The Battle Rounds, Part 4
Tonight is the final night of Season 5's battle rounds, matching the incredible talent in head-to-head duets with songs chosen specifically by the artists' coaches. Six battles remain, but only CeeLo has a steal left: which lucky singer will be saved by CeeLo and continue on in the competition?
The battle matchups are stiff competition: Jonny Gray vs. Shawn Smith and Keaira LaShae vs. Tamara Chauniece from Team CeeLo; Barry Black vs. Preston Pohl from Team Adam; Holly Henry vs. Cilla Chan and Emily Randolph vs. Brandon Chase from Team Blake; and Olivia Henken vs. Stephanie Anne Johnson from Team Xtina.
Texan native Jonny Gray and "Big Sexy" Shawn Smith kick off the night's intense battles, performing "Refugee" by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Coach CeeLo selected the two ex-military men for a classic Army-Air Force clash by utilizing a song about liberty, freedom and justice. Shawn's huskier tone delivers more authority, but his timing and stage presence are his two major hurdles. The song's gospel tinge allows Jonny's voice to shine, despite the difficult timing. With their friends and family cheering them on, Jonny and Shawn deliver a rocking, heartfelt battle. After seeing Jonny own the stage, Christina confesses not choosing him is her biggest regret. CeeLo ultimately agrees with Christina, choosing Jonny to continue on in the competition because of his clear-cut voice. Though sad to leave, Shawn thanks CeeLo for his guidance and passion for the military.
Next up is Team Adam's vocal trumpeter Barry Black and Christian guitarist-turned-front man Preston Pohl. Both are sensational soul singers, a pairing made in heaven from Adam's perspective. Adam picks a soulful classic by The Temptations: "I Wish It Would Rain." Preston's natural raspiness is a sound Adam wants him to leave unbridled, while Barry strains to hit the notes clearly. Adam fears Barry's trumpet sounds are too gimmicky, but all the judges love the addition during the poignant performance. While both singers deliver a killer act, Preston's voice reminds Christina of "another era." Coach Adam believes Preston's legitimately soulful sound could win The Voice - Preston will move to the next round.
A montage gives a sneak peek at the night's other performances. Indie songwriter Holly Henry and Stanford grad Cilla Chan face off with "Torn" by Natalie Imbruglia, convincing Blake that Holly has the ability to "rise up." Farm girl Emily Randolph and country singer Brandon Chase sing "Tiny Dancer" by Elton John. Brandon's polished voice persuades Blake that Brandon is the more developed vocalist of the pairing. Team CeeLo's Tamara Chauniece and Keaira LaShae sing "Big Girls Don't Cry (Personal)" by Fergie, ultimately leading CeeLo to believe Tamara has what it takes to continue on.
The final battle of season five is Team Xtina's country singer Olivia Henken and energetic cruise singer Stephanie Anne Johnson. Christina placed the two powerhouses together to see if genius could spring from the collision of their mutual sassiness and spunk. Singing "Done" by The Band Perry proves to be an easy assignment for Olivia since she's familiar with the song. Despite her competitor's comfort, Stephanie is confident she can bring it home. Xtina's guest judge, Ed Sheeran, believes it's an even matchup from a technical standpoint...
Onstage, the singers' differing sounds make for an astounding performance that leaves Coach Christina torn. CeeLo and Adam lean towards Stephanie's grit and charisma, while Blake believes Olivia took the brunt of the tough notes. Though the decision is difficult, Christina picks Olivia for her consistency and ownership of the song... Stephanie doesn't mourn for long though, as CeeLo pushes his final Steal button immediately! CeeLo believes she's remarkably talented and wants to see what her talent brings to Team CeeLo.