In week three of The Voice's Battles, there were some clunkers, but by and large, the duets were so strong that a number of standouts went home by default.
While the Battle Round forces aspirants to belt out songs that aren't necessarily in their wheelhouse, they help showcase both the talent and the A-list coaches.
Watching Blake, Christina, Cee Lo and Blake really get in there and TEACH the singers how to work with each other and the songs is a uniquely cool touch.
There's also the added pressure that only Sudden Death format brings. Even if you bring your best, you could be gone, as we saw in this week's battles ...
Pip vs. Nathan Parrett - "You Know I'm No Good"
This Team Adam matchup was one of the night's best, and despite Nathan coming through big time, fan and judge favorite Pip knocked it out of the park.
The two of these guys sounded excellent together in what was the first of a handful of truly good duets this week, but Pip got the nod from Mr. Levine.
Erin Martin vs. The Shields Brothers - "What's Love Got To Do With It"
Not one of the night's best from Cee Lo's proteges. The only issue with this format is that if the talent isn't there, a la Pip and Nathan ... the duet flops.
Erin missed a ton of notes, but the brothers were even worse, and she seems better suited to live shows for Cee Lo, so she advanced through attrition.
Ashley De La Rosa vs. Jonathas - "No Air"
This was an interesting one, as Jonathas was more polished and outshone Ashley in many ways, and while their duet was good overall, he carried it.
However, it was Ashley's raw talent that got the nod from Xtina, likely looking ahead to the live shows and the promise she might live up to then.
ALyX vs. Jermaine Paul - "Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car"
Blake and wife Miranda Lambert were rooting for ALyX, it seemed, but he had no choice but to go with Jermaine after the effort he turned in Monday.
His voice, his command of the material and his stage presence stole the show, even if ALyX held her own as part of a duet ... no contest really.
Angel Taylor vs. Katrina Parker - "Bleeding Love"
Angel Taylor was either nervous or simply didn't live up to her potential, because in a bit of a surprise, Katrina was just more comfortable on stage as well.
Together, they were great - maybe even up there with Nathan and Pip - but in keeping only one, Katrina's poise likely sealed the deal from Adam.
Gwen Sebastian vs. Erin Willett - "We Belong"
Erin had this in the bag from the start, even if Gwen was also very good with her falsetto and twang. Erin just commanded the performance throughout.
Who was your favorite last night? Who do you think deserved a better fate? Do any of the advancing contestants strike you as champion material?
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