Johnson vs. Tamara Chauniece
Cee Lo is looking for one of these one of these powerful women to stand out.
Stephanie Anne Johnson ("Don't Know Why" by Norah Jones): She has a different spin on it, one that's completely devoid of the softness and some of the vulnerability of the original, but I kind of dig it. Her voice is crazy unique.
Tamara Chauniece ("No One" by Alicia Keys): This performance is confusing. Why is it reggae? She wants it to be reggae, which should be easygoing and effortless and fun, but then brings out the riffs and the big notes from the original. A song shouldn't be changed just for the sake of doing something different.
Adam said Stephanie Anne's version was unfocused. Christina commends them both on their original -- she pours on the compliments on Tamara.
Tamara Chauniece is the winner!
Stephanie Anne Johnson is stolen by Christina! I agree with Stephanie Anne, I didn't think Christina would steal her back. I don't really know how I feel about this because it's not like the performance was amazing.
Team Adam: James Wolpert vs. Juhi
Adam paired these two different singers together to see who thrives.
James Wolpert ("More Than A Feeling" by Boston): Who knew the guy wearing the buttoned-up-to-the-top shirt and blazer could rock out to classic rock? There's one note though in particular that his voice cracks on, but he hits these high notes that are rather impressive. Still, his image doesn't match the song so it feels stiff.
Juhi ("I Heard It Through the Grapevine" by Marvin Gaye): She doesn't seem all there with the performance, not emotionally connected with it. The band overtakes her, and I don't understand what she's saying at times.
Christina said Juhi was so carefree that it was careless while she noted James' pitch issues. Cee Lo goes with the one who used to be on his team, Juhi, for her consistency. Adam said James' rehearsal was perfect, while this knockout one was not.
James Wolpert is the winner! Adam is honest and says he's invested too much into James, and I understand.
Team Blake: Austin Jenckes vs. Brandon Chase
Blake is looking for one of these country singers to move the audience in a battle of two guitars.
Austin Jenckes ("I'll Be" by Edwin McCain): It's a nice dedication to his father, but that's just what it is: nice, but not particularly exciting. Just loud.
Brandon Chase ("Even If It Breaks Your Heart" by Eli Young Band): He's just too pretty and it's distracting. He sounds out of tune in many spots, but I feel his earnest.
Christina said she was looking for more dimension from Austin, while Brandon trailed off in pitchy ways. She still goes with him because the song was a good choice for him.
Austin Jenckes is the winner! Wow, I kind of thought he'd go with the heartthrob. Seems like there is room on Team Blake for two bearded guitar-toting singers.
Team Cee Lo: Caroline Pennell vs. George Horga Jr.
Cee Lo can take only one of these youthful singers with commercial appeal to the live shows.
Caroline Pennell ("The Way I Am" by Ingrid Michaelson): This song is so perfect for her. She has the softness and the sweetness but also brings this playful quality to it. She also picks the right spots to show off her range.
George Horga Jr. ("Because of You" by Ne-Yo): I'm not a fan of this song choice for him. It doesn't help that he starts off pitchy and can't quite get back on track for the rest of the performance.
Blake notes that he was flat through the performance, while Caroline makes him want to buy a cat and a pink blanket and curl up with a cup of hot cocoa in front of the fire, and even says she's the best in this season of the singer-songwriter mold.
Caroline Pennell is the winner!
The Voice airs Mondays at 8pm and Tuesdays at 9pm on NBC.
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