10 Best and Worst Moments of ‘The Voice’ Battle Rounds Week 2 (Guest Blog)

10 Best and Worst Moments of 'The Voice' Battle Rounds Week 2 (Guest Blog)

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A Season 2 semifinalist, I blog about the NBC competition for TheWrap

This was the last wave of Battles: Round 1 on season 6 of NBC's “The Voice,” so let's gather around the campfire and chat my favorite and least favorite moments from this week's episodes.

1. Words with friends like Shakira
Nobody wants to play scrabble with Shakira, because she'll hit you with a high point word like “oscillating,” and you'll never see it coming! She can even use it in conversation, so watch out, y'all.

2. Favorite battle
My favorite battle this week would have to be Team Adam's Austin Ellis versus Josh Kaufman. Coach Adam Levine's pairing of the two on “Happy” produced the most genuinely fun duet all week. Austin came armed with a gravelly tone, an imaginary microphone and energy to burn. However, Josh's voice continued to amaze, and Adam had no choice but to hold onto the 38-year-old father of three.

3. Most nonsensical mentor advice
Team Adam mentor Aloe Blacc gave Austin and Josh the following pre-battle advice: “You're battling against the old you…you're gonna go out and present the new you; make yourself proud.” This makes no sense, you guys. Is he flying over ideas from Matthew McConaughey‘s Oscar speech? Is Aloe 10 years from now sending us a coded message? Future Katrina is confused.

Also read: 11 Best and Worst Moments From ‘The Voice’ Battle Rounds Week 1 (Guest Blog)

4. Us against the world
Two sets of duos competed against solo artists this week with very mixed results. The two against one scenario served Team Adam's Dawn and Hawkes well in their battle against Josh Murley. Their chemistry during the low key “Stuck in the Middle with You” gave them enough of an edge to win, while Josh aka “The Third Wheel” also won a steal via Shakira. The duo dynamic didn't deliver the same happy ending for Team Blake's Alaska and Madi. Their aggressive, precise vocal style worked well for “When Will I Be Loved,” but Audra McLaughlin's more honeyed tone cut through their harmonies and earned her the battle win. Duos: 1. “The Voice”: 1.

5. Potential vs experience
Team Shakira's 16 year old Deja Hill has all the potential in the world but very little experience. At 28, Music Box (let's call her MB) has tons of experience, but isn't necessarily as adaptable. Put them together, and you get what was easily one of the most underwhelming battles of the week. Deja was too tentative on “Eternal Flame,” while MB was too over the top, but ultimately both artists were saved – deja via coach Shakira and MB via a steal by coach Usher. Now that everyone's safe, can we just take a moment to reflect on the fact that someone chose to take the artist name “Music Box?”

6. A tale of two teenagers & one fair city…
Two teenagers, one city (Provo, Utah), one song and lots of feigned affection equaled one adorable duet for Team Usher. After pairing Madilyn Paige and Tanner James on “Everything Has Changed,” Usher immediately encouraged them to dig into the romantic nature of the song. He had them sing to each other from across the room like star-crossed lovers and talk about their feelings in an effort to amp up the warm and fuzzy feelings. These unconventional methods paid off when they gave a gorgeous performance that Adam compared to “watching golden retriever puppies frolic through fields of wheat…” Usher chose the lithe-voiced Madilyn, but I'm sure viewers at home were sad to see Prince Charming go home.

Also read: Coldplay's Chris Martin Named ‘The Voice’ Guest Mentor

7. Best mentor advice
Team Usher mentor Jill Scott gave some of the best advice of the week when she instructed Madilyn and Tanner to “Be starry-eyed. Be in love. Be an actor as well as a singer.” Truth, Jill. Truth (call me??).

8. Time for Buble!
There's no time like the present for a little Michael Buble, and Kaleigh Glanton and Noah Lis were the only Team Blake members lucky enough to get a solid dose of Buble. Their duet of “Everything” was clearly more geared towards Noah's vocal style, but Kaleigh put her own distinctive stamp on it, at times singing circles around Noah, and winning the battle for coach Blake Shelton's favor.

