The Voice 2019 season 17 Contestants
The Voice season 17 Top 20 sang for your votes last night. Tonight, the Top 13 will be revealed. Who will survive on Team Blake Shelton, Team Kelly Clarkson, Team John Legend and Team Gwen Stefani?
The Voice 17 Top 13
Ricky Duran – Team Blake – America saved
Kat Hammock – Team Blake – America saved
Cali Wilson – Team Blake – Blake saved
Rose Short – Team Gwen – America Saved
Joana Martinez – Team Gwen – America Saved
Myracle Holloway – Team Gwen – Gwen Saved
Max Boyle – Team Kelly – America Saved
Jake Hoot – Team Kelly – America Saved
Shane Q – Team Kelly – Kelly Saved
Katie Kadan – Team Legend – America Saved
Marybeth Byrd – Team Legend – America Saved
Will Breman – Team Legend – John Saved
Ricky Braddy – Team Blake
Kyndal Inskeep – Team Gwen
Damali – Team Kelly
Kahlea Lynee – Team Legend
Myracle Holloway vs Calvin Lockett – Team Gwen – The Knockout is montaged pretty quickly here. Myracle sing “Can We Talk” by Tevin Campbell, while Calvin sang…who knows, because Calvin’s mentoring session and performance aren’t edited into this package at all. I wonder if he blew it. Gwen Picks Myracle. Calvin is Eliminated.
Damali – Sober by Demi Lovato – She’s a senior at military school. She’s singing for a friend who struggled with addiction. Kelly suggests she goes bigger. Damali is scared! Kelly thinks she can do it. Now, her tone is not only cool, but comes across in an authentic way. She’s inhabiting the emotion beautifully, simply. Her voice cracks at one point. But it kind of works.
Gracee Shriver – Leave the Pieces by the Wreckers – Gracee auditioned at the end of the Blinds. Blake’s team was full and he was MAD. Hm. Taylor notes that she and Gracee share a signature look. And they are both drawn to break up songs. Taylor likes her yodle vibe. Kelly is looking for “bluegrassy sad.” Taylor thinks making the production more “desperate” would work. Gracee has an awsome throwback sound with an appealing break in her voice. She’s natural too–authentic and effortless. She throws in a few well placed growls. Nice.
Blake feels Damili is stepping into her moment. She was a one chair turn. Blake loves Gracee’s tone. John felt Damali’s storytelling connected. He’d pick Gracee though. He also loves her tone. Gwen thought Damali had Grammy performance moments. She feels Gracee has an original sound. But she’d pick Damili. Kelly Picks Damili. AND OF COURSE Blake Steals Gracee.
Ricky Braddy – So High by John Legend – NOT MENTIONED: Ricky was in the Top 36 on American Idol season 8. Totally mentioned: He came out as gay in his Blind Auditions video package. He wants to win the knockout for his boyfriend. Wow. His boyfriend never saw him perform before his live audition? Really? Taylor suggests he stay still at the beginning and get physical at the beginning. This is Ricky’s best performance so far. He’s bringing the emotion up gradually. The pacing is beautiful. He hits a high note and the crowd is totally with him. He ends with some falsetto. Wow. KELLY IS CRYING.
Zach Bridges – The Dance by Garth Brooks – He impressed Blake with a cover of his song in the Blind auditions. He grew up in Pearl, Mississippi. He wants to be Blake’s country guy. Blake thinks he’s taking a big risk singing such a beloved song. Taylor works with him on stage presence. He seems awkward! She suggests that he work on connecting to the audience. Zach can’t get rid of his nerves. “Shake it off!” says Blake. Har har. He has that classic country tone. But the performance lacks punch. He also still seems really nervous. He needs to get out of his own head.
John gives a contestant the rare compliment on covering his song. It was “thrilling” when Ricky hit those high notes. He appreciates Zach’s tone, but feels Ricky gave the better performance. Gwen says her jaw was on the floor after Ricky’s performance. She believes he could sing any genre. Gwen compliments Zach’s “storytelling” voice. Kelly felt Zach didn’t stray enough from Garth Brook’s rendition. She feels Ricky could be in the finale. Blake Picks Ricky! YAY! Zach is Eliminated. Blake believes Ricky COULD WIN the show.
Myracle Holloway vs Calvin Lockett – Team Gwen – The Knockout is montaged pretty quickly here. Myracle sing “Can We Talk” by Tevin Campbell, while Calvin sang…who knows, because Calvin’s mentoring session and performance aren’t edited into this package at all. I wonder if he blew it. Gwen Picks Myracle. Calvin is Eliminated.
Preston C. Howell – The Way You Look Tonight – He sang Fire and Rain in the Battles. It was out of his comfort zone! So he’s back to his Buble deal. John warns him to find unique melodic moments so he doesn’t sound karaoke. Taylor suggests he flirt with the audience. Preston has a warm tone, but he often sounds underpitch to my ears. His vocal verges on laconic, like he doesn’t quite get there. He reminds me a little of Perry Como. (For the olds!). So he takes Taylor’s advice and winks at Gwen. Also, he reminds me a little of a young David Archuleta. NOT his vocal style–his look and the way he carries himself.
Marybeth Byrd – All I Ask by Adele – Marybeth had a stutter. She heard Adele as a kid and realized she didn’t stutter when she sang! Oh. Blake predicts Marybeth will be in the finale. John suggest she work around the lower notes. Change it if she’s not comfortable. Taylor admits she throws away notes if she can’t sing them. No kidding. I know Marybeth loves her some Adele, but I hope she sticks to Americana if she lasts in the competition. Although she sings it well, I’m not digging her as an AC artist. And yes, she struggles a little on the verse. But when she hits her upper register, she’s terrific. She puts her own spin on the song. There’s passion that’s blessedly free of oversinging.
Gwen calls Preston a phenom. She appreciated his stage presence. She thinks Marybeth’s style is coming out. Kelly notes how hard the Adele song is to sing. She loves how she’s working strategy. Kelly wants Preston to flip a song. Blake stupidly calls “Dream a Little Dream” a Mamas & Pappas song (Cass Elliot recorded it solo and SHE COVERED A DANG STANDARD). Blake likes that Marybeth swung at the fences. He admires that. John is having a tough time deciding. Blake suggests going to commercial. AND THAT’S WHAT HAPPENS. John Picks Marybeth!!!!! OK I’m shocked. SHOCKED. I predicted Blake would steal Marybeth. WRONG. Preston C. Howell is eliminated They pimped the heck out of that kid. Until they didn’t.
Will Bremen – I Don’t Care by Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber – Taylor loves Will’s quirky style and eccentricities. Taylor thinks he should simplify the hook. That’s her go to advice! This artist does looping in his performances, normally. This is a deceptively tough song to sing. He’s got great rhythmic instincts. Technically, he’s far more impressive. I’d give him the knockout just for that.
Gwen compliments Zoe’s confidence and ability. She calls Will “magnetic” and “effortless.” She’s pick Will. Kelly compliments them both. She notes how hard the song was. But she loved Zoe’s voice. She wishes she had a steal. She can’t choose. Blake calls Will “special.” Blake admires Zoe’s poise. JOHN IS STALLING. So we’re going to break first. John Picks Will Zoe is Eliminated. Correct choice.
Kat Hammock – Kiss Me by Sixpence None the Richer – She’s the youngest of five kids. Her song pick is mom’s favorite. The 18 year old wants to make her mom proud. Taylor doesn’t think she sounds like anybody. I think she sounds just like the record? Hm. Taylor gives her stage tips about getting up from the piano. Kat’s rendition is very similar to the original, only leaden. I don’t like this song pick for her. Eventually she’s on her feet singing, and she brings more energy.
Lauren Hall – Breakaway by Kelly Clarkson – Blake stole Lauren from Kelly. She picked the song because it tells her story. Blake thinks she’s brave. Lauren is having some breath problems she needs to work on. Blake says Lauren picked the song to “shove it in her face.” Once again, Lauren an experienced singer is up against a kiddo. I don’t love this song choice. It takes her a bit to find her groove. This song is hard to sing! And she seems nervous? Not my favorite performance from her. But she’s good. I hope Blake picks her. John notes Lauren’s courage. He loves her high notes. He calls Kat a “revelation.” He’d pick her. Gwen agrees with John. She calls Kat an “Angel” and one of her favorites. “You sing that better than I do,” Kelly says. “But I wanted to hear more of you.” He actually notes that her voice is similar to the original, but did a good job. Blake Picks Kat. Lauren is Eliminated. Lauren could have picked a better song. But the fix was probably in anyway. He LOVES Kat. She calls singing the song for Kelly one of the best moments of her life.
Shane Q – In Case You Didn’t Know by Brett Young – Brett admits he’s never been in love. He says Kelly has helped him out of his shell. Kelly advises him to hold out his notes longer. Taylor wants him to highlight the unrequited heartbreak in the song. It’s a lovely cover, but ultimately very ordinary. The nigh notes are a bit out of his reach.
