NBC’s ‘The Voice’ review: Did Liz Davis, Mackenzie Bourg advance?

After a battle rounds episode on “The Voice” Monday night that felt far too long (and also lacking when it comes to actual content), this installment was significantly better. Even though we only had three performances in this hour that lasted longer than a few seconds, they were all still entertaining. Plus, we learned in a brief clip that Mycle Wastman and Michelle Brooks-Thompson are moving on, as well! We don’t really know who Laura Vivas is, but Christina kept her over Beat Frequency in another performance we saw about three seconds of.

Liz Davis vs. Nicole Johnson (Blake Shelton) – It’s country versus country! It’s no surprise that Blake has decided to try and weed down the number of country artists that are currently occupying his team, but what was a surprise that he forced them to sing his wife’s song baggage claim. We’re not entirely sure that either one of these two have the country clout of Gracia Harrington, so it’s hard to really invest in either of them even though this performance was pretty solid. Blake decided to keep Liz, and Nicole was ultimately sent home.

Alessandra Guercio vs. Kayla Nevarez (Adam Levine) – Anyone who is forced to sing Katy Perry on a talent competition deserved props, mostly because her voice is so distinct that it makes it hard for other people to sing. This song choice in itself nearly made this duet a disaster, and both singers were pretty rough around the edges. Alessandra was such a technical singer that her emotion does not often show off properly, but Kayla had some problems with pitch. Adam picked Kayla, mostly because he felt much more of the confidence with her. The surprise? Christina ended up saving Alessandra thinking that she could help her break out from her technical background and find herself.

Emily Earle vs. Mackenzie Bourg (Cee Lo Green) – We love the geeky look of Mackenzie, and we also love the fact that Emily auditioned with a song from Johnny Cash in “Ring of Fire.” The song choice here in “Good Time” from Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen seemed to fit them well … especially since it was naturally a duet. Both were a little shaky, but in the end here we would have picked Mackenzie based on personality alone … and Cee Lo (and Mackenzie’s crazy-loud dad) agreed. Sadly, no one decided to save Emily.

Who was your favorite this time?

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