The battle rounds on “The Voice” have proven to be a formidable beast. Two people are paired together to compete head-to-head on one song, singing at the same time. These two artists, one of whom will be deemed a loser and sent packing, must find a way to perform as a cohesive unit, while still proving their the one to keep. Some contestants stomp all over their opponent to assert their dominance; others fade away, unable to rise to the challenge. But every so often, there’s a third result: The two competitors create a duet that becomes more than just the sum of its parts. That’s exactly what Luke Edgemon and Monique Abbadie did on Monday night’s (April 22) episode.
Tasked by their coach Shakira to sing Lady Gaga‘s “You and I,” Edgemon and Abbadie performed with aplomb. Never overpowering one another, the two created a cohesive, synced-up performance that proved that you’re only as good as your competition. By allowing the other one to have their time, each proved themselves even more as an artist.
Coaches Blake Shelton, Adam Levine and Usher all gave Edgemon the victory over Abbadie during their critiques, which helped Shakira makes her decision, though in an unorthodox way. Not wanting either to be removed from the competition, and hoping that her peers’ positive response to Edgemon meant they’d gobble him up in an instant, she strategically opted to keep Abbadie. And her gamble paid off.
Usher and Shelton both jumped in to steal Edgemon for their teams. After hearing their pleas, Edgemon said he, too, was going to play strategically and chose to go with proven winner Shelton. Whether that strategy proves to be a good one or not remains to be seen — Shelton seems singularly focused on winning with a country artist this season. However, it’s just good to see Edgemon live to sing another day.
What did you think of the battle, “Voice” fans?