Kiara Brown – The Bones by Maren Morris – Kelly stole Kiara from Team Gwen. Oh. Kiara won a contest and was mentored by Maren. Hm. Kelly warns her to BREATHE so she has enough air. Again, Taylor advises a singer to hit the hook head on. Leave the fancier stuff for the verses. I’ve been a Kiara fan since the beginning, She brings a singer/songwriter sensibility to her performances. This soulful, soft performance is completely her own. She seems a little nervous, and is still having issues with breath control. And those high notes were a bit shaky. But I appreciate her originality.
Blake lives Kiara’s originality. He calls Shane’s rendition perfect, but he needs more passion. He’d go with Shane. John calls Kiara’s spirit peaceful. He liked the way Shane carried himself. He’d pick Shane too. Gwen thinks Kirara is special, but Shane is “effortless.” Kelly notes a hesitancy in Shane’s performance. I agree. Kelly Picks Shane, Kiara is Eliminated. Eh I get why she chose Shane. His performance was technically better.
Destiny Rayne vs Rose Short – Team Gwen – Gwen paired her two powerhouse singers together.
Rose Short – Big White Room by Jesse J – Rose used to work at a prison. She’s got a big voice and big personality. Taylor advises Rose to open her otherwise, but otherwise, no notes. Both were really moved by Rose’s performance. She really hits those low notes beautifully. She’s not giving away everything too soon. She opens up on the chorus, and brings it back down. That was really well paced!
Destiny Rayne – Tell Me You Love Me by Demi Lovato – Gwen stole Destiny from John Legend. She’s a songwriter from Nashville. When she moved to Nashville, she thought she’d be sing, but doors closed. She’ll bring that vulnerability to her performance. Taylor says it’s more important to delve into the emotion, rather than belt her way through. Destiny’s voice isn’t as powerful as Rose, and her range is rough in the upper register. I think Rose has got this.
Kelly liked Destiny’s vibe. She calls Rose and impressive singer. She’d go with Rose. Blake thought the song was too big for her. He’s glad Rose has his “best friend” as he coach. It’s his favorite performance of the Knockout round. John calls Destiny’s performance strong, but he felt Rose’s notes were “gorgeous and clear.” Gwen Chooses Rose, Destiny is Eliminated
The Voice season 17 Knockouts contine tonight with coaches Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, John Legend and Gwen Stefani, and featuring Pop star Taylor Swift serving as “Mega Mentor” for each of the coaches. Each team has ONE steal. But this season–no saves! The stakes are high. Carson Daly hosts. Ricky Duran – She Talks to Angels by Black Crowes – Ricky chose the song, because during Battle rehearsals, mentor Darius Rucker compared him to Chris Robinson. It’s also his girlfriend’s favorite song. Blake actually suggests with LESS finesse aka runs. The vocal needs to be attacked. Taylor compares him to Bruce Springsteen. After a few suggestions from Taylor on how to handle his guitar, Ricky decides to chuck it altogether. Not a favorite performance from Ricky. I’m waiting for him to change up the arrangement or do something different. Despite the comparison, he can’t touch Chris Robinson. I’m pick Joana to win this Knockout. https://youtu.be/neB4rH6hBeA
John loves Ricky’s stage presence and tone. He would choose him. Gwen was impressed with how Joana changed up an old sing. She’d pick her. Kelly liked both singers, but she is impressed with Ricky’s experience. She’d go with him. Ricky is Blake’s only 4 chair turn. Blake Picks Ricky And at the last minute, Gwen Steals Joana. FINALLY GWEN HAS HER LITTLE GIRL. Khalea Lynee vs James Violet – Team Legend – John’s goal if for 3 of his singer to be stolen by other teams. It’s true John’s teams are top heavy with talent. But what if another team member wins with one of his castoffs? Hm. Khalea Lynee – Because You Love Me by Celine Dion – Taylor is full of compliments for Khalea, impressed with how she owns it. John suggests she think of the person she’s singing it for. Khalea’s mom passed from Ovarian cancer. She sings the song for her. Khalea’s puffy white outfit is…distracting. She’s very old fashioned. But, she makes interesting choices. Her phrasing is original and nuanced, in a song a lesser singer would shout through. So far, she’s been a laid back Anita Bake type. Here she really shows her power and range.
James Violet – Stay by Post Malone – John stole James from Gwen–she wanted to save him! He’s an accountant by day. Taylor wants him to meander less, especially on the chorus. Taylor loves her choruses! John advises he finish with a glory note. James has a sweet tone and nice range. There are pitch things here and there, but he makes good choices too–just not as flashy. Khalea is the obvious winner, though.
Gwen laments how James betrayed her. She thinks he oversung a bit, but she’s still a fan. she calls Khalea “effortless.” Kelly gushes over both performances. Blake loves Khalea’s tone and power. He’d pick her. John Picks Khalea James is Eliminated. Wow. He gives total props to Khalea!
Jessie Lawrence vs Kyndal Inskeep – Team Gwen – Gwen calls them both “emotional singers.” It’s why she paired them together.
Kyndal Inskeep – Elastic Heart by Sia – Gwen blocked Blake from Kyndal. Sia sent Gwen the song to sing! Sia wound up recording it herself. Kyndal struggled as the only step kid in a big family. Taylor says she’s got “quirk and control” and a beautiful tone. Focus on building the song up to triumph. Gwen advises that she keeps it simple. Kyndal is growing on me. This is a great song choice. It allows her to reveal emotional complexity. Her tone is full of dark textures. Very nice. That chorus is tricky and she nailed it both technically and emotionally. Jessie Lawrence – Dancing with a Stranger – He grew up in group homes. Music was a “safe” escape. Gwen saved him during the Battles. Gwen and Taylor both advise him to bring out his personality. “You’ve got the vocal,” says Gwen. “Just more of you,” says Taylor. I like Jessie’s earnestness and positive vibe. But this performance is unremarkable–from his song choice to vocal delivery. Kyndal so won this! https://youtu.be/xf3LnIw6gLA Kelly compliments Jessie for being raspy and breathy in all the right spots. She thinks Kyndal sang the hell out of the song, and loves the broken side of Kyndal’s voice. But her version was too similar to Sia. Blake agrees with Kelly. Although, he compliments her pitch and control. He would pick her. John didn’t like Jessie’s song choice. He disagrees with Kelly and Blake–he feels Kyndal did her own thing. I agree with John! Gwen Picks Kyndal. Jessie is Eliminated Joana Martinez vs Ricky Duran – Team Blake – “They’re both explosive,” Blake explains about his choice to put these two together, whatever that means. These are two highly pimped singers. Obviously one will be stolen. https://youtu.be/cKcBS0yMULo Joana Martinez – California Dreamin’ by Mamas & Papas – Joana is only 15, but sings like she’s 40. Taylor gives tips on stage presence, how to use her hands etcetera. Taylor coaches her though using the stage. “Your phenomenal,” says Taylor. Joana’s tone is like warm honey–thick, deep and warm. Her approach to a song is shockingly mature. Her pitch is so good. The kiddos are usually wobbly. Not Joana.
Jessie Lawrence – Dancing with a Stranger – He grew up in group homes. Music was a “safe” escape. Gwen saved him during the Battles. Gwen and Taylor both advise him to bring out his personality. “You’ve got the vocal,” says Gwen. “Just more of you,” says Taylor. I like Jessie’s earnestness and positive vibe. But this performance is unremarkable–from his song choice to vocal delivery. Kyndal so won this!
