23 April 2013
The moment of truth has rolled around in Season 2 of The Voice Australia – with the first episode of the pressure cooker that is the battle rounds gracing our screens.
The show kicks off with the four judges taking to the ring to sing the wildly appropriate Uprising. Dressed in naff white outfits, Ricky and Seal face off across the stage, before a leather-clad Delta makes her entrance.
It’s kind of hard not to get into the battle spirit of the night with an opening like that!
First off the rank is the gorgeous Anna Weatherup and Celia Pavey from Delta’s team singing a beautiful rendition of A Thousand Years by Christina Perri.
Less of a battle and more of a stunning duet, it seems that Delta may have done herself a disservice pitting these two singers against each other.
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Ricky called it “a beautiful moment for Australian television” - throwing his support behind Celia, along with Seal. Delta listened to her fellow judges and took Celia through to the next round.
Then it is on to Team Joel – with Michael Paynter and Louise Roussety doing their best to bring a rock vibe to Justin Bieber’s As Long As You Love Me.
They both give their best, but there is something a little uncomfortable and strange about this arrangement that leaves all the judges wanting.
Ricky thinks that Louise only gave 60%, while Michael only just did one better by giving 70%. Delta revealed her undying devotion for Michael (a little awkward) while Seal said that he couldn’t take his eyes off Louise.
Joel agreed with what Ricky had to say, saying that no one made a move to “steal the show” – but ultimately he decides to take Michael thorough.
Delta’s boys Rob and Michael Stangel then took things to a new level with their rendition of Have A Little In Me – bringing the judges to their feet and providing Delta with a very tough decision.
She decided to go with Rob, but Michael gave the series its first ever ‘Save’ situation with Seal, Joel and Ricky all hitting their buttons – but he decided to go with Joel.
Seal then throws a massive curveball to Alex Gibson and Skye Elizabeth with his song choice of Skyfall – with Alex making it out victorious!
Then it was early favourite Caterina Torres and Katie Reeve singing Pink’s hit Try – with both girls giving a fair fight. However it was pretty clear that this one belonged to Caterina.
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And in the end that is who mentor Ricky went with.
The night ends on Harrison Craig and Tim Moxey singing Josh Grobin’s version of You Raise Me Up – with both giving near impeccable performances.
Joel, Delta and Ricky all threw their support behind Harrison – with coach Seal going with Harrison because he connects so strongly with his audience.
Which was your favourite battle tonight? Did the judges make the right choices?