It’s pretty much become a fact that if a country-leaning artist auditions for NBC’s hit reality show, “The Voice,” they’re going to end up on Coach Blake Shelton’s team. But in that television show reality, fellow coach Adam Levine also has some country cred on his team, so it was boot-to- boot when the April 15 show featured a new dimension of competition—the Cross Battles.
The Cross Battle Rounds are similar to the regular Battle Rounds in that two contestants enter the ring to perform against each other. However, wherein the Battles, there are two singers from the same team singing the same song, in the Cross Battles, the two performers are from different teams singing different songs.
Blake’s Dexter Roberts and Adam’s Andrew Jannakos entered the battlefield, each taking on hefty country covers. Dexter chose Ronnie Dunn’s rangy and moving “Believe” and Andrew went with Russell Dickerson’s massive breakout hit, “Yours.”
And if ever there was an even match, this was it. Both of the young performers delivered beautifully, putting their own unique flavor on the the hit singles. And while Blake and Adam obviously favored their own team members, coaches Kelly Clarkson and John Legend were split as to who had won the battles.
Fortunately, neither of them nor Blake or Adam have the burdensome responsibility of choosing who won in each of the Cross Battles. The American fans and viewers are casting their votes in this exciting new chapter of competition. And just to keep things interesting, each of the coaches has also been granted a “save” and a “steal” during the Cross Battle results show.
Tune in to see who continues on and who is eliminated when “The Voice” Cross Battle results air on the April 16 show.