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“The Comeback Stage” Week 5 Recap: The Battles Continue

Kyle Montplaisir

Kyle Montplaisir

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The Voice‘s digital companion series, “The Comeback Stage,” is in its second week of Battles! To catch you up to speed, six artists who failed to turn a chair in the Blind Auditions were hand selected by fifth coach Kelsea Ballerini to join the series. These artists are now going head-to-head in Battles! For this week, Kelsea has paired together Sam Robbins and Wyatt Rivers. Once we have all the Battles winners, the three remaining artists will compete for a spot in the Live Shows! They will have their choice of coach in the Top 13.


With that out of the way, let’s take a look at this week’s Battle:

Sam Robbins vs. Wyatt Rivers

Sam Robbins was up first! He sang “Time in a Bottle” by Jim Croce for his Blind Audition but is back singing “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” by The Temptations. The song has more energy, which can showcase a different side of an artist. During the awkward rehearsal, he stood to sing with his guitar while Wyatt sat in the background? I guess this is meant to be together like the regular Battles rehearsals, but they’re singing different songs so it just made it awkward in my opinion. This is one of those things from the show that doesn’t translate online. Anyway, Kelsea said his performance was “incredible” but I wasn’t feeling it. It still lacked energy and movement for me. To put it simply, it was boring.


Next up was Wyatt Rivers, who admits he was intimidated by Sam’s performance. Wyatt is singing “One Call Away” by Charlie Puth after failing to turn a chair with “River” by Leon Bridges in the Blinds. Wyatt’s performance of the song takes away all the subtlety and effortlessness that Charlie Puth put into this song. His voice is harsh and the transition from his chest voice to his head voice sounds like a struggle. But Kelsea had nothing but good things to say!

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But we can’t skip over the best moment of the whole episode! And that was Sam man-crushing on, but also shading, Wyatt. Sam said, “he really owned the hot guy, singer-songwriter vibe.” How I take that is, Wyatt isn’t the best singer, but he’s attractive so there’s that. This was truly an amazing backhanded compliment! And honestly, I don’t disagree. Sam had the better voice here.


But in the end, Kelsea chose Wyatt to move on on her team. Surprise, surprise! At least his performance wasn’t boring I guess? That means he and Ayanna Joni have both made it to the next round. And next week, either Ele Ivory or Lynnea Moorer will join them after their Battle!

Fan Reactions

Now, we also have to address the elephant in the room. Basically all of the comments on “The Comeback Stage” have been negative. Even just on this episode, you can see the shade! Here are some of the highest rated comments:

ComebackStage-Comments-2Ouch! With feedback like that, who knows if there will ever be another season of “The Comeback Stage.” I will be especially interested to see how it plays out in the Live Shows. As of now, I don’t see how any of these artists could legitimately compete in the Top 13.
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About the Author

Kyle Montplaisir
Kyle Montplaisir is a contributor and host at Talent Recap. He is the lead detective for the site on 'The Masked Singer' and an encyclopedia of knowledge on 'The Voice' and 'American Idol'. A graduate of Pepperdine University, Kyle is originally from Arizona, but now lives in Los Angeles. When he isn’t watching talent shows and game shows, Kyle loves eating dessert, singing karaoke, and spending time with his wife, Hannah, and dog, Stella

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