Keeping up with ‘The Voice’: The Battles, Week Two


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Jaeden Luke and Bodie sang “As Long As You Love Me” by Justin Bieber. Bodie won the battle, but Luke was stolen by coach Camila Cabello.

Riya Mahanta and Katherine Wu

Before reading this piece, check out our blog post on the final week of auditions and the first of the battles if you missed it!

This week on “The Voice”, the battles continued. A lot of the show focused on how each contestant prepared for the battles, so there were less performances. Because of this, we will be ranking our top three instead of top five.

Our Top Three

1. Jaeden Luke and Bodie battled against each other, performing “As Long As You Love Me” by Justin Bieber. At first, the performance was relatively basic but as they kept singing, it became better and better. Bodie’s heavy, raspy voice and Luke’s soft, gentle voice surprisingly meshed well together, with beautiful harmonies and runs throughout. We had a feeling that neither of them would be going home today as we thought someone would surely save whoever lost the battle, and we were correct. Blake Shelton picked Bodie as the winner, and Gwen Stefani and Camila Cabello both pressed their “steal” button. In the end, Luke picked Cabello. We thought both of them were too good to go home because of their unique tones and vocal range, and are happy that both can continue to the knockouts. 

2. On coach John Legend’s team, Parijita Bastola and sister duo The Marilynds sang “How Deep is Your Love” by the Bee Gees. Bastola displayed her clear tone and control, hitting every high and low note effortlessly, while The Marilynds had incredible harmonies with each other. When the three singers harmonized together, they created a heavenly sound with many layers. Legend chose Bastola as the winner because of her mature tone and stage presence, but he saved The Marilynds, stating that they have something special to offer to the competition. 

3. From team Cabello, Eric Who and Sydney Kronmiller’s rendition of “Paparazzi” by Lady Gaga was beautiful and haunting. The arrangement was so unique, and really fit the tones of each singer. Who’s clever note changes and Kronmiller’s lower register were prominent throughout the performance, and the harmonies were beautiful. While it was a tough decision for Cabello, she chose Who as the winner and we agree with her decision because we believe Who has the potential to be a superstar due to his vocals and stage presence. We were extremely surprised when Who stated it was his first time performing outside of the church!

What was your favorite battle from this week?


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Coach Rosters (as of Oct. 18)

Team Stefani: Ian Harrison, Alyssa Witrado, Sadie Bass, Cara Brindisi, Tanner Howe, Kayla Von Der Heide, Destiny Leigh, Kique, Daysia, Justin Aaron, Rowan Grace

Team Legend: Omar Cardona, Emma Brooke, David Andrew, Peyton Aldridge, Valarie Harding, Morgan Taylor, Parijita Bastola, The Marilynds, Kara McKee, Lana Love, Kim Cruse

Team Cabello: Morgan Myles, Orlando Mendez, Reina Ley, Devix, Chello, Andrew Igbokidi, Sasha Hurtado, Eric Who, Zach Newbould, Steven McMorran, Constance Howard, Jaeden Luke

Team Shelton: Kate Kalvach, Bryce Leatherwood, Kevin Hawkins, Brayden Lape, The Dryes, Madison Hughes, Eva Ullmann, Hillary Torchiana, Bodie, Austin Montgomery, Jay Allen

Join us next week for the final battles! We are so excited to see what happens next, as some of our favorite contestants have yet to perform and most of the coaches have already used their steals or saves.