NBC’s ‘The Voice’ review: Barrett Baber, Dustin Christensen, James Dupre battle

VoiceThere are many things that we can say about the Battle Rounds of “The Voice,” but let’s start with this: Who else thinks that Adam Levine sans hair looks a little bit like the younger brother of Quentin Lance from “Arrow”? The dude is the master of the change-up for the Battles. Just look back at when he went for the blonde look, or the time he went insane for the Hawaiian shirts.

We have to appreciate most of the silly stuff in this particular episode, mostly because the show wastes a lot of time in this particular part of the competition. We’re going to give you some more updates as the night goes on, so be sure to refresh the page for more updates!

Jordan Smith defeats Regina Love – This is really a win-win, though, given that Regina and her enormous personality are now in Team Gwen. This was unfortunately one of those battles that felt pre-ordained before the competition even started, thanks to some of the comments during the Blind Auditions about how Jordan may be one of the most game-changing contestants in the show’s history. (A little hyperbole, but still.) Still, both singers brought a lot to this, and we were thoroughly entertained.

Zach Seabaugh defeats Tyler Dickerson – No steal this time around, and this one was also pretty obvious for team Blake. We feel like for the most part Tyler’s vocal was solid, but this particular mentor probably enjoys getting the chance to work with someone who can shape and mold. As for Tyler, we feel like his snub was a result of the judges not wanting to get ahead of themselves this early.

Ellie Lawrence defeats Tim Atlas – This was to us by far the best battle so far, mostly because we thought that there was almost parity between the two performers. We actually preferred Tim’s tone more, but we cannot be too upset about the result since Pharrell got the steal! Tim is one of those people who sort of got lost in the Blind Auditions, but could still be a force to be reckoned with if the right songs come his way.

Mark Hood defeats Celeste Betton – We’re not too surprised by the result here for Team Pharrell, mostly because we think that Mark has more versatility and potential moving into the next round of the competition.  What surprised us for the most part is that we’d actually but Celeste over Regina when it comes to performance quality (Regina is a huge personality), but she did not get a steal.

James Dupre defeats Dustin Monk – This was another super-close one on Team Adam! This was ultimately a case of whether or not you go with consistently (James) or someone who had some high highs but also some lower lows in Dustin in the performance. We’re not going to fault Adam for this choice, but on a different note, how cool was it to see the two performance a CCR song with John Fogerty as the adviser?

Barrett Baber defeats Dustin Christensen – Our final battle of the evening was for Team Blake, and it was on where Dustin ended up being the belle of the ball after losing. These two guys also apparently became really good friends through this rollin’ performance, and Dustin should be a great addition to Dustin’s team.

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