Terisa Griffin Stolen as Julio Cesar Castillo Advances for Team Blake with ‘Conga’ on ‘The Voice’
It was a battle of soul versus mariachi on âThe Voiceâ tonight (Oct. 15), when Terisa Griffin and Julio Cesar Castillo â both representing Blake Sheltonâs team â came together to perform a energized and entertaining version of Gloria Estefanâs âConga.â
Shelton clearly had both contestants in mind when he chose the song for this particular battle round. ââCongaâ is performed by a female diva, but it has a bit of a Latin feel to it â¦ I think you meet together in the middle because of this song,â he explained.
The rehearsals leading up to the battle were challenging for Castillo and Griffin, who both found the songâs upbeat tempo and tongue-twisting lyrics difficult to keep up with. âNo one in the history of the world really knows the words,â guest mentor Michael Buble assured them.
Castillo was especially anxious â not only by the songâs fast-paced nature but by 42-year-old Griffinâs strong and fiery vocals. âJulio is intimidated by Terisa, but he needs to know heâs just as talented,â Shelton said.
With practice and dedication, they overcame their fears and delivered an entertaining, high-energy duet that rendered several of the judges speechless. Cee Lo Green admitted to having a soft spot for the soul shining through Griffinâs powerful voice. Conversely, Adam Levine gave his vote to Castillo because he found his background as a mariachi singer extremely unique and refreshing.
âEven as I talk right now, I donât really know who won,â Shelton said, when faced with his decision. But he ultimately chose Castillo, believing that he had made the most progress since the practice sessions.
Donât worry, though â Cee Lo stole Griffin before she was eliminated, so sheâs still safe in the competition.