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'The Voice' recap: Second-round battles wrap up

April 08, 2014|By Amy Reiter
  • The duo Dawn & Hawkes faces off against Kat Perkins, right, on "The Voice."
The duo Dawn & Hawkes faces off against Kat Perkins, right, on "The… (Tyler Golden / NBC )

"The Voice" wrapped up its second round of battles Monday. By the end of the night, each of the four coaches had chosen five singers to take to the playoff round. Some of the cuts were clearly harder than others, with Adam Levine sending home the duo who, back during the blind auditions, had given him his favorite performance in the history of "The Voice." Ah, fickle, fickle "Voice" coaches. 

Here are how the final battles went down:

Team Shakira

Clarissa Serna vs. Dani Moz
Shakira teamed Serna and Moz, whom she called her "powerhouse singers," because, she said, the two were "so similar" she'd need to pick just one. Moz, who'd left a career in PR to forge one in music, was by far the more interesting singer to watch as she and Serna faced off on Pink's "Perfect." Levine heard "major improvement on both sides," but thought both singers needed to conquer their nerves. "We are all nervous all the time," he said, but added, "to never make anyone believe that you are is part of the performance." While Blake Shelton liked Serna's poise, he believed Moz, with her "soft" yet "strong" voice and "unbelievable" range, had won the battle. Usher agreed, calling Moz "unwavering" and saying she understood "how to be a star." Crediting both singers' "amazing potential," Shakira said she felt she could "make the biggest difference" with Moz.
Winner: Dani Moz. "If Dani has come this far over the last couple of rounds, I can't wait to see what she's going to be capable of doing," Shakira said.
Steal? No

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Team Adam

Kat Perkins vs. Dawn & Hawkes
Levine paired his ultrafaves, the gooey-eyed duo Dawn & Hawkes, with rockin' Minnesota nanny Perkins, saying that, with her "great, big voice," Perkins had the power to compete against the couple. In fact, she dominated on KT Tunstall's "Suddenly I See," stalking the stage and delivering her lyrics straight to the audience while Dawn & Hawkes stayed rooted to one spot, harmonizing and gazing at each other. "As good as Dawn & Hawkes sounded," Shelton said, "I found myself watching Kat. It was almost like they were backing her up." He gave the battle to Perkins. Usher did, too, telling Dawn & Hawkes they shared "an energy … that maybe the rest of the world hasn't been able to connect to." Shakira said the duo sounded "like one," noting, "I guess that's what love does." Perkins, though, engaged her from the start and looked and sounded "like a star." Looking pained, Levine admitted that he hadn't again seen "the great that I saw in the blind auditions" with Dawn & Hawkes, in part because they'd always had to deal with another voice onstage. And while he thought they'd done "a fantastic job," he gave the match to Perkins.
Winner: Kat Perkins. Levine said Perkins had "a very commanding presence" and a "beautiful," "powerful" voice. "When you have positivity and confidence and drive," he noted, "it's a dangerous cocktail."
Steal? Nope.

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Team Usher

Music Box vs. Melissa Jimenez
Usher paired Jimenez and Music Box, whom he'd stolen from Team Shakira in the previous battle round, hoping for an "epic performance" and a chance to see which was "most committed." They sang Alicia Keys' "Girl on Fire," and though Jimenez was probably the favorite going in, I thought Music Box's performance came across as more genuine. So did Shakira. Not Levine though. He said he had performed part of that song with Keys during the Grammys and it was harder to sing than you'd think. While both performers had had good moments, Levine believed Jimenez had more of them. Shelton, however, commended Music Box on her energy, which he said always felt like "it's about to erupt" and said he'd probably go with her. Usher felt both singers had made the song their own, but chose Jimenez, saying he was "looking forward to teaching and developing" her.
Winner: Melissa Jimenez. "I'm ready. Push me. Push me," she told Usher.
Steal? No.

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