On Monday night’s episode of The Voice (Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on CTV TWO), we saw for the first time ever the Live Cross Battles, a new round that features singers from all four teams battling it out in surprise pairings. All four coaches, including Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, saw their teams represented, and while some contestants had no issue transitioning to the live segment there seemed to be an unprecedented number of flawed performances. Things did not get any better on Tuesday night’s results show. It appears the producers of The Voice want to shake things up with the Live Cross Battles Round. Maybe the shake up should come in the form of Adam dropping the constant stream of negative comments towards Blake and the audience.
The Live Cross Battle Round will cut the number of contestants down from 32 to 24, which each coach getting, in total, one steal and one save to use over the two-week round. Adam used both his save and steal in the first 10 minutes. We’re not exaggerating. In total, five of the eight total saves and steals were used by the coaches on Monday night, which means that next week’s ‘randomly’ chosen singers are already going into the show at a disadvantage.
As for the contestants who were saved and stolen on Monday night, which, let’s be real, felt like all of them, there seemed to be a pressure on the coaches to keep everyone. Maybe it was the live TV aspect, maybe it was confusion over the new round, but in total only three performers went home, which means out of the 16 contestants still left to sing on Monday night, five will be sent packing. Way harsh.
Kim Cherry (Team Blake) vs. Betsy Ade (Team Kelly)
Winner: Kim, with Betsy stolen by Team Adam
The night started off with a head scratcher after Kim managed to take the W over Betsy. We love us some Kim Cherry and appreciate a woman who can rap and sing with equal precision, something that only about a handful of people on the radio today can do. That’s why there are so many features in rap music. But Monday’s performance of “Poison,” though fun, wasn’t Kim’s best. Betsy’s “You Oughta Know” was her best, and John and Adam were smart enough to recognize that and fight for Betsy. One more steal and she’ll be able to complete her set of The Voice Coach Collectibles.
Mari (Team Adam) vs. Selkii (Team Blake)
Winner: Mari, with Selkii saved by Team Blake
Welp. We don’t know for sure this was Adam’s fault, but Mari’s biggest issue on Monday night was choosing a song that in no way suited her voice. She still performed the heck out of it, which is why she made it through to the next round. Selkii also made a colossal error in song choice and did not have a good vocal performance, but as Blake said, she’s one of his favourite artists he’s ever worked with on The Voice. Ever! That’s 16 seasons! Maybe she brings baked goods to rehearsal? Or maybe Blake is scared of her husband. That could be it.
Lisa Ramey (Team Legend) vs. Karen Galera (Team Kelly)
Matthew Johnson (Team Kelly) vs. Domenic Haynes (Team Adam)
Winner: Matthew, with Domenic saved by Team Adam
Matthew is a singing ray of sunshine, so his win didn’t come as a huge surprise. As for Domenic, we really like his voice. No one else sounds like him and we want to hear more. So does Adam. Was he worth Adam’s only save? We shall see.
Presley Tennant (Team Kelly) vs. Kayslin Victoria (Team Legend)
The battle of the 16-year-olds went to Presley, who had an incredible performance on Monday night. If there was an award for best keeping your cool on TV when not getting picked, Kayslin would win that. Girlfriend has poise for days. The kid is alright.
Oliv Blu (Team Blake) vs. Celia Bambini (Team Adam)
Winner: Oliv, with Celia stolen by Team Legend
Welp Part Two. Between the two, Oliv definitely had the stronger performance on Monday night. Celia stunned us with her first two performances, so we’re assuming that John is banking on a bad night of nerves and hoping for a chance at redemption. Consider us intrigued.
Dexter Roberts (Team Blake) vs. Andrew Jannakos (Team Adam)
Winner: Dexter Roberts
We were today years old when we learned that Dexter made it to the Top 7 on Season 13 of American Idol. Did he actually get a tick bite or did the producers just not want to talk about what he’s really been doing in his music career? Either way, this was probably a good outcome. Andrew was great, but cuts need to be made.
Maelyn Jarmon (Team Legend) vs. Rod Stokes (Team Adam)
Winner: Maeyln, with Rod stolen by Team Kelly
There would have been some TV throwing if Maelyn had been eliminated. Kelly quickly scooped up Rod, which was a smart choice. He’s country and rock. America, amirite?
Watch The Voice Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on CTV TWO. Catch up with new episodes online the day after broadcast.