9. Guts and glory
Team Shakira's Cierra Mickens and Emily B. are both very brave ladies – Cierra for living in the unforgiving tundra that is Alaska and Emily for surviving potentially catastrophic brain surgery…it was only natural that Shakira would pair the two on “Brave.” While Emily's lovely vocal presence lends itself more readily to the song, Cierra's power gave it the “guts and glory” that mentor Miranda Lambert recommended. Despite a shaky start, both girls ended the song with a bang, and the individual performances were pretty evenly matched. Shakira, inspired by Emily's story and range, kept her in the competition, leaving Cierra available for a steal via Usher. Happy endings all around!

Also read: 11 Best and Worst Moments From ‘The Voice’ Final Blind Auditions (Guest Blog)

10. Battles: Round 2?
Does anyone actually understand the point of a second round of battles, beyond Chris Martin coming on to make a few ladies swoon? And when I say “a few ladies,” I mean ME.

Coming up: Usher wears a furry creature on his head, and Adam's sweaters all look the same.

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  • David Perkins

    Just about anywhere one looks, the MB story is about her name, rather than her performance. Not surprising. We learned this week the moniker was adopted to help with stage fright. But, we learned this fact as Ms Box was standing alongside the terrified, fragile, quivering teenager Deja Hall. Talk about bad timing. MB is moving ahead, with a new coach. Maybe Usher can convince her to adopt a new stage name. Something like ‘Ayesha Brooks’ sounds about right.

    • Katrina Parker

      I'm going to change my name to Sparkly Pony in solidarity! ;) I agree her actual name is quite lovely. I wish she would use it!

      • David Perkins

        As stage names go, Ayesha Brooks is terrific! It's a real name that sounds made up! Perfect.

      • David Perkins

        ‘Kubby Tustard’ is a neat alias, albeit hard to say three times in a row. (It's Grimmie's online gamer name.)

        • wat

          Isn't her YouTube name Zelda Lover or something too? lolol

          • David Perkins

            I haven't seen that one, but I wouldn't doubt it for a minute.

          • wat

            It's zeldaxlove64

    • wat

      Her reasoning for adopting that TERRIBLE alias was so stupid. If she was named Music Box by her dead grandmother who raised her and got her into music or something, then it'd be a BIT more acceptable of a name.

      • David Perkins

        Okay. So you're confessing that you actually like those back stories that feature deceased grannies who were music lovers??? Gotcha! (Just kidding, you've made it clear you dislike the filler crap.) :)

        • wat

          Yeah I hate the filler but I hate stupidity even more haha

  • David Perkins

    Only two artists made the iTunes Top 200 Songs chart this week — Madilyn Paige (#148) and Josh Kaufman (#173) — making this pair the only artists to reach the big chart with their songs from both the Blind Auditions and Battle Round Act One. BTW, Christina Grimmie's ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’ climbed halfway up the iTunes Top 200 Pop Songs chart — in spite of the editors/producers who stuck her in a montage.

    • Katrina Parker

      Madilyn and Josh made the biggest impressions on me this week, so that makes sense…plus I don't expect to see too much iTunes charting until the lives when it counts (if it's still this slow at that point? Yikes).

      I wonder if they montaged Christina's performance as a favor? Maybe it was not great, and they didn't want to ding her chances in lives (assuming she makes it that far). She's one of the biggest front-runners and adds to the Voice fan base with her own formidable fan base, so I doubt they'll let her go too easily.

      • David Perkins

        iTunes charting in these early rounds is typically soft, and doesn't mean much yet, except that it's one available measurement of early fan support. Madilyn's fan base is growing, and I hope she makes the live shows. But, she's apparently matched against Bria Kelly in Part Two, so it's entirely possible that one of these two youngsters might not move on. Sad.

        It's not possible to discern whether the Grimmster's performance was off, or if it was a rout. Regardless, The Voice inches along at precisely 3 BpH (Battles per Hour). At this snail’s pace, the montages are inevitable. So, something had to give. Looking ahead, I understand that five hours have been allotted to the Battles, Part Deux — two Mondays and a Tuesday. Provided they pick up the pace just a tad, all 16 of the Part B pairings could be aired montage-free!! Nah, I don't believe it either.

