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The Voice Review: Presenting the Top 24!

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The Battles may be over, but the war goes on: The Voice will begin its live shows next week. There were pop stars, quirky vocalists or rapping MCs making up the final members of each coach's team. Let's take a look at who were the final hopefuls to get to The Voice Top 24...

Team Cee Lo - James Massone vs. WADE - "True Colors"

The Battle: James was extremely nervous in practice, but it didn't really come through in his performance. If anything, he was way more confident than WADE, who struggled with a couple of critical notes. This was definitely the case of one guy having the potential to be great but failing this week, and the other being steady but probably won't go anywhere in the competition. WADE has much more power and range, but James didn't screw up at all.
My Choice: James
Cee Lo's Choice: James
Battle Grade: B

James Massone and WADE Battle

James and WADE battle it out in the final Battle.

Team Adam - Nicolle Galyon vs. Mathai - "Love Song"

The Battle: Nicolle's advantage was her piano playing, and after Adam took that away, she sounded way to plain. Cee Lo called her "generic," and I agree with him. When Mathai first came in it was obvious that she was going to win. She just had the much more interesting tone of the two. I loved that Adam revealed how disappointed he was in the performance, especially since it was his own team members. That's something the X Factor mentors never would have done.
My Choice: Mathai
Adam's Choice: Mathai
Battle Grade: C

Team Xtina - Moses Stone vs. The Line - "Satisfaction"

The Battle: This was such a weird combination, but pairing almost anyone with Moses would have been. I loved that the fact he was a rapper didn't stop Christina from getting him to explore his vocal ability. No star is going to make it in this business by just rapping. He might not have the best voice around, but combine it with his presence on stage and his skills as an MC, and he won me over. The Line is a talented duo, but I'm not sure that is something can even work on a show like this, so I'm not upset that they were eliminated here.
My Choice: Moses
Xtina's Choice: Moses
Battle Grade: A-

Team Adam - Karla Davis vs. Orlando Napier - "Easy"

The Battle: This was a very close call. They both sounded good, but like Xtina said, the whole thing was a bit "lackluster." Orlando has a really nice tone and was very soulful, but he didn't seem to have much range. Karla attempted to show her range, but the falsetto was a little lacking.
My Choice: Orlando
Adam's Choice: Karla
Battle Grade: B

Naia Kete and Jordan Rager Battle

Jordan attempts to sing something that was not in his wheelhouse.

Team Blake - Naia Kete vs. Jordan Rager - "I'm Yours"

The Battle: Blake loves handicapping his contestants, doesn't he? He picked a Jason Mraz song for Jordan Rager. So he was basically telling him he was out right then and there, right? The kid did an okay job with it, at least when he wasn't attempting to harmonize, but this just wasn't fair. That's not to say that Naia capitalized on her advantage, though, because she misfired as well. The song was a perfect choice for her, and she didn't sound all that great. Maybe it was nerves, because I think she can do a lot better.
My Choice: Naia
Blake's Choice: Naia
Battle Grade: D+

Team Cee Lo - Tony Vincent vs. Justin Hopkins - "Faithfully"

The Battle: As I have done a couple of times during these Battle Rounds, I have to ask how this pairing happens. With how bad Cee Lo's team was this season, how do these two talents get forced to take each other on? Tony is sooooo Broadway, but he's a great singer. Justin, on the other hand, seemed like an awesome rocker. They were both great, and the performance on the whole was definitely the best of the night, but only one could move on.  
My Choice: Justin
Cee Lo's Choice: Tony
Battle Grade: A

Who was your favorite contestant of the night? Which performance was the best? Which Coach has the best team heading into the Live Shows? And who will be the winner of the second season of The Voice?

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I have a problem with the choice of Naia over Jordan. This has happened a few times on the show. When one artist is given a song that so favors them over the other artist, if that battle is even remotely close, give it to the other artist. In this case, Jordan took a song way out of his comfort zone and made it a battle against Naia when the song was right in her wheelhouse. This tells me he was more versatile. I think Blake is trying to catch lightning in a bottle with Naia as he did with Xenia and Dia from last season.
CeeLo still having the model lady on his team and then having the 4 people perform today (especially the last 2). Any one of the 4 would have beat the brothers and the model.
XTina cracks me up in that if the other 3 judges are 2 to 1 for an artist, she always seems to choose the other.

