The Voice Battle Round #5 Review: (More) Montage Magic

The Voice S03E15: “Battle Round #5”

Tonight’s battle round was cut short due to the third and final presidential debates, but through the magic of montage, The Voice still managed to cram six battles into its limited air time. Have I mentioned how much I hate the new practice of skipping over certain battles? Only, like, 12 times in the past week, right?

Okay, so maybe the chick from Hey Monday doesn’t need any more help being a headliner on The Voice but still, we didn’t get to see Cassadee Pope’s battle? Really? OR Joe Kirkland’s? What’s the point of having established musicians with already solid careers on this show if you aren’t going to FEATURE them?

Here’s who we DID get to see:

Team Cee Lo pitted Hurricane Katrina Survivor Alexis Marceaux (I think that phrase needs to be copyrighted, it got so much action tonight) against weeping wonder Daniel Rosa on Adam Lambert’s “Whaddaya Want from Me.” Classically trained Alexis was encouraged to loosen up. Daniel lacked confidence and thus repeated the storyline of 99.9 percent of the contestants on this show. I wish someone would show up to practice with laryngitis just to mix up the angst. I’m also convinced that The Voice is secretly one giant public service announcement against taking formal music lessons since every classically trained musician who competes ends up getting slammed for their precision and annunciation. You know, things that are usually complimented in a musical competition.

I favored Marceaux, as did most of the judges. Cee Lo chose Rosa because he “connected” with him more. Well, at least we can’t accuse him of voting purely with his downstairs brain this season.

On Team Adam, Hippie chick Nicole Nelson battled high schooler Brandon Mahone. Their “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” duet was the high point of the battle and Adam definitely had his work cut out for him. In total to the outcome of Team Cee Lo's battle, Adam went with Nicole despite most of his peers preferring Mahone’s performance to Nelson’s.

Finally, closing the night, Team Christina’s MarissaAnn—who at 15 years old is this season's youngest participant—faced off against Devyn DeLoera who is five years her senior. They sang “Free Your Mind” which ended up sounding like one of Christina’s signature overdone vocal gymnastics routines. I had no opinion on their battle because they both sounded exactly the same to me. In addition to routinely discouraging trained musicians from doing what they were trained to do, The Voice has also fallen into the habit of justifying cutting exceptionally young contestants with, “It’s okay, you’re not an older-than-dirt twenty-something. You still have TIME,” which is basically the rationalization Christina Aguilera used to choose DeLoera over MarissaAnn.

It’s cool though, Blake ended up stealing her anyway.

What are your thoughts on tonight’s eliminations? Weren’t Brandon Mahone and Nicole Nelson AWESOME?

Sticking Around:

Daniel Rosa (Team Cee Lo)
Nicole Nelson (Team Adam)
Loren Allred (Team Adam)
Joe Kirkland (Team Adam)
Cassadee Pope (Team Blake)
Devyn DeLoera (Team Christina)

Going Home:

Alexis Marceaux (Team Cee Lo)
Samuel Mouton (Team Adam)
Brian Scartocci (Team Adam)
Brandon Mahone (Team Adam)
Ryan Jirovec (Team Blake)


MarissaAnn (Team Christina to Team Blake)

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