Kelly compliments Jessie for being raspy and breathy in all the right spots. She thinks Kyndal sang the hell out of the song, and loves the broken side of Kyndal’s voice. But her version was too similar to Sia. Blake agrees with Kelly. Although, he compliments her pitch and control. He would pick her. John didn’t like Jessie’s song choice. He disagrees with Kelly and Blake–he feels Kyndal did her own thing. I agree with John! Gwen Picks Kyndal. Jessie is Eliminated
Melinda Rodriguez – . It’s very emotional. Her brother Chris got called in for a heart transplant. It turn out, he’s Taylor’s biggest fan. He has her album names tattooed on his body. Tears all around! Taylor wants to send him some gifts. Taylor loves the chorus so much, that Kelly suggests she start there. Taylor suggests a drum part to emphasize the melody. The arrangement is jazzy and updated. Her timing and intonation are effortless. I like her style. But Jake actually delivered the stronger performance. They both should move on. https://youtu.be/A2vXPDbZ3VQ Blake thinks Kelly will make a huge mistake, no matter what she does. There are Hooters jokes. Oh no. John loves Jake’s voice. He was a one chair turn in the blinds! John calls Melinda’s performance her best so far. Gwen loves Jake. Kelly Picks Jake. Wow. I’m a little surprised. She wants that lone male country singer on her team. Melinda is eliminated. That’s a shame. She drops in with an update–Chris is recovering from his heart transplant. Hm. Without a steal and a save, methinks there may be wildcards. Fingers crossed for Melinda. Katie Kadan vs Max Boyle – Team Legend Katie Kadan – Piece of My Heart by Janis Joplin – Katie spent years struggling with self-acceptance. In her 30s, she learned to love herself. She’s been earning a living as a musician in Chicago. Taylor calls it quirky and ballsy. She really didn’t have notes for her. Katie is a powerful singer, but for me, she pushes too hard. I find her style overbearing. That’s probably just me though. I wasn’t a huge fan of Janis whiskey and cigarette ruined voice either though. Sorry. Max Boyle – When the Party’s Over by Billie Eilish – He studied psychology in college, but is currently pursuing a music career. He just experienced a painful breakup. Taylor compliments Max’s intuition. John admits that Max is the underdog, but he’s putting up a fight. Max is more my style. His style is so delicate, yet full of power and emotion. This is beautiful. That falsetto! Exquisite. Somebody better get stolen. Gwen notes Katie’s star quality, but is impressed by Max. Kelly calls Katie “magical.” She also loved Max. She gives him the win. Blake thinks Max had a moment, but he is impressed with Katie’s power. He’d pick her. John Picks Katie. Gwen and Kelly Steal Max. Kelly thought Max actually “blew away” Katie. Max is the kind of artist Gwen would listen to. Max Chooses Kelly. John blocked Kelly. Now she has him. John believes he can win the show with Katie. Jake Hoot vs Melinda Rodriguez – Team Kelly – Jake Hoot – Cover Me Up by Jason Isbell – He’s been dating his girlfriend for 6 or 7 months. But his divorce was really hard. Taylor calls his vocal style “authentic” and “convincing.” Taylor advises Jake not to sway on stage. Maybe use a mic stand, she says. Jake is an old school country singer with an ability to deliver emotional lyrics. This is a very good song choice. His voice is so strong. Cali Wilson – Wicked Game by Chris Isaak – Cali grew up in a small Iowa town. She was gay, but closeted. Taylor encourages Cali not to be so internal. Cali gives the song twang. There are no vocal gymnastics here, but her phrasing is slinky and hypnotic. For me, she’s the clear winner. https://youtu.be/1DviQPi7Kgo John called Cali’s performance “pitch perfect.” He compliments Marina’s range. Gwen thought Cali’s song choice is perfect. She note’s Marina’s power. Kelly appreciated Cali’s spin on an oft covered song. She calls Marina’s voice a gift from God. Blake Picks Cali Marina is Eliminated. Blake appreciated Cali’s growth. Marina Chello vs Cali Wilson – Team Blake https://youtu.be/MrjWBlZDr-Y Marina Chello – I Who Have Nothing by Tom Jones – Marina was born in Uzbekistan at 11. Her family worked hard. She picks the song because her father loves it. Hm. This song is super duper duper old fashioned. Not a great pick. Taylor works on Marina’s stage presence. Marina has a POWERFUL voice. But THIS SONG CHOICE IS BAD. Her look could use an update too. It’s not the 90s! This performance is so loungy. https://youtu.be/wqRXvk07feY Hello Sunday vs Lauren Hall – Team Kelly – Wrecking Ball by Miley Cyrus – Lauren’s father came here from Honduras. She’s been a struggling artist in Los Angeles. Hello Sunday are tween friends who sing. They are “the youngest duo in Voice history.” The teens love Normani. Squeals all around! This is kind of a ridiculous matchup. Oh well. Doesn’t matter what happens here. Kelly will probably keep the kiddos, while Blake uses his steal on Lauren. Eep. The girls really struggle with pitch. They need more work. Kelly pushes them to power their vocals. Geez, Lauren is miles and miles beyond the kiddos. At studio rehearsal, Kelly is super pleased. Lauren is so good. And the kiddos worked on their harmonies. But Lauren, c’mon. It’s no contest. She’s tried out for The Voice 7 times. It’s her time. Blake thought they all had great moments. John calls Lauren’s tone “beautiful.” He appreciates Hello Sunday’s passion. He refuses to pick. So, nobody is picking! CLIFF HANGER. After the break, Kelly Picks Hello Sunday Blake Steals Lauren. Yup. Saw that coming. Who didn’t? https://youtu.be/iKQhZ2Ikb0o Preston C. Howell vs Mendeleyev – Team Legend – Fire and Rain by James Taylor – John paired the only baritones on his team. Preston is a 15 year old crooner. He performed at the US Open. That’s cool. Mendeleyev is the product of hippie-dippies. His childhood home burned to the ground. “We lost everything,” he says. Interesting that John chose a song suited to Mendeleyev rather than Preston, who seems to be a fav. Both are 4 chair turns. He’s really struggling with it. John warns him not to sound “wooden.” John wants more sweetness from Mendeleyev. “Your job is to interpret James Taylor,” says John. Jeez, their vocal styles are so different. They do manage to harmonize. Mendeleyev can’t help but stand out, his voice is so unique. Preston’s youth is showing in this duet. Gwen loved the harmonies. She’d pick Preston. Kelly loved Preston, she calls Mendeleyev a “beast.” Blake would choose Preston. John Picks Preston Mendeleyev is Eliminated https://youtu.be/K0p5cJJzMgQ Caroline Reilly vs Jake Haldenvang – Team Gwen – Just Like a Pill by Pink – They are the “rockers” on Gwen’s team, she says. That’s why she paired them. Jake toured with his dad for a long time. Caroline is a 16 year old who loves the classics. Caroline was the “little girl” Gwen kept yapping about, which doesn’t bode well for Jake. Gwen notes Caroline’s nerves. She feels a little intimidated by the older Jake. Jake has a rangy upper register, but he needs to work on control. Will is ready to record Jake’s album RIGHT NOW. Hm. At the studio rehearsal, Gwen suggests Jake ditch his guitar. “It looks like you’re backing her up.” Jake is the more experienced, seasoned singer. They are both pretty old fashioned, though. I can’t decide the winner of this battle. Caroline has a clear, strong tone, while Jake has an appealing rasp. They’re nailing the harmonies. Good duet. Kelly compares Jake to Steven Tyler she chooses him. Blake goes for the young Caroline. John would pick Jake. He liked his surprising choices. Gwen Picks Jake. Caroline is Eliminated. So goodbye to Gwen’s “little girl.” Oh well. It was the right decision, I think. Khalea Lynee – Team Legend Kyndal Inskeep – Team Gwen Ricky Duran – Team Blake Joana Martinez – Team Gwen Steals from Team Blake Eliminated James Violet – Team Legend Jessie Lawrence – Team Gwen Destiny Rayne Battles Katie Kadan, performing “Tiny Dancer” during The Voice The Battles
Destiny Rayne vs Katie Kadan – Team Legend – Tiny Dancer by Elton John – Welp. Teasers have already spoiled a steal, so… Katie admits a crush on Usher as a teen. “I came to coach winners but I’m happy I’m working with legends,” Usher quips. Blake blocked Kelly during Katie’s blind. Destiny works two jobs in Nashville is newly engaged. John is surprised by her ability to belt. Usher is also impressed by her ability to go there. But Katie has a huge voice, he acknowledges. This is kind of a weird song choice for both. Probably why both struggle a little in rehearsal. Usher is expecting a moment. During the stage rehearsal, John is pumping his fist. This is another odd match up. Destiny sings pop, while Katie belts blues. Both are doing their best to come together there. But. Nope. Katie’s voice is too bellowy for my taste. Destiny reaches for notes that are just a bit beyond her. Both will probably do better with songs that suit them. Gwen felt Destiny held her own against the big voiced Katie. Kelly felt both singers made room for each other. Blake also compliments Destiny for rising to the occasion. John Picks Katie. Blake steals Destiny. At the last minute, so of course, right on cue and most annoyingly, Gwen Steals Destiny too. “This is going to be so fun!” says Kelly. No. No it’s not. Blah blah blah blah blah blah, Destiny Picks Gwen. Hm. I would have gone with Blake. His track record is so much better.
Matt New Battles Max Boyle, performing “Let Me Love You” during The Voice The Battles,
Elise Azkoul Battles Myracle Holloway performing “breathin” during The Voice The Battles
Breathing by Ariana Grande – Myracle has been around for while, she shared about drug addiction and childhood abuse. Elise is a vocal coach and covered Lady Gaga in her Blind–a one chair turn. Will is really impressed with Elise. Gwen turns a few of the harmony parts into solos. Gwen and Will bring up Myracle’s background. She tears up about her “childhood stuff.” This is going to be a running theme, obviously. And Will and Myracle are about the same age and grew up in the same LA neighborhood. He wonders why he made it in the business and she didn’t. There wasn’t much vocal mentoring in that segment! Before the performance, Gwen does a style segment with the singers. Never forget Gwen’s cow outfits for the American Idol contestants way back when. Elise will lose this battle. She’s obvious fodder. But I like her dusky tone a lot. She makes some creative choices here. Myracle brings experience and pro instincts to this battle. Kelly was impressed with Elise’s control. But she wants a record from Myracle. Blake thought both had great moments. He felt Myracle’s pain–he’d go with her. John also liked both. He wants more vocal risks from Myracle. Gwen Picks Myracle. Elise is Eliminated. Alex Guthrie vs Injoy Fountain – Team Kelly – Home by Marc Broussard – Kelly felt that two soulful singers would be a perfect match. Injoy toured with Rent. She has a young daughter. Not said: She auditioned for the American Idol judges last year. Alex plays in a blues band. The song choice seems tailor made for him. He’s been playing the song for years, Injoy has never heard the song before. In rehearsal, though, she sounds pretty good. And Injoy helped Alex move without a guitar. Kelly and Normani tell him more eye contact and movement. And for Injoy–trust yourself, watch your pitch. And for both: Bring attitude! Create a great moment. Kelly will pick the singer who brings the boldest moment. Ha. In the performance, Alex has no idea what to do with his hands. Injoy is bringing a growly performance. I think she’s dominating. But Alex is bringing it as well. Blake feels Alex could have been more aggressive. He calls Injoy infectious. John agrees, He didn’t get a sense of Alex’s personality. He loved Injoy. Gwen disagrees, she felt Alex took charge of the stage. The pairing was a mismatch in the end. Injoy’s big voice was going to dominate by default. Kelly Picks Alex. Really? Injoy is Eliminated Obviously Injoy was cannon fodder from the get-go. The song pick made that obvious. Injoy still killed it, but Kelly’s mind was already made up, methinks.