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Hmm...why pair your best singers with each other? Why not preserve all your best singers? Just a thought directly related to that last phenomenal song.

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This year Christina told the duet that Blake eliminated his duet in the battle round last year. Next year if there's a duet they're both going for, Blake can say Christina not only eliminated her duet in the battle round, but she also torpedoed them by taking them completely out of their element.

Danforcella

I agree Jacob. Jordan did seem like he has the potential to be a good country singer. This battle just wasn't meant for him. Good luck to him in the future!

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If Naia's performance was so much better than Jordan's, why did the producers feel it necessary to cut one full minute out of the performance--one minute, mind you, that featured Jordan? In the actual full performance, Jordan sang the first verse. They cut out 45 seconds at the beginning, and another 15 seconds toward the end. Why did they do that? What didn't they want you to see? And Jordan didn't complain about the song choice. He took it and did all that he could with it, though it did completely favor her. By all accounts, she SHOULD have blown him away, but even she knew she did not. Check out her comments afterward. Bottom line, it was more stacked against Jordan than anyone knows. But he will be fine, because he is a talented country singer--one we will see again in the not-too-distant future. Write it down.

Terrie

The best of the night was definitely Tony Vincent and Justin Hopkins......... I think Christina did the right thing in making Moses sing a Stones song.......in a competition like this you have to prove you can do something more than rap--I think that's what happened on XFactor to Astro(that and his attitude) He could do nothing but rap! Sorry but nobody wants to hear that all the time.......... So ready for the live shows...........

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I think that team Cee Lo is quite badass, this year, except for Cheesa, who I can't bring myself to like. On the other hand, Adam has an eye (ear?) for great singers and his team is well mixed. I'd rather not to comment on team Blake...as for Christina's, there are some amazing performers and some meh ones.
That said, how is that tonight everybody loved Justin over Tony Vincent? That man is unbelievably talented.

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I think the song choices in this round definitely handicapped some of the singers. In fact, Moses was probably the only contestant who was able to show versatility and perform out of his comfort zone. There are definitely some singers whose style doesn't work well in "battle", so I'm not sure that the battle rounds are necessarily fair. Even Dia, who was amazing last year, didn't perform well in the battle rounds. It's good to be versatile, but in the music industry, most performers stick to a certain niche. My choices would have been:
1. James vs Wade: James
2. Matthai vs Nicolle: Matthai, but I preferred Nicolle when they were singing separately.
3. Moses vs The Line: Moses, although I think the guy from The Line has an amazing voice.
4. Naia vs Jordan: Naia. However, this wasn't a fair battle for Jordan and I wish they both could have advanced. I like Jordan's country voice.
5. Tony vs. Justin: Not sure. This was too close to call.

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My second paragraph that got cut off: Of course, the ones who complain about song choice aren't long for this show anyway (complaining that an Alanis song was originally sung by a woman? You don't have to sing the song exactly like the original!). The Line complaining about song choice was funny because a Stones song wasn't exactly in the rapper's wheelhouse either (and Christina even made him sing!). The girl was extremely bland on stage, but I think this was a case where they picked the wrong coach. This was the second time this season someone who turned all four chairs around got booted in the battle round. Blake, on the other hand, has had three of his performers go on tour with him!

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Anyone think Blake stacked the deck against Jordan by giving Naia a song that, in theory, she should knock out of the park? Now this isn't nearly as bad as when Cee Lo had a rocker chick go against a plain jane with a Rod Stewart rock song, but Jordan just didn't have the voice or talent to bring his own thing to the song (like when you see the four coaches on stage singing together and how each of them brings their own thing to song no matter what it is). Not that he should've gotten past the battle round even with a level playing field -- I don't think they even showed his blind audition or backstory other than to show he got picked by Blake -- but his lack of experience was a major handicap. Of course, the ones who complain about song choice aren't long for this show anyway (complaining that an Alanis song was originally sung by a woman? You don't have to sing the song exactly like the original!). The Line complaining about song choice was funny because a Stones song wasn't exactly in the rapper's wheelhouse either (and Christina even made him sing!). The girl was extremely bland on stage, but I think this was a case where they picked the wrong coach. This was the second time this season someone who turned all four chairs around got booted in the battle round. Blake, on the other hand, has had three of his performers go on tour with him!