The Voice recap: The Knockouts, Part Two

In the last night of the knockout rounds, some singers go bold and others make costly mistakes.
Ep. 12 | Aired Oct 29, 2013

I DON'T KNOW WHY Anyone would choose a Norah Jones song to save them from elimination, let alone Stephanie Anne's yodelling, country-fried, too-many-bells-and-whistles-version.

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TEAM ADAM: JAMES WOLPERT VS. JUHI
Songs: James sings "More Than A Feeling" by Boston; Juhi sings "Heard It Through the Grapevine" by Marvin Gaye
Battle: In rehearsal, Adam calls James' song choice ballsy and ambitious. He advises Juhi to focus more on the singing instead of the styling. James, a four-chair-turn and considered a frontrunner, also botched his performance on show night, misfiring his voice all over the place. He was clearly having an off day, just like Anthony Paul. Juhi's song was fun as usual, but she's still overdecorating her performances instead of proving that she can flat-out sing.
Verdict: Though Christina loves her carefree attitude, she thinks Juhi was too careless with her delivery. Adam makes sure everyone knows that James nailed his song in rehearsals and that this was a fluke. He chooses James.

TEAM CHRISTINA: AUSTIN JENCKES VS. BRANDON CHASE
Songs: Austin sings "I'll Be" by Edwin McCain; Brandon sings "Even If It Breaks Your Heart" by Eli Young Band
Battle: Blake pairs these two fellas because they're both "exceptional singers with country influence." Both also tend to perform with acoustic guitars. Austin's song choice wins for best 'lighters up' moment. His voice is just so big and booming; it's hard for Brandon to stand out even on his best night.
Verdict: Blake says Brandon sang flat and Austin sang sharp. He chooses Austin.

TEAM CEE LO: CAROLINE PENNELL VS. GEORGE HORGA JR.
Songs: Caroline sings "The Way I Am" by Ingrid Michaelson; George sings "Because of You" by Ne-Yo
Battle: Caroline delivered my favorite performance of the night. It's like her voice just keeps getting better and more transfixing. Her voice is on the surface very sweet, but she's also got range and power. George, bless his Romanian parents, is just not up to par. He sings flat enough for the judges to notice and has to beef up his thin song choice with chintzy dancing.
Verdict: Christina calls Caroline "effortlessly angelic." Blake says, "You're the best that there is this season." Coach Cee Lo chooses Caroline.

And now for the final knockout pairing ...

TEAM CHRISTINA: MATTHEW SCHULER VS. WILL CHAMPION
Songs: Matthew sings "Cosmic Love" by Florence and the Machine; Will sings "When I Was Your Man" by Bruno Mars
Battle: This was the best battle of the night. Matthew's song choice was interesting again, for going the indie route and for attempting to tackle Florence Welch's expansive-Enya sound. But holy smokes did he deliver. He really turned it into a totally different song and showed us how much range and manly ethereal-ness his voice has. Will really surprised me, too -- this was his best performance so far. He sang tenderly like Christina advised, but also broke out his rocker sensibilities too. I wish Christina hadn't paired these two; she would have a tremendous chance of winning if she had found a way to keep both.
Verdict: Cee Lo describes Matthew's turn as "one of the most stellar performances I've ever seen." Coach Christina chooses Matthew. But Adam steals back Will.

Parting Thoughts:

- I'm very surprised Stephanie Anne is still in the competition -- do you think she deserved Christina's steal?
- How do you feel about these steal-backs? Adam and Christina both took back former team members. I wonder how that will affect their already frazzled students' psyches.
- Does anyone else think that Adam has the strongest team right now?
- I was surprised it took this long for artists to mess up their performances. E.G., James, and Anthony Paul struggled tonight.

Next week is the live portion of the competition. Hide your kids, hide your elaborate dinner preparations, and hide your social life, 'cause The Voice is on for three nights next week!

What did you think of Tuesday's episode? Sound off in the comments.

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