      • David Perkins

        It's also entirely possible that Christina's performance was montaged because The Voice producers planned to take the spotlight off her. She was the focus of hype leading up to the season premiere, and the producers had to know about her huge following well in advance of her audition. Because the producers made the choice to get Christina's buzz started, perhaps they also made the choice to slow it down — perhaps in fairness to the other artists. This theory makes The Voice producers seem sneaky and manipulating, but… But nothing.

        • wat

          I think they just didn't show it because it wasn't interesting. Sure she's super famous and all, but she was battling a montage guy. Who cares??? Her second battle will be against Sam Behymer so that'll have a lot of coverage.

          • Guest

            Ah ha! The Queen versus The Quirk. Can't wait.

          • David Perkins

            I do not know why that comment shows me as a guest. Odd.

          • wat

            Did you “delete” it? disqus weirdly just makes a comment a “Guest” comment instead of just deleting it.

            But anyway, I'm not particularly looking forward to it. Grimmie hasn't lived up to the hype for me. Her audition didn't make an impact on me and of course her battle was montaged. Will next week be the first time she makes a good impression for me? We'll see.

          • David Perkins

            It's a matter of personal preference. I thought ‘Wrecking Ball’ was wonderful. You may decide she's not your ‘cuppa tea’ no matter what she does. That's fair.

        • Honey Badger Don't Care

          I don't see what the whole conspiracy is. Cassadee Pope's battle was montaged too, and she had a bigger fanbase than Grimmie.

      • Honey Badger Don't Care

        I just want to meet the person in charge of editing. Someone needs to tell them to just get rid of the BS backstories (since it has nothing to do with singing), and just show all the performances.
        It's funny how they take up 5 or 6 minutes of airtime to tell the backstory, but they completely omit it when they put it on youtube.

        • wat

          I think they omit extra stuff like that to force people to watch the episode on NBC's site.

          • Honey Badger Don't Care

            I would *rather* just watch the performances. And I'm pretty sure most people would too. If they wanna talk about their life, go on the Oprah Winfrey show. I just want to see them sing.

          • wat

            I only go to their site when I want to see the coach's comments.

  • David Perkins

    As we know, I can’t let a week go by without some statistical buffoonery. Let’s go
    to the stats!!

    This week, Cary Laine became the first eliminated artist who turned 4 chairs in the Blinds. Inevitably, there will be more. But, instead of worrying about those guys, let’s look at the uber-talented artists who turned only 1 chair. There are six of them remaining on the show. Could any of them win? You bet, but it will be very difficult.

    In five completed seasons, no 1-Chair Artist has ever won The Voice. Only one 1-Chair has reached the finals – Nicholas David in S3. Only one 2-Chair Artist has won – Jermaine Paul in S2. Those 4-Chair Artists have won three times – Javier Colon (S1), Cassadee Pope (S3) and Tessanne Chin (S5). Danielle Bradbery (S4) is the only 3-Chair to win.

    (BTW, in Season 4 all three finalists were 3-Chairs – Bradbery, Michelle Chamuel and The Swon Brothers. This is why we can still hear the echo from the clamor that erupted when Judith Hill and Sarah Simmons — both 4-Chairs — were dumped from the Top 8.)

    So, the odds are against the 1 chairs, but I wouldn’t count any of them out. One of the ones could be the one to make history.

    • Katrina Parker

      As always, I am loving the statistics! Thank you! :)

  • CharlesBrown

    The statistic I want to see: how many montaged artists make it to live shows? If zero… why have them? Cut teams down by 1 or 2 and eliminate need for montages + false hopes.

    • David Perkins

      I don't know how many montaged artists made it to the live shows. But, I can confirm that the number is NOT zero. In Season 3, there was a montaged Battle Round of Gavin DeGraw's ‘Not Over You.’ The loser, Ryan Jirovec, went home. The winner was Cassadee Pope.

      • Adam

        Off the top of my head, Michelle Chamuel and Cole Vosbury were also montaged (as well as Justin Rivers, if your definition of “live shows” includes the playoffs).

  • wat

    From the preview of the Battles, Round 2 I could see the following match-ups:

    1. Delvin Choice vs. Josh Kaufman
    2. Christina Grimmie vs. Sam Behymer
    3. Brittnee Camelle vs. Jake Barker
    4. Cierra Mickens vs. T.J. Wilkins
    5. Emily B. vs. Kristen Merlin
    6. Madilyn Paige vs. Bria Kelly
    7. Jake Worthington vs. Tess Boyer
    8. Megan Ruger vs. Audra McLaughlin
    9. Stevie Jo vs. Morgan Wallen
    10. Clarissa Serna vs. Dani Moz
    11. Biff Gore vs. Sisaundra Lewis

    Did I miss any?

