The blind auditions come to an end during week four of ‘The Voice,’ with Lady Gaga backup singer Chevonne in the mix! Read on for all the details.
Well, fellow fans of The Voice, we’ve finally reached the end of the show’s signature blind auditions! Before we can prepare fully for next week’s battle rounds, though, lets take a look back at the tonight’s final group of auditions, which saw the completion of teams of America’s favorite coaches: Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green, and Blake Shelton.
The night started out with cute, 15-year-old Nathalie Hernandez who sang Taylor Swift‘s “White Horse.” Cute is the perfect word to describe Nathalie’s voice. She handled the song well, getting Blake and Christina to hit their buttons almost immediately. Adam turned a bit later, but it didn’t matter. Nathalie seemed like she knew she was Team X-Tina from the get-go and that’s were she wound up. I think it’s a good fit.
Caitlin Michele, the 20-year-old who suffered from debilitating panic attacks, came out and absolutely owned on “Cosmic Love” by Florence and the Machine. I agreed with Adam that there were some pitch issues, but she just totally owned that song and the stage. She had Blake and Adam at war, with Christina meddling and advising that Caitlin choose Adam. It worked, as Caitlin did wind up with Team Adam.
Nicole Johnson, 18, took the stage next singing “Mr. Know It All” by Kelly Clarkson. She brought a countrified version of Kelly’s hit, but got Cee Lo to turn first, surprisingly. Blake wasn’t far behind. I think there were moment during Nicole’s performance where her voice definitely showed strain, but overall, it was good. Cee Lo told Nicole she had a “perfect voice,” which I think might have been a stretch. The country girl wind up picking Blake, though. It’s a match made in Nashville.
Lady Gaga background singer Chevonne, 26, was up next. She sang “Brass In Pocket” by the Pretenders, and it was a pretty mediocre audition for me. The song is a poor audition choice, in my opinion. It doesn’t offer much opportunity to demonstrate your vocal ability. Luckily for Chevonne, Cee Lo and Blake were able to hear something in her performance. Chevonne winds up choosing Team Cee Lo.
The Finale Four
The next auditioning contestant to make a team was Kayla Nevarez, who’s father couldn’t be there as he’s battling liver disease. She brought a performance of Estelle‘s “American Boy” to the stage that seemed much older than her 17 years. She handled the song well and sounded really good. She also got Adam, Christina, and Cee Lo to fight over her. In the end, Kayla went Team Adam, thus completing Adam’s team of 16.
Up next was Celica Westbrook, from a long line of singers, who’s only 16 but already has quite a bit of experience in the recording industry. She sang “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri and got an immediate turn from X-Tina. Cee Lo and Blake soon followed suit. Celica’s voice was great, though there some moments where her pitch fell a bit. It was a great performance, though, to be sure. In the end, she chose Team Christina, rounding out that team for the season.
Rudy Parris, questionable outfit and hair aside, came out and wowed the stage with “Every Breath You Take” by The Police. With just Blake and Cee Lo left with room on their teams, it turned into a showdown. However, Rudy’s country music roots steer him straight to Team Blake.
Just in time to close out Team Cee Lo, farm boy Cody Belew came out and sang “Hard To Handle” by Otis Redding. Cody handled the song well and sounded really great, but it looked like no one was going to turn around for him. At literally the last second, Cee Lo decided to go for it. There was a really great moment where Cody didn’t realize that anyone turned for him. His reaction when he realized Cee Lo did was priceless.
With that, we head into the battle rounds, HollywoodLifers! Do you think this season’s crop of talent has a superstar in the makings? Who was the best audition tonight? Let me know in the comments below!
— Billy Nilles
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