It's probably not a good sign that all of last night's battle rounds on “The Voice” were more interesting than the battle on the “American Idol” finale. (Or the fictional choir competition on “Glee” for that matter.)
For Battle Round 3, we finally got to see Long Island's Raquel Castro duke it out and she did not disappoint.
Team Christina: Raquel Castro vs. Julia Eason, “Only Girl (in the World)”
This one was tough. Not only is Rihanna's “Only Girl” hard to sing live because the big notes just arrive out of nowhere, but both Raquel and Julia handled it pretty well.
However, even though Raquel talked about how she hadn't really performed in front of crowds much, she dominated the stage.
“Raquel, you've just got this thing – all 5'1” of crazy,” said judge Adam Levine, mimicking one of her finger-wagging stage moves.
“I love you Lil Mama, that was great,” said judge Cee Lo Green.
Aguilera was sold as well, saying, “Raquel you bring a lot to the stage. You worked it.”
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Who won? Raquel
Who should've won? Raquel
Team Blake: Dia Frampton vs. Serabee, “You Can't Hurry Love”
This was a mess. Cee Lo called it “bizarre.” Dia looked uncomfortable as she tried to maintain the right vibe for the song, while Serabee oversang everything and spent the whole time trying to upstage her.
As simple as Dia tried to keep it, Serabee, who has a good voice, just kept making it more ridiculous. It wasn't really a hard decision.
Who won? Dia
Who should've won? Dia
Team Adam: Devon Barley vs. Rebecca Loebe, “Creep”
This battle was the most likable of the night. Devon and Rebecca actually sang together well and they both have a great quality to their voices. Truthfully, I'd prefer to watch them on the “American Idol” finale than Scotty and Lauren.
“You don't look like your voice,” Cee Lo told Devon. And in a way that's his secret weapon. He has a surprisingly deep appeal that he showcased on a song he clearly didn't know.
Who won? Devon
Who should've won? Devon
Team Cee Lo: Kelsey Rey vs. Tori & Taylor Thompson, “Unwritten”
The tightest battle of the night came down to likability. Kelsey – the “don't hate me because I'm beautiful” one – has a nice voice, but the Thompson sisters are so much likable.
“So much cuteness!” Adam Levine said, not picking a favorite. Blake Shelton went with Kelsey, Christina picked the Thompsons – and so did coach Cee Lo.
Who won? Tori & Taylor
Who should've won? Tori & Taylor