October 09, 2012 9:31pm PT by Rebecca Ford
‘The Voice’ Recap: The Steal Takes Center Stage
The battle rounds continued for the second night on The Voice, with the new twist – the steal – taking center stage.
The steal allows the four coaches – Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton, Adam Levine and Cee Lo Green – a chance to steal a contestant from another coaches’ team.
When a battle round is over, a coach can decide to “steal” the contestant from another coaches’ team that was not chosen, therefore adding that singer to their own team.
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Team Cee Lo’s Domo vs. Cody Belew
These two contestants could not be more different at first, but Green says he is looking for one of them to step up to be the “total package.” They sing “Telephone,” with some great interplay. The ever-humble Domo—who says she sings “like Mariah Carey” – is praised by the coaches for her restraint. Green decides to go with Belew.
Team Christina’s Aquile vs. Nathalie Hernandez
Nathalie is just 15 years old, and is competing against Aquile, who is 40 years old. They sing “You Give Me Something,” with a very laid-back vibe. After they perform, Levine compliments Nathalie for accomplishing so much at such a young age. “I was a zit at your age,” he says. Aguilera decides to choose Aquile, and is surprised that Shelton doesn’t steal Nathalie.
A battle round montage? The pace has been pretty slow (ok, extremely slow) for this part of the competition, so a montage seems like a surprising move. The montage includes: Team Chrstina’s Celica Westbrooke vs. Lisa Scinta and Team Blake’s Charlie Rey vs. Rudy Parris. The winners are Celica and Rudy.
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Team Adam’s Caitlin Michele vs. Melanie Martinez
The show ends on a very high note with these two unique voices facing off. After Levine pushes them to be better in rehearsals, they sing “Lights” in a haunting performance that stuns all of the coaches. “I’m so over the moon,” says Levine after the performance, knowing that whoever he doesn’t pick will be stolen by the other coaches. Levine keeps Melanie. Green and Shelton move to steal Caitlin. Caitlin decides to go with Green because he can cater to her unique style.