March 26, 2012 11:00pm PT by Jethro Nededog
'The Voice' Final Battle Round: Cee Lo Green Is Brought to Tears -- Twice
NBC's The Voice completed its final battle round with several matches that should have been problematic, but the artists and coaches pulled them off in the end. Cee Lo Green's matches started and ended the night for good reason.
Cee Lo more than made up for Battle Round 2 in which his pairings made it too easy to determine the winner. He played the game differently with his final battle rounds and it was clear from the tears he shed that these decisions weren’t easy for him.
The funk singer started the night off with Boston mechanic James Massone going up against the soul throwback style of Alabama’s Wade. James was at an early disadvantage in that Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors” wasn’t his style nor did he seem to connect well with its message. Wade almost instantly felt comfortable with the emotion of the song. James would come to find his peace with the song by rehearsals when the two brought their coach to tears.
During the battle rounds, the differences in their styles really showed. Wade seemed to be able to slip in extra runs and notes when one wouldn’t think they could fit. Meanwhile, James showed off some unique choices in the way he decided to sing the words and came off like more of an artist than we had been led to believe beforehand. In the end, that’s what won him the match.
The show closed with singer-songwriter Justin Hopkins going against rock Broadway star Tony Vincent on Journey’s “Faithfully.” It’s a song that works for the both of them in different ways. Justin’s gravelly singing voice and guy-next-door appeal captures the Americana of the song. And Tony’s seemingly endless range fits its epic highs and his theatrical background gives him a leg up in expressing the song’s emotion. While some (like me) are a bit spooked by Tony’s intensity – at times it looked as if he was going to attack Justin -- that would be the part that Cee Lo (who himself finds pride in strange dramatics) would latch onto and he called the match for Tony.
Here are the final battle rounds at a glance.
Mathai’s vocal play beats Nicolle Galyon’s more traditional style on "Love Song" by Sara Bareilles.
Karla Davis’ solid performance beats Orlando Napier’s very stylized take on "Easy" by Lionel Richie.
After a performance that doesn’t please their coach, Naia Kete’s experience beats out Jordan Rager on "I'm Yours" by Jason Mraz
Team Cee Lo
James Massone beats Wade on "True Colors" by Cyndi Lauper.
Tony Vincent beats Justin Hopkins on "Faithfully" by Journey.
Moses Stone’s hybrid singing and rapping combined with his energy on stage beats The Line (how pissed was that girl?) on "Satisfaction" by The Rolling Stones.
Who’s your favorite going into the live rounds? Tell us in the comments section below.
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