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'The Voice' recap: Cierra Mickens survives battle scare

Emily B. and Cierra Mickens battle on Season

Emily B. and Cierra Mickens battle on Season 6 of "The Voice." (Credit: NBC/Tyler Golden)

Just when we thought the battle rounds were over, “The Voice” added a whole new set of battles starting next week. Um, thanks?

Those will likely be the toughest cuts, as they go from 32 to 20 semifinalists, coached by Coldplay’s Chris Martin.

However, the final battle round had its share of rough decisions. Here’s how they stacked up:

 

TEAM ADAM: Cary Laine vs. Sam Behymer, “Give Me Love”: The Ed Sheeran song is really tough to sing and it took its toll on Sam more than Cary. But Sam also offered more emotion. “The point was to create a neutral zone for both of you guys,” Adam Levine said. “I think that because there’s so much trouble and power and emotion in your voice that the winner is Sam.”

ADAM PICK: Sam

SHOULD’VE PICKED: Sam

 

TEAM BLAKE: Kaleigh Glanton vs. Noah Lis, “Everything”: They did a nice job with Michael Bublé’s song, but neither one quite hit it out of the park. And since the song was right in Noah’s wheelhouse, he should have done a better job with it.

BLAKE PICK: Kaleigh

SHOULD’VE PICKED: Kaleigh

 

TEAM BLAKE: Cali Tucker vs. Ryan Whyte Maloney, “What’s Love Got to Do With It”: Oh, it’s montage time again. Who knows what these two did to be dispatched in less than a minute on the show?  

BLAKE PICK: Ryan

SHOULD’VE PICKED: ???

 

TEAM ADAM: Christina Grimmie vs. Joshua Howard, “I Knew You Were Trouble”: The coaches made such a fuss over Christina’s blind audition. What happened that she ended up in a montage?

ADAM PICK: Christina

SHOULD’VE PICKED: ???

 

TEAM SHAKIRA: Kristen Merlin vs. Lindsay Bruce, “Turn on the Radio”: A final montage battle over a Reba song I'd like to hear more of, from a duo who haven’t had a lot of screen time.

SHAKIRA PICK: Kristin

SHOULD’VE PICKED: ???

 

TEAM SHAKIRA: Cierra Mickens vs. Emily B., “Brave”: Both Cierra and Emily did a great job with Sara Bareilles’ “Brave.” Cierra’s gorgeous voice seemed to have the edge in power, while Emily had the edge in passion. It’s a tough decision -- Adam gave the round to Cierra, while Blake gave it to Emily. You’d think Cierra would get the win, considering her more versatile voice, but Shakira went with Emily’s fighting spirit.

SHAKIRA PICK: Emily (Usher steals Cierra)

SHOULD’VE PICKED: Cierra

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