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Season 7 | Episode 8 | “The Battles Premiere, Part 2” | Aired Oct 14, 2014

It’s night two of battles on The Voice. Tonight’s montage-heavy episode is only an hour, so we’ll keep it short and sweet, because I have The Mindy Project waiting on my DVR.

Arrangements 101 w/Alicia Keys
Once again, Team Pharrell opens the night with a battle featuring 20-year-old music business major Jordy Searcy and 25-year-old “cute baby alert!Taylor Phelan. Jordy is clearly the underdog in this pairing (we become aware of this the minute Pharrell calls his voice “interesting”), but he holds his own in rehearsals, providing a crisp counterpoint to Taylor’s confessional style on “Breakeven.” When both guys struggle to emotionally connect with the song, adviser Alicia Keys recommends they slow down the arrangement (in another burst of brilliance). That minor change transforms the battle into a spare, intimate affair that’s one of the best we’ve seen so far. While both do an admirable job, Taylor’s lovely tone gives him an edge, winning him the battle and sending sweet Jordy home.


Taylor’s baby celebrates by clapping. She’s wearing another headband, you guys. I can’t handle it.


NOTE: This is the second time in one week that Alicia Keys has transformed a song via a simple tweak to the arrangement. Pharrell has to be patting himself on the back for bringing her onboard this season, because she is killing it.

Alicia keys hitting pharrell

Hard choices
Next up is Team Adam. Adam pairs 21-year-old Alessandra Castranovo (one of our unfairly montaged contestants) against 18-year-old perpetual little brother Joe Kirk. Both struggle with nerves throughout rehearsals but ultimately shine for their performance of “Stay.” Alessandra is the biggest surprise. Her warm voice unfolds beautifully as the song goes on, nailing moments she struggled with during rehearsals. Joe’s vocal is also great, matching Alessandra note for note during the tender duet. However, Alessandra’s improvement and increased confidence impresses Adam enough to give her the win.


Reason # 125 that Pharrell is awesome
In the classiest move of the night, Pharrell walks an upset Joe offstage and consoles him, giving a motivational speech that would make any football coach proud (as if we needed more reasons to love Pharrell).

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Montage madness
Every time I think we’ve escaped montages, they surprise us like a rash we can’t quite get rid of (maybe we need better creams?). Tonight’s montaged pairs include Team Adam’s Clara Hong versus Rebekah Samarin (Winner: Rebekah), Team Blake’s Grant Ganzer versus John Martin (Winner: Grant), and Team Blake’s Justin Johnes versus Tanner Linford (Winner: Tanner). They don’t even show us a clip of the actual battles, just the decisions. That’s harsh.

Battle of the night
The best battle of the night has to be Team Gwen’s 19-year-old Reggae cool guy Menlik Zergabachenw versus fun-loving, vocally gifted Troy Ritchie on “Maneater.” This is an inspired song choice, and it allows both contestants to showcase their strengths and bridge the gap between their different styles. Troy’s voice is distinct, crackling with character, and Menlik shows a versatility we haven’t seen from him previously, infusing the song with his signature Reggae style with ease. Gwen struggles to make a decision (saying she wishes she could put them in a blender and make them one person), but in the end she names Troy as the winner for his voice alone.


However, Menlik isn’t down for the count, staying in the competition via a steal from Team Pharrell. Have I mentioned how much I love happy endings? Yeah, I love happy endings.

Gwen - happy

Who were your favorites tonight? Do you agree or disagree with the coach decisions? Leave your thoughts in the comments, and I’ll see you back here after the next episode of The Voice.

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TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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