The Voice – Battle Rounds 1

Finally, finally! The battle rounds! They are introducing “The Steal”, which will allow another coach to steal the losing battle round member for their team.  Each coach is allowed to steal 2 contestants.  This should hopefully make things more exciting!  How it works is, once the coach picks who they want to keep, Carson has the other contestant talk to his judge.  During this time, any of the other 3 judges can hit their red button.  The contestant then gets to choose from those who hit their buttons, or get placed on the team if only 1 judge tries to steal.  I’m not exactly sure what happens with those 2 stolen contestants later on down the line. I don’t know if I missed them explaining it or they haven’t said anything yet.

I was also going to complain that they completely DRAG out these battle rounds.  They fit in almost 4 in the first hour – but only 2 more in the second? They should be doing at least 8 in a 2 hour episode!  But then in the second episode, they buzzed through 2 battle rounds so quickly I couldn’t pick who I wanted to win for one before it was announced, and I barely had enough time to pick a winner for the second.  What the heck NBC? Can’t we have a happy medium?  Full battle songs but less rehearsal BS? (Although I guess they throw that in there so we can see how much they grow and get to know them a bit better…)

My plan for the season is to have Saturday re-caps.  But I also intend to blog XFactor (once we get FOX back.. if we ever get FOX back.. ugh!) so there might be a shake up with the actual day / time of the posts. But I do intend to have one weekly whenever possible!

Team Blake
Carry On My Wayward Son

Casey vs Terry
My Pick: Terry (but it was not an easy pick!)
Blake’s Pick:  Terry
Team Adam

Bryan vs Colin
My Pick: Bryan
Adam’s Pick:   Bryan

(Colin is our first steal!)

Team CeeLo
Jessie’s Girl

Diego vs JR
My Pick: JR
CeeLo’s Pick: Diego

Team Christina

De’borah vs Nelly’s Echo
My Pick: Nelly’s Echo (another toughie!)
Christina’s Pick:  De’borah

Team Blake
Sin Wagon

2Steel Girls vs Gracia
My Pick: Gracia
Blake’s Pick:  Gracia

Team Cee Lo
Vision of Love

Amanda vs Trevin
My Pick: Amanda
CeeLo’s Pick: Trevin

(Amanda is our next steal!)

Team CeeLo

Domo vs Cody
My Pick: Cody
CeeLo’s Pick: Cody

Team Christina
You Give Me Something

Nathalie vs Aquile
My Pick: Aquile
Christina’s Pick: Aquile

Team Christina
My Life Would Suck

Lisa vs Celica
My Pick: – went by too fast for me to pick!
Christina’s Pick: Celica

Team Blake
Bad Day

Charlie vs Rudy
My Pick: Rudy
Blake’s Pick: Rudy

Team Adam

Caitlin vs Melanie
My Pick: Caitlin
Adams Pick: Melanie

Jonas Brothers Radio City Music Hall

Thursday night the Jonas Brothers made their return to the stage at a sold out show at Radio City Music Hall in New York, NY.  Trying to get tickets was a struggle, my friend and I were forced to get singles with me about 7 rows back and her about 10 rows back.  You can’t really complain with the seats – though it would have been nice if we were together.  What was really crazy though, was that my friend Megan somehow had the seat next to me! We couldn’t get over it for the whole show that we were together and had no idea before hand.

The show was set to start at 8, but you know how that goes.  There was no opening act, and the guys made it to the stage at about 8:30.  The entrance was kind of dramatic, they had the curtain down and then there was a screen when it went up with the guys silhouettes on it.  They kicked off the set with When You Look Me In The Eyes, which I thought was an interesting way to start the show. But it ended up being rather emotional, so maybe they knew what they were doing after all.  The set overall seemed to be a bit of a roller coaster with slow and fast all mixed in together and not a chunk of the show devoted to ballads.  I’m not sure really how I felt about that – but it probably was on purpose as well.

The show will actually be replaying today online at VyRT from 12pm – 12am, but I think that you had to buy a “ticket” before the show originally was performed in order to be able to watch it.  I will be checking it out later, but this review is all from memory…

My least favorite moment of the show was when Joe ended up almost right in front of us during “That’s Just The Way We Roll” and changed “Battle dance against Hanson” to “Battle Dance Against One Direction”! How rude! haha

For Turn Right they had the band sing most of the song to kind of give them the spotlight (although there really wasn’t a spotlight, the lighting kind of stunk) and let them be up front for once which was cool.

They did 3 new songs – Let’s Go, First Time and Wedding Bells.  It is assumed that Wedding Bells is about Miley.  I came to this conclusion myself during the song – but I can’t tell you exactly what it was that triggered it.  I wasn’t the only one though as many news outlets today were reporting the same thing!

They did several covers – I don’t think We Found Love was able to be shown on the stream.  During the performance the side screens actually had text on them saying they were not allowed to be shown because they didn’t have the rights (so I assume that the side screens were the feeds that those watching online were getting)

After they did Falling Slowly from Once, they did a remixed version of Pushing Me Away in a kind of Once type arrangement (this probably makes no sense to anyone that wasn’t there)  There was even what could be considered “dancing” but was more like choreographed stomping.

They also remixed Hold On – and I am pretty sure Joe forgot the lyrics.  Of course, they stopped singing a lot for the fans to sing along – but this was the only time that it seemed like it was not being done on purpose.

Another weird part of the night was when a dancer appeared on stage while Nick was singing A Little Bit Longer.  At first I was a bit confused because I didn’t know if she was someone who snuck on stage or what.  Then she started dancing so I figured she was part of the show.  She also had on dark lacy pants and when her dress went up the girls around me all screamed out “Oh my GOD!” in disgust!

Setlist under the cut!

When You Look Me In The Eyes
Much Better
Good Night & Goodbye
That’s Just The Way We Roll
Fly With Me
We Found Love
Give Love a Try
Turn Right
Gotta Find You
Just In Love
Who I Am
Hold On
Let’s Go
Feelin Alive
Feel So Close
Like The First Time
Still In Love
Last Time Around
Falling Slowly
Pushin Me Away
Hello Beautiful
We Are Young
Wedding Bells
A Little Bit Longer

Burnin Up

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