Coach Christina Aguilera had the two taking on The Police’s “Message in a Bottle,” and frankly, during rehearsals, De’Borah was a mess, while Nelson seemingly had the win already in hand.
“Coming from Nigeria, being a castaway, I feel I can connect with the song,” he said, and asked Christina if he could “take some liberties” while staying true to the melody — which was awesome, considering De’Borah had no sense of the melody whatsoever. (She explained that growing up in a church setting “so that songs that are really popular, I don’t know,” and the world collectively went “Awwwwwwww De’Borah.”)
But then during the battles, De’Borah got over her nerves and blew it out of the water, even though Nelson actually sounds like Sting and is awesome. The two, however, were at their best when singing together and I would seriously pay money to seem them live.
The coaches echoed what was apparent: Cee Lo Green said that though Nelson has “so much heritage and culture” in his voice, De’Borah was the “clear winner.”
Christina, the deciding coach, said there were a few points in Nelson’s performance that needed more restraint (because Christina is obviously the QUEEN OF RESTRAINT, especially when it comes to hair color), and sent him home.
Nelson was gracious to the coaches that had spun their chairs in the blind auditions — Adam Levine and Christina — and thanked them from the bottom of his heart.
“This is a set back right now,” he said, “but I’ll keep going.”
During his farewell remarks, no coach pushed their button for the steal.
(Yes, let’s talk about the steal — it’s a mess of crap. After a contestant is sent home, the other coaches can “steal” them onto their team. Each coach gets two steals during the battle rounds, which just SLOWS DOWN the process of culling 64 contestants. I don’t know about you, but I’ve already forgotten about half of these people. That’s just so many people, guys. When there’s that many talented people, everything becomes mediocre.)
Let’s see how the steal is playing out so far:
Blake Shelton first pitted wrestler-turned-singer Casey Muessigmann against Scottish rocker Terry McDermott with Kansas’ “Carry On, Wayward Song,” (which ranks a 17 on the “Difficult to Sing in the Car” 1-10 scale) since both are powerful singers who tackled classic rock songs in their blind auditions.
Problem: Terry actually sounds like a classic rock star, and even though I thought Casey was going to take this one, Blake went with Terry, who — spoiler alert — I didn’t really want to win because his adorable Scottish toddler got a haircut and is less adorable.
There were no steals after Casey’s elimination, so he went home.
Blake also pitted yodeler Gracia Harrison against mother-daughter duo 2Steel Girls with the Dixie Chicks’ “Sin Wagon,” and this was mostly just yelling and noise, not singing. During rehearsals, Blake noted that the mother and daughter’s voices “don’t mesh well,” and this is fact. Also (plausible) fact: Pretty sure the daughter has never actually spoken during the show, and everything’s being run by the stage mom who is equal parts insufferable and boring.
But Gracia was great, playful and commanding, and Blake chose her.