What a night! The Blind Auditions of ‘The Voice’ Season 8 came to a close with each team filling their last remaining spots AND The Battle Rounds began with a bang!
One of the last singers to join The Voice Season 8 got the chance to sing a spontaneous duet with her idol Christina Aguilera — not only was it incredible but it was emotional as well! We have the full recap from this amazing episode.
‘The Voice’: The Last Auditions Rock The Stage
Nathan Hermida was the first singer of the night to audition. He described himself as a “nerdy Asian guy” — he’s so cute! We were intrigued right away and pleasantly surprised when his voice turned out to be amazing.
He sang “Sure Thing” and Adam turned around within seconds — Christina shortly followed. The two battled it out for the talented contestant and he chose to join Team Adam!
The next singer, Paul Pfau, once had an opportunity to give Adam Levine his demo tape but he chickened out! He hit The Voice stage for his second chance and totally wowed Pharrell and Blake who turned around.
Unfortunately, Adam didn’t turn around! It’s all good because Paul is now in good hands as part of Team Pharrell!
Next up, Gaia Golden showed the judges why she deserves a chance to perform in Season 8. She sang “Red” by Taylor Swift and even though she had a great voice, none of the judges felt the urge to turn their chairs sadly.
Vance Smith tried to land one of the last 3 spots available. The mechanic has a passion for music and he definitely proved that on stage while singing “Reach Out I’ll Be There.” It was a close call but Pharrell and Christina turned their chairs at the last second! Vance literally fell to the floor. When it came time to stand up and pick a team, he chose Christina’s!
Fighting for one of the last two spots, Caitlin Caporale gave it all she’s got on the stage singing Christina Aguilera’s “Impossible.” Blake and Pharrell both turned around and boy did they battle it out for her! She said she wants to pursue an R&B career so clearly, she went with Pharrell!
Since Christina was unable to take another singer, she wanted the opportunity to work with Caitlin if only for a few minutes so she sang a spontaneous duet with her right then and there! It was so sweet and emotional — she cried afterwards!
Hannah Kirby was the final contestant to join Team Blake! She sang “The Letter,” and Blake was excited to add her to his promising Season 8 team.
The Battle Rounds Begin
The first battle from Team Pharrell was between Ashley Morgan and Mia Z. Lionel Richie helped mentor the two powerhouses. They sang “Put the Gun Down” and totally rocked it but the rule of the game states Pharrell can only pick one! Mia was the winner but Adam used his first steal on Ashley!
Obviously, Blake & Christina hit their steal buttons as well and it was Christina who came out on top during this 3-steal attempt.
Ellie Goulding helped Adam with his battle rounds. James McNeice and Tonya Boyd-Cannon went head to head singing “Pretty Young Thing” and Adam had a tough choice but he went with Tonya as the winner!
After winning the battle, Tonya’s kids surprised her backstage and she started bawling (and so did we)!
Blake and Meghan Trainor teamed up to mentor the next battle round — Brian Johnson and Joshua Davis. They sang “Knocking On Heavens Door” and we would hate to be the one making the decision! Both singers left it all on the stage but Blake ended up choosing Brian. Adam immediately stole Joshua!
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— Shira Benozilio