It’s always exciting to hear what song choices will make it onto an episode of The Voice (Monday and Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET/MT on CTV TWO) and on Tuesday night’s episode, we took a trip back to the ’90s and ’80s. It was a simpler time, when pop music was fluffy and light, boy bands danced in sync, and Trump was some millionaire with a cameo in Home Alone. Le sigh.
Tuesday’s episode was the final night of the Battle Rounds and coaches Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Clarkson and Adam Levine were forced to nervously watch each performance knowing that only Blake Shelton had a steal left. Good things come to those who wait, and Blake was able to walk away with one of the strongest singers of this season.
The night began in the year 2018, with Team Kelly’s Erika Zade and Sarah Grace covering Alice Merton’s “No Roots.” We felt like Erika had the more interesting voice of the two, but Sarah Grace’s powerful notes helped her take home the win, with the decision unanimous among the coaches. This show may be The Voice, but often it feels more like The Power. Interesting singers can lose out in the Battle Rounds, overshadowed by singers with big notes, but there’s so much beauty in the smaller moments and Erika had those throughout her performance.
Next was Team Blake, who took us all the way back to 1994 with Hootie and the Blowfish’s “Only Wanna Be With You.” Real talk, that song is still such a jam. Whether you admitted to liking it in the mid ’90s or pretended to be too cool for Hootie and secretly recorded “Only Wanna Be With You” for your mixtape while listening to the radio, it’s a song that you can’t help but bob your head to when you hear it. Much like Monday night’s performance of Semisonic’s “Closing Time,” Tuesday’s performance of “Only Wanna Be With You” paired two very different singers and made a new version of a ’90s track that we instantly loved.
In this case it was Kameron Marlowe and Kayley Hill giving the huge hit a country makeover and turning it into a stunning love song. Again, we thought that Kayley clinched the win, but Blake ended up taking Kameron to the next round. We’re 0 for 2 on guesses tonight, but 2 for 2 on jams.
The night’s final performance took us all the way back to the ’80s with Team Adam’s DeAndre Nico and Funsho performing New Edition’s “Can You Stand The Rain”. DeAndre earned four chair turns and Funsho was no slouch with three chairs, so we had big expectations for these two. The pair delivered, kicking off the performance with a New Edition spin towards the audience that we were soooo here for. Throw some streamers on the ceiling and break out your pleated dress pants, it’s time for a Junior High slow dance.
DeAndre earned the win for the boy band of two performance, but Blake came through with the final steal, keeping Funsho in the competition and our dreams of synchronized dancing alive.
FINAL STANDINGS AFTER THE BATTLE ROUND
Zaxai – Stolen From Team J Hud
Natasia GreyCloud – Stolen From Team J Hud
Cody Ray Raymond
Anthony Arya – Stolen From Team Adam
SandyRedd – Stolen From Team Kelly
Colton Smith – Stolen From Team J Hud
Funsho – Stolen From Team Adam
Delaney Silvernell – Stolen From Team Kelly
Keith Paulso – Stolen From Team Blake
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