Melinda Rodriguez v Shane Q – Team Kelly – Too Good at Goodbyes by Sam Smith – Kelly says that she’s never “done something like this” with another singing show alum. Erm. She was Jennifer Hudson’s mentor the season before she came a coach? Hm. Normani, Kelly’s mentor, was a teen when she competed on X Factor USA as a member of Simon Cowell’s manufactured girl group, Fifth Harmony. They went on to great success. She says the experience prepared her for the “real world.” Both singers have big ranges, so she picked a big song. Normani worked with Sam Smith! Shane works with disabled people by day, and hits the clubs at night. He was a four chair turn. Melinda is a jazz singer, finishishing her masters degree. Her brother is waiting for a heart transplant. She sang an Eva Cassidy inspired version of “What a Wonderful World.” Kelly feels Melinda has to get out of her head. Normani mentions they have to be in the same pocket. They work with Shane on his breath control–Normani suggests he use falsetto. We see the pair at stage rehearsal. Kelly is so impressed, she’s crying. They are both good! So it’s good one of them gets stolen, telegraphed before the break! Shane’s voice is strong and rangy. Melinda’s voice is jazzy and soulful. She has more finesse. I prefer her. Shane lays it on a little TOO thick at times. He could learn a thing or two about control from Melinda. Blake says Shane has a great “scream.” Hm. That’s one way to put it. He’d pick Shane. John loves them both. But he’d also pick Shane. I DISAGREE. Gwen liked Melinda’s confidence, she calls Shane a phenomenon. Kelly Picks Shane but Saves Melinda. John Steals Melinda. John says Melinda has the “opportunity to upgrade.” But he would have picked Shane too, so… I’d stay with Kelly! John mentions he arranged music in college. Kelly says while he was in college, she was winning a singing show. Har. Melinda Stays with Kelly.
Josie Jones vs Kat Hammock – Team Blake – Take Me Home Country Roads by John Denver – This is Darius’ first singing show appearance ever! He’s watched the show for years. Blake pitted two old school teens together. Blake Shelton mentions losing a Grammy to “Wagon Wheel.” Josie lives on a farms and loves singers like Dolly and Tammy. Kat loves Billy Joel and…Bread. BREAD? She plays piano, covering Billy Joel for her Blind Audition. FUN FACT. Bill Danoff father of The Voice alum Owen Danoff co-wrote this song. Blake wants Kat to project more. Darius agrees. He reminds her that she needs to sing like it’s Madison Square Garden. Both need to loosen up on the chorus–including their body language. Josie and Kat are both putting their own twist on the song. Kat seems a little out of her element, though. Her voice is feathery soft, while Josie’s twang dominates. John calls it “sweet.” He finds Kat’s voice more intriguing, but Josie gave the better performance. Gwen thinks Kat would make a great record. She’d pick her. Kelly loved Josie’s controlled high harmony. She calls Kat’s voice “Angelic. Blake Picks Kat. I’m a little surprised! He appreciates her unique voice. He claims she has a shot to win. Hmmm. Josie Jones is eliminated.
Khalea Lynee vs Zoe Upkins – Team Legend – The Boy is Mine – Brandy and Monica – His mentor Usher, is pretty happy to be back on The Voice. He coached a couple of seasons. He WON the show season 6 with Josh Kaufman. Khalea was a four chair turn. An Anita Baker inspired singer and single mom. Zoe joined Team Legend earlier in the episode. John sang to them both! There’s a big age difference 36 vs 16. John wants Khalea to “loosen the pocket.” He wants MORE from Zoe. He demonstrates. Usher assures Zoe she has a licence to let go. He suggests to both to treat the duet as a conversation. Usher and John sing together and it’s pretty cool. Usher said there is something to be said for being 36. And he’s got a point. Khalea brings a lifetime of singing to her performance. Zoe is good, but still has more to learn. Gwen is impressed by Zoe mature stage presence. Gwen gives it to her. Kelly loves both singers. Kelly promises to steal! Blake appreciates, maturily, experience and confidence. He picks Khalea. John Picks Khalea. He considers her the most versatile. John Saves Zoe Kelly and Gwen Steal. John says he messed up pairing them up. “Please do not leave me!” Kelly loves her “little swag” and reminds her that she’s won the show with young girls. Gwen says, “You don’t want a coach that messed up!” Zoe Stays with John
Caroline Reilly – 16 – Cummin Ga – Somebody to Love by Jefferson Airplane – While Caroline is singing there ‘s a big discussion about whether she’s young or not. It’s one of those deals where viewers don’t see her either. Gwen is looking for a “little girl.” Blake and Kelly convince her she’s young. When Gwen hits her button, it appears that Caroline is pretty young. Her voice isn’t special, though. But it seems all Gwen cares about at this point, is finding a youngin. As it turns out, Caroline loves the classic and contemporary rockers. Gwen is probably a good pick for her. Gwen Fills Her Team.
Ty Mauro – 26 – Los Angeles CA – Let’s Stay Together by Al Green – Ty is an EMT in LA by day. He likes not being stuck at a desk. But what he really wants is music! His entire family is musical. He played in a high school band. He considers The Voice his last shot. Hm. I smell a no chair turn. His voice is very odd. And Gwen is looking for a “little girl.” Yep. No Turns. Gwen says he looks nothing like his voice. Nobody is saying “my team is filled up.” I bet he didn’t perform close to the end. The consensus from the panel: Interesting voice, but some pitchy things.
Gracee Shriver – 16 – Owasso OK – Rainbow by Kacee Musgraves – She’s a senior in high school and has been playing tennis since 3rd grade. She’s a high achiever. No parties for her. Her real love is music. Her tone is nice, but her country twang doesn’t feel natural. With Blake out of the way, Kelly and Gwen feel FREEE to turn for a country singer. Aw. She breaks down in tears at the end. “I’m from Oklahoma too!” says Gwen. Hm. Oklahoma adjacent. She loves Kelsea Ballerini. She saw her on Kelly’s tour. Gwen pulls the “you get two for the price of one” card. Blake pimps Gwen. “I’m not dating Blake, but my husband manages him,” says Kelly. Great comeback! Gracee Picks Kelly. Smart choice!
Matthew McQueen – 21 – Georgetown TX – Someone You Loved by Louis Capaldi – For the longest time, he thought he was related to the actor Steve McQueen the actor. But an Ancestry search taught him otherwise. His day job is selling silver and gold to investors. Like, big bricks of actual gold. Weird! His mother says, “the older women go crazy!” Matthew is a pretty boy, with a pretty tone, I’ll give him that. Kelly hits her button, and Blake follows. Welp. A family member dreamed Matthew was on The Voice and Blake turned. Prophetic! John compares him to Christian Bale and Tom Cruise. But they aren’t singers! He does go on to compare him to Shawn Mendes. Kelly turned because of his rasp. She calls it “sexy.” Blake jokes that he wasn’t waiting for anybody but him. It’s so funny that Kelly thinks his family’s excitement was directed at her. Matthew Picks Blake. Because DREAM.
Zoe Upkins – 16 – Nashville TN – Angel of Mine by Monica – Her godmother Sarah Gaines was a Christian artist. She encouraged Zoe to pursue music. But sadly, she recently passed from cancer. Right before she died, she learned Zoe would be auditioning for The Voice and her face lit up. Kelly, John and Blake turn pretty fast. Zoe has a nice, deep tone. She’s not overdoing the runs, which is good. Her phrasing is pretty mature for a 16 year old. Gwen wanted a “young little princess girl” and is disappointed she didn’t hit that button (Ugh, I find her princess bit condescending.) Kelly says the same thing, only better. She likes working with young female singers, and has won with two! Blake touts his veteran status. But then John serenades her with a Monica song, personalizing the lyrics. “It was nice to meet you Zoe!” says Kelly, resigned to the inevitable. And of course Zoe Picks John. Team Legend is complete!
