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There were two awfully surprising things about Night 2 of the battle rounds.
It kicked off with a country showdown—between two members of Team Adam! Is Adam Levine gunning to dethrone Blake Shelton as The Voice’s country authority? It kinda seems like it. And with Lady A’s Hillary Scott by his side as a mentor, he might just do it.
Blake, however, isn’t worried. Not yet anyway.
After firefighter Warren Stone and sheriff Michael Austin hit the stage with Jason Aldean’s “My Kinda Party,” Adam picked the smoother Warren as his redneck Romeo, leaving Michael available for the taking.
Too bad for him that Blake isn’t interested: “I just didn’t hear anything that I’d want to use my last steal for,” said the show’s winningest coach.
Same goes for Usher’s castoff Jeff Lewis, who left the competition after being beaten by model Josiah Hawley for a performance of The Police’s “Roxanne,” which was deemed by Shakira and Adam as “flat.”
The hour continued with good news for fans of Nashville native Tawnya Reynolds, pop singer Audrey Karrasch and self-described “bluntry” singer Grace Askew, all of whom made it past the battle rounds. Not so good for fans is the fact that their winning performances are reduced to a quickie montage.
But the night’s most exciting moment?
It came after Blake paired his youngest team members against each other.
Starting out as extremely tentative, coffee-shop singer Caroline Glaser and 16-year-old high-school student Danielle Bradbery were advised to “have some swag” and “practice the crap out of" Corinne Bailey Rae’s “Put Your Records On.” Blake’s efforts to get the girls “pumped up for the big game” paid off in a performance that Shakira described as “refreshing as tangerine ice cream.” Yeah, you’re right, Blake, this isn’t a cooking show, but that was a damn good analogy of a damn good battle and, again, Blake was left with a tough choice.
He went with Danielle, leaving Usher and Adam to duke it out over Caroline.
Although Usher was willing to set himself on fire for her (a line he stole from Adam’s playbook), she chose to put her fate in the hands of the Maroon 5 charmer.
And that’s when we saw Blake quaking in his cowboy boots. “I’m afraid of the combination,” he said. “There’s no telling how far they can go.”
So what do you think of the choices so far? Is Blake going to regret letting sweet-sounding Caroline go?