Last week, on the last night of The voice Season 22’s Blind Auditions, mullet-headed dreamboat Jaeden Luke made coach Camila Cabello swoon with his sexy cover of “Make It With You” — but she couldn’t recruit him, because her team was already full. Then she promised to steal him in the Battle Rounds if she ever got the chance – and said with a wink, “I’ll save you, baby!” — Jaeden flirted Turn right back, confessing that he’d been singing Bread’s juicy love ballad to her all along.
This week, as the Battles dragged on, Camila finally got her shot… and now it seems Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani might not be the only power couple on vote set.
Blake, Jaeden’s coach, pitted Jaeden against his quirky singer-songwriter (and four-seat contestant) Bodie in an eerily beautiful remake of Justin Bieber’s “As Long As You Love Me” — a decision guest advisor Jimmie Allen complained was downright silly. was, given how uniquely talented both standout contestants were. But, of course, it was a decision that played into Camila’s hands. When Jaeden and Bodie first appeared on stage, Gwen yelled out to Camila, “Hey, it’s your boyfriend!” and Camila visibly blushed, but she seemed delighted to see Jaeden again and no doubt hoped he would lose this Battle and become a free agent.
Jaeden and Bodie’s Bieber cover, which Jaeden said they arranged to “make it sound like something we wrote,” was absolutely magical—Jimmie even said it was a “next-level” Best New Artist Grammy performance . Bodie possessed the technically stronger pipes, but Jaeden gave off super cool, super intense Alejandro Aranda vibes (Blake actually compared Jaeden to Chris Isaak on “Wicked Game”). good chance that Jaeden would stay with Team Blake.
“Wow, wow. Guys, that was good. I was really hot and nervous there. That was a For real sexy arrangement of the song,” Camila purred to Jaeden: “Hello again. I’ve missed you!”
“I missed you too,” Jaeden replied with a flirtatious smile.
“Your tone is so beautiful, I want to hear it in my ear,” Camila said, supposedly joking. “You’re my boyfriend!”
Camila claimed she’d be willing to steal both contestants, but she was especially ready to hit her red steal button after Blake chose to let Jaeden go. Camila wasn’t the only coach to dive for the Steel, though: she had competition from Gwen, who hadn’t been up to Jaeden in the Blinds either and is a huge Bread fan. “I was staring at you most of the time,” Gwen told Jaeden after his Bodie Battle—probably making both Camila and her husband a little jealous.
“Watch out!” Camila barked. “I’m here!” Blake warned Gwen.
However, Jaeden’s decision, whether to consult his heart or his brain, was clear. “Jaeden, you know we had something special from the moment we met. … In all seriousness, I think your voice is very special,” Camila said. Then she added, again jokingly: “If… [you don’t pick me] I’m breaking up with you!”
“You guys have a lot of chemistry, and I don’t want it that way,” Gwen admitted.
“I can’t say no to my girlfriend,” Jaeden finally announced, joining Team Camila. His new coach, and possibly new love interest, later said backstage, “He was a good friend because I would have broken up with him if he had chosen Gwen.”
“Camila was able to play the ‘I’m single, come whisper that song in my ear’ card,” Blake said. “Thank goodness Gwen didn’t play that card – that would have been really embarrassing!”
Of course I’m sure this is all one big spectacle as I can imagine there are different ethics and rules at NBC when it comes to scolding coaches/participants. But I have to say, Camila and Jaeden make a nice couple. Whatever happens, I wish them all the best, even just in the context of this competition, because Jaeden is one of my favorite contestants in Season 22 and I’d love to see him push his limits, so to speak.
Read on for the evening’s other Battle combinations:
TEAM CAMILA: Ava Lynn Thuresson vs. Orlando Mendez, “Rocket Man”
Camila managed to lure these two “cool country singers” away from Blake, interestingly about the time Blake announced he was leaving. The voice after next season. But Camila is clearly not a country star, so she gave Ava and Orlando an out-of-the-box song: an Elton John country classic. Both contestants were discouraged, but Orlando was clearly more up for the challenge, despite calling the song assignment a “big assignment.” While Ava, a recent high school graduate, struggled with nerves during rehearsals with guest advisor Charlie Puth, onstage “came out of her shell,” as proud coach Camila put it, she was still on edge and in her head. Meanwhile, a four-seat contestant, Orlando was a natural performer, with ownership of the stage and what Camila called “swag.” Ava showed impressive control over her signature high-pitched voice, and Blake said she had more vocal variety, but Orlando’s “grind and growl,” as John Legend put it, rested more comfortably with the song — especially when it got to that long, riveting note. which Blake said “took the win.” Camila had no choice but to follow land expert Blake’s advice.