Khalea Lynee – 36 – St Petersburg FL – Best Part – She’s the mother of two teenage daughters. An early marriage and motherhood derailed her career. But after she got divorced in 2014, she began writing and performing. She sings like a pro. I wonder if there’s more to this story. She’s got a jazzy sound–like Anita Baker. It’s 4 chair turn to end the episode. John calls her tone beautiful, he loved all her choices–passion and discipline. Oh. And she name checks Anita. What did I say. Heh. “In my head she’s my auntie,” Khalea says. Blake makes a super lame play for Khalea, but he figures he doesn’t have a chance. She should probably choose John. He sings to woo her. I think this is done. Khalea Picks John
Jo James – 31 – Austin TX – It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over by Lenny Kravitz – At one point in his life, Jo was 300 pounds. He started playing an electric base at 8 years old! In middle school, he gained a lot of weight. Finally, his girlfriend persuaded him to live healthier. They’re married now. She also persuaded hi to audition for the show. John, Kelly and Gwen begin immediately grooving in their seats. But who will turn? Jo has a classic blue eyed soul sound. Very smooth! Aw. No Turns. I think he deserved one. Too bad he came so late in the process. John felt he tried to put “too many ideas” in his performance.
Destiny Rayne – 23 – Coral Springs FL – To Make You Feel My Love by Bob Dylan – She grew up with a single mom, who got married when she was 9. Her stepfather is very supportive. She’s engaged. Hm. I wasn’t too sure about this when. Then she hit a couple of high notes. Her range is nice and her tone is very unique. Gwen and John hit their buttons. Gwen figured she didn’t have a chance once John turned, but she’s going for it anyway. Maybe her outfit will impress Destiny? Whatever! John appreciated the way she stayed in the pocket, and her point of view on the song. Destiny Picks John
Steve Knill – 37 – San Francisco CA – Up to the Mountain by Patty Griffin – Steve performs a sweet, soulful rendition of one of Kelly’s favorite songs. So of course, Kelly hits her button right away. Steve’s a little shrill on the high notes, but his falsett is very pretty. Beautiful finish! Steve sang Kelly’s arrangement. John thinks he should dial it back a little, but compliments the “raw material.” He needs to work on his chest voice in the upper register, but other than that, I liked it a lot.
Damali – 16 – Norwalk CA – Ocean Eyes – She attended a military high school because her parents felt the public schools were poor. But a military school was the only option? Hm. Denali has a very pretty tone. But she’s flat on the high notes. But at the very last minute, Kelly pushes her button. Ha. Blake started to apologize. He didn’t realize Kelly turned! Kelly’s been holding back. Not sure why she decided to turn. Dameli has potential, but she needs work.
Ricky Braddy – 36 – Nashville TN – The Story by Brandi Carlile – HEY RICKY BRADDY! We know this guy. He was a Top 36 contestant on American Idol season 8. He was a church boy growing up. HE RECENTLY CAME OUT AS A GAY MAN. Holy cow. GOOD FOR HIM. He introduces his BOYFRIEND Logan. I knew Ricky auditioned this season. I was NOT expecting that. I remember Ricky as a very religious man when he competed on Idol. What a big step for him to take! He calls coming out at 36 “incredibly freeing.” I remember thinking Ricky was kinda robbed his season. He is a very good singer. Blake, John and Gwen turn! YAY!!! John calls his range “exciting.” Ricky says he sang a lot of Gospel. Gwen noted his theatrical flair. Kelly thinks he should do theater. Blake and Gwen bicker some more. Ricky Picks Blake
Myracle Holloway – 44 – Los Angeles CA – When I Was Your Man by Bruno Mars – Phillip Bailey discovered her in a soul food restaurant. She toured the world, but she had substance abuse issues. Her mother did as well. She left music to work with high risk students. She and her mom have reconciled–mom is sober now. She’s obviously a pro. Her tone is husky and sweet at the same time. Oh boy. Here we go again. Blake hits his button first. And Gwen follows. Zzzz. We previewed this singer earlier today. Click the link above. Blake was completely wrapped up in the performance. John could feel the pain in her voice. He felt the connection. But did not turn! Kelly is moved to tears. She’s sad her team is filling up. Myracle Picks Gwen Joana Martinez – 15 – Miami FL – Fifteen years old, she’s a sophomore in high school. Her dad, a drummer, is a big supporter. Jona’s superlative at her performing arts school: Most likely to win The Voice. Joana would LOVE to work with Kelly. We previewed this performance–click the link above. Jona has a very mature voice and she handles the mature subject matter of the song better than most kids her age would.
I still think the song is too old for her but maybe that’s just me. Kelly, Blake and Gwen turn. John calls it a “near perfect performance, but never explains why he didn’t turn. Blake calls the performance perfect. Indeed, the young singer has a full, unique, smokey voice. And her phrasing is well developed. Kelly suggests she open her eyes more, while Blake disagrees. He thinks what she’s doing is just right. “Come with a coach that got 3 people in the finale last year,” says Blake. In the end, Joana Picks Blake Maybe she changed her mind because she fell for Blakes’ obsequiousness. Kelly wants to help make her a better singer and performer. Jordan McCullough Sings “Let Me Love You” on The Voice 17 Blind Auditions
Jordan McCullough – 20 – Murfreesboro TN – Let Me Love You – He loves his sparkly jacket, which he wears everywhere. He was bullied for his size growing up. Music helped him gain confidence and feel good about himself. He’s never performed outside of church. That’s never a good sign. And we’re getting a montaged version of his performance. He has a nice mellow style, but it’s unremarkable. Even hitting a high note doesn’t move a coach to turn. I’m a little surprised. Teams are filling up I guess. John thought it felt scattered. More disciplined, he says. True, it didn’t pick up until the end. – No Turns
James Violet Sings “Sweet Creature” on The Voice 17 Blind Auditions James Violet – 20 – Syracuse UT – Sweet Creature by Harry Styles – He’s been told his voice sounds “buttery.” He’s been growing his hair for five years. He’s a man bun dude. He loves thrift shopping. Utah is beautiful, but he moved to Los Angeles to follow is musical dreams. Eventually he decided to go back home to Utah. The industry is too cutthroat! I don’t know if I’d describe his voice as “buttery,” but his tone is distinct. VERY pretty. Kelly hits her button first. When he does a few cool vocal runs at the end, Blake and Gwen turn. Gwen wonders if he’s a songwriter. He is. She calls his voice “soothing and relaxed.” She never heard that record? Really? Kelly chimes in. She totally knows it. She calls his voice “a nice glass of wine. ” When Blake says his voice takes him out to the woods, Kelly makes a Deliverance reference. Random! These antics are verging on the bizarre. Mini cliff hanger! After the break we learn James Picks Gwen. Gwen thinks her pitch went off the rails, but less so than the others. She has a point.
Dane & Stephanie – 21 Bloomfield NJ – Angela – Twin Brother and sister are duo. They were super close as kids. Oh. Dane is a transgender man. Stephanie supported him. No matter what. “He deserves to be happy, no matter what,” she says. His family is also really supportive! Dane’s voice is still changing from hormones, he says. They have a Tegan and Sara vibe. A little. Nice, sweet harmonies. John hits his button, Blake is next. PICK JOHN. He loved the blend of their harmonies. He has directed choirs and would love to have a duo on his team. Blake admits to being clueless, but mentions he brought a duo to the finale (The Swon Brothers FYI). Wisely, Dane & Stephanie Pick John
Injoy Fountain – 29 – Wichita KS – 7 Rings by Ariana Grande – She’s a single mother hoping to get a spot. She thanks “Pat Smith” who raised her. Her mother was only 16 at her birth. After she graduated from school, she auditioned for Rent and performed in Scotland. She came back to New York and found out she was pregnant. She’s singing the rap parts. It’s so dicey to do both parts. But she’s a pretty good rapper, actually. Finally getting her rapper, Kelly turns, followed by Gwen. Gwen mentioned she mashed up a Sound of Music song once. Injoy has her record. Kelly frowns. heh. Blake jokes that he does the song in his show. Kelly calls it “infectious.” Injoy Picks Kelly
Jordan Chase – 19 – Pensacola FL – Makin’ Me Look Good Again – For some reason, the camera keeps Jordan in the dark as he begins singing with no biographical information at all. He has a soulful raspy voice. Nice, but nothing special. Hm. Blake hits his button, followed by Gwen at the last minute. So the thing is, Gwen will hit her button last minute if Blake is the only turn. Because the producers probably told her to. He grew up in New Orleans, but after Hurricane Katrina, they had to move away. After Jordan was depressed, a dog named Toby helped. Then, music was his escape. He’s been on Youtube for 11 months, and according to Jordan it “took off.” Gwen babbles on about knowing what it’s like to be a 19 year old boy (???). Kelly can’t stop laughing. In the end, Jordan Picks Blake Johnny Sanchez – 30 – Hollister CA – Seven Spanish Angels – Growing up, his family had a blues rock band. He started a band with a friend in his teens. But eventually, he got married and stared a family. They had twins. It changed everything. He got a job as a city worker filling potholes. They live in a trailer on his family’s property. His voice is strong, with a bit of grit. He’s having a few wobbles, though. He’s probably nervous. Also, he’s having trouble hitting the notes. No Turns. Aw. He’s going to be living in that trailer for a while longer. John says with a little more confidence or control, he’ll be great. Blake says he was close, but the arrangement of the song threw him off. Earlier, he confessed that he wanted Gwen to turn.