    • wat

      Definitely looking forward to Delvin vs. Josh. If I had to choose favorites, Delvin and Josh would be up there. I have no idea who'll take that.

      I'm also looking forward to Biff vs. Sisaundra. It's such an obvious, unimaginative match-up (unless it's truly random, in which case… wow) but it'll be pretty damn good. And even though they're singing a pretty predictable song (It's a Man's Man's Man's World), again, it'll still be pretty damn good. I see Sisaundra winning again and no coach stealing Biff, unfortunately.

    • wat

      I think Brittnee vs. Jake will be an interesting battle. Both of Adam's Round 1 steals battling it out? Cool. It could go either way depending on the song choice. Both are capable.

      Otherwise, every other battle seems more or less one-sided. My predictions are Grimmie (uh-durr), Jake, T.J., Emily B., Bria (sorry David haha), Jake, Audra, Stevie, and Clarissa.

      • David Perkins

        I've got nothing against Bria, and I wouldn't be upset if she wins her battle. But, I also hope somebody uses a steal in that battle.

        • wat

          Likely. With only four steals in total, I'm having a hard time trying to determine who they'll go to.

          • David Perkins

            The space-time continuum makes predictions like this very difficult, no matter how many statistics exist. All of the coaches’ decisions in Battle Rounds Parts One and Two were made in the absence of feedback from anyone not in the studio at the time. They didn't know then what we know now. On Tuesday's show, Adam said he chose Sam over Cary because of what he felt in that moment. Of course, Adam experienced that moment differently than we experienced that moment. Yeah, I know, understanding the principles of ‘taped delay’ is not brain surgery. But, it actually applies. After all, how can one be expected to accurately predict a future event based on two identical past events that occurred at different times? Yikes! Where's Neil DeGrasse Tyson when I need him? :)

          • wat

            My predictions aren't based on the current reactions from fans and stuff, they're based on how the judges react to the contestants and the coverage the producers give them.

          • David Perkins

            Nothing wrong with that, except that the coaches’ reactions and allotted coverage can also be misleading. Adam swooned over Cary Laine in the Blinds, and then promptly moved her out of her country comfort zone in the Battle and, basically, cast her aside. And, as noted, the producers/editors montaged Cassadee Pope's Battle Round in S3. That decision — probably like the decision to montage Grimmie — had no consequence whatsoever.

          • wat

            Hey my predictions worked last season! haha

            Well… Except with Tessanne. I thought she wouldn't win for most of the season because of all the coverage the others got, namely Jacquie. But then everything changed after she performed Bridge Over Troubled Water.

          • David Perkins

            So, too, with iTunes. Tessanne was one of those very powerful singers who (surprisingly) performed poorly on iTunes at the beginning — in the Battle and Knockout Rounds — and then took a while to get going on the charts when the live shows began. Once she broke through, she owned the charts through the finals. But there was a time that I also wondered if she'd pull off the win.

          • wat

            It was cool that her very first iTunes top 10 appearance became the first #1 performance of the season (Matthew Schuler reached #1 but couldn't hold it) and her second and third appearances were #1 and #3. Shows you never truly know what can happen.

          • Katrina Parker

            Yeah, I think it was clear that Adam's song choice in that one was clearly geared to Cary's competitor. That bugged me.

          • David Perkins

            Ultimately, I think the error was Cary's. She turned four chairs in the Blinds, but chose not to take her powerful country voice to Team Blake. I was very surprised by her choice at that time, but not so surprised by the result this week.

          • wat

            Yeah it is her fault. Adam has always been known to push his artists to not put themselves in boxes so their song choices are always unexpected. Blake on the other hand does the exact opposite of Adam and keeps his artists completely grounded in their comfort zones.

        • wat

          I think steals will come from Delvin vs. Josh, Brittnee vs. Jake, and Madilyn vs. Bria.

