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'The Voice' recap: Sarah Simmons steps up

Duncan Kamakana and Sarah Simmons battle on Night

Duncan Kamakana and Sarah Simmons battle on Night 4 of "The Voice" battle rounds. Simmons advanced. (Credit: NBC)

After the final night of the battle rounds, it looks like Team Adam is the one to beat. He has four strong contenders to win — Judith Hill, Sarah Simmons, Midas Whale and Warren Stone — though he’ll have to lose one of those in the knockout rounds. The other teams are more or less even, though Team Usher may have a little more depth.

Here’s how they finalized their teams last night:

TEAM SHAKIRA: SHAWNA P. vs. BRANDON ROUSH, “Piece of My Heart”
Shakira lobbed a softball at Janis Joplinesque Shawna P. in the form of Joplin’s “Piece of My Heart.” Shawna knocked it out of the park, as an artist of her experience and power would. Brandon Roush gave it a good try, but he was cornered from the beginning.
WINNER: Shawna
SHOULD HAVE WON: Shawna

TEAM ADAM: SARAH SIMMONS vs. DUNCAN KAMAKANA, “Wanted You More”
Aw, sorry Duncan, you were just outclassed here. Sarah has an impressive voice with great control that could make her a star. It’s no wonder that Blake said she was one of the best singers he’s ever heard.
WINNER: Sarah
SHOULD HAVE WON: Sarah

TEAM SHAKIRA: CATHIA vs. MARY MIRANDA, “Antes de las Sies”
Finally, a bit of fighting between the contestants. Sweet little Mary had the edge with her expressive vocals, though Cathia also had some power and came on strong at the end. Usher stole Cathia, though it’s a weird pick considering the other artists he could have had.
WINNER: Mary
SHOULD HAVE WON: Mary

ALSO ADVANCING: Michelle Chamuel (over Chelsea M.); Amy Whitcomb (over Agina Alvarez); Justin Rivers (over The Morgan Twins)
 

Tags: The Voice , Adam Levine , Blake Shelton , Shakira , Usher

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