Marybeth Byrd – 18 – Armorel AR – Angel from Montgomery – She works on a food truck called “Big Byrd’s Barbecue” with her dad. He was following his dream opening a food truck, and she’s doing the same thing. Her town is TINY. People drive lawn mowers down the street. She’s been singing all her life, with her family’s encouragement. She’s skipping college to pursue her love of music. Ha. Kelly finally gets her revenge, blocking Blake. John, Gwen and Kelly all turn. She has a very pretty tone. Her phrasing is gorgeous. Blake saw Kelly block, but he turns anyway, getting it out of the way. “Pick Gwen!” he says. John loves her strong clear tone, and lovely falsetto.” I agree! He thinks she’ll be one of the top contestants this season. Gwen loves her rasp and softness. Kelly professes her love for Bonnie Raitt, before “Don’t Speak” blares over the PA. I think the producers are playing tricks on her. Marybeth loves Adele and Chris Stapleton. John reminds her that he won the show, and that she sang Adele songs. Marybeth Picks John. The look on her face when he spoke, I KNEW she would pick him. Poor Kelly. Blake confesses to the “Don’t Speak” joke. He’s still need a buy in from producers to do that.
Jon Rizzo – 34 – Oceanside NY – Let Her Cry – He comes from a big Italian family. And he’s laying on the accent to prove it. Why do none of my New York Italian American relatives talk like that? They must be doing something wrong. Hm. His family is LOUD. Well, OK. I’ll go with that. Repeating the phrase ‘How you doin’” is embarrassing, Jon says. (Pro tip: Yes, it is) Are the producers asking him to indulge in dumb Italian American tropes? Ugh. I rue the day Jersey Shore hit the airwaves. His dad is also a musician. He’s doing his best Darius Rucker imitation here, but with some poor intonation. Unsurprisingly No Turns. Kelly called it too much of an imitation. Yep. Gwen thinks parts were overdone. Yes, the growls were too much He needs to work on his enunciation, says John. Jon plays in a 90’s tribute band. “A little too tribute-y” says Blake.
Cali Wilson – 28 – Salem IA – Dreams – She’s a kickboxing instructor. Her hometown is tiny, so she moved to Nashville to be a singer. Her single mom was a professional singer, so she eventually went to nursing school. “She’s living my dream,” mom says. Carli’s girlfriend is backstage with her mom. She’s very good–a beautiful alto tone and phrasing. Nobody is turning.! But finally John and Blake turn and then Gwen. Jon calls her tone super gorgeous. He compliments her control. Yes, her control was magnificent. Blake claims he’s been to Salem And Carli saw him at the gas station. Wow. Kelly thinks Blake is drunk. He might be. And Cali Picks….CLIFFHANGER! We find out tomorrow. Mendeleyev – 28 – Santa Barbara CA – Girl from the North Country by Bob Dylan – The singer is named after a Russian scientist. His full name is ridiculously long. And just as I was thinking, observing his skateboard and beachfront laid back demeanor, “his parents must be hippies,” dude fesses up to it. This is a super special audition, because Carson went out on location looking for the singer. He was born in a bathtub, a lifelong vegetarian. His mother, who passed away from cancer recently, has always had purple hair. His parents instilled in him a love of folk. They were supposed to be together at a folk festival today. He and his dad tear up talking about it. The singer declares he’ll be singing today without a band “That is how I thrive,” he says. He has an interesting tone. Not really a good voice exactly, but deep and sturdy. He reaches some really low notes!
Three chairs turn at once. Kelly, John and Blake. Gwen is last. It’s a four chair turn. He’s interesting, but I’m not convinced he’s worthy of 4 chairs. Kelly compares him to a warm blanket. Gwen loved how he connected with the audience. The panel is making fun of Kelly’s fast patter! John calls him “unique, artistic and powerful.” and “your fireworks were hitting your low notes.” Blake says his voice “shake the rafters.” Gwen reminds him that she’s also from California AND her parents also introduced her to folk. The singer name checks Richie Havens, and John sings a little back. Unsurprisingly (I called this in my head right off) Mendeleyev Chooses John. Two complentive minds meet. Jake Hoot – 30 – Cookeville TN – When it Rains it Pours – He was born in Corpus Christi Texas, and then his missionary parents moved the family to the Dominican Republic when he was 9. He has 8 siblings. They started churches. He returned to the US to attend college. He had a child, and now he’s a single dad. His little girl is everything to him. He tears up talking about wanting to do his best for her.
I’m not sure what I was expecting, but he’s got a super country vibe. He’s got that nasally country tone that I don’t love. Nobody turns right away. Kelly eventually hits her button. A one chair turn. . Kelly almost blocked Blake, but she didn’t need it. “I know you wanted Blake, but I promise this is a better home!” she says, comparing him to Ronnie Dunn. He probably WAS hoping Blake would turn. Calvin Lockett – 25 – Durham NC – Just My Imagination by Temptations – Both of his parents are pastors. He’s used to singing in the church, but hopes to cross over into secular music. Blake turns first, and then John and finally Gwen. His voice is really reedy. Not my taste at all. It feels like he’s always straining for notes. Gwen calls his voice “relaxing.” John calls his style subtle, and his tone unique. He liked that he held back on the runs until the end. He calls his voice “masterful.” Gwen and Blake both realized they are “screwed.” Blake ups the ante declaring that he could be “a star.” Gwen promises she would be “passionate” about coaching him.
“I’ve been doing this for a really really long time all over the world.” After a commercial break, Calvin Chooses Gwen. OK I was NOT expecting that. John is disappointed. He chose Gwen because she promised to fight for him. Josie Jones – 16 – Hamilton AL – Men & Mascara – We recently posted a preview of this audition. Josie LOVES Blake and hopes he turns for her (HE DOES). She also loves country music because it’s about relationships, trucks, and fishing, which she loves to do. She and her entire family jam out. She’s got an old school type country voice. She’s like a tentative Dolly Parton. She needs a few years to get control of her instrument. John turns right away! Blake hits his button at the last minute. I’m sure, much to the relief of the MAGA looking family backstage. Kelly compares her to Andra Day which seems to confuse Josie a little. Gwen calls her a “baby” Stevie Nicks. John whines that Blake harshes his ability to get country artists. Blake describes her voice as a “strait laser tone” and then compliments her ability to keep country alive. But of course, Josie Picks Blake
Reigning winner Maelyn Jarmon drops by to give the hopefuls a pep talk! She chats with the next auditioner. Johnny Sanchez – 30 – Hollister CA – Seven Spanish Angels – Growing up, his family had a blues rock band. He started a band with a friend in his teens. But eventually, he got married and stared a family. They had twins. It changed everything. He got a job as a city worker filling potholes. They live in a trailer on his family’s property. His voice is strong, with a bit of grit. He’s having a few wobbles, though. He’s probably nervous. Also, he’s having trouble hitting the notes. No Turns. Aw. He’s going to be living in that trailer for a while longer. John says with a little more confidence or control, he’ll be great. Blake says he was close, but the arrangement of the song threw him off. Earlier, he confessed that he wanted Gwen to turn.
The last artist of the night looks like an obvious Team Blake recruit. Cory Jackson grew up on a farm in Arkansas and is a country music enthusiast. He’s singing “Galveston” by Glenn Campbell and although his voice is just okay on this song, Cory has some serious charisma. This is just a bit of an awkward audition song, but I can hear potential. This almost sounds like something from a Broadway musical, but Blake, Kelly and Gwen all end up turning their chairs. Despite being appreciative of Kelly and Gwen’s kindness, obviously Cory chooses to join Team Blake. And that’s a wrap for tonight!
Elise Azkoul – Million Reasons by Lady Gaga – 28 – Atlanta GA – Elise is proud to be Middle Eastern and Lebanese. Congrats girl. That admission will probably cost you votes from certain US regions. She comes from a big musical family. Her paternal grandfather write “Last Dance” and “It’s Raining Men.” He recently died, and Elise is still mourning. The nervous singers are auditioning tonight. Her lower register is shaky. But when she finally hits some high notes, Gwen hits her button. Kelly loves her retro sixties style (so do I!). Gwen loves her tone. “You just got to get the confidence,” she says.
Royce Lovett – 30 – Tallahassee FL – Royce’s got his name because his mother “really wanted a Rolls Royce.” Huh. He grew up in the sticks. “I grew up singing and rapping to the wind.” Lauren Hill playing the guitar changed his life. “Black boys didn’t play guitar!” He LOVES reggae. He’s married, with a young son named Levi. C’mon Gwen hit that button for your reggae boy! He’s got a great voice, very unique and is a solid guitar player. Gwen turns! Oops. Blake hits his button. She mad! Heh. She dances around the stage as he finishes his song. Kelly says, “One being the obvious choice!” John thought there were pitch and control issues. Gwen didn’t know his gender and adds, “This is my lane!” She calls his voice “animated.” Let’s mix it up. I think Blake hit his button to troll his girlfriend. Blake notes his lake playlist…but then admits “Oh screw it!” Yep. Trolling. Royce Picks Gwen.
