contestants brought their A-game to the second night
of battle rounds Tuesday. Yet it was coach Cee Lo Green
who provided the most drama of the night – thanks to a single button push.
Green firmly hit his button in the final moments of the show to save soul singer Monika Leigh, a Team Blake Shelton
member who had just lost her battle against Louisiana father Ray Boudreaux.
The two delivered a powerful version of "Some Kind of Wonderful," but Shelton – who received some help from guest mentor Cher
during rehearsals – ultimately chose Boudreaux, 25.
"Ray stepped up and just sang the crap out of that," Shelton gushed, while praising his depth and range. (His decision elicited peals of joy from Boudreaux's 3-year-old daughter, Audrey, who loudly and adorably cheered for her father.)
Despite passing over Leigh, Shelton praised her "freedom" during the song. "Trying to get her to do the same thing twice is like herding cats," he explained in classic Blake-like fashion.
As Leigh, 28, thanked Shelton for the experience on the show, Green sneakily slapped his buzzer to steal her away for his team. "Come on, we can do it," he said as she wiped away tears.
"I want a singer that can endure and project passion and prominence," he explained. "She has a really genuine soul vocal. I'm looking forward to what she can do in the future."
Passion was on full display earlier in the show when rocker Kat Robichaud and gospel singer turned insurance worker R. Anthony of Team Cee Lo battled it out while singing Aerosmith's "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing."
The coaches praised Anthony, 33, for his vocal precision, while Robichaud, 29, earned raves for her fierce stage presence – undoubtedly honed during her years touring with her glam rock band. Christina Aguilera
described her demeanor as "like a tiger," while Adam Levine
admired her "intensity."
Ultimately, Green chose Robichaud, and he seemed as wowed by her stage presence as his fellow coaches. "You are a dynamo. I need a natural disaster, I need a storm like you," he explained. (Robichaud accepted that challenge, later promising, "I will be that dynamite.")
The night kicked off with a dynamic battle between Jacob Poole and Matthew Schuler, both twentysomething sons of church pastors. Coach Aguilera chose Fall Out Boy's up-tempo "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)" for their battle – and they did not disappoint.
The coaches lavished praise on both men, but Aguilera chose Schuler, after telling them, "You are both crazy-talented."
In other battles not shown in their entirety Tuesday, funky Cole Vosbury of Team Cee Lo beat out folk singer Lupe Carroll, '80s cult actress turned country singer E.G. Daily
of Team Blake won over the Michael Bublé-like Sam Cerniglia, and Ashley DuBose – who blew everyone away
during her blind audition – triumphed over fellow Team Adam member Justin Blake.
The battle rounds resume on Monday.