This Battle Rounds on “The Voice” just ended and the field has been narrowed from 64 to 40 singers. As on seasons past, two team members, who have grown to become friends, must face off head-to-head singing a duet. One will move on and the other is sent home. In a recent conference call interview some of the contestants talked about how difficult the Battle Rounds are.
Battle Rounds are harder than they look on TV
Cassadee Pope, the 23-year-old from West Palm Beach, Florida, who is on Team Blake, won her battle against Ryan Jirovec. She said, “Watching the show is a totally different experience than being in it. I always thought the Battle Rounds were really entertaining and it’s pretty fun to watch, but being in it, it’s a whole different thing. It turns competitive and it’s super weird.” She added, “Both of you need to go up there and sound great together and that’s just beneficial to you both.”
Nicole Nelson says it’s a mental game
But it’s not that simple. Both singers need to shine individually while at the same time trying to blend as a duet. And in the end a player is eliminated (unless a coach saves them with a steal.) Nicole Nelson, the 34 year-old from Burlington, Vermont, who won her battle round against Brandon Mahone, pointed out, “As things progress on the show… you’re eliminating another person every time you perform and it’s somebody who really wants to be there and deserves to be there often, and that feeling is really hard to shake.”
Nicole continued, “It becomes a mental game of just trying to get it out of your head about the fact that you’re on a television show which so happens to be a singing competition, which is so bizarre, and just let it be about the music. The mental game of that took up most of my time. Preparation, this is 90 seconds. I’m used to doing a whole night of music and so it’s not a lot of preparation going into the actual music part. It’s the mental game. It’s getting all of the extraneous thoughts out of the head and just being able to perform. And as the show progresses, that gets harder.”
Loren Allred wanted to do the best duet
Loren Allred, the 22-year-old from Salt Lake City Utah, who sings on Team Adam agreed with Nicole about the difficulty of seeing a fellow teammate eliminated. “I was lucky enough to be paired with Bryan [Keith] who from the beginning we had a mutual respect for each other. There was no cattiness and it was just let’s just make this duet the best duet it can be and then it’s up to them who they want… We just need to make it the best that it can be without, like grabbing at each other’s throats trying to win. That’s cheating the audience on the performance that they should be able to get.”
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