Here is my personal “Thank You” to Usher. Thank you, thank you, thank you! You made the right decision in tonight’s battle round by picking Stevie Jo. Let me rewind a second. If you are new to “The Voice,” in the battle round two singers from a team are paired up to compete with each other. Their coach must pick the winner of the sing off to move on to the next round of competition. This helps to cut down their teams as the move further into the competition, and gives the other coaches the opportunity to steal any of the singers that don’t make it through the battle round. Each coach can steal up to two singers from their competitors throughout the battle round.
— Angel Anderson (@AngelAnderson13) March 18, 2014
Yes!!!! Love the Stevie Jo and Usher!!!! I'm sooooo excited !!!! Wooooo whoo
— Renee Quackenbush (@quackgirls) March 18, 2014
That being said, Team Usher had an epic show down tonight between Jake Barker and Stevie Jo Rosenbalm. Jake Barker is basically Justin Timberlake. Their sound is nearly identical and they even look very similar. He is very impressive, but can there ever truly be another J Tim?! Stevie Jo on the other hand.. wow. This gent is a rocker who found himself stepping way out of his comfort zone tonight and learned how to sing, Steve Winwood’s, “Higher Love.”
— Stevie Jo Rosenbalm (@thesteviejo) March 18, 2014
Stevie Jo – what a pleasant surprise! Happy to be working with you, my man! #BlindsContinue
— Usher Raymond IV (@Usher) March 5, 2014
Not only did he do a phenomenal job vocally tonight–but as far as learning a music style that is completely new to him and having to make his voice do things that may have felt really unnatural to him–he hit a home run. I think that is the true mark of someone who can really win, “The Voice.” Stevie Jo has shown his complete musical versatility in his short time on this show and I would absolutely love to see him make it the whole way through. He is a rocker, who has sang Usher and now Steve Winwood. In the background video tonight you saw him really struggle to learn this song and how to sing it, but he could not have done a better job. I am the most impressed with him than with any other competitor on “The Voice” to date.
He is who he is. He came out with his long hair and rocker persona, beaming with a wonderful smile. He had nothing but complementary things to say about his competitor and from where I sat (and where Usher sat) he blew us away and poor Jake out of the water. Before Usher even had to make his decision, Shakira and Adam told both Jake and Stevie that they would be stealing whichever didn’t make it through. They held true to their word and although Jake was cut from team Usher, he was picked up by team Adam. I am excited to see if Adam can pull him out of Justin Timberlake mode and make him Jake Barker.
In the meantime, Stevie Jo I am cheering for you. Keep challenging yourself to learn and grow like you have been, keep smiling and encouraging others and you will go far in this competition. I can’t speak for all of America, but I certainly have fallen for the charms of Stevie Jo. Thank you, Usher. You made a very, very smart decision sticking with Stevie Jo! Is this the year Team Usher wins, “The Voice?”
Stevie Jo & Jake are my ultimate favorite this season on The Voice!!! Their voices are just so mind blowing, they will have you speechless!
— R o s a . (@ThatMixedShawty) March 18, 2014
— Jonathan (@jongarcia361) March 18, 2014
— imsharenjoy (@iamsharenjoy) March 16, 2014
S/O to that beautiful human being Stevie Jo! Repping Texas strong! I'm a fan! #TheVoice
— Texas Tam (@TamaraChauniece) March 5, 2014
I already want Stevie Jo to win. He sounds great. And his mama is preshhh. #TheVoice
— C. (@RulesForCaro) March 5, 2014
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