NBC’s ‘The Voice’ review: Lauren Diaz, We McDonald, Sundance Head perform in Battle Rounds

VoiceTonight, “The Voice” kicked off the Battle Rounds, otherwise known as our least-favorite part of the contest. It is where favorites fall and where underdogs rise, but we just cannot embrace a format where there are only six full performances over the course of two hours. No offense to the coaches / advisers, but we feel like their segments can be cut almost in half since we’ve heard most of what they’ve had to say before.

We’ll have more on the battle rounds as we get further into the night. Stay tuned for additional updates!

Christian Cuevas defeats Jason Warrior, Team Alicia – This wasn’t that surprising a result after the performances, but going into this we were sure Jason had it! Well, the good news is that there were plenty of other coaches ready to say “hello” to him by offering up a steal. Team Adam.

Riley Elmore defeats Natasha Bure, Team Adam – We reject the idea that Natasha only made it this far just because of her mom; did being Candace Cameron Bure’s daughter really get “The Voice” that much more publicity? To us, this was all about the vocals, and Riley was better and it wasn’t too close.

Ali Caldwell defeats Courtnie Ramirez, Team Miley – This was a lot of fun, and it’s definitely a great testament to what Ali can bring to the show as a performer and Miley can as a coach. We do think that there was a clear winner in this rock-out performance, but that’s no slight against Courtnie. She was very good, and deserved the steal that she was able to get. Team Alicia.

Sundance Head defeats Dan Shafer, Team Blake – This was a pretty easy decision for the coach to make, mostly because older contestants routinely gift the shaft on the show. To be fair, at the same time Sundance was the far superior vocalist here, and we had a feeling where this was going to go from the jump.

Billy Gilman defeats Andrew DeMuro, Team Adam – This is the problem with the second hour of the show so far: You stuck in two no-brainer battles right in the middle of the show! Andrew can sing, but Billy is both extremely talented and famous away from the show. He can easily go really far.

We McDonald defeats Lauren Diaz, Team Alicia – Was this a surprise? That’s rather hard to figure out even still for us given that this was the most evenly-matched battle since the first one on the night. Both were very good, but our heart does go out more for Lauren since she was such a huge Alicia fan. We have a feeling getting to join a new team helps! Team Miley.

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