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'The Voice' recap: Midas Whale, Ryan Innes roll
Night Three of “The Voice” battle rounds had a few surprises, including the exit of the promising Jessica Childress and performances that showed Ryan Innes and Midas Whale are here to stay. Here’s how the night shook out:
TEAM USHER: JESSICA CHILDRESS vs. VEDO, “Locked Out of Heaven”
In an incredibly tight battle, both Jessica Childress and Vedo had charisma to burn and incredibly strong vocals, with only a few slight pitch issues on a really tough song to sing. (Even if it doesn’t involve a whole lot of lyrics.) It came down to taste and Usher went with Vedo, even though it seemed Jessica was more adaptable and had more of a fighting spirit. Too bad she didn’t get stolen by another coach, since she deserves to move on.
SHOULD HAVE WON: Jessica
TEAM SHAKIRA: MONIQUE ABBADIE vs. LUKE EDGEMON, “You and I”
It took a while to get going. But once Monique and Luke got to the chorus, they were incredibly good. They both had, as Shakira said, “the perfect amount of Tabasco,” though, in the end, she went with her Latina homegirl, which makes sense since she can help her more. But Luke was strong and Blake and Usher both tried to steal him.
SHOULD HAVE WON: Luke (stolen by Team Blake)
TEAM BLAKE: JACQUI SANDELL vs. SAVANNAH BERRY, “Little White Church”
This battle was kind of stacked against rocker Jacqui, with Blake pushing her into the rapid-fire country of Little Big Town’s “Little White Church.” She did OK, but it was custom made for country singer Savannah, who looked more poised and comfortable, despite all of Jacqui’s years on the road.
SHOULD HAVE WON: Savannah
TEAM SHAKIRA: C. PERKINS vs. KRIS THOMAS, “It Will Rain”
Another Bruno Mars song? Is NBC trying to show that it isn't skimping on their song clearance budget? This felt like a mismatch, with former major-label artist Kris going against the grocery store worker C. Perkins. And Kris did manage to outsing him with his remarkable range. However, C. Perkins has something special in his delivery, a natural emotion that Kris doesn’t quite have. Maybe Usher can help him nurture that.
SHOULD HAVE WON: Kris (C. Perkins stolen by Usher)
TEAM ADAM: Midas Whale vs. Patrick Dodd, “Burning Love”
Patrick Dodd has a great voice, but it’s hard to imagine a scenario where he would have won this battle. Midas Whale is charismatic, fun, and they carry the pop sound of the moment. Turning Elvis Presley’s “Burning Love” into a Mumford & Sons styled hootenanny could be a hit right now and Midas Whale could have had it with this version. It was Patrick’s distinctive, throaty voice that held them back.
WINNER: Midas Whale
SHOULD HAVE WON: Midas Whale
TEAM USHER: ORLANDO DIXON vs. RYAN INNES, “Ain’t No Sunshine”
Orlando Dixon had to be strong just to make this battle interesting. Ryan Innes has a deep, powerful voice and, more importantly, a deep, powerful connection to the songs he sings that make him seem nearly unshakable. He owned “Ain’t No Sunshine,” but Orlando used all his technical prowess to make an impact. That forced him to sing too many runs, but they were nearly all on point, which made him a worthy steal.
SHOULD HAVE WON: Ryan (Orlando stolen by Adam)