"The Voice" brought us the final night of the battle rounds on Tuesday. That means next week the singers will move on to the, uh, next set of battle rounds.
Yes, this year the show has replaced the "Knockout Rounds" with "
Got that? Good. So here's how the battles broke down Tuesday:
Cary Laine vs. Sam Behymer
Adam Levine assigned
Winner: Sam Behymer
Steal? No. Usher, the only coach left with a steal, said he'd "thought about it for a second" but was "looking for something very specific" for his team.
Kaleigh Glanton vs. Noah Lis
In one of this season's most unequal matchups, Kaleigh Glanton, a classical guitarist and four-chair turn, was paired with Noah Lis, a classic crooner whom Shelton had claimed over Levine during the blinds. During blinds, Lis' smooth style seemed sort of smarmy. During rehearsals (that wink!) and the battle itself, in which the singers tackled "Everything" by Michael Buble and Lis, at one point, did a theatrical spin across the stage, he left no doubt: cheesy loungerama. Usher called him on it, saying it was "too lounge," very "show guy," "a little bit much" and lacked Buble's "sexiness." Strangely – or perhaps strategically, angling to pick up Glanton himself -- Usher nevertheless gave the round to Lis. Levine gave it to Glanton. Shelton picked Glanton, too, saying she had "star potential" and could "go deep into this competition."
Winner: Kaleigh Glanton
Fast forward battles: Shelton picked sanitation worker-turned-rocker Ryan Whyte Malony over Tanya Tucker's niece, Cali Tucker. Levine chose YouTube famous Christina Grimmie over singer-songwriter Joshua Howard. Shakira chose Kristen Merlin over Lindsay Bruce because, she said, Merlin's "attitude … won me over."
Cierra Mickens vs. Emily B.
Shakira teamed Alaska military kid Mickens and brain surgery survivor Emily B., both three-chair turns, on
Winner: Emily B.
Usher pushed his button for Mickens at the last possible minute, though he had apparently been hoping to steal her all along. "God blessed you with an incredible talent," he told her, later declaring that she had "star quality."
What did you think of the battles?