Maybe it’s because the judges haven’t done a live episode in a while, but all four judges had nothing but compliments for the performers Monday night on The Voice. Some were well deserved -- and well delivered when such was the case -- but it was clear when a coach was ignoring his or her critical instincts and simply reaching for empty praise to fill time onscreen. Constructive criticism can be nothing but helpful at this point in the game; why sacrifice it to randomly praise The Voice as the best television show ever?
The Voice knockout round wrapped during the two-hour Tuesday episode, in which contestants choose their own songs and hope to outperform a fellow team member chosen by their coach. For the first time, each coach can steal during this sudden-death round. CeeLo Green and Blake Shelton both saved an extra contestant Monday night, while Christina Aguilera and Adam Levine ended up saving singers they let go during the battle rounds.
The final night of the battles showed how far a singer’s natural grit – and fun gimmicks – will bring them on The Voice. Coaches Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green and Blake Shelton paired off their remaining contestants for the final battle rounds of season five.
With Ed Sheeran, Ryan Tedder, Miguel and Cher joining in as guest mentors, see who emerged victorious in the last night of the battles:
Who is the rightful winner of a reality singing competition: a naturally gifted singer who quickly rises through the many, many stages of The Voice -- or a musician who may not be as inherently talented but demonstrates how well he or she can adapt to constructive criticism from the coaches? As the season five teams continue to split in half during the battle rounds, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green seemed to pick sides on which ethos they believed in.
The battle rounds continued for the second night with each of the coaches -- Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton -- pitting two members of their teams against each other and then eliminating one. When someone gets kicked off a team, the other coaches have the option of "stealing" the singer for his or her team.
Just as the coaches of NBC’s The Voice have finished filling their teams during the blind auditions, they’re forced to send half their singers home during the battle rounds. They pair their contestants up for sudden-death duets, and can “steal” any performers cast off from other teams.
It's the end of the blind auditions on NBC's The Voice, and while a slew of Texans sang for the remaining spots, Christina Aguilera joined a contestant onstage for bilingual harmonies and Cee Lo Green tried to steer a few country singers toward soul. And it only took five seasons for one of those red chairs to run into a malfunction -- too bad it happened to Blake Shelton in the middle of a crucial audition.
Night 4 of the blind auditions on NBC’s The Voice proved that even when gifted with an interesting voice, the wrong song choice can shatter your chances of scoring a spot with either Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green or Blake Shelton. But even if you audition with the wrong tune, you can always try again next season – and perform for two rotating coaches who never heard your vocal missteps the first time around.
The blind auditions continued on NBC’s The Voice with a Washington firefighter, a Christian rock guitarist and the personal assistant/sister to a Big Bang Theory lead. The night was full of childhood singers and soulful voices, each hoping to coax coaches Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green and Blake Shelton.
Night two of the Blind Auditions showcased an eclectic group of The Voice auditionees, including a Rugrats voiceover actress, an Air Force veteran and a human flugelhorn, along with a handful of musicians’ talented kids.
NBC’s The Voice is back, reunited and feelin’ so good, especially after winning the Emmy for best reality competition program (making it the second show to ever beat out The Amazing Race). Christina Aguilera has returned with a short bob and slim bod, and Cee Lo Green debuted a head tattoo (don’t worry, it’s not real, but already has a parody Twitter account) and an outfit as if he were “stealing Michael Jackson’s clothes,” according to Adam Levine.
The platinum blonde pop singer spent three seasons mentoring aspiring singers on The Voice before taking a break for season four. Now, she's returning to the red rotating chair once again to help mold the next music superstar.