          • David Perkins

            Projecting likely steal candidates is a tall order, in large part because we don't know the Part 2 Battle timeline. It'll depend on who becomes available for a steal and when that opportunity arises. That said, it seems to me that Shakira is the coach most likely to exercise her steal following the Bria vs Madilyn match up. But, that scenario depends on the stars and planets lining up in just the right way.

          • wat

            I dunno about that. Shakira is terrible with her steals. Patrick Thomson and Josh Murley?! lol

          • David Perkins

            Yeah, her steal choices haven't been great. But, in fairness, there wasn't a lot to choose from. Shakira tried to steal both Jake Barker and Brittnee Camelle, but both chose Adam. After that, who was left? Paula DeAnda? Ria Eaton? Alaska & Madi? None of them powerhouses.

          • wat

            Paula DeAnda would've been a better choice than Patrick or Josh, and she's more her specialty.

      • David Perkins

        I think Blake has the greatest challenge moving forward. Team Blake has six of the 11 remaining artists who turned four chairs in the Blinds. Given that he can keep only five artists for the live shows, a bunch of impressive talent has to go away. It'll be very interesting to see how that unfolds.

        • wat

          Despite having four-chair turners, I think Blake has the weakest team. Have you noticed none of his artists were stolen? He built a more or less undesirable team this season. Shakira's team is pretty bad too, especially her steals. Patrick Thomson and Josh Murley? So strange. Only Clarissa Serna really stands out.

    • Honey Badger Don't Care

      This season seems much weaker than last season. None of these contestants really interest me at all. I think Adam and Blake are gonna have to work extra hard to keep me interested.

      • wat

        Agreed. It shouldn't be THIS clear that Grimmie is going to win. Last season had tons of notable contestants. Tessanne, Jacquie, Will, Matthew, Kat, Caroline, Cole, etc.

        • Honey Badger Don't Care

          Well it was pretty clear that Cassadee was going to win. She had an even bigger fanbase than Grimmie.

          And I also thought it was really pathetic when Danielle won, with her crooked teeth story. But again, it was pretty obvious.

          • wat

            Well they dropped the crooked teeth thing after the Blinds. The rest of the season they just focused on her inexperience and the fact that she was a normal teenage girl.

          • Honey Badger Don't Care

            *Privileged* teenage girl. She has wealthy parents. Her life was pretty perfect before the voice.

          • wat

            Yuppp. I mean, she was still the best singer of the season and deserved to win but she did have a pretty terrible backstory for sure.

          • Honey Badger Don't Care

            Yeah the singers her season were a huge disappointment. And I'm afraid this one will be too. All the singers for season 6 seem subpar, and very mediocre. And they also seem very boring.
            I think the show has encountered a huge problem here, bc they picked dull, uninteresting singers to audition this year.

          • wat

            Yeah, it's not even that they're bad singers, they're seriously just booooooooring collectively.

          • David Perkins

            Great point! Thank you. I think it's important that we all recognize we have different tastes in music. Music appreciation is entirely subjective. I have my personal preferences. Other people have theirs. None of us is wrong. There are dozens of sites out there that cover The Voice. On far too many of them, the commentary is trash talk about one artist or another. I love The Voice as a show, despite all of my criticisms of how lamely it is edited. And, I adore Katrina's column. It's a fun and civil place to discuss the show, and I hope it stays that way. You're right, nobody who gets invited to audition on The Voice is a bad singer. I may prefer some singers over others, but that's my personal opinion. I am not wrong. Likewise, no one with different tastes than mine is wrong. There's no value in promoting one artist by demoting another. There are no bad singers here.

          • wat

            I remember an article on I THINK Entertainment Weekly where the author just ranted because her personal pick Matthew Schuler was eliminated lol

          • David Perkins

            I love an open and free Internet, but it means that anybody with a keyboard can become a music critic. But that's a discussion for a different time and place.

          • wat

            Haha it was so stupid. That person should never be allowed to write again.

          • Katrina Parker

            Thanks for the kind words, David. No one on the show is immune from criticism, but I try to imagine how I'd feel if I read this column while I was on the show and act accordingly. I want it to be honest about my critiques of the contestants, while reserving the majority of my general snark for the coaches and producers. :)

          • Honey Badger Don't Care

            I totally agree. And as a fan, I am not excited about next week. That is not a good sign. I might have to bail mid-season if I get bored enough.

