Kayla seems nervous, and Alessandra is just too clean, too rehearsed, too aware of her counts. I don't see either of them winning this whole competition, but I'd probably give this battle to Kayla. The loser is Adam for choosing "Wide Awake," and also for looking so puffy. Why does his face look so cannoli-fed, so un-Levine-esque? Christina and Blake would pick Kayla, because Alessandra is too precise; Cee Lo thinks Alessandra showed a better range.
Adam negs both competitors, just to remind them who's in control of the set. Then, after an awkward Carson joke, Adam chooses Kayla. Alessandra prepares to exit gracefully, but then Christina gives an inordinately long steal speech. It was about being on the Mickey Mouse Club and doing your own thing and deserving to be heard or something. I'm still not sure whose benefit the speech was for. Regardless, Alessandra was incredibly grateful, which was charming.
"You can teach her a lot," Adam says to Christina at her giant chair. Blake agrees it was "so cool." Blake is still in awe of this whole spinning chair thing, and the fact that Cee Lo gets to have a bird sometimes.
In boring battles that got montaged, Ben Taub battled Mycle Wastman from Team Cee Lo, and Mycle won because he wore the most hats (one hat). Team Adam brought Adanna Duru against Michelle Brooks-Thompson, singing some more Beyonce. From what little we saw, I'm pleased it went to Michelle Brooks-Thompson. I'm even more pleased to see that that duo from Team Christina I hate, Beat Frequency, got montaged against Laura Vivas. I bubbled over with joy when Christina gave the win to Laura. Goodbye, Beat Frequency, you really annoyed me.
The next full-length battle comes from Team Cee Lo: Emily Earle versus Mackenzie Bourg. I'm pretty sure Emily Earle got the montage treatment earlier, so we have a lot to learn from her. We know a lot about Mackenzie, who suffered from a life-threatening heart condition and woke up the night before Super Bowl Sunday just in time to watch The Voice. It is a story of triumph, and will probably continue to be for Mackenzie.