The Season 6 premiere of ‘The Voice’ brought out some serious competition between the judges and the contestants, but one thing’s for sure: the teen singers are ready for battle. Let the blind auditions begin!
The Voice opened its sixth season with a standing ovation-worthy coaches’ medley, but the real stars were the teen contestants. Eleven hopeful singers took the stage, and while all of them were extremely impressive, Christina Grimmie, 19, who opened the season, and Bria Kelly, 17, who closed the episode, stole the show. Considering the amazing range displayed in tonight’s blind auditions, that’s saying a lot — this season might just have the most talented crop of contestants yet.
‘The Voice’ Premiere Recap: Christina Grimmie Stuns
First up was teen YouTube sensation Christina Grimmie, who wowed the judges with her amazing audition of Miley Cyrus‘ “Wrecking Ball.” All four judges turned their chairs around, but Christina ultimately selected Adam Levine to be her coach, crushing Shakira. “I wanted Christina so bad,” said Shakira. “It was heartbreaking.”
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Next up was Los Angeles native T.J. Wilkins, who donned a dapper blue jacket, and belted out a perfectly pitched “Bennie and the Jets,” causing all four judges to turn around again. Despite Blake Shelton‘s efforts, including sweet-talking “Teej” with his very own nickname, T.J. chose fellow R&B artist, Usher, to be his mentor.
Kristen Merlin, an openly gay and inspiring country singer, took the stage with “Something More.” Adam was the first to turn his chair around, but Kristen ended up choosing Shakira, who convinced her with her fast vibrato and huge social media following. Why didn’t she select fellow country crooner Blake? He didn’t turn his chair around!
Father of five (and soon to be six), Biff Gore, 45, didn’t bring his clan of kids backstage, but he did bring his A-game. The church worship leader sang “A Change Is Gonna Come,” causing Adam to press his button within seconds, soon to be followed by Blake. By the end of his soulful song, Biff had all four judges vying for him, but he went with Usher. He even turned down a date with Shakira! Now, that’s a true family man.
The season’s first duo, and real-life couple, took Adam’s breath away with a lovely serenade of The Beatles’ “I’ve Just Seen A Face.” The singer-songwriters, known professionally as Dawn & Hawkes, went with Adam who literally fell to the floor, he was so overcome with happiness.
Leather jacket-clad singer, Jeremy Briggs, grabbed the mic next. The classic rocker ended up choosing the fearless female Shakira who was so overjoyed, she did the river dance! These judges have some serious moves.
Jake Worthington, a high school senior who auditioned last year, returned to The Voice‘s blind auditions for a second chance. And good thing he did — apparently Jake took some good notes last year because three of the four judges were ready to take him on. His impressive “Don’t Close Your Eyes” ballad caused a stir among the judges, prompting Blake, who remembered him from last year, to take a serious dig at Shakira: “She is a crappy coach!” An overwhelmed Jake told Shakira that she’s perfect, but he still stuck with his country boy, Blake.
Wrapping up the season premiere was teen blues singer, 17-year-old Bria Kelly, who has formerly opened for Blake’s wife, Miranda Lambert, and even competed on America’s Got Talent, making it into the top 20 on Season 7. Taking center stage with her powerful voice and guitar, Blake and Adam turned around, just seconds after Bria opened her mouth. By song’s end, the utterly impressed Shakira and Usher were on board, too. Lucky for Bria, she’ll be mentored by Usher, who took out his Grammy, as the ultimate bribery, exclaiming, “Ladies and gentlemen, we just heard The Voice!” Maybe Usher is the lucky one?
Which Contestants Were Cut In Tonight’s Blind Auditions?
Between the incredible sounds of pop stars, indie artists, a singer-songwriter duo and a soul man, it’s near-impossible to choose any bad singers from tonight’s opener, but not everyone was so lucky to land on one of the coaches’ teams.
Not all of the teens were superstars tonight. Tanner Linford took his talents to the stage, singing a beautiful version of Rihanna‘s “Stay,” but unfortunately, the 16-year-old didn’t make the cut. Although he was the first elimination of the night, the judges were in awe when they turned around to find out that such a powerful voice came from such a young guy.
Former boy bander and professional dancer, Leo Gallo, was suave in his leather jacket and aviators. He sure looked like a star, but his looks and moves weren’t enough to win the judges over with Robin Thicke‘s “Blurred Lines.”
Indie artist Karina Mia also looked the part with a pretty flower wreath headband, but these are the blind auditions, and unfortunately, her sounds weren’t strong enough. The recent college graduate, 22, sang Labrinth‘s “Beneath You’re Beautiful” very nicely, but the blind auditions will be Karina’s last time seen on this season.
Who do you think the frontrunner is from tonight’s episode? Let your Voice be heard, HollywoodLifers!
— Elizabeth Wagmeister