Do any bad singers go on ‘The Voice?’ If so, we haven’t seen one yet! It’s not the battle round yet, but the judges were full on fighting over each of the amazing singers. Don’t worry, we broke down each performance (and our favorite one-liners) from the judges.
Talented singers were among the judges once again on The Voice on September 23 — but not every one could make it through, and not every judge could get who they wanted on their team. Adam Levine pinned himself against BFF-enemy Blake Shelton, as per usual, while newcomers Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani totally proved they may be new, but they know what they’re doing!
‘The Voice’ Blind Auditions — Night 2
Here’s what you missed on night two of the blind auditions — and which judges snagged who:
Joe Kirk, 17, from Nashville, Tenn.
Just approaching his senior year in high school, Joe spent his childhood singing with his brothers and his mother quit their job as a professional singer to help her sons. Adam and Gwen turned almost immediately for his cover of “Lego House,” followed by Blake and Pharrell! However, Adam won his heart.
Menlik Zergabachew, 19, from Silver Spring, Maryland
Coming from a tough background, Menlik has always worked hard to get ahead. He dropped out of high school to start a reggae band, and we heard it in his voice. He covered “Santeria,” showing off his powerful voice. Blake turned midway through (we’re not sure why he waited so long), and then on his last note, Gwen turned, too. Blake thought he didn’t have a chance . . . and he was right.
Sugar Jonas, 24, Los Angeles, Cali.
Growing up under her father’s successful career, she decided to take on a classic hit, “Chain of Fools.” Right from the get go, she showed off how strong her voice was — but it took the whole performance to get both Blake and Gwen to turn! Blake totally fell in love with “sugar,” but she chose Gwen!
DaNica Shirey, 25, from York, Pennsylvania
The mother of an adorable 4-year-old shared her emotional story about losing her father to cancer. She returned to the stage for the first time in 3 years, and stunned the judges with “Big White Room.” Adam was the first to turn turned his chair, followed by Gwen and Pharrell. Nica chose Pharrell!
Taylor Phelan, 25, Sherman, Texas
Starting at 16, he began playing in a band. However, he changed to graphic design when he had a daughter and is very happy — but his wife has been encouraging him to go back to music. He chose “Sweater Weather,” which got Adam to turn right away, followed by Blake, Pharrell and Gwen. We thought he’d go with Adam, but he totally chose Pharrell! Then Pharrell even went backstage to meet his family!
Maiya Sykes, 31, Los Angeles, California
Maiya grew up in a low-income home, but her entire family was incredibly musically talented. It definitely rubbed off on her. While she got into Yale, and triple majored, she knew she needed to follow music. So, she took on “Stay with Me,” turning the chairs of all judges immediately! She may be the smoothest voice we’ve heard yet, and the amazing positive energy to go with it. They all wanted her, but Gwen pulled the “girl” card, saying she could get her shoes and goods! However, Pharrell stood up for her, and that won her over!
Reagan James, 15, Burleson, Texas
After meeting Kelly Clarkson, Reagan was inspired to become a musician, and started performing live at 8 or 9, and her father plays the guitar! She immediately got Blake and Gwen to turn with her cover of “Give Me Love.” Pharrell is immediately angry at himself for not turning, when she tells him he wants to do R&B, which I’m sure she wishes he did too — right in the beginning she said she wanted him! However, Blake got her!
Taylor Brashears, 21, Nashville, Tenn.
She loves her food truck job, but has been in love with music since age 8. She started a band in high school, too! She took on “You Ain’t Woman Enough (To Take My Man),” grabbing Adam and Pharrell’s attention’s first! However, Blake did turn right at the end (breaking Adam’s heart). He had a good reason of waiting, though saying that it’s hard to pull of Loretta Lynn and he was making sure — while none of the other judges knew who sang the original song. That worked!
‘Voice’ Blind Auditions: Who Didn’t Make The Cut?
Unfortunately, a few didn’t make the cut.
Jimi Milligan, 35, Philadelphia, Pennslyvania
The father of four has been in a band for 18 years and was extremely talented! He covered “Get Ready,”and unfortunately didn’t turn any of the judge’s chairs. It totally broke my heart, and he totally should come back and try again!
Caitlin Lucia, 18, Huntington Beach, Cali.
Caitlin’s not only a singer and songwriter, but she also collects pez dispensers . . . yes, you read that right. She took on “You’re the one that I want,” from Grease, with only her guitar. It was the strangest rendition I’ve ever heard of the song, but I thought it totally worked. Unfortunately, the judges didn’t feel the same.
Andy Cherry, 28, from Charlotte, NC
The church worship leader loves to sing, and was signed to a Christian record deal. However, he didn’t succeed and didn’t follow his own direction — until now. He pulled off a great version of “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” but unfortunately it didn’t do it for the judges.
‘Voice’ Notable Moments
“He’s all fit. I’m so scrawny, but I know what to do with that voice.” — Pharrell to DaNica referring to Adam . . . and it worked.
“How serious are you going to be able to take this guy when he’s giving you a heartfelt talk and looks like he’s going to cook you Arby’s roast beef?” — Blake to Joe, referring to Pharrell’s epic hat (and wearing a fake Pharrell hat).
Menlik had to choose between Blake and Gwen, and Gwen tries to convince him with her t-shirt. So, he asked Blake if he had a t-shirt. “I can make you a drink,” he counter-offered.
Gwen name dropping her band all night, was not at all annoying and somehow perfect.
“I don’t know anything about baseball, but i know he just stole a base.” — Pharrell on Adam butting in during his comments on Taylor’s performance.
“You vomit, and it’s like, in key,” — Pharrell on Sugar.
“You have never said that phrase in your life. All of a sudden, she’s standing up there and I’ve got to ‘hold my horses.'” -Blake to Adam, when he makes the country phrase in front of Taylor Brashears.
“I have three trophies from winning The Voice and a credit card.” — Blake trying to win over Miaya
HollywoodLifers, are you impressed with the blind auditions this season? Drop a comment below, and let us know if you think this is the best round of talent The Voice has ever seen!
— Emily Longeretta
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