For the first battle on Monday night’s battle round of “The Voice,” Christina Aguilera chose her R&B singers Geoff McBride and Sera Hill. The very different vocalists tackled “Chain of Fools,” with some help from Lionel Richie and Jewel.
“Being 51 years old,” Geoff said, “I have an advantage simply because this is the stuff I grew up on.”
He even blew Lionel away — the legend threw his hands in the air, overwhelmed when he first heard Geoff’s voice. “Boom! His delivery is unbelievable,” Lionel gushed. “There’s no microphone! This is not coming off of a speaker!” Lionel suggested that Geoff not wear his sunglasses on stage, to make some eye contact with the audience, so Geoff wore his regular glasses.
Sera may not have been able to sing as loud as Geoff could, but Jewel still had confidence in her. “At the end of the day, volume only goes so far. If you can bring more emotion and more story and more heart than Geoff is, you’re going to win,” Jewel said.
The performance impressed all the judges. “I’m pleasantly surprised. The energy was very high. You kind of work well like a group,” Cee-Lo said.
“Clearly they can both sing the crap out of a song,” added Blake.
In the end, the decision was Christina’s. “You know I love you both and I love the growth that you both have shown me, but honestly, I’ve got to go with my gut. The winner is Sera.”
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