Last week, the last night of the sound Blind auditions for Season 22, mullet-headed dreamboat Jayden Locke made coach Camila Cabello swoon with her sexy cover of “Make It With You” — but she couldn’t recruit, because her squad was already full. When she promised to steal him at battle rounds if she had the chance—saying with a wink, “I’ll save you, darling!” – Jayden toyed truly Once again, admitting he’s been singing her horrible Bread love song the whole time.
This week, with the fights still going on, Camila finally fired her shot…and now it looks like Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani might not be the only tough couple in the world. voice Designation.
Blake, Jayden’s coach, pitted Jayden against fellow singer-songwriter (and four-seat contestant) Buddy in the eerily remake of Justin Bieber’s “As Long As You Love Me” — a decision guest advisor Jimmy Allen complained about was completely foolish, Considering how unique the talent each of the outstanding contestants was. But of course, it was the decision that played the enthusiastic Camila. When Jayden and Buddy first appeared on stage, Gwen shouted to Camilla, “Hey, he’s your boyfriend!” Camilla was visibly ashamed, but seemed happy to see Jayden again and was no doubt hoping he would lose this fight and become a free agent.
Jaeden and Bodie’s Bieber cover, which Jaeden said they arranged to “make it look like something we wrote,” was so charming—Jimmie even said it was like a “next level” performance for Best New Artist Grammy. Boddy technically had the most powerful pipe, but Jayden gave off a very cool and intense vibe to Alejandro Aranda (actually compare Blake Jayden to Chris Isaac on “The Wicked Game”). Good chance Jayden stays on Blake’s team.
“Woosa, woosa. You guys, that was it Good. I was, like, really hot and confused for a second in there. that was truly Exciting song arrangement, “Camila fainted, saying to Jaeden, ‘Hello again.'” I miss you!”
“I missed you too,” Jayden replied with a smile.
“Your tune is so beautiful, I want my ears to hear it,” Camila joked. “You are my boyfriend!”
Camilla claimed that she would be willing to steal any of the contestants, but was especially willing to hit her red steal button after Blake chose to let Jayden go. However, Camila wasn’t the only trainer who swooped in for the robbery: she had competition from Gwen, who was also unable to turn into Jaeden in the Blinds and is a huge fan of bread. “I was staring at you most of the time,” Gwen told Jayden after the Boddy fight—perhaps making Camilla and her husband a little jealous.
“Watch it! I’m here!” shrieked Camila. Blake Gwen warned.
But Jayden’s decision, whether to consult his heart or his mind, was clear. Jaden, you know, we’ve had something special from the moment we met. Camilla said…in all seriousness, I think your voice is very special. Then she added again semi-jokingly: “So [you don’t pick me] I will break up with you! “
“You guys have a lot of chemistry, and I don’t want to get it that way,” Gwen admitted.
“I can’t say no to my girlfriend,” Jayden eventually announced, thus joining Camilla’s team. His new coach, and potential new love interest, later said behind the scenes, “He was such a good friend, because I would have separated from him if he had picked Gwen.”
“Camilla was able to play the ‘I’m single, come whisper that song in my ear’ card,” Blake said. “Thank God Gwen didn’t play that card—that would have been really awkward!”
Of course, I’m sure this is all a big deal, because I imagine there are many ethics and rules in place at NBC when it comes to coach/rider paddling. But I have to say, Camilla and Jayden make such a cute couple. Whatever happens, I wish them all the best, even in the context of this competition only, because Jayden is one of my favorite contestants of Season 22 and I’d love to see him go all the way, so to speak.
Read on to find out about the other Battle Pairs of the night:
TEAM CAMILA: Ava Lynn Thorson vs. Orlando Mendes, “Rocket Man”
Camilla managed to lure these two “cool singers” away from Blake, interestingly at the time Blake announced H ewill leave the sound after next season. But Camila is clearly not a country star, so she gave Ava and Orlando “Out of the Box”: a recognized classic for Elton John. Both contestants were apprehensive, but Orlando, despite calling the song’s assignment a “challenging one,” was clearly more up for the challenge. While the recent high school graduate Ava, who struggled with nervousness during rehearsals with guest advisor Charlie Puth, “walked out of her shell” on stage, as proud coach Camilla described her, she was still on edge and in her head. Meanwhile, Orlando, the four-seater contestant, was a natural performer, with stage ownership and what Camilla called “booty.” Ava showed impressive control over her distinctive high pitched voice, and Blake said she had more vocal variety, but Orlando’s “pebbles and growls,” as John Legend put it, settled more comfortably with the song—especially when he got to that long overall tone, Blake said Victory.” Camilla had no choice but to heed the advice of state expert Blake.
