Great Neck native Jack Gregori finally went into battle on “The Voice,” but the 37-year-old lawyer and country band leader couldn’t quite pull out a victory.
Blake Shelton said that Gregori’s version of Joe Cocker’s “Feelin’ Alright” with singer Barry Minniefield was a lot of fun to watch. “Jack, it’s always weird to me to see a country artist that’s not on my team,” he said. “It’s not right. This is actually a song that I think all of us as country artists, at some point in some bar somewhere, we always sing this song. I can tell you were totally comfortable singing it and you sounded great doing it.”
Christina Aguilera called his performance “solid” and said their battle looked like “a conversation between old friends.”
Pharrell complimented Gregori’s tone and said the competition was “spirited.”
Coach Adam Levine said Gregori and Minniefield were like brothers and their rapport came through in the song.
“I love that you both just through caution to the wind,” Levine said. “I don’t think we’re talking better or worse. This is just a gut thing. There’s no wrong choice here.”
And then Levine picked Minniefield.
Here’s how the other battles shook out:
TEAM PHARRELL: BRIAR JONNEE vs. CAITLIN CAPORALE, “Fallin’”
They did a good job with the Alicia Keys hit, but Caitlin was a bit more polished and slightly more prepared. Briar may have better instincts in the long run, but her skills don’t match them at this point. “I’d by a ticket to this show every day of the week,” Blake said.
PHARRELL PICK: Caitlin
SHOULD’VE PICKED: Caitlin
TEAM CHRISTINA: KATELYN READ vs. TREEVA GIBSON, “Addicted to Love”
Christina was really trying to turn up the drama on the performances of the Robert Palmer classic via Florence and The Machine, but they may have gone a little too far. It’s all over-articulated and weirdly overdramatized in a way that makes it hard to like, though Treeva’s power overran Katelyn’s distinctive style. “The style and the influence were overwhelming the raw talent I know you both have,” Adam said.
CHRISTINA PICK: Treeva
SHOULD’VE PICKED: Treeva
TEAM PHARRELL: KIMBERLEY NICHOLE vs. LOWELL OAKLEY, “Hound Dog”
Their take on the Big Mama Thornton classic was the best performance of the night, their seemingly contrasting styles fitting together incredibly well creating actual artistry rather than some constructed battle. Kimberly, who performs at The Box on the Lower East Side, is clearly the better singer, but Lowell has that special something that makes him hard to dismiss. “What is wrong with you putting those two together?” Blake asks Pharrell, which is a very good point and results in a hilariously difficult decision for Pharrell. Christina calls it her favorite battle of the season. “She probably has to pee or something, she’s been up there for 45 minutes,” Blake says, trying to hurry Pharrell along.
PHARRELL PICK: Lowell
SHOULD’VE PICKED: Kimberly (Christina steals Kimberly)
TEAM BLAKE: BRENNA YAEGER vs. KELSIE MAY, “Fancy”
They both sort of struggled with nerves and with the Reba classic. They were pretty evenly matched vocally, but in the end, it was Kelsie’s poise that gave her the edge. “Your both really great singers,” Blake said. “I think it’s pretty even.”
BLAKE PICK: Kelsie
SHOULD’VE PICKED: Kelsie
TEAM CHRISTINA: CLINTON WASHINGTON vs. INDIA CARNEY, “Stay”
Sometimes, soul can overpower training. Clinton’s passionate delivery matched India’s more precise technique on the Rihanna hit, though that may not always be the case. “That was technically the best battle I’ve seen this season,” Pharrell said.
CHRISTINA PICK: India
SHOULD’VE PICKED: India (Adam steals Clinton)