World news – The Voice Recap: When Kelsea Ballerini steps in for Kelly Clarkson, the battles of the 20th season claim their first casualties


Ah, the cycle of life, The Voice style: No sooner had Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, John Legend and Nick Jonas filled their teams in the blinds than … members of those teams started to cut into the battles too will. Who was the first victim of the 20th season in the duet-or-dice rounds? Read on and everything will be revealed when we not only see the performances but also former comeback stage coach Kelsea Ballerini (replacing a battered Kelly) and combat advisors Dan Shay (Team Blake), Luis Fonsi (Team Kelly) and Brandy (Team) discuss legend) and Darren Criss (Team Nick) …

Team Kelly: Ryleigh Modig (Class: B) defeated Gean Garcia (Class: A-) on « pov » – Gean stolen by John | In the studio with the international voice veterinarian Luis, the children’s trainer (present for the rehearsal, just not for the show) praised her character and individuality. Gean carefully suggested working with the band acoustically – a movement Kelly enthusiastically supported; all the better to hear their breathless vocals! On the stage came noises from Gean that made it seem like he was playing an instrument like singing; It was spectacular. As for Ryleigh, as Gean put it, tasting like honey was hearing her. There was also a touch of urgency in her voice that made her feel like love itself. Even though she probably has a wider range than Gean – and Kelsea beat him up in an early pitch problem – I’d still have to give him the win. He drew me in not only with his voice, but also with his stage presence. The guy lived it!

Team Blake: Connor Christian (Class: A-) defeated Aaron Konzelman (Class: B) on « Ain’t Living Long Like This » | Before Aaron went over the number with Dan Shay, whom Blake referred to as the first artist he’d ever mentored, he was ecstatic about the song they’d received. it was right in his wheelhouse, he thought. Connor was significantly less comfortable with the country classic, maybe for good reason. Aaron’s lively voice came through much more immediately than Connor’s deep, hoarse voice. But at the moment of truth Connor came like a speedster with the pedal on the metal burst out of the gate. The guy was unstoppable. Aaron was great, but Connor, man … other than one touchy note towards the end, the guy was on fire. Not only did it sound – in a good way – like a wrecking ball ripping through a barn, it was a bloody explosion to watch. I know the show is called The Voice, but at this point in the competition we are enjoying a performance with our eyes as well as our ears, right? Team legend: Dana Monique (Class: A-) def. Devan Blake Jones (Grade: B) in « Stuck With U » – Devan was written by Nick | rescued In the rehearsal room with « Bonus Jonas » Darren, Dana tearfully revealed why she chose Nick as her coach, even after John sang to her during the blinds: he had sensed in the occasional backing singer that she had something to prove. Meanwhile, Devan got nervous about the fact that they weren’t practicing with a full band. Just singing with a piano made him feel vulnerable. Also intimidating was Dana, whom Darren called « a walking hurricane » and whom he found convincing even when she wasn’t singing – she’s fair. The. Charismatic. Nick encouraged Devan to work on his confidence. On stage, Dana blew the doors away with the same nonchalance that you or I might order takeaway with. It is the definition of a power plant. And Devan? Inspired by Nick’s encouraging conversation, he put on a performance that was safer than we originally expected – almost as brave as his amazing jacket. Still no real competition between the two, but he cleared himself admirably.

Team legend: Pia Renee (Class: B-) defeated Christine Cain (Class: C) on « Baby » | Before I heard the teammates rehearse, I had the feeling that this battle was Pias to be lost. Christine’s Blind wasn’t exactly thrilled, while Pia was like a vocal grenade – she just exploded behind the microphone. After a test in the studio, consultant Brandy was completely excited about what the two were doing – this was the grown-up version of their old hit. It was jazzy and muggy – to her credit, thanks in large part to Christine. Ironically, John was moved to suggest Pia drop her guard. Did she have a moment of uncertainty? WTH? When the competitors got into the spotlight, they didn’t quite sparkle. Christine sounded okay, she just wasn’t particularly impressive (maybe because, as Blake noted, her style is « so relaxed »?). On the other hand, Pia sang, really relaxed, with a lot more oomph. But « incoherent » is the best word I can think of to describe this battle. Not Pia’s finest hour, but good enough to secure her victory.

Team Nick: Jose Figueroa Jr. (Class: B) defeated Awari (Class: B-) on « You Say » | Although Lauren Daigle’s ballad, as Awari told us, was the soundtrack to a season of his life, the song is made for a belter like Jose. Darren was immediately impressed with Avari’s « really sexy » register and the « bowl » that cut through the music. He also dug up Jose’s looseness and ability to do theatrical acrobatics. For Nick it was neck to neck before the show. On stage, Awari dazzled with his vibrato on a voice as sweet as nougat. Jose started out a little shaky, but he recovered. And when they started to buckle up, as strong as Awari was, he couldn’t keep up with « King of the Runs » Jose. There was simply no « space » Awari could open up to that would allow him to meet, let alone beat, Jose.

Team Blake: Ethan Lively (Class: A-) def. Avery Roberson (Class : A-) in « Just Got Started Lovin ‘You » – Avery, stolen from Kelsea for Kelly | You would have thought Avery would be ahead with four chairs if he had fought Ethan. But (as if I was ever right!) Ethan with a chair was the candidate who got TVLine’s most promising auditioner on the countdown. And the James Otto number seemed to favor the high school junior’s incredibly deep voice. And even during rehearsal, Ethan’s nerves seemed to grasp. But after going through the stage, he told his trainer that he could possibly loosen up just enough to unbutton his top button. And did he? Why yes. Not only that, it sounded great and looked like it was having some fun up there too. Problem was, Ethan came out like he’d been born and raised behind a microphone stand. It was a Stetson-bearing fish that had fallen into the water. A super tough call.

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