          • wat

            I only want to see Delvin vs. Josh and Biff vs. Sisaundra. Mostly the latter.

          • Katrina Parker

            I consider both of those to a Sophie's choice type situation (although we all know I will throw tomatoes at my TV if Sisaundra doesn't stay, haaa). I don't want any of those 4 going home!

          • wat

            I'm confident the loser of Delvin vs. Josh will be stolen but not so much Biff. :(

    • wat

      Looking at the remaining artists that weren't shown in the preview, the remaining match-ups seem to be:

      Dawn and Hawkes vs. Kat Perkins
      Music Box vs. Melissa Jimenez
      Ryan Whyte Maloney vs. Kaleigh Glanton

      Ddendyl, Deja Hall, Patrick Thomson, and Josh Murley are left for Team Shakira but who knows what the two match-ups will be.

      • David Perkins

        I'm not a country music fan, per se. (I actually prefer the ‘Hey Monday’ Cassadee Pope over the Blake Shelton-inspired Cassadee Pope. But, that's another story.) Anyway, I think a Ryan Whyte Maloney vs Kaleigh Glanton match-up would be great. Two 4-Chair artists in the same lane on a collision course — not unlike Sisaundra vs Biff. Protective gear required!

        • wat

          Predictions for the remaining 4 Shakira artists?

          • David Perkins

            The most likely pairings seem to be Ddendyl vs Deja and Patrick vs Josh — with Deja and Patrick the probable winners. Clarissa likely tops Dani. So, that's three probable artists on Team Shakira in the live shows. (In truth, I wouldn't be shocked if Shakira made the exact opposite choices.) The Emily B vs Kristen Merlin match-up should be a slugfest, the outcome of which may be determined by song choice. I have no idea who Shakira might choose in that Battle. Remember that Shakira passed on stealing Alaska & Madi because she ‘had somebody else in mind.’ That somebody turned out to be Josh Murley. Hello? Trying to predict what Shakira might do (or say) is beyond my pay grade.

          • wat

            Patrick and Josh are indeed battling, as confirmed in a new preview. Funny that Adam's two steals and Shakira's two steals are battling.

          • David Perkins

            Hilarious. One has to wonder if any of them will be stolen again. Possible, but doubtful.

          • wat

            Yeah doubtful. I see Patrick winning that one.

    • David Perkins

      YOU SAW ALL THAT IN THE PREVIEWS!!! I've gotta go to LensCrafters very soon. :)

      • wat

        Haha. I had to pause a lot

        • Katrina Parker

          I'm beyond impressed myself! Wow. Kudos for gathering all that info, pausing or no! You have more patience than I do!

          • wat

            Was just satisfying my own curiosity LOL

    • David Perkins

      I reviewed the list of Part 2 pairings, and find it’s very difficult to predict what might happen next. I’ve identified only 9 of 16 probable winners (any more would be wild guesses). And, I’ve identified five good candidates to be stolen, although only 4 are possible. Honestly, I have no idea who might win seven of the battles. They’re just too tough to call. Here goes:

      On Team Adam, the probable winners are Christina Grimmie, Josh Kaufman and Dawn & Hawkes. The Jake Barker vs Britteee Camelle battle is too tough to call. Delvin Choice and Sam Behymer are steal candidates.

      On Team Blake, the probable winners are Sisaundra Lewis and Audra McLaughlin. The Jake Worthington vs Tess Boyer battle is a weird mismatch I can’t predict. And, as noted, the Ryan Whyte Maloney vs Kaleigh Glanton match should be a collision of speeding freight trains, with the loser becoming a steal candidate.

      On Team Shakira, the probable winners are Clarissa Serna, Deja Hall and Patrick Thomas. The Kristen Merlin vs Emily B match-up is too tough to call, but it’s likely the loser becomes a steal candidate.

      On Team Usher, Bria Kelly is the probable winner with Madilyn Paige becoming a steal candidate. I have no confidence in predicting the results of Team Usher’s three other battles. All are way too close to call.

      How’d I do?

      • wat

        You did great although I don't personally see Kristen Merlin vs. Emily B. as close. I see Emily B. taking that convincingly. Otherwise I agree. Team Usher's match-ups are soooo even.

