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JUST DON'T CALL HER KITTY-KAT Because Kat Robichaud's preferred call of the wild is more like a roar on stage in Aerosmith's "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing."
In the interest of -- we're not sure whom -- NBC decides to fast-forward through these battles:
1. TEAM CEELO: COLE VOSBURY VS. LUPE CARROLL (Winner: Cole)
2. TEAM BLAKE: E.G. DAILY VS. SAM CERNIGLIA (Winner: E.G.)
* I would have loved to watch this battle. It's basically Tommy Pickles vs. Michael Bublé! What an interesting pairing, what with E.G.'s hoarseness and Sam's throwback style.
3. TEAM ADAM: ASHLEY DUBOSE VS. JUSTIN BLAKE (Winner: Ashley)
And now our final battle of the week:
TEAM BLAKE: MONIKA LEIGH VS. RAY BOUDREAUX
Song: "Some Kind of Wonderful" by Grand Funk Railroad
Battle: If the Blues genre had a prom and only attendees with Sequoia height and symmetrical faces were allowed in, Monika and Ray would be prom king and queen. "I just thought it'd make for a badass battle," said Blake. Yes, a very beautiful and chemistry-filled one it was! But you wouldn't think that based off their rehearsals. It was interesting to watch some of the singers actually struggle, or even clash with their mentors. Ray had trouble hitting the high notes, while Monika couldn't sing the same way twice, with Cher chastising her inconsistency. "Be secure before you go there," Cher warned. (And she should know; it takes maximum self-security to don body fishnet stockings and showgirl headpieces past
20 any age.) Battle-wise, this was my favorite because it actually looked and sounded like a sweet duet. Ray sang loud and hit his high notes and Monika surprised us with some seriously smoky runs. Also, can we talk about their chemistry? Yes, this is a singing competition, but they need to date, stat.
Verdict: The judges all praised the pairing, and in particular lauded Ray's talents. "You can sang, Ray," said CeeLo. "Sky's the limit for you," said Adam. Coach Blake chose Ray. But just as Monika was giving her suspiciously slow final words, CeeLo swoops in for the save. "You definitely got good taste in soul music, c'mon we can do it!" he said.
Favorite Moment: While Blake was contemplating his choice, a tiny voice broke the crowd silence with what sounded like "Blakeee!" It was Ray's adorable 3-year-old daughter. Also, now we can see where she gets those pipes.
-I'm still not over the loss of Timyra-Joi from Monday night, are you?
-Not being a singer myself, I never realized the potential for intense displays of physicality these performances require (barring highly choreographed dance routines).
-This Ray-Monika synergy! Yowza!
-I chuckled to myself several times whenever Carson casually delivered the contestants' life stories as infomercial taglines: The single dad with the smooth voice! The preacher's son who works at a bagel shop! The hotel worker.... I wonder if they ever thought their lives would be boiled down to an NBC-approved synopsis generically delivered by the Total Request Live host?
-What did you think of the judges' choices? Did Jacob or R. Anthony deserve a steal? What are the best battles so far? Sound off in the comments.