WINNER: Orlando Mendez
TEAM GWEN: Jay Allen vs. Cara Brindisi, “Leather and Lace”
These “seasoned performers” with “narrative voices” were two other season 22 country singers who Blake not done to get. I think non-Team Blake country artists are something we’ll just have to get used to! Gwen also went classic rock and a bit of leftfield with her Stevie Nicks/Don Henley song assignment – which she sang as a duet with her contestant Jeffery Austin on The voting season 9 finals, and it could also be a great choice for her and hubby Blake to cover someday. Cara and Jay had a sublime vocal mix—so much so that when they began to harmonize, the studio audience immediately erupted in applause—but Jay’s raspy solo was more compelling. Blake actually said Jay had “the more Stevie Nicks approach” to the song. Gwen initially chose Cara’s more refined voice, which was surprising, but then she decided that both singers had something to offer, so she tried to use her own Save on Jay. But then Blake ducked in and tried to steal Jay from himself, and Jay had to tell his now former coach, “I’ve been in Nashville for 10 years and Blake Shelton is a legend. … Gwen, please forgive me, but I think I’m going with your husband.” Host Carson Daly quipped, “Jay Allen could cause a celebrity divorce!” Gwen said she was so mad she was ‘trembling’, calling Blake a ‘jerk’ and grumbling, ‘My real husband is stabbing me in the back! Blake will pay for that later!” Blake said, “The good news is I have Jay; the bad news is we may need some marriage counseling.” I’m sure America’s favorite reality TV couple will put this (and Gwen’s flirting with Jaeden) aside once they get home, but their suggested ‘Leather and Lace’ duet may not be happening anytime soon, after this tiff.
WINNER: Cara Brindisi / STOLEN: Jay Allen moves to Team Blake
TEAM LEGEND: Emma Brooke vs. Nia Skyfer, “She’s Everything I Want To Be”
Sweet, young Emma, with her precise and polished voice and Pollyanna demeanor, couldn’t quite empathize with Tate McRae’s dark and anxious hit; the song seemed entirely chosen for the sharper Nia, who didn’t quite have Emma’s chops, but more than made up for it with attitude and energy. “You two can’t be different performers anymore,” Blake chuckled when he saw the ladies’ good-versus-evil lineup on stage, with Emma in a prairie dress and Nia looking like a Dolls Kill model in her holographic plastic. robo girl clothes. My eyes kept going to Nia during this performance, because she really gave her all and had rockstar stage presence; my ears did prefer Emma though. And John’s ears favored Emma too, though he pointed out that Emma was a persuasive performer in her own understated right, as she heeded guest advisor Jazmine Sullivan’s instruction to tell the song’s story through her eyes. . So John chose Emma, but surprisingly no one stole Nia—not Gwen, who seemed such a kindred spirit to Nia that Blake jokingly accused Nia of looting Gwen’s closet, and not Camila, though the Cuban-born, Miami-raised Nia had originally auditioned for Camila’s “Bam Bam.” (Camila couldn’t have turned up for Nia’s Blind Audition because her team was already full so I always thought she’d steal Nia if she ever got the chance; but of course now I realize she’s saving her Steal for her was “boyfriend.”) I feel like if Nia had continued on this show she would have been a polarizing contestant, but at least she was an interesting one, and her run was fun while it lasted.
WINNER: Emma Brooke
TEAM CAMILA: Grace Bello vs. Raina Ley, “Time After Time”
Raina may be the youngest contestant of the season, but the 13-year-old was a formidable opponent to 21-year-old Grace. This was a fairly even match – “If I had a Save, neither of you would go home,” Camila claimed – in two smooth and soft voices that Charlie Puth described as “butter to butter.” But then Grace disastrously messed up her big moment (Blak commented that Grace had “lost her confidence”), while Raina definitely captured her own power note. I’d venture to say that Raina was even more emotionally attached to Cyndi Lauper’s ballad, despite having eight years less life experience to draw from. “I can feel you understood what the lyrics said,” Gwen said to Raina, calling the child prodigy “incredible.” Camila, who was not much older than Raina when she tried for The X Factorsaw that Raina had the same potential and made her decision accordingly.
WINNER: Raina Ley
TEAM GWEN: Justin Aaron vs. Destiny Leigh, “No More Drama”
Who would have thought that a battle between a one-seat contestant (Justin) and a previously mounted one (Destiny) would end up being the performance of the evening? (Well, this Battle used to be shown last, which was a tip it was going to be great, but still.) This “No More Drama” performance was all drama; John even gushed, “That was exciting! Maria would be proud.” Destiny was “on fire,” according to John, inspired by her own difficult childhood to tap into Mary J. Blige’s raw pain, while Justin showed a “crazy sequence” that had a similar vibe to the aforementioned Emma. /Nia combination, where one singer, Justin, was clearly technically superior, but the other shone like a star. Gwen even said that 18-year-old Destiny’s onstage presence made up for her occasional vocal shortcomings. Gwen ultimately chose Justin with the ‘God given gift’ but unlike Nia Destiny got a reprieve when Gwen saved her I bet Destiny was really happy Jay Allen decided to switch to Team Blake so Gwen’s Save was still in play – and I’m happy with this result too, because I think Destiny has a lot of raw potential.
WINNER: Justin Aaron / SAVED: Destiny Leigh
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