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Night 3 of the battle rounds got off to a strong start and even stronger finish thanks to Team Usher. The new mentor continued to prove he’s a force to be reckoned with when he pitted two incredible singers---Jessica Childress and Vedo—against each other in a feel-good performance of “Locked Out of Heaven” by Bruno Mars. “This is the awesome thing about battle rounds and the sucky thing about battle rounds,” said Blake Shelton, adding, “I feel bad for Usher right now.” However, not bad enough to use his final steal on Jessica when Usher ultimately chose Vedo. Blake did consider it; just too bad she "didn’t fit into" his plan for the team.
But Mr. Shelton didn’t hold on to his last steal for long after Shakira made a “strategic” move to keep Monique Abbadie around after she got blown away by teammate Luke Edgemon on their rendition of Lady Gaga's “You and I.” Clearly, nobody was going to scoop up Monique, so Shakira was being nice letting Luke go, knowing that he’d get picked up. But will her kindness come back to haunt her? Blake deemed Luke’s performance “energetic” and “pitch-perfect” and got the audience behind him when he convinced the pop singer to join him and not Team Usher. No sore feelings, though: Blake got a dance lesson from Usher during a break from the singing.
The night’s country music showdown came courtesy of Blake, natch. Singing ballerina Jacqui Sandell took on 17-year-old Savannah Berry as the two belted out “Little White Church” by Little Big Town.
While Jacqui did everything Blake and his advisor Sheryl Crow asked of her, including watching the “growl stuff,” she just couldn’t compete with Savannah’s distinct voice and bubbly stage presence. And don’t forget, Savannah was discovered by Sugarland and her biggest influence is Miranda Lambert, so no surprise, she stayed and Jacqui went.
Usher kept things interesting after Shakira’s R&B battle between C. Perkins and Kris Thomas. Although the “Hips Don’t Lie” beauty agreed with Blake, that both artists were holding back a little bit, they both walked away winners when Perkins was stolen by Usher at the very, very, very last second. Usher, what a tease!
Then Team Adam gave us a bluegrass version of “Burning Love” by Elvis that kicked ass thanks to the charismatic folk duo Midas Whale and Memphis singer Patrick Dodd, leaving their mentor Adam Levine in agony over whom to choose.
“This is the hardest decision in four seasons,” he said, adding, “I want to throw up right now.” After host Carson Daly refused to let Adam form a trio (it was worth a try), he made Midas Whale very happy and watched as Patrick walked off the show. “I wish I could have stolen him,” said Blake. “I don’t want to see him leave.”
But only two coaches have any steals left. Well, make that one after Team Usher’s Ryan Innes and Orlando Dixon hit the stage with Bill Withers' “Ain’t No Sunshine,” a performance that received a standing O. Usher decided to take “man’s man” Ryan to knockout rounds, while Adam used his last steal for the classically trained Orlando, saying, “You are an exceptional talent. You need to be here!”
Do you agree? Are the coaches keeping the right artist around for the knockout rounds?