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Battle rounds come to a close on Tuesday’s ‘The Voice’

Season 7 | Episode 10 | “The Battles, Part 4” | Aired Oct 21, 2014

Well kids, we’ve made it to the final night of The Voice battle rounds. This is your last chance to enjoy the dry delivery of Stevie Nicks, the cheekbones of Gavin Rossdale, the warmth of Alicia Keys, and the glorious hair of all 20 members of Little Big Town. Let’s get to it, shall we?

Let me remind you that Gwen is the only coach with a steal left.

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Our first battle of the night is Team Pharrell’s 21-year-old jazzy chanteuse Brittany Butler versus 19-year-old street musician Ricky Manning. Pharrell assigns them “On Broadway,” which brings me so much joy, because this song is MY JAM. (Seriously, who doesn’t love this tune?). Brittany puts a jazzy spin on it, infusing the song with tons of personality (her scatting inspires Pharrell to call her “Skittles”), but Ricky is a bit of a revelation, showing off a soulful voice and some impressive runs that demonstrate a skill set not seen during his blind audition. While Pharrell acknowledges Brittany’s originality, he still gives the win to Ricky, noting his vast improvement (sending Brittany home).

Because they’re amazing humans, Pharrell and Gwen both leave the stage to comfort Brittany when the battle result leaves her in tears. Pharrell gives a Friday Night Lights-style pep talk that would have made Coach Taylor proud.


The “too young to vote” battle
Next up are two of the youngest contestants left in the competition—Team Blake’s 16-year-old Kensington Moore and 15-year-old Reagan James, battling on Lorde’s “Team.” Reagan calls Lorde her inspiration, and I’m reminded again of how young they are. Both are too young to vote or rent a car, but here they are on your TV, being brave as Hell. You have to give them props for that! In a first for this show (as far as I can tell), Kensington is too sick to attend rehearsal due to kidney stones (poor thing!). When she returns for a final rehearsal with Blake, she sounds great but seems a little zapped, a feeling that carries over into battle, where Kensington is more low-key and muted than her partner. On the other hand, Reagan attacks the performance with an abundance of confidence, and the vocal is already more geared towards her quirky voice giving her a distinct edge. Although Kensington gives a strong showing, Blake names Reagan the winner, sending sweet Kensington home.

Side note:
The behind-the-scenes schedule required to be on this show is somewhat grueling. It’s hard to stay healthy and get enough sleep, so to be severely sick on top of that? I don’t know how Kensington did it. Kudos to you, Kensington! You’re a champ, battle win or no. We’re all rooting for you!


Montage madness
Because the montages are never going away, we get another round of montaged battles tonight (sigh): Team Blake’s Fernanda Bosch versus Allison Bray (Winner: Allison), Team Gwen’s Mayra Alvarez versus Anita Antoinette (Winner: Anita), and Team Gwen’s Bryana Salaz versus Gianna Salvato (Winner: Bryana).

Wait a second. They montaged Anita? What the what? They have gone too far this time!

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A powerhouse finale
Our final battle tonight is also the final battle this season (can you believe it?). Adam pairs 30-year-old X-ray technician Beth Spangler with 19-year-old music student Mia Pfirrman on “I Turn To You” by the one and only Christina Aguilera. Adam reminds the girls that “less is more” with this song, and, in the most hilarious moment of the episode, Stevie advises them to be themselves rather than imitating the original, saying, “I can’t be [Christina Aguilera], and neither can you!” (Listen, Stevie. You are friggin’ STEVIE NICKS—you will never need to be Christina Aguilera!). During the battle, it quickly becomes clear that Mia’s pliable voice is more suited to the song’s range and timbre, but Beth’s voice has more grit and bottom end, which is also appealing. Ultimately, Adam names Mia the winner, and Beth stays on the show thanks to a last-minute steal from Gwen.

Next week:
The knockouts begin. Mega superstar and manic cat-lover Taylor Swift brings her own brand of adorkable charm to The Voice. This is going to be amazing.


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.

The Voice airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8/7C on NBC.

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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