The Voice recap: 'I Can't Go Back to (Name of Town)!'

Three climactic battles showcase four great singers as the first round of battles finally comes to an end—just in time to do this all over again next week.
Ep. 10 | Aired Mar 25, 2014

EVERYONE'S A WINNER: If a tree falls in the woods and Usher has one steal left, does it make a sound? (Translation: Stakes are low when the audience knows that both battle singers are safe.)

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Ah, and now for the unseen battles (you know how I feel about those…):

TEAM BLAKE
“Country legacy Cali Tucker vs. former garbageman turned Vegas rocker Ryan Whyte Maloney” (winner: Ryan)

TEAM ADAM
“YouTube pop sensation Christina Grimmie with singer/songwriter Joshua Howard” (winner: Christina)

TEAM SHAKIRA
“Country battle between Kristen Merlin and Lindsay Bruce” (winner: Kristen)

Back to reality...

TEAM SHAKIRA
Cierra Mickens vs. Emily B.
“The Alaskan powerhouse” vs. “the survivor with the soulful voice” 

Lest we forget, Usher has one more steal so the stakes could not be lower during the final battle. I remember really enjoying both of these singers, but Cierra especially stands out (possibly because I distinctly remember her Alaska backstory). Shakira explains that she paired both ladies together because of their “soulful voices and wide range,” and then gives them Sara Bareilles’ “Brave,” which isn’t necessarily what I think of when I hear the words “soulful and wide range" but hey, I'll take it.

The battle starts, and in my opinion, this is decidedly not an even match. Cierra is going to TOWN on the song (and not just town, but CITY) and doing basically what you hope every Voice singer will do during a battle: create an entirely new rendition that begs to be listened to again. Emily is great, but to me, Cierra's much better. But of course, what do I possibly know? Shakira picks Emily and suddenly I am just thrilled that Usher has one steal left, which he uses to grab Cierra… in the cruelest way ever as she’s actually mid-exit. (I don’t know what’s up with Usher’s wait-until-the-last-minute crap but it is NOT cute.) And yes, there was no suspense because we knew Usher was going to use his steal, because television.

Next week, we’re apparently in for another round of battles…and then playoffs…and then live shows? I actually don’t even know what’s happening anymore, but all I know is that I will be here to snark it up during them.

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