Next to the stage is 16-year old Emily Vass. Aside from singing, she’s also a talented sketch artist but has a rare disease that causes her to believe injuries are worse than they actually are. After months of physical therapy, she’s back to singing and ready to audition for the coaches. Performing “Blank Space” by Taylor Swift, Emily just doesn’t have the confidence to convince the coaches to turn their chair. They assure Emily she has potential and encourage her to return next season.
Hello Sunday (Duo) (13 & 14) – This is Me from The Greatest Showman – Hm. Why aren’t we seeing this singer at first. OH BECAUSE IT’S A DUO. They are very young, and frankly aren’t nearly ready. Pitch issues EVERYWHERE. Practice more girls. Come back in a few years. WHAT??? After a girl screeches out a high note Kelly hits her Button. Uhm…. It turns out, they met at summer camp. Chelsea, one of the singers, has been in performance arts schools all her life. STAY THERE GIRL AND PRACTICE MORE. Kelly loves harmony singing. She thinks she can help them. That’s good, because they need it. Blake chimes in to say it’s a good match. Kelly can’t believe Blake is giving her a compliment.
Max Boyle – Wayfaring Stranger – 23 Toledo OH – He’s the youngest of six kids and is a “little spoiled.” His family loved to watch him performed. But he became more self-confidence as he grew older, until he joined a gospel choir. He just quit college and isn’t sure where his life is going. He starts the performance a capella, which is always a risk. But his intonation is really good (much better than Shane before him, to be honest). He sings the entire first verse without instruments, before a soulful band kicks in. He has a nice falsetto! RHU RHO. John turns and BLOCKS Kelly She’s screaming, she’s so upset. Hope Max didn’t have his heart set on Kelly! I still don’t like the block, to be honest. And…John gets Max all to himself. “You should have been on my team,” says Kelly. John notes that he blocked Kelly, but didn’t lie about it like Blake did. “You showed us how you could command the stage…it was a daring performance,” says John.
Shane Q – Tennessee Whiskey by Chris Stapleton – 28 – Sacramento CA – NBC released a preview of this audition earlier today. Shane works as a special needs driver by day. He was a shy kid, but broke out of his shell after he started singing. Shane receives a 4 chair turn and uhm. It’s a little surprising. He sings with a sweet, high tenor. But, his runs are undisciplined and he hits some sour notes. But the coaches go crazy here nevertheless. John notes his “gospel flavor.” Gwen mistakenly namechecks San Francisco as his hometown. Oops. Blake says he made “San Diego proud.” Har har har. He goes on to rather bizzardly recite a hyperbolic review from God-knows-where, hyping his skills as a coach. It reads like it was written by Blake’s publicist. Maybe it was! “That’s a lot of arrogance from somebody that just lost The Voice,” snarks John, who happens to be the reigning winner of the show. “I love going in and out of genres,” Kelly says, explaining why she believes she’d be good for him as a coach “You’re going to be in the finale,” she declares. Hm. But in the end Shane Picks Team Kelly. Girlfriends gotta stop predicting people are going to win. But it was the “cross genre” remark that got to Shane. “That’s exactly what I want to do,” he says. Tamika J – 34 – Miami FL – You Got Me – Her parents are from Haiti. She grew up with a lot of Haitians in Florida. She imitates her mother perfectly! By day, she’s a behavioral interventionist at a middle school. She works with developmentally delayed kids. She’s rapping. Well. Hip hop doesn’t go over on this show. Kelly wants to turn. The performance is uneven, though. Her breath control needs work. No Turns. Gwen liked her vibrato but found the rapping “challenging” for a blind audition. Kelly loved the rapping, but there was a “little step” missing. John thought she didn’t reveal enough information on the singing parts. Kelly is already regretting not hitting her button. Alex Guthrie – Love and Happiness – Age 25 from Marietta, GA plays guitar and was in a commercial with former The Voice coach Jennifer Hudson. It takes a bit, but Kelly and Gwen eventually turn. Kelly’s waiting for a glory note. She finally gets one, sorta. Alex has a solid blues voice, but it doesn’t pop. He does voice work and background singing for a living. He’s used to blending into the background. Gwen says she knows how to work with someone like him–she can help him organize his versatility. Alex Picks Team Kelly. Alex also opened for Kelly a few years ago (they didn’t meet) so he had to pick her. After, Kelly chats with Jennifer on the phone, who seems to remember him very well. She says hi to the rest of the crew. Will Breman was up next for his chance at joining a team. Living with Asperger’s has made the social aspect of life hard for Will, but music, as it does for a lot of artists, helps him get through that. He decided to rearrange the Spice Girls classic “Say You’ll Be There” into a chill vibe rock song that caught the attention of John first, followed quickly by Gwen. Both Kelly and Blake sat this one out. All the coaches loved his take on the song that everybody knows, but it was basically a done deal once Will proclaimed John as one of his major influences and then sang his song “Ordinary People” with him! Yep, so Will easily chose to join Team John. Rose Short – Preach by John Legend – Age 34 from Killeen,Texas. Rose was a correction officer for 8 years. At times, she was in dangerous situations. The job was hard. She quit! She’d rather perform. She’s close to her family. They’re all here to LOUDLY support her. She’s not afraid to cover John and is confident she’ll do it justice. Kelly and Gwen turn. Kelly tries hard to get her. Blake makes a joke that she sits in Adam Levine’s old chair, which is possessed. When Rose hits the chorus, Kelly hits her button. The singer has a big voice, but it’s generic and a bit paint by numbers. Gwen calls her voice “ridiculous” yet “tasteful.” Gwen thinks she’d learn a lot from HER. Kelly says she “annihilated” the original singer, and then remembers who she was covering. oops. “You could win this show,” Kelly says, TOTALLY overselling this woman’s talent. John assures her she slayed the song, but overthinks anytime a hopeful covers his songs. Blake jokes that she’s in Adam’s old chair which is “possessed.” Gwen promises to help her “find” her personality. That’s actually a good pitch. Rose needs to find something unique. And…”I’ve been rocking with this lady, she didn’t even know it,” says Rose. Rose picks Team Gwen.
Brennan Lassiter – You Are My Sunshine – Age 20 Country singer from South Carolina sings in church and was raised by her grandparents. Her parents were young and “unfit” to take care of her. She sings a countrified version of the song. It’s a four chair turn. Blake hit his button first. I SHOULD HAVE BLOCKED says Kelly after hitting her button. Brennan sings a slow, bluesy, country tinged version of the song. She’s got an incredible range and a lovely tone. She’s Danielle Bradbery, with maturity and soul. Kelly BEGS Brennan to pick her while waving her artist around. She reminds her that she won with Chevel Shepherd, a country artist. If Brennan chooses Gwen, she’ll get her and boyfriend Blake, she says. John doesn’t try that hard–“I can help you fulfill your potential” he says. Blake talks up his fellow coaches and says, “They know as much about country music as I do a pap smear.” Hm. Brennan admits that she’s never performed outside of church. MORE BEGGING FROM KELLY. Gwen tries to sweet talk Blake into giving her up. But in the end Brennan picks Team Kelly. Jay Miah – Never Enough from The Greatest Showman – Age 30 from Tampa, Florida. Jay is a drag queen and does drag bingo on the weekend. However, here, he does not perform in drag. His natural singing voice is higher than most males. But he feels that The Voice is a place that will accept him. He has a pretty falsetto, but he seems very nervous.
He doesn’t have a strong chest voice. This song requires the ability to hit that GIANT GLORY NOTE and he misses. There are pitch problems everywhere. Nobody hits their button, unsurprisingly. Oh. When Kelly discovers this singer is male, she begins slapping her button. “You have an incredible gift,” she says. Gwen is sorry as well. Blake notes that the song’s range pulled him apart. True. The song pick was too ambitious. They urge him to come back – NO TURNS Jake HaldenVang – Wish I Knew You – Age 24 from Charlotte NC. He’s played rock music all of his life. A guitar player, he used to be in a band with his dad and they played all over the country. They played for 3 or 4 years together. Then he went solo and played in a blues rock band. Right off the bat, he hits the guitar strings. He’s a skilled guitar player and a good rock singer, if old fashioned. He starts off in a high high falsetto. Grab attention right off the bat-smart!
Jake’s got great range, beautiful tone. Gwen, John and Blake turn. Blake thanks him for rocking. Kelly and Gwen thought he was a woman at first. She heard his nerves, as a fellow rock singer, she can help him, she says. John reminds him that he’s the current winner. Blake LOVES his growly chest voice. He’s country, but has won the show with a rock artist. Kelly, who didn’t turn, advocates for Gwen. Jake picks Team Gwen He was clearly enamored with her, so no surprise. Katie Kadan performs “Baby I Love You” during The Voice Blind Auditions.
