On Monday, The Voice introduced a crazy new round, the Cross-Battles, during which – for the first time – two contestants from opposing teams faced off for the public’s votes. Presumably this was an attempt to shake up the series after 16 seasons. Host Carson Daly hyped up what was supposed to be a historic and epic night… but instead, it was just an epic fail. The night was historic, all right, but for all the wrong reasons. One disgruntled viewer even tweeted that it was ( Simpson Comic Book guy voice) the worst Voice episode ever, and not just because of Adam Levine’s latest haircut.

OK, it wasn’t that bad. (We all know #Bathrobegate was the worst Voice episode ever, let’s get real.) And not everything that went wrong Monday was the contestants’ fault. But it was painfully obvious that some of Monday’s performances were off-key, and that many of the performances in general were plagued by audio problems. How could this be happening in Season 16? Some sound engineer at ABC is probably getting fired right about now.

Thankfully, a few stellar performances – by Presley Tennant, Kayslin Victoria, Domenic Haynes, Oliv Blu, and especially Maelyn Jarmon – redeemed this iffy episode. The public voting window opened immediately after the East Coast broadcast, and on Tuesday, the winners earning spots in the top 24 Live Playoffs will be revealed – with each coach having one Save and one Steal. Let’s hope Tuesday’s episode goes a little more smoothly than Monday’s. Until then, below are this week’s Cross-Battles (the series will do it all over again with the other half of the remaining 32 contestants next week):

Kim Cherry (Team Blake) vs. Betsy Ade (Team Kelly)

Blake Shelton went after the reigning champ, Kelly Clarkson, who decided to pit her resident rocker against Blake’s rapper. Kim, who’d proven she could legitimately sing during the Battle Rounds, unfortunately regressed to her novelty-act ways with a drunk-karaoke rendition of Bel Biv DeVoe’s “Poison.” Betsy’s cover of Alanis Morissette’s “You Oughta Know” was like a bad audition for an Off-Off-Broadway production of that Jagged Little Pill musical. It was a screechy, gaspy mess. Honestly, both of these women should be eliminated. But I suppose the winner of this round was Kim, only because she was at least trainwreckingly entertaining.

Mari (Team Adam) vs. Selkii (Team Blake)

The adorable Mari took on Troye Sivan’s “My My My!” and, despite the muddy audio, put on a charming performance. This felt cool and contemporary, from the song choice to the styling to the free-spirited dance moves. Then Selkii sang the Natalie Imbruglia version of “Torn,” and her throat sounded torn up. This was weak, total amateur-hour stuff. What was going on? Selkii had sounded awesome just last week. I’m not “torn” about this one: Mari was the clear victor.

Lisa Ramey (Team Legend) vs. Karen Galera (Team Kelly)

Lisa has been inconsistent (she was rejected when she tried out last year, and turned only one chair this season), but her …read more

Source:: Daily times


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‘Worst episode ever’? ‘The Voice’ fans are cross about the new Cross-Battles

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