'The Voice' recap: The Last Battle

Four weeks, 16 cut contestants, and countless melismas later, The Voice's battle rounds are finally over. Farewell, Stage 2 of NBC's singing savior! You were occasionally exhilarating, occasionally infuriating, and altogether a pretty worthy successor to the blind auditions that made us fall in love with this show. Next week, we'll find out how the series will operate as anAmerican Idol-style live competition; I can't wait, mainly because over the past month, I've gotten awfully sick of Christina's boob-bearing, polka dotted dress and Cee Lo's Crayola-inspired red ensemble. If there's any justice, in the live rounds, each coach will make up for the battle rounds' sartorial monotony by undergoing four costume changes per episode. A girl can dream, can't she?

Team Adam started us off tonight. Maroon 5's frontman asked his two remaining mentees, babyfaced Jeff Jenkins and "glam rocker" Casey Desmond, to sing a duet of Elton John's "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me." Casey must have somehow anticipated the assignment, because during rehearsals, she was wearing a garish purple and turquoise capri-length romper that Elton himself probably would approve of. (Somehow, though, this wasn't the worst outfit of the episode. That (dis)honor goes to Lily Elise's getup, which I discuss in detail on the next page.) In retrospect, I'm sort of thankful that Casey isn't sticking around; my puny human eyes could barely handle the contrasting, multicolored spectacle of her. Looking at Casey feels like staring directly at an isolated neon sign. Read More...



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