NBC released this Blind Audition as a preview. Of course, because she’s a good singer–Katie sings with a strong, muscular throaty alto. She’s like a force of nature. But it’s a first pick because she’s a four chair turn AND Blake blocks Kelly, who is the obvious choice for the singer. It’s the usual thing–Kelly doesn’t notice at first. Then she freaks out when she finds out. Blake blames John, of course. “I’m going to take you down, Shelton,” Kelly cries, indignantly. We’ve seen this narrative before! John calls her performance raw, thrilling, and full of fire. “You’re perfect for this show,” he says. Gwen compares her to CeeLo. Kelly calls her a revamp of “actual talent.” Blake’s pitch to Katie is pretty weak, “I’ve been to Chicago!” Gwen says, “I can help you be you.” Kelly urges her to choose either Gwen or John. And in the end, Katie picks John. Smart choice. Kelly promises to block a talented country singer from choosing Blake
The Voice season 17 blind auditions begin with returning coaches Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson and John Legend. In the wake of Adam Levine’s abrupt departure from the show, Blake gal-pal Gwen Stefani takes a seat on the panel. Carson Daly returns as host. The season premieres tonight (Sept 23). We’ll be live blogging all the Blind Audition performances right here. 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From Source: -Jake Hoot sang a country song and turned Kelly’s chair. -Royce Lovett sang a ska/reggae song and turned Gwen and Kelly. He chose Gwen. -Rose Short sang a John Legend song and turned Gwen and Kelly. She chose Gwen. Kelly said she could “make the finale” -Preston Howell sang Dream A Little Dream of Me and turned all 4 chairs. He chose John. Maelyn surprised him onstage to encourage him to pick John. -Hello Sunday (duo) sang This Is Me and turned Kelly’s chair. (“a mess – but one great high note that Kelly turned for”) -Jessie Lawrence sang a ballad and turned Gwen’s chair. -Marybeth Byrd sang Angel from Montgomery and turned all 4 chairs. Blake was blocked, and she chose John. The judges said she was “one to look out for” From promos: -Katie Kadan sang “Baby I Love You” by Aretha Franklin and turned all four chairs. Blake blocked Kelly, but Katie chose John. -Mendeleyev turned at least Gwen and John’s chairs (Kelly and Blake’s chairs not visible) -Will Breman sang “Say You’ll Be There” by The Spice Girls and turned at least John and Gwen’s chairs. -Jared Herzog turned at least Gwen’s chair -Myracle Holloway turned at least Gwen’s chair, but not John’s. No turns: -CJ Washington sang an R&B song but turned no chairs -Callie Lee sang a Meghan Trainor song and turned no chairs (“a total mess”) -Mariangeli Collado sang Warrior and turned no chairs (“oversung/lack of control”, they told her to come back next year) BATTLE SPOILERS ALL WINNERS INDICATED ON LEFT, Taping 1: Team Kelly: Alex Guthrie vs. Injoy Fountain – Home (Marc Broussard) The coaches apparently chose Injoy, but Kelly sent Alex through. Source was surprised no one stole Injoy. Team John: Khalea Lynee vs. Zoe Upkins – The Boy is Mine (Brandy feat. Monica) [SAVED BY JOHN; Kelly and Gwen tried stealing] A good, sassy battle. Both were good, but coaches were impressed that Zoe was able to keep up with Khalea. Team Blake: Ricky Duran vs. Marina Chello – Valerie (Mark Ronson/Amy Winehouse) [SAVED BY BLAKE; Kelly tried stealing] Enjoyable battle, source said Ricky was better but Marina was great as well. Team Kelly: Shane Q vs. Melinda Rose – Too Good At Goodbyes (Sam Smith) [SAVED BY KELLY; John tried stealing] Shane was “clearly outstanding,” but he was nervous. They didn’t know why Melinda was stolen or saved. Team Gwen: Royce Lovett vs. Kiara Brown – Turn Your Lights Down Low (Bob Marley) [STOLEN BY KELLY; Gwen tried saving] They loved this battle! Gwen said she was “falling in love with Kiara as a human being.” Per source, “Gwen had admitted she had in mind saving someone else on her team and so Kiara was nice and said she can go head and save them instead.” Team John: Katie Kadan vs. Destiny Rayne – Tiny Dancer (Elton John) [STOLEN BY GWEN; Blake also tried stealing] Source described it best: “Amazing! Katie is a beast and tone is incredible! All judges were on their feet and the crowd went crazy for it! Destiny was at disadvantage but she stepped it up and proved she was able to keep up with Katie. A great way to end the taping.” KNOCKOUT SPOILERS ALL WINNERS INDICATED ON LEFT: Info Coaches only had 1 steal and no save. The source suspects that comebacks will return this season because it was “implied” in some coach discussions. A coach mentioned Taylor as a mentor, so they’re assuming Taylor Swift (which means does NBC have $$$ for The Voice again or nah – and the picture above is probably unrelated lol) Ricky Duran was Blake’s only 4-chair turn this season, based on coach discussions. John’s remaining pairing is Marybeth Byrd vs. Preston Howell The main source confirmed 2-3 blonde girls on Team Blake in the group photo. They believe them to be Lauren Hall (blondish brown hair, sequined outfit), Cali Wilson (taller girl), and possibly Candice Russell (blonde girl, two colored pantsuit).[/b] TAPING ONE Team Gwen: Jake HaldenVang (Powerful – Major Lazer) vs. Royce Lovett (Wake Me Up – Avicii) No steal. Royce seemed to have pitch issues. Team John: Katie Kadan (Piece of My Heart – Janis Joplin) vs. Max Boyle (when the party’s over – billie eilish) – STOLEN BY KELLY; Gwen also tried to steal. Katie got a standing ovation, Max got a standing o as well. Max was a fantastic surprise and Kelly kept telling the panel that he was “so good.” Apparently, Kelly told John during the break that she had been saving her steal for Preston Howell (remember this comment for later tbh) Team Kelly: Hello Sunday (Almost Is Never Enough – Ariana Grande) vs. Alex Guthrie (I’m Not The Only One – Sam Smith) – STOLEN BY JOHN Kelly apparently felt like Hello Sunday was more “unique” and there was no one else like them in the competition. John stole Alex. Source argues that Hello Sunday is literally being carried by one member because the other isn’t that good. Team John Will Breman (I Don’t Care – Ed & Bieber) vs. Zoe Upkins (Like I’m Gonna Lose You – Meghan Trainor) One source said they were average but the coaches thought Will was fun, the other said Will was a mess but at least it was a “fun mess.” No steal for Zoe here. Team Blake: Ricky Duran (She Talks to Angels – The Black Crowes) vs. Joana Martinez (California Dreamin’ – The Mamas & The Papas) – STOLEN BY GWEN Ricky and Joana were both “so good,” although one source said Ricky was “slightly better” Gwen stole Joana “for Blake” Team Kelly: Damali Gutierrez (Sober – Demi Lovato) vs. Gracee Shriver (A country song) STOLEN BY BLAKE Both were good, but Gracee was better. Kelly pulled a Pharrell here. After the taping was recorded, apparently Kelly said she wanted Gracee. The other source commented that Gracee has a unique yodeling type of tone that was “way better” TAPING TWO Team John Khalea Lynee (TBA – Celine Dion) vs. James Violet (TBA- Post Malone) The judges commented that this was the best Khalea’s performed across all rounds thus far. James could’ve done better if he wasn’t up against someone like Khalea. Team Kelly Shane Q (TBA) vs. Kiara Brown (TBA) Shane “really delivered” and the coaches thought it was his best performance to date. Kiara was “OK.” Team Gwen Rose Short (TBA) vs. Destiny Rayne (TBA) Rose had easily “the best performance of the taping” and Kelly said that even she couldn’t go up against Rose. Rose completed overshadowed Destiny and the source couldn’t remember much about Destiny’s actual performance. The coaches said Destiny did her best she ever did, but had no chance up against Rose. Team Blake Cali Wilson (Wicked Game – Chris Isaak) vs. Marina Chello (TBA) Cali and Marina both did great. Gwen commented that if she’d known that they were going up against each other, she would have saved her steal. The judges mentioned that Cali had won her battle/was not stolen, so that officially places her on Team Blake post-blinds. People were very disappointed that there was no steal available for Marina. Post-blind teams, as they are currently known/understood. Because Blake and John’s battle steals are unknown, certain contestants from their KO teams are left as “unplaced” Current Total: 33/48 KELLY (8/12): Alex Guthrie Damali Gutierrez Gracee Shriver Hello Sunday Injoy Fountain Jake Hoot Melinda Rose Shane Q GWEN (5/12): Jake HaldenVang Jessie Lawrence Kiara Brown Rose Short Royce Lovett JOHN (7*/12): Destiny Rayne Katie Kadan Khalea Lynee Marybeth Byrd Max Boyle Preston Howell Zoe Upkins BLAKE (3/12): Cali Wilson Marina Chello Ricky Duran Unplaced (11) Caroline Reilly James Violet* (on John’s team for KO’s) Jared Herzog (turned at least Gwen and John’s chair) Joana Martinez** (on Blake’s team for KO’s) Kat Hammock (turned Gwen and Blake) Kyndal Inskeep (Gwen and Kelly turned; Gwen blocked Blake) Lauren Hall** (likely on Blake’s team for KO’s) Mendeleyev (at least Gwen and John turned) Myracle Holloway (turned Gwen and Blake’s chairs) Will Breman* (on John’s team for KO’s; At least John and Gwen turned for his audition)