The second week of "The Voice" battle rounds didn't go as smoothly as the first, with the contestants a little less polished and the results a little more uncertain. That said, there were still plenty of great singers and some surprising choices.
Team Christina: Sera Hill vs. Geoff McBride, “Chain of Fools”
It probably should have been closer, but Geoff's experience put him head and shoulders above Sera, who was strong in spots and off in others. She has the potential to be better than him, but just wasn't in this performance, veering sharp throughout the song. Maybe Christina chose her based on that potential, but I would have agreed with Adam and Cee Lo and picked Geoff.
Should have advanced: Geoff
Team Blake: Charlotte Sometimes vs. Lex Land, “Pumped Up Kicks”
This was one of those battles where the results don't necessarily mirror reality. I think I'd rather listen to a Lex Land album than a Charlotte Sometimes album, but Charlotte is a much better performer and Lex lost control of her voice at the end of the first verse. Charlotte deserved the win here, though Lex may actually be the better singer.
Should have advanced: Charlotte
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Team Cee Lo: Juliet Simms vs. Sarah Golden, “Stay With Me”
The deck was stacked against folkie Sarah, going up against the raspy-voiced Juliet on a Rod Stewart song. And yet she almost pulled this out. Almost. The song was in Juliet's wheelhouse and she outperformed Sarah, showing her up with confidence and style.
Should have advanced: Juliet
Team Adam: Kim Yarbrough vs. Whitney Myer, “No More Drama”
This was incredibly close. With all her experience, Kim certainly had the advantage and she definitely outsang Whitney. There was no way around that. I would have given the edge to Whitney, though, because her voice is unique and her delivery seemed fresher. She offered something unexpected, while Kim delivered predictable strength. Adam actually couldn't go wrong with a pick here.
Should have advanced: Whitney
Team Christina: Lee Koch vs. Lindsey Pavao, “Heart Shaped Box”
Adam called it “delightfully creepy” and that summed it up. It's hard to keep a Nirvana song soft and contained, but they both managed it. Lee's delivery was more unconventional, but it was also a little too far afield, making Lindsey's delivery more effective. Maybe the biggest surprise, though, was that Blake revealed, “I've never heard that song before,” not really a great admission for a fan of music.
Should have advanced: Lindsey
Team Cee Lo: Jamar Rogers vs. Jamie Lono, “I Want To Know What Love Is”
Unfortunately for Jamie, this was a blowout. Jamar simply outclassed him with a masterful performance, showing both control and soulful flourishes. Jamie's unique voice got overrun by the song and by Jamar's strength.
Should have advanced: Jamar