The Voice UK 5: Battles (1)

This is THE VOICE!!! Finally, the gods of music and reality shows had heard my calling as the teams, coaches and artists gave us an outstanding night of battles. These are not perfect battles but compared to the lackluster blind auditions? This is more entertaining, solid and fun. There are also fantastic battles that easily stood out tonight.

So here goes the first batch of battles for the season. Oh Jordan Gray is also back. Apparently one of Paloma’s artist dropped and she had to choose one to replace her.

Irene Alano-Rhodes [vs] Lydia Lucy
Cryin’
Team WILL

– Irene came alive in this battle compare to her blind auditions. Lydia had a good hold to her notes which is miles better than her audition also. This was a tight battle with both singers missing some notes and also hitting the right ones. 6

WINNER: Lydia Lucy
STOLEN:
ELIMINATED: Irene Alano-Rhodes

Dwaine Hayden [vs] Aliesha Lobuczek
Kiss Me
Team PALOMA

– At first I felt this was an odd pairing but somehow, somewhere in this battle it worked. Dwaine, I think, had a better performance and the song choice suits him more but Aliesha held her own and at some point outsang him. 6.5

WINNER: Dwaine Hayden
STOLEN: Aliesha Lobuczek (Team Ricky)
ELIMINATED:

Charley Birkin (vs) Harry Fisher
I Just Can’t Stop Lovin’ You
Team BOY

– While the performance felt more like a duet than a battle, I thought it was a decent run for both. Upping each other when the opportunity knocks, Harry had better vocals though for me. 6

WINNER: Harry Fisher
STOLEN:
ELIMINATED: Charley Birkin

Jolan [vs] Efe Udugba
Beat Surrender
Team RICKY

– In this battle, Jolan just outsang Efe right away but I love how he showed how to do it and at the same time respectful enough to hold back when he needs to. In the end, he was outshining his opponent and at the same time giving him his moment. Efe held his own, but sounded weak when he and Jolan were singing together. Nonetheless, I enjoyed this battle. Good stuff! 6.5

WINNER: Jolan
STOLEN:
ELIMINATED: Efe Udugba

Charley Blue [vs] Scott & Vicki
Black Magic
Team WILL

– I love how Charley was able to show that she is more than just the girl who plays classic and cello. She seriously outshine the duo and delivered a solid performance. I feel like Scott & Vicki are still finding it hard to have their groove and sound as one. Their pitches were all over the place. So easily, I’ll give this to Charley. 6

WINNER: Charley Blue
STOLEN:
ELIMINATED: Scott & Vicki

Chloe Castro [vs] Alaric Green
Hope There’s Someone
Team RICKY

– Gorgeous! Sure, it became a bit theatrical or melodramatic towards the end but the nuanced deliver and gorgeous phrasing were riveting. Chloe to me won this battle but Alaric had some bright moments! 7.5

WINNER: Chloe Castro
STOLEN: Alaric Green (Team Boy)
ELIMINATED:

Faheem [vs] Aaron Hill
Livin’ For The City
Team WILL

– I don’t really think it was smart for Paloma to steal Aaron as I thought the guy struggled bigtime on this match up. His phrasing were muddled and his pitch was all over the place. Faheem had better moments and he sounded pretty and confident in parts. 6

WINNER: Faheem
STOLEN: Aaron Hill (Team Paloma)
ELIMINATED:

Laura Begley [vs] Tobias Robertson
Love Will Tear Us Apart
Team BOY

– Somehow this was a total snoozefest. The vocals were fine to sleepy. The whole thing was just forgettable. 5

WINNER: Laura Begley
STOLEN:
ELIMINATED: Tobias Robertson

Jordan Gray [vs] Theo Llewelyn
This Woman’s Work
Team PALOMA

– Lovely! At first, I wasn’t sure why Paloma chose Jordan as a replacement artist but after this performance, I’m at peace. The vocals were divine. The drama was stellar. The emotions were just stunning! Great emotional battle! Both sounded really good. 8

WINNER: Jordan Gray
STOLEN: Theo Llewelyn (Team Will)
ELIMINATED:

Brooklynne Richards [vs] Tom Milner
Tears Dry On Their Own
Team RICKY

– While Tom showed more stage presence and vocally on point, Brooklynne intrigues me. She had this infectious tone that is not perfect and how she held her own to a more polished Tom is quite impressive. The battle could’ve been better but I digress. 6.5

WINNER: Brooklynne Richards
STOLEN:
ELIMINATED: Tom Milner

Bradley Waterman [vs] Rick Snowdon
Something’s Got A Hold On Me/I’m A Man
Team PALOMA

– The song choice do more favors with Rick so I applaud Bradley for pulling a decent battle. Rick sounded great with tons of grit and confidence. But Bradley is more marketable and he was able to held on his own which is impressive. 7

WINNER: Rick Snowdon
STOLEN: Bradley Waterman (Team Boy)
ELIMINATED:

Cody Frost [vs] Heather Cameron-Hayes
Nothing Compares 2 U
Team BOY

– There is something unflattering to Heather’s tone that didn’t sit well on me but the battle was intense, dark and surprisingly a decent job! Cody had better moments and her pitch were more on point than Heather. But still, Heather was able to keep up a good hold of her own to this battle as clearly Cody had better! 6.5

WINNER: Cody Frost
STOLEN: Heather Cameron-Hayes (Team Paloma)
ELIMINATED:

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