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'The Voice' recap: Jake Barker surprises in final battle round

Brittnee Camelle, left, looks on as Carson Daly

Brittnee Camelle, left, looks on as Carson Daly names Jake Barker winner of their battle on Season 6 of "The Voice." (Credit: NBC / Tyler Golden)

“The Voice”’s final “battle rounds” show had its share of surprises.

Maybe the biggest, though, came from mentor Chris Martin, who revealed that he was intimidated by Rihanna when they first sang together.

It’s interesting to see how quickly some judges’ love for certain singers diminished, though that it is how the music business works sometimes. It’s a prelude to the brutal cuts that will start tonight during “the playoffs,” this season’s version of “the knockout rounds.”

Here’s how the last battle night shook out:

TEAM SHAKIRA: Clarissa Serna vs. Dani Moz, “Perfect”

This started off shaky, but as they gained their confidence they started to roll, maybe a bit too much. By the end, they were stomping on the melody of the poor Pink song. In the end, Dani’s control was much more attractive than Clarissa’s over-singing. “You both did an amazing job,” Shakira said. “You really brought it on … You both have an amazing potential.”

SHAKIRA PICK: Dani

SHOULD’VE PICKED: Dani

 

TEAM ADAM: Kat Perkins vs. Dawn & Hawkes, “Suddenly, I See”

Kat Perkins has a strong voice, but forced to compete with the cute duo, she ends up overcompensating on the KT Tunstall song. Luckily for Kat, the duo seemed too laid back again. “You look like a star,” Shakira told Kat. Adam realizes that Dawn & Hawkes have a hard time in battle rounds because their chemistry is with each other and not with their opponent. However, he goes with Kat.

ADAM PICK: Kat

SHOULD’VE PICKED: Kat

 

TEAM USHER: Music Box vs. Melissa Jiminez, “Girl on Fire”

This was a close one. They both did a good job with the Alicia Keys song, with Melissa showing more finesse and Music Box offering more grit and emotion. It comes down to a matter of taste and Usher goes with Melissa because he feels he can teach her more.

USHER PICK: Melissa

SHOULD’VE PICKED: Music Box

 

TEAM BLAKE: Kaleigh Glanton vs. Ryan Whyte Maloney, “Easy”

Kaleigh was good, but nervous, on the Rascal Flatts song, but Ryan just blew her away with his gritty voice. “It was a pleasure to hear you show us more,” Usher told Ryan. Blake gave it to Ryan “for overall consistency.”

BLAKE PICK: Ryan

SHOULD’VE PICKED: Ryan

 

TEAM ADAM: Brittnee Camelle vs. Jake Barker, “Climax”

This Usher song is incredibly hard to sing, not just because of the falsetto, but because of the changing tempos. Jake still started off shaky, but got it together by the end. Brittnee was good, but she didn’t have the same emotional connection. Usher said he does his song best, but that they both had a great performance. Adam gave it to Jake because he has a quality that he wants to see more.

ADAM PICK: Jake

SHOULD’VE PICKED: Jake

 

TEAM USHER: Bria Kelly vs. Madilyn Paige, “I’ll Stand by You”

The judges actually didn’t love the performance of the Pretenders song. Usher picked Bria because he thought she was better. She has plenty of power, but she doesn’t always know how to use it and it’s not clear that she understood the song. However, Madilyn proved herself to be surprisingly steely, as well as still disarmingly sweet.

USHER PICK: Bria
SHOULD’VE PICKED: Madilyn (stolen by Blake)

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