I abandoned my usual The Voice promo picture because this was too good to pass up. I just wish it was bigger (that’s what she said.)
Battle Round 4, aka dear Lord thank God it’s over night. Cee Lo is taking off his glasses to cry it out, Christina thinks America needs a hip-hop/country crossover (she’s wrong), Adam changes his mind when a song is poorly received, and Blake chooses reggae for a country singer (surprisingly it’s not a hot mess.)
TEAM CEE LO–James Massone VS WADE “True Colors”
Boston grease monkey vs the guy who changed up Amy Whinehouse’s Rehab. James doesn’t know the words and then he gets Ne-O (James apparently doesn’t like Ne-Yo that well.) He has no confidence and everyone knows it. Babyface thought Wade looked 12. What 12 year old can grow a faux-goatee? In the last rehearsal Wade is shaking like leaf and James has finally learned the words. It brings Cee Lo to tears, not the word learning, their entire performance. I am extremely distracted by James’ headband. That is a girl’s hair do, dude. Beside that distraction, the rest was a bit of a mess. They sounded terrible when they were “harmonizing” (I hate to even call it that.) They sounded fine alone. I guess if I had to pick one I’d go with the other judges and choose James. Can someone take a pair of clippers to his head, please? Cee Lo goes on and on about how he wanted Wade to win and go all the way. Through his tears he chooses James Massone.
TEAM ADAM–Nicolle Galyon VS Mathai “Love Song”
Piano player from Kansas! vs the defying her parents Indian daughter. Poor Nicolle has to play piano, sing, and compete with Mathai. She wears her Sunday best hat to sing for Robin Thicke. He calls her morning coffee on the veranda. I think that has a lot to do with the hat. Adam tells her she has a beautiful voice. He’s right. Mathai gets direction from Alanis though Adam doesn’t think she needs much coaching. You can tell who he wants to win this one. In the last rehearsal, Nicolle has to throw out her hours of practice on the piano because it’s not working. She is worried that she won’t be as effective without it. Mathai knows it’s a good thing for her. They are just completely different. I can hardly understand Mathai in parts. Her schtick is just that. I kinda feel that the way she sings will get old fast. Nicolle is breathy and obviously nervous. Blake said it was all about breathing and Nicolle was off. Christina thought Mathai was better. Cee Lo thought Nicolle’s singing was too straightforward and generic. Adam was disappointed with both of them. He thought it was better in rehearsals. He thought it was a good thing Nicolle stepped out from behind the piano but in the end it was Mathai joining Team Adam.