During the first rehearsal, Chris doesn't want to hold back and gets going with his belty Josh Groban self. Monique says she can't read music and lacks any formal experience, but she hits a pretty great high note. "The next day," Chris performs with Lionel Richie, and his voice starts breaking. They don't want him to get too much into his brain, as he freaks himself out because he's a crazy perfectionist. Monique gets to work with Jewel, she's very excited. Jewel gets suckered into using some product placed phone to watch Monique's blind audition. She gives advice on breath control. Jewel seems to know about Chris and his perfectionism, so it's unclear if she's seen the auditions or not. The whole timeline here is really screwing with my brain. During the dress rehearsal, Monique starts tearing up because she's just so moved by this stupid song.
Will she squeeze out tears for the actual performance? I don't know, but she is going to show off an insane amount of cleavage in a low-cut red dress. They both do a solid job, but things get really awkward when they try and have a tender moment at the end. They may duet OK, but they have zero chemistry. Without any deliberation, Cee Lo picks Chris, Adam also goes with his gut and says Chris. Blake dares to be different and likes that Monique pushed it. Christina goes back and forth for a while and ends up with obvious choice Chris. Also, Christina seems to be wearing a glittery 45 record on top of her head for no real reason at all. Are stupid headbands on trend, or just some X-tina quirk?
Cee Lo pits Chessa against Angie Johnson, and they are doing "Total Eclipse of the Heart." Back in the blind auditions, Chessa is trying to help out her family and sang "If I Was a Boy," Angie was the military gal who sang for the troops. They go to an apartment somewhere to run through the song. They keep putting the song up a step to one up each other. Chessa has a loud voice, but worries that if it goes too high it is going to be out of her range. Well, you shouldn't have started something if you couldn't finish it. This is a battle round, and you are going against a person who has fought in an actual war.