This is the second of four weeks that breaks 32 people down to 16.
Team Cee Lo Green: Tje Austin vs. Nakia (Ne-Yo’s “Closer”). Both are good singers. Tje is a more traditional R&B singer, a smooth Ne-Yo sound a like. Nakia is more like Joe Cocker, a white soul singer. Nakia is more unusual and the quirky Cee Lo opted for him. Winner: Nakia (right)
Team Blake Shelton: Duo Elenowen vs. Jared Blake (”Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”) – Reba advises Jerry to keep eye contact and fight for his attention. The male-female duo needed more confident, she said. I never really liked Elenowen. They seem like a latter-day Captain & Tennille. I always preferred Jared. And on stage, Jared blew away the duo both in terms of stage presence and vocals. I was surprised it took two tries before he was picked at all. Winner: Jared.
Team Adam Levine: Javier Colon vs. Angela Wolff. (”Stand By Me” by Ben E. King) – NBC told me last week that Atlanta’s Rebecca Loebe was up this week. Guess not. Promotions show she’s up next week. Javier is Mr. Soul. Angela has a sweet voice and persona. This is a simple song that Javier sings with passion and life. Angela smiles her way through it. I like both. Javier wins out. Winner: Jared.
Team Christina Aguilera: Beverly McLellan vs. Justin Grennan (”Baba O’Reilly” by the Who) – Justin is more the soul singer vs. Beverly, the bald rocker. This is totally Beverly’s wheelhouse. Both sing their hearts out. But Bev shines on stage. Winner: Beverly.
By Rodney Ho, firstname.lastname@example.org, AJCRadioTV blog