Tuesday night’s episode featured battles from only three of the coaches, but off the show there was some big news involving a new addition and a change in format. We’ll get to that in a bit, here’s how the match-ups went.
Shakira wanted her two rockers, Clarissa Serna and Jeremy Briggs, to tackle Foreigner’s classic “Cold As Ice.” During rehearsals, Clarrisa was a little nervous about singing against Jeremy, the guy has a huge range. They sounded alright singing solo, but mentor Miranda Lambert urged them to find some chemistry or it would end up being a mess. Their performance wasn’t a mess, though it got a little shouty at times. And is it me, or did this seem to go on forever? I personally prefered Jeremy here, and even though Blake Shelton gave him props for being able to sing in the same key as Clarissa, he didn’t get the win, or a steal. So Clarissa moves on in the competition.
Caleb Elder and Delvin Choice were given the hard task of singing their team mentor Aloe Blacc‘s hit “The Man.” The pressure of having to sing someone’s song right in front of them must have gotten to the guys because they couldn’t get the rhythm right. During final rehearsals Adam Levine had them basically rap the lyrics and clap to the beat. I think the beat should have been changed a bit because neither really got into the song on stage. Still, Delvin had this one in the bag and he will be moving on to the next round.
Brittnee Camelle and Melissa Jimenez sang Melanie Fiona‘s “Give It To Me Right.” This song requires a good amount of attitude, but Jill Scott wanted Brittnee to dial it back a bit. I can’t say I enjoyed this performance. There weren’t too many moments for the girls to hit big notes, and when they did at the end, neither were all that great. The coaches disagreed with me, however, with Usher choosing Melissa as the winner and Adam and Shakira going in for the steal. Brittnee decided to go with her gut and is not a member of Team Adam.
After the show ended on the East Coast, news broke that Coldplay‘s Chris Martin would be joining the show as another mentor. Apparently his official title is “Universal Mentor,” which I guess makes him the Randy Jackson of the show. He will advise all four of the coaches in a new sudden-death round that will begin on March 31. It basically replaces the “Knockout Round” before the live shows. I guess this is a way to shake things up for the current season, and I’ll do us all a favor and forgo a very obvious Goop Poop joke.
How do you think the contestants did, and are you excited about Chris joining the show? Let us know!