Over the first five seasons of NBC’s “The Voice,” country star Blake Shelton dominated the other coaches by winning three times. However, first season champ Adam Levine (Maroon 5) rallied to win again last year.
Each of the four has selected a dozen contenders for their teams. Beginning on Monday (March 17), the 48 hopefuls will do battle, hoping to make it to the knockout round or be saved by another coach.
We are profiling all four dozen contestants prior to