        • David Perkins

          Emily B had more chair turns in the Blinds (3) than did Kristen (2). That could be enough of an edge. I think they have very different styles and personalities, so the song choice will have an impact. And, Shakira makes the decision — yikes! Still, you're probably right on that one.

          • wat

            Haha oh yeah… I didn't factor in the fact SHAKIRA is deciding the winner.

    • sindy Ke#Champs

      Patrick thomson vs Josh murley

      • wat

        Yeah I got that one. I mentioned it in another comment. The remaining ones are:

        Dawn and Hawkes vs. Kat Perkins
        Music Box vs. Melissa Jimenez
        Ryan Whyte Maloney vs. Kaleigh Glanton

        Ddendyl vs. Deja Hall

  • Carey Seagraves Werlein

    “the unforgiving tundra that is Alaska”?? Are you kidding me? She lives in the city limits of the largest populated place we have for goodness sakes…. laughing at the Lower 48's idea of what us Alaskans live like….LMAO

    • Katrina Parker

      It was a joke – so yes, obviously – I was kidding you. :)

      • Carey Seagraves Werlein

        hmmm I just re-read it… didn't see the between the lines sarcasm there… usually I am as sarcastic as they come… still don't see how the average reader would interpret that has a joke… sounds more factual imho… shrugs, still perpetuates the ignorance of our state whether its a joke or not, people are often very gullible where we are concerned, ya know, we all live in igloos and have polar bears in our backyards and live on the unforgiving tundra. :)

  • David Perkins

    I've got a production question about the show. The live shows are slated to start in just over two weeks — Monday, 14 April. Given everything up to the live shows was taped long ago, how much time are the Top 20 artists allotted to prep for the live shows? That is, do they gather back in L.A. a few days, a week, or many weeks before 14 April so they can work with coaches, rehearse and so on? Or, do they arrive on the 13th, get handed a mike, and go for it. What's the live show pre-production schedule?

    • wat

      I'm sure it's the former. NBC wouldn't foolishly just throw them on a stage on live television with no prior preparation lol. Proper preparation prevents poor performance.

      • David Perkins

        Which former?

        • wat

          You asked if they prepared them for the live shows or not. The former would be preparing them and the latter would be not preparing them. I said yes to the former lol

          • David Perkins

            I asked about the schedule, and whether it was a few days, a week or many weeks prior to the live shows. Obviously, they don't bring them in the day before (hence, the smiley face). If you don't know the answer, that's fine. Perhaps Katrina does.

          • wat

            Oh I definitely don't know that. I'm curious too. KATRINA HELP!!!

          • Katrina Parker

            During S2 they had us in the hotel and ready to start prepping 1-2 weeks in advance (depending on when your team was scheduled to go – some folks only had a week's prep time – I had 2 weeks).

          • David Perkins

            Thanks so much. I'm interested in the mechanics of it all. Having spent many years of my career making TV programs, I know what goes into pre-production, production and post for recorded half-hour shows. But, my experience was neither in live TV nor reality TV, so I can only imagine the full extent of the craziness.

          • wat

            Katrina, what do you think of Pharrell being the new coach? I love it! He's a hitmaking expert. Not exactly a vocalist but he'd help the artists in so many other important ways!

          • Katrina Parker

            There were also lots of e-mails and phone calls going back and forth prior to that – but we didn't get our song assignment until after we arrived (or right before arriving).

          • David Perkins

            And a follow-up, if you don't mind and if it doesn't violate confidences, what kind of ‘gag rule’ was (is) in effect between the taped shows and live shows? How fervently do the producers prevent leaks and spoilers? In this day and age, there's an eternity btw the battles/knockouts and the live shows. Keeping secrets is hard to do, just ask the Pentagon.

          • wat

            Great news! It seems I was right! The new coach to replace Cee Lo will be Pharrell! The Voice is currently hinting at who the new coach is. First hint: A skateboard (Pharrell is also known as Skateboard P). Second hint: Neptune (Pharrell is part of the Grammy award-winning production duo The Neptunes). Third hint: His shoes (pretty sure they're from his “Ice Cream” brand). Fourth hint: A smiley face (Happy!). Last “hint”: His hat on one of the coach chairs lol