Voice viewers -- first an apology. Last night was filled with news of the tragedy in Boston, and we didn't get a recap done for you. I'll write about the performances from Monday night at the bottom of this recap.
First, there's good and bad news for KU's own Caroline Glaser. She was part of the last pairing in Tuesday night's episode, so if you just can't wait, scroll to the end of tonight's recap to find out.
The first battle pairing on Tuesday was battle country hero. Adam paired deputy sheriff Michael Austin against firefighter Warren Stone.
The pair struggled some in rehearsal and neither did an outstanding job in the battle. I actually agreed with Blake that Michael won, but Adam sided with Warren Stone. None of the judges chose to use their coveted steals.
The second battle came between Team Usher's two pretty boys -- Josiah Hawley and Jeff Lewis.
The song was completely wrong for both of them. Giving two men, confident in their looks, a song about mystique proved challenging during rehearsals -- and the battle.
Shakira was not impressed by their performance; neither was Adam.
Usher thanked them both for working hard, but selected former model Josiah. Jeff Lewis is out of the competition after no judges stole him.
I guess the shortened Tuesday night shows leave little time to show each battle pairing, so we got a montage of battles from the judges.
Blake decided to keep Grace Askew over Trevor Davis. Usher kept Audrey Karrasch over Jamila Thompson and
Shakira chose Tanya Reynolds over Mark Andrew. Just a side note, there seem to be a lot of country artists this season.
Team Blake has the next pairing of the night, with KU student Caroline Glaser performing against Danielle Bradbery.
This is the battle of the unexperienced, with two artists who need to build confidence. I miss the days of pairing a strong person against a weaker performer and watching the weaker person rise to the challenge.
In any case, Blake found promising features in both of them, and this battle is sure to have a steal at the end, right?
The pair performed "Put Your Record On" and did not disappoint.
Both of these girls have a unique tone to their voice, and it was by far the best battle I've seen so far (but I have to go back and watch last night's episode!).
I'm sort of sad to see one of these girls leave Team Blake. I'd like to think they could be best friends, as they are some of the younger contestants this season.
Shakira described the performance "as refreshing as tangerine ice cream." Adam told Caroline he was an imbecile for not turning around for her the first time. We agree, Adam.
Blake loves both girls, and it was clear that this would be difficult. He also noted the difficult decision putting the pair against each other.
Blake decided to keep Danielle Bradbery on his team, and he may lose for it.
Usher and Adam both immediately comforted Caroline by hitting the steal button. I was sure glad to see it. The KU student is good enough to win this competition.
Usher was gushing over Caroline. He said he was willing to set himself on fire for the artist.
Adam was happy to have a chance to redeem himself. And he fought hard for the singer-songwriter. He told her he believed they were a wonderful fit.
Caroline selected to move to Team Adam -- just another incredibly strong performer on Team Adam.
Some notes from Tuesday's episode: Who is that judge sitting next to Adam? Oh, what's that you say? It's Shakira? She looks fabulous with straightened hair! And could Adam's hair be any bigger than it is in this episode? Also, do the advisors helping the coaches have any value this year? We've seen them less than in any past season. What happened to the one-on-one sit downs with the coaches, advisors and artists?
Now, back to yesterday's performances.
The first battle pairing of the night came between Amber Carrington and Sasha Allen.
The two performed Pink's "Try."
Now I see my first sit-down between the advisors, coaches and artists. Clearly, I wrote my previous notes prematurely.
Adam says Amber and Sasha would likely be one of his hardest decisions. I think Adam is delusional, based on the amount of talent on his team.
Sasha said in an interview that in order for her to win, she was going to have to feel something in the song.
Throughout her performance, this Voice viewer felt like she was trying to make it seem like the song touched her.
It was clear that the song was an anthem for Amber Carrington, who noted that after her mother's death, she had to force herself to get up and try.
Adam told the girls that this was one of the best battle rounds ever seen on the show (guess this was taped before Caroline Glaser and Danielle Bradbery's battle, huh?)
Adam chose Amber as the winner of the battle, shocking many, including Amber.
But Sasha is talented, and it was no surprise that, immediately, Usher and Shakira hit their steal buttons.
Usher and Shakira are both convinced that Sasha could help them win the season.
But Shakira was a winner