Winner: Orlando Mendes
TEAM GWEN: Jay Allen vs. Cara Brindisi, “Leather and Lace”
These ‘Experienced Artists’ with ‘Fictional Voices’ were two other country singers in season 22, Blake he did not do Get. I think non-Blake country artists are something we’ll have to get used to! Gwen also went into classic rock and a little left with Stevie Nicks/Don Henley’s song assignment – which was She sang as a duet with contestant Jeffrey Austin on me The Voice season 9 Finals, and I also thought it might be a good choice for her and husband Blake to cover someday. Cara and Jay had a great vocal mix—so much so that when they started to chime in, the studio audience instantly burst into applause—but Jay’s ragged single was even more compelling. Blake actually said that Jay had a “Stevie Nicks approach” to the song. Gwen initially chose Kara with the more subtle vocals, which was surprising, but then decided that both singers had something to offer, so she tried using her own Save on Jay. But and then Blake swooped in and tried to steal Jay himself, and Jay had to tell his former coach by now, “I’ve been in Nashville for 10 years, and Blake Shelton is a legend….Gwen, please forgive me, but I think I’ll go with your husband.” quipped host Carson Daly, “Jay Allen Might Divorce A Celebrity!” Gwen said she was so angry that she was “shivering,” calling Blake a “jerk,” and grumbled, “My actual husband is stabbing me in the back! Blake will pay for it later!” Blake said, “The good news is I’ve got Jay; the bad news! is that we might have to do some marital counseling.” I’m sure America’s favorite reality TV pair will put this one (and Gwen’s light flirting with Jayden) aside once they get home, but the proposed “Leather and Lace” duo might not happen any time soon, after this brawl.
Winner: Kara Brindisi / Stolen: Jay Allen moves to Blake’s team
TEAM LEGEND: Emma Brooke vs. Nia Skyver, ‘She’s All I Want To Be’
Beautiful little Emma, with her delicate, polished voice and Pollyanna demeanor, couldn’t really handle the dark and angry Tate McCray’s stroke; The song sounded totally choosy for edgier Nia, who didn’t quite have an Emma cut but more than made up for it with demeanor and energy. “You two can’t be different artists,” Blake laughed when he saw the setting of good ladies versus evil on stage, with Emma wearing a prairie dress and Nia looking like a doll model slaying in a 3D plastic robo girl. Clothes. My eyes constantly went to Nia during this performance, because she really gave her everything and had a presence on stage; However, my ears preferred Emma. John’s ears favored Emma as well, though he noted that Emma was a persuasive performer in her own right, as she heeded guest advisor Jasmine Sullivan’s instructions to tell the song’s story through her eyes. So, John chose Emma, but surprisingly, no one stole Nia—not Gwen, who seemed to be Len’s sister spirit, as Blake jokingly accused Nia of raiding Gwen’s closet, not Camilla, even though Cuban-born, Miami-bred Nia Originally auditioning for Camilla’s Bam Bam song. (Camila wasn’t able to turn to Nia’s Blind Audition because her cast was already full, so she always thought she might steal Nia if she had the chance; but of course, I now realize she was saving her stealing for her “boyfriend.”) I have a feeling if Nia went on this show would have been a polarizing contestant, but it was interesting, at least, and her running was fun while it lasted.
Winner: Emma Brooke
TEAM CAMILA: Grace Bello vs. Raina Ley, “Time After Time”
Raina may be the youngest rider this season, but the 13-year-old was a strong opponent for 21-year-old Grace. This was a fairly even match—”If I had a Save, neither of you would come home,” Camilla claimed—with two thin, sweet voices described by Charlie Puth as “butter for butter.” But and then Grace floundered disastrously in her big moment (Blake noted that Grace “lost self-confidence”), while Raina nailed her powerful eloquence. I dare say Raina was more romantically attached to Cyndi Lauper’s song, despite having eight years of life experience to draw from. “I can sense you, that you understood what the lyric was saying,” Gwen told Raina, calling the miracle “unbelievable.” Camila, who wasn’t much older than Raina when she tried out The tenth factorsaw that Raina had similar potential, and made her decision accordingly.
Winner: Raina Lee
TEAM GWEN: Justin Aaron vs. Destiny Leigh, “No More Drama”
Who would have thought that a battle between a one-chair racer (Justin) and an ex-racer (Destiny) would end up The night performance? (Okay, this fight I was It was finally shown, which was a hint that it was going to be cool, but still.) It was a “No More Drama” performance. All drama; John even gushed, “That was electrifying! Mary would be proud.” Destiny was “on fire,” according to John, inspired by her difficult childhood to take advantage of Mary J. Blige’s raw pain, while Justin offered a “crazy bunch.” This had a similar vibe to the aforementioned Emma/Nia pairing, where one singer, Justin, was clearly technically superior, but the other was as bright as the star. Gwen even said that 18-year-old Destiny’s presence has made up for her vocal flaws at times. Gwen eventually chooses Justin with the “God-given gift”, but unlike Nia, Destiny gets a reprieve when Gwen rescues her. I bet Destiny was thrilled that Jay Allen decided to defect to Team Blake, so Gwen’s Save was still playing – and I’m happy with that result too, because I think Destiny has a lot of raw potential.
Winner: Justin Aaron / Save: Destiny Is Me
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