Vocal Masterclass Discussion for The Voice Season 2: The Battle Rounds
On Monday night, the second season of the immensely popular NBC series, The Voice, begins the second phase of its competition, The Battle Rounds.
This is my favorite part of the entire show because each judge must choose one of two members from their team to advance to the solo performance component of the show.
And, it is always an emotional experience for both the judges and singers. The judges have hopefully invested personal energy in all twelve members of their Team, so it can’t be easy sending one home.
Or can it? Personally, I feel there are a number of singers that were robbed this season and some that should not have made the cut. I’ll just leave it at that.
I wonder if the judges do play favorites during this part of the competition? It’s natural – you are going to be drawn to some singers more than others. Truth be told, the entire package wins the day in the end. The visual component is underestimated – it is integral to a singer’s success.
Do you agree that the visual is an important aspect to the performer’s success? Whose team is stronger – Team Adam Team Blake, Team Cee Lo or Team Christina?
Enjoy the show. It’s going to be quite a ride. I am on vacation but I do hope to add live updates tonight. So, come back during the commercial breaks!
Battle Sneak Peek: Angie vs. Cheesa.
Team Adam begins. First up is Tony Lucca and Chris Cauley performing U2s “Beautiful Day”
Adam brings in Alanis Morrisette to work with Tony and Robin Thicke to work with Chris.
Tony begins quickly followed by Chris. Out of the box, Chris seems more invested in the performance. Tony quickly catches up though. Problems with the lower range with both singers. Great harmonic cohesion and wonderful teamwork. Loads of energy. I think, in the end, Tony has more star power.
Adam selects Tony as the winner
Team Blake is up next. The first pair is Adley Stump and RaeLynn performing “Free Falling” by Tom Petty.
RaeLynn and Adley begin rehearsals. Adley is really gifted for someone who has performed for only 10 months. Miranda Lambert is brought in to work with Rae Lynn and Kelly Clarkson (good choice) to work with Adley
They prepare to sing. My gut says Adley is the better singer but methinks Rae Lynn will win this battle. Commercial break.
RaeLynn begins with pitch problems. Then Adley joins in and their harmonies are not good. RaeLynn is having a difficulty with her lower harmonies, although her solo voice is pretty good. This is not a good duet. Adley was the stronger vocalist so…..
Blake chooses RaeLynn because she told her story in a more believable manner. Personally, she is more marketable, but she needs to work on her vocal support.
Team Christina is up next. She is bringing in Jewel and Lionel Ritchie
Chris Mann and Monique are the first pair and they will sing Celine Dion’s “The Power Of Love”
Chris is sticking to his classical roots and Monique is understandably intimidated by Monique. Chris has the opportunity to work with Lionel Ritchie. Lionel tries to relax Chris’ rigid classical training.
Jewel is brought in to work with Monique. She doesn’t have Chris’ vocal training but she has a genuine heart and passion when she sings, something that Chris realizes is missing from his singing.
They will perform after the commercial break. But, from the quick preview, Chris’ mouth and jaw seems awfully tight for someone who has received vocal training. Rule #1 – never sacrifice technique to push out a vocal performance. It’s all kinds of wrong.
Monique begins with a sultry, controlled sound. I like it! Then Chris comes in and he sounds just beautiful. Excellent harmonies and teamwork. A few pitch problems from Chris’ end. Overall this is the strongest group tonight. Really exceptional. I would pick Chris because he is so different than any singer that has been on this show.
Christina selects Chris
Team Cee Lo is next after the blessed break.
The first pair to perform from Team Cee Lo is Chessa and Angie Johnson who will perform “Total Eclipse Of The Heart.
Chessa and Angie are not getting along. Range dispute alert! Babyface is brought in to advise Chessa and NeYo is working with Angie. Perfomance after the commercial break.
The face-off begins. Chessa and Angie begin together. Right off the bat, I am falling in love with Chessa’s voice. She is a strong, gritty and powerful performer. Angie has more nuance in her voice, though – it is overall a lighter voice and she is not afraid to use her head voice. I think Chessa is the better overall performer.
I changed my mind – I love the purity in Angie’s voice.
CeeLo selects Chessa for the live shows
Team Blake is up again. Brian Fuentes and Jordis Unga are up next. They will be singing Alanis Morrisette’s “Ironic”
Brian is paired with Kelly Clarkson. Nice. Jordis rehearses with Miranda Lambert. Jordis seems very desperate to win – she has really been struggling in the music business and feels it is her last chance. Commercial!
Jordis begins. And it is a very strong beginning. When Brian comes in, she overpowers him. Interesting. His solo is pretty shaky and breathy. Hmm. I think Jordis’ performance was the stronger one.
Blake chooses Jordis.. No surprise here. The alternative would not have made sense.
Team Christina is up next with a powerhouse team comprised of Anthony Evans and Jesse Campbell performingAlicia Keyes’ “If I Ain’t Got You”
They are both very strong and very similar in style. Lionel Ritchie is brought in to rehearse with Jesse and Jewel is mentoring Anthony. Anthony has a very expressive voice, lots of nuance. Jesse is a technically more gifted singer. This is a difficult pairing because both are strong singers.
Anthony and Jesse are both driving it! Their voices are smooth, the harmonies even smoother. Jesse is doing some crazy expressive vocals and Anthony catches up to him big time. I do love Jesse’s upper range. It is crystal clear. I would select Jesse on this fact alone but both are deserving.
Christina chooses Jesse