Season 4: The Battles
It’s time for Battles!!! Season 4 kicked off into high gear this week, when the Battle rounds returned! This is where you as the viewer will find out whose got it, and who don’t. There were 12 battles between night one and night two of The Battles Week 1. I’ll be breaking down what I thought of each battle. There will also be videos, and links where you can get the artists songs. First though we need to see this:
Battles Press Start:
The Battles Round 1
Round 1 of the Battle Rounds wound up like this: Teams Adam and Blake had two battles each, Teams Shakira and Usher had one battle each. Unlike in my Season 3 write ups, I’ve included the steals under each performance.
A Battle Between Amber Carrington Vs Sasha Allen
Song Choice was: Pink’s Try
This was very interesting, and yet I can’t help but think they both did a great job. Unlike other battles, where I could decide who I like better. This one is a tie for me, and I’m glad that Sasha was stolen.
Amber won the Battle, with Sasha getting Steal Buttons pressed for her by Usher and Shakira. Sasha chose to go with Team Shakira
A Battle Between: Judith Hill Vs Karina Iglesias
Song Choice was: It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World
I see now why OptimusSolo didn’t care for Karina. Judith clearly sang this song better. Wonder how much longer Karina will last.
Judith won the Battle, with Karina being stolen to Team Shakira
A Battle Between: Holly Tucker Vs Michelle Raitzin
Song Choice was: Carrie Underwood’s Blown Away
Both girls sang very well, but I wasn’t feeling any emotion from Michelle Raitzin. Holly did it so much justice, and had a slightly better stage presence.
Holly won the battle, with Michelle Raitzin being eliminated.
A Battle Between: The Swon Brothers Vs Christian Porter
Song Choice was: Tom Petty’s I Won’t Back Down
As they stated in the after the battle video, this really felt like a trio singing. There were times when Christian was singing solo, and i have to say I wasn’t that impressed with his voice. Glad the Swons are the Swinners in this battle.
A Battle Between: Garrett Gardner Vs J’Sun
Song Choice was: The Heavy’s How You Like Me Now
Was there EVER any doubt? Garrett wins!!!! Yay!!!! Loved his sound on the song, although I do appreciate J’Sun stepping out of his comfort zone. Garrett was just so much better, with the tones and melodic nature of his voice.
Garrett Won the battle, and J’Sun was eliminated.
A Battle Between: Jess Kellner Vs Taylor Beckham
Song Choice was: Amy Winehouse’s You Know I’m No Good
So glad that Blake stole Taylor, but even with that fact I thought Jess was the clear cut winner here. Jess just sang it better.
Jess Kellner won the battle, with Blake stealing Taylor Beckham.
The Battles Round 2
Round 2 of the Battle Rounds wound up like this: Teams Blake and Usher had two battles each, and Teams Adam and Shakira had one battle each. Again because of time constraints I understand that they have to “highlight” some stuff. However it sucks! Here are the battles that were highlighted:
A Battle Between Warren Stone Vs Michael Austin
Song Choice was: Jason Aldean’s My Kinda Party
Hearing Warren and michael together, I must say I like Warren better. Michael has a great voice, but in this song Warren’s smooth, cool tone is what I liked better out of it.
Warren won the Battle, and Michael was eliminated.
A Battle Between: Grace Askew Vs Trevor Davis
Song Choice was: Me & Bobby McGee
I can’t really define, or given an opinion here. Because this was one of the highlighted battles. From what I saw on TV, I didn’t care for the song selection, but Grace sang it better.
Grace won the battle, and Trevor was eliminated.
A Battle Between: Danielle Bradberry Vs Caroline Glaser
Song Choice was: Corrine Bailey Rae’s Put Your Records On
Even though I don’t know the song, these chicks did an amazing job!!! Glad that Caroline got stolen, and is still in the competition. I think pitting the two youngest against each other was smart, but the each have such different voices. I get that the whole point of the battles is to fight to get to the next round. However didn’t really feel they harmonized well during those parts of the song. The reason being is that their voices are so different.
Danielle won the battle, with both Adam and Usher pushing for the Steal. Caroline chose Team Adam as her new home.
A Battle Between: Tawnya Reynolds Vs Mark Andrew
Song Choice was: Fleetwood Mac’s The Chain
Highlighted battle, but from what I did see Tawnya did a much better job with the song.
Tawnya Reynolds Won the battle, and Mark Andrew was eliminated.
A Battle Between: Audrey Karrasch Vs Jamila Thompson
Song Choice was: Beyonce’s If I Were A Boy
Audrey clearly sang this better, then again I never really got to see Jamila on her own. Because as stated before both this and her blind audition was highlighted.
Audrey won the battle, with Jamila being eliminated.
A Battle Between: Josiah Hawley Vs Jeff Lewis
Song Choice was: Roxanne
So glad Josiah made it, especially with Jeff snickering in rehearsal. Well at least from the rehearsal that they showed us. I honestly do think that they show the rehearsal stuff, so the viewers will make an initial opinion.
Josiah won the Battle, with Jeff being eliminated
The Battles Week 1 Final Thoughts:
Week 1 of the Battles was freakin’ awesome!!! There were amazing performances, and some of the artists I didn’t care for are already gone. Very glad that the majotity of my favorites are still in the running!!! My team that I chose only suffered one loss, and I’m not that disappointed with it. I am sooo ready for Battles Week 2 next week.