On Tuesday’s episode of The Voice (Monday and Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET/MT on CTV TWO), the Battle Rounds continued and included some soaring triumphs, heartbreaking goodbyes, and surprising steals from coaches Kelly Clarkson, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Jennifer Hudson. We know that the coaches are all superstars in the music industry, but does that mean they never make mistakes? Nope. We definitely saw a few on Tuesday night, especially from the usually flawless J Hud.
The first big shocker of the night came from Team Kelly’s battle that pitted Kymberli Joy against real life couple OneUp. The trio’s performance of Shawn Mendes’ “Mercy” gave us #feelings, from the incredible a capella introduction, to the moments of shining solo verses, to the flawless harmonizing by the group. Although all three singers brought their A-game and delivered the best performance of the night, Kelly’s pick of Kymberli Joy was the smart move. The not-so-smart move came when no one stole OneUp. We’ve never gone from being happy-shook to shook-shook so quickly.
It would be unfair of us to place all the blame on Hudson. Shelton and Levine had the same opportunity to push their buttons for a steal and didn’t. But it’s Jennifer who would be the best fit as a coach for the R&B, Motown-esque vibe that OneUp has and we still can’t believe she didn’t steal the couple.
We could have gotten over Jennifer’s big miss on OneUp if she hadn’t used her steal only moments later for Anthony Arya. The 15-year-old singer was battling Ben Affleck look-alike Steve Memmolo with the song “Amie.” Not only did the perfect opportunity for a Chasing Amy reference pass by the coaches, but after Memmolo took the obvious W on the song, Hudson used one of her only steals to save Arya. We thought watching OneUp go home would be the most shocking moment of the night. We were wrong.
Arya seems like a lovely kid and has a very nice voice, but compared to OneUp, who are much more seasoned, have stronger voices and a defined stage presence, it felt like there was no comparison. Prove us wrong, Anthony. And Jennifer.
The final shocking move of the night once again arrived courtesy of J Hud productions. Mike Parker and Natasia GreyCloud were paired up to battle one another with John Mayer’s “Gravity.” Both singers showed a huge amount of growth from their Blind Auditions and we were happy to see Kelly steal Natasia after Jennifer chose Mike.
But we couldn’t help but feel distracted throughout the performance with a feeling of déjà vu. We’ve heard this song sung in this style before. Actually, we heard it from Team J Hud in Season 13 with singer Davon Flemming less than a year ago. We love us some “Gravity” and we’re still peeved that Davon didn’t take the whole thing, but considering this is only Hudson’s second season as a coach on the American edition of The Voice, shouldn’t she be casting her net a bit wider with song selections? Can there be plagiarism in a competition based on song covers? Either way, #JusticeForDavon.
STANDING AFTER NIGHT TWO OF THE BATTLE ROUND
Kymberli Joye – Advancing to the Knockouts
OneUp – Eliminated
Natasia GreyCloud – Stolen from Team J Hud
Cody Ray Raymond
Mike Parker – Advancing to Knockouts
Anthony Arya – Stolen From Team Adam
Chris Kroeze – Advancing to Knockouts
Katrina Cain – Advancing to Knockouts
Rachel Messer – Eliminated
Mercedes Ferreira-Dias – Eliminated
Steve Memmolo – Advancing To Knockouts
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