Monday’s installment of The Voice saw another round of one-on-one battles featuring pairs of contestants from the coaches’ teams. After the dust settled, eight singers advanced to the live rounds, including two hopefuls who benefited from this season's new "steal" option.
Benefiting from the steal on Monday were Terisa Griffin , who joined Team Cee Lo, and Joselyn Rivera , who linked up with Team Adam. They advanced to the live rounds, along with Julio Cesar Castillo , Suzanna Choffel , Dez Duron , Sylvia Yacoub , Sam James and Nicholas David .
The "steal" allows coaches to scoop up a certain number of contestants who have been rejected by rival coaches. If two coaches desire the same person, it reverts back to the contestant’s choice just like in the blind auditions.
Once again, the contestants received advice from celebrity guest mentors: Mary J. Blige , Rob Thomas , Michael Bublé and Green Day ’s Billie Joe Armstrong .
Here are some of Monday’s highlights:
-- Mariachi singer Julio Cesar Castillo was pitched against 42-year-old soul singer Terisa Griffin. They were given advice by Michael Buble on the Gloria Estefan song, “Conga.” Both found the song’s rhythm complicated and Terisa was worried that she’d been matched with Julio in a bid to get her off the team. Both did an amazing job during the battle, leaving Christina speechless. Adam thought the pairing was “odd, but worked.” Blake decided that Julio had been the most improved performer and advanced him to the knockout rounds. However, Cee Lo Green stepped in to throw Terisa a lifeline by using his steal option. She now joins Team Cee Lo.
-- Blake and Michael Buble’s next pairing was touring singer Lelia Broussard and music teacher Suzanna Choffel on the indie rock song “Dog Days Are Over,” by Florence + the Machine . Suzanna was worried about being too perfect but Lelia struggled with her own pitch issues. Christina thought Suzanna had a unique voice and Lelia had a great high range. Adam was sad that he had not grabbed Suzanna for his team in the blind auditions. Blake chose Suzanna to move forward with him. Lelia was sent home.
-- Season two reject Dez Duron was set against 16-year-old Paulina . Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day was on hand to help coach them on the Bruno Mars song “Just the Way You Are.” Dez was a little too precise in rehearsals, and Paulina seemed to be trying too hard. Cee Lo liked Paulina but thought Dez was “the total package.” Adam and Cee Lo agreed that Dez was the overall best performer. Christina decided to advance Dez, sending Paulina home.
-- Joselyn Rivera was up against Sylvia Yacoub. They were given the Beyonce song "Best Thing I Never Had" to showcase a powerful side to their voices. Billie Joe encouraged Joselyn to not over-compensate for her softer delivery and Sylvia was warned not to push too hard. In “the ring,” both women delivered strong performances. Cee Lo called Joselyn a “little thing with a big voice.” Adam called Sylvia’s voice powerful. Christina was sad to let one of the women go but eventually chose to keep Sylvia. Both Adam and Blake attempted to use their steal, giving Joselyn the choice of teaming up with either. She chose to join Team Adam.
-- Mary J Blige helped Adam tutor Sam James and Benji on the song “You Give Love a Bad Name,” by Bon Jovi . It was a tough task for the guys but Benji has more of a rock voice. After a rocking performance in “the battle ring,” both men embraced each other. Christina compared Sam's voice to Adam’s voice, and liked his confidence, but liked Benji’s “yelling and screaming.” Adam thought Benji lacked control in his range and decided to keep Sam on his team for the live rounds.
Team Cee Lo:
-- Cee Lo was joined by Rob Thomas as they put Nicholas David and Todd Kessler through their paces on the Daryl Hall & John Oates song “She’s Gone.” The two bearded Midwest singers eventually made a connection with the song. It was a crowd-pleasing performance, with Adam calling it "awesome.” Christina thought both men were “solid.” Cee Lo said he had a tough choice, but went with Nicholas. Todd was sent home.
The Voice returns to NBC on Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time.
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