The Voice has only been gone since the beginning of December but I would be lying if I said I wasn’t having withdrawals… BUT fear not my friends, because last night was finally the return of our beloved show!
Season 12 kicked off with returning coaches Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Alicia Keys, and, after a two season hiatus, Gwen Stefani! Also how could we forget our amazing host, Carson Daly, who is also back for another season. Also, I highly suggest checking out the coaches’ cover of TLC’s Waterfalls, because it was ammaazinngg. But enough about the coaches, let’s get to what’s really important. Tonight was the first night of the Blind Auditions, so, in no particular order, let’s take a look at who made it to the Battle Rounds!
Brennley Brown – “Stupid Boy”
Very soft and sweet voice, with maybe a little bit of a country accent? She did seem a little nervous which might have held her back during her performance. But towards the end of the song, she belts out the most amazing note, and gets Blake Shelton and Alicia Keys to turn their chairs! Brennley is 14 years old, and makes it clear that country music is where she aspires to be. So of course, Blake, makes it his mission to get her on his team. The battle between Alicia and Blake is real, but ultimately Brennley chooses to join… Team Blake!
Lauren Duski – “You Were Meant for Me”
Immediately I am blown away by this girl’s voice and she hasn’t even finished the first note, and within a couple seconds, Adam Levine pushes his button, and immediately a sign of relief from Lauren. Blake and Gwen follow by pushing their buttons next. About halfway through this performance, and I have goosebumps. She has continued to sing this song so flawlessly. Lauren shares that she just moved to Nashville, and already Blake believes he’s got this in the bag. Adam gives a great pitch, and so does Gwen. Although Lauren says she’s considered country music, Adam claims that he goes with his gut feeling with choosing artists and that she should choose him anyways. Gwen points out that she’s the better choice because she has collabed with both Adam and Blake, going along with the “genre-less” singer. It is a tough decision but also not a huge shocker, Lauren chooses… Team Blake!
Stephanie Rice – “Piece by Piece”
Starts off very promising, and within seconds, has Blake pushing his button. Not too far after, Gwen follows her beau and pushes hers. Stephanie has a very raspy, but soulful voice, and you can tell she puts so much emotion into her performance. Adam points out how he feels like the awkward third wheel when both Blake and Gwen push their buttons, and its so true! Now that Blake and Gwen are officially open about their relationship, I feel like their competitiveness has increased so much, its pretty entertaining to watch actually. Adam eggs on the competition and Alicia is like the referee of it all, again, entertaining. Finally the time has come, Stephanie chooses to join… Team Gwen!
Mark Isaiah – “Mercy”
Ahhh a Shawn Mendes song… sung so beautifully by someone who’s not Shawn Mendes. Gwen and Adam are the first two to push their buttons, within a second of each other. Mark gives an amazing performance of this song all throughout. At only 19 years old, Gwen says that she’s surprised that he is not signed to anyone yet. She also says that she has the longest music career than everyone else, Adam even used to go to her concerts (crazy to think about it that way, right?). Mark chooses to join… Team Adam!
JChosen – “Sexual Healing”
First note is amazing, and Adam does not hesitate to push his button. Alicia is a couple seconds after. Blake and Gwen follow not too long after, making that a four-chair turnaround for JChosen! All the coaches are dancing and clapping along and it is just all around a great performance. Adam goes up and gives him a hug at the end of the performance, and the coaches look a little scared, but are ready to battle it out. All the coaches make great points, and it’s actually hard to keep up with all their comments, but JChosen surprises all the coaches when he chooses to join… Team Gwen!
Johnny Hayes – “Try a Little Tenderness”
Honestly one of my favorite songs, and he starts it off so amazingly. Adam and Gwen push their buttons almost immediately. The song seems to perfectly match Johnny’s style and he’s definitely got a little more rock in him that hopefully we’ll get to see later in another performance. Adam notices him, and Johnny says that he actually auditioned last season. I love when people who have previously auditioned, and didn’t make it, come back and are able to get not just one, but two chairs to turn! The final decision comes down to Johnny, and he chooses to join… Team Adam!
Felicia Temple – “All I Could Do Was Cry”
Sweet, soft notes to start off the song. She’s already killing this performance with such a beautiful voice and passion. Alicia is the first to push her button, and it is the cutest thing when the camera goes to Felicia’s family who is jumping and cheering for her backstage. Blake and Gwen push their buttons, and we already know that those two are about to battle it out. But there is a plot twist, Felicia says she used to be called “Felicia Keys” because she used to play Alicia’s songs all the time. Blake and Gwen already know that they have lost this battle, and Adam says that Felicia and Alicia should duet… and they do exactly that! No surprise at all to any of the coaches, Felicia chooses to join… Team Alicia!
Anatalia Villaranda – “Runaway Baby”
She starts off strong and proud, with every ounce of confidence a person should have when auditioning for this show. She is 16 years old and has such a strong and amazing voice. Blake and Alicia push their buttons at the same exact time, and Gwen and Adam do not take too long to follow after, making it a four-chair turnaround! Her family has been cheering for her loud and proud since she started singing, and they are brought on stage, and it is the sweetest thing in the world. Alicia and Gwen give their “girl-power” pitches, Adam tries to go for the “geography” pitch, but Blake shoots that down pretty fast. Anatalia is left with the tough decision, but she chooses… Team Alicia!
If you want to check out the performances from tonight, be sure to head to www.youtube.com/thevoice, and be sure to join us tomorrow for another night of The Voice!