Say it isn’t so! The last week of the blind auditions is already halfway over, but tonight’s crop of contestants on ‘The Voice’ proved that next week’s battle rounds will be even more cutthroat than the judges. Shakira, Blake and Usher put up a tough fight, but Adam ultimately landed the night’s best singer.
The Voice headed into its final week of blind auditions tonight, and NBC literally saved the best for last. After two hours of amazing performances, one contestant stole the show, and Adam Levine stole his heart. The race to fill up the judges’ teams is on! Keep reading to see who else landed on Team Adam.
‘The Voice’ Recap — Adam Levine Nabs The Night’s Best Singer
First up was country crooner-turned-rocker, Kat Perkins, who has opened for Bon Jovi in the past, but currently works as a nanny. Opening the night with “Gold Dust Woman,” the 30-something proved that she was born to sing. Adam, Shakira and Usher all turned their chairs around, as the rocker chick belted out all the right notes. Ultimately, Adam won over Kat with his suaveness and connection to her genre. The Sexiest Man Alive even picked her up on stage! Lucky girl!
Next up was Paula Deanda who has experienced fame, even before The Voice. The 24-year-old was signed when she was just 16 with Clyde Davis, as her mentor. Her self-titled album was released in 2006 and her song “Doing Too Much” hit the radio and was certified gold in 2007. She even made an appearance on TRL (Carson Daly throwback)! For her blind audition, the former teen pop star didn’t choose her own song, but instead knocked it out of the park with Ariana Grande‘s “The Way.” As soon as Paula hit a high note, Blake Shelton and Shakira shared an overly-impressed glance with one another and both hit their buttons. In the end, Paula chose Blake over Shakira. Hey, the girl’s from Texas!
The fourth contestant Jake Barker has serious stage fright — so serious that his blind audition was his first-ever live performance! “It’s the biggest stage I could possibly think of…and that’s terrifying,” said the 28-year-old. So did his nerves kill his performance? Not in the least bit. A very giddy Usher was so impressed by Jake‘s falsetto that he turned around within seconds. And the feeling is mutual: “Hopefully his swag rubs off on me,” Jake raved about his coach, Usher.
Struggling artist Ria Eaton showed up to her audition with her ‘momager,’ and kick-ass competitive edge. The driven songstress sure looked the part, sporting blonde locks with red tips, a killer leather outfit and awesome silver accessories. And her raspy voice matched her standout style! Blake and Shakira went head-to-head to nab Ria, while Adam and Usher gleefully watched from the sidelines. Who prevailed in the judges’ quarrel? Team Blake!
Cierra Mickens traveled all the way from Alaska to Los Angeles to wow the judges. Was the trip worth it? Heck yes! The 23-year-old’s soulful rendition of Gnarls Barkley‘s “Crazy” got three chairs to turn around, caused a frenzy at the judges’ table and secured her spot on Shakira’s team. After all, Shakira did walk right up to the stage for a moment of special girl talk. And it paid off — Cierra was her first artist of the night!
Tonight’s only duo, Alaska & Madi, took the stage next. The best friends have been singing together since they were 12 years old, but the girls decided that they would professionally break up and head to college, if they didn’t make it on The Voice. Well, it looks like school will have to wait! The country ladies caused an all-out brawl between Adam and Blake, but their hearts — and Blake’s heart — were won over. Team Blake is giving Adam’s some tough competition!
Small town lounge singer Ddendyl auditioned next. Did she bring her A-game to the big stage? She certainly did! Dressed in an adorable pinup getup, the sultry singer landed on Team Shakira, after her amazing “Stand By Me” performance.
Family man Josh Kaufman was the last singer to take the spotlight, and he did just that! All four coaches were completely in awe of his George Michael‘s “One More Try” performance, which was pretty much perfection. The words “amazing,” “incredible” and “goosebumps” were casually thrown around the judges’ panel. Josh wrapped up the night by choosing to be coached by Adam. Take that, Blake!
So Much Talent, So Little Time — Which Unaired Auditions Made The Cut?
There’s so much impressive talent this season that there’s not even enough time to air every full audition! We saw short snippets of some amazing singers, and we hope to see even more of them in the battle rounds.
Although we didn’t get to see Tess Boyer‘s full audition, she landed on Team Usher. Adam also landed two male soloists whose full auditions didn’t air. Lastly, Blake nabbed country legacy Cali Tucker whose aunt is Tanya Tucker. Looks like those musical genes — and country jeans! — rubbed off!
HollywoodLifers, do you think that Adam is the best coach on the panel? And which contestants were you most impressed with tonight? Sing it loud and proud, in the comments below!
— Elizabeth Wagmeister