The Voice Angie vs. Cheesa

The Voice 2012 kicked off its Battle Rounds Monday night and most of the winners made good solid sense. There was one choice that a lot of people will likely be left questioning and that was Blake’s decision between Raelynn and Adley.

We also got to see what kind of role The Voice advisers will play this season. So far I think I enjoy Kelly Clarkson and Alanis Morrisette as advisers the most.

First up in the Battle Rounds is Team Adam. He picks Tony Lucca to go up against Chris Cauley singing U2’s “Beautiful Day.”

Tony Vs. Chris. To me, Chris stood out more. But not in a good way. He came off pretty fake to me. His presence and energy seemed very rehearsed and forced. Tony was more natural all around.

My Pick: Tony

Adam’s Pick: Tony

Blake decides to put Adley Stump against Raelynn with Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin’.”

Adley vs. Raelynn: I don’t claim to be a music expert. I’ve had a couple voice lessons in my day, but I’ve never claimed to be a singer or have attempted to sing professionally. That being said, I like to think I know when someone sounds like complete garbage. And I think Raelynn sounded like complete garbage. I was cringing when she opened that song and I was nearly covering my ears by the time it was over. Adley was the clear winner. But Blake didn’t seem to agree.

My Pick: Adley

Blake’s Pick: RaeLynn

Christina’s first Battle Round pairing was Chris Mann and Monique Benabou singing Celine Dion’s “The Power of Love.”

Chris Vs. Monique: First of all, I was surprised that she paired these two up. But Chris is such a standout vocalist that any duet partner would seem odd. So Monique was as good as anybody, I guess. Both singers were amazing. Chris is very technical and classically trained and Monique is more raw and in the moment. So both have their positives and negatives. While Chris is probably the best singer in the whole contest, I don’t think it’s the right competition for him.

My Pick: Monique

Xtina’s Pick: Chris

CeeLo picked a fantastic pairing with Angie Johnson and Cheesa. And even better than that decision was the song he chose: Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart.”

Angie Vs. Cheesa: I’ve thought Angie should be a star ever since her YouTube video, and tonight I felt no different. I thought Cheesa was good, but Angie seemed to have more control of her voice and her tone was better. At least for this song. But once again, I clearly don’t know what I’m talking about.

My Pick: Angie

Cee Lo’s Pick: Cheesa

Blake’s up again and this time he chooses Jordis Unga and Brian Fuente to sing Alanis Morrissette’s “Ironic.”

Jordis Vs. Brian: Another mixed gender pairing, but this one made perfect sense. The two of these singers have a rock edge and played well off each other. Of course neither of them seemed right for that song (bad choice there, Blake), but but did great things with it. I think Brian handled it all better than Jordis who just seemed off her game. But I think the show is already doing everything they can to make her a star, so Brian didn’t stand a chance.

My Pick: Brian

Blake’s Pick: Jordis

Next up for Team Christina is Anthony Evans and Jesse Campbell singing Mary J. Blige’s If I Ain’t Got You.”

Anthony Vs. Jesse: Probably the best pairing of the night, Anthony and Jesse nailed the song. They both have similar musical backgrounds and sounds, but Jesse has that extra flair. There’s something about his voice that seems more smooth and natural. That  probably had to be the toughest decision of the night for any of the judges.

My Pick: Jesse

Christina: Jesse

What did you think of the first installment of the Battle Rounds? Do you think the coaches made the right decisions? Who are your favorite contestants so far?

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