Choosing which team members will go head-to-head in the battle rounds cannot be an easy decision for the coaches, any more than the song they‘ll perform together or the lyrics they‘ll sing.
Considering the numerous ways to pair up performers, from style to range, Tuesday’s matches hit all the right notes.
Tuesday’s episode cuts right to the chase eliminating any coach‘s banter. These are the battle rounds and the coaches have to dedicate their concentration to the twelve members of their team.
Round 1 - Team Adam
Warren Stone - Firefighter from South Carolina who chose Team Adam over Shakira and Blake
Michael Austin - Nicknamed “Big Country” for his massive size, a deputy sheriff from California
This battle pits the fire department against the police department, a naturally friendly rivalry from the start.
“The battle of the civil servants would be an understatement,” Warren points out.
Both singers have country backgrounds which makes it even clearer why Adam chose to put them up against one another. He can really only manage one country star on his team.
The rehearsal begins with Adam introducing his vocal assistant, “I know you two know Hillary [Scott of Lady Antebellum].”
“It made me feel great to have a big name in country music sitting across that piano,” Warren beams to the camera.
Adam understands that country music is not his forte, but he explains, “As a coach and as an artist I have to challenge myself.”
Don’t forget, Adam, this is about them.
He’s chosen Jason Aldean’s “My Kinda Party” for them to sing.
On the first run-through in rehearsal, Michael is clearly challenged by Warren’s vocal ability. Michael has a gruff aggressive tone that Adam tells him he needs to soften up, though it seems like Adam may favor that raw talent as something he can control down the road.
Also, Michael has recently had a tumor removed from his sinus. Adam notes that any maladies to that area can be devastating to a singer. Michael may have to relearn how to sing. Probably not the best of times to have happen.
During the final rehearsal, Adam tells Warren that he needs to find his comfort zone. To Michael he advises that he needs to just get back in the saddle.
Let’s agree to pretend that Carson Daly isn’t here this episode. Maybe if we collective ignore him …
The beauty of having been a coach from season one is that Adam knows how to arrange the duets to create perfect side by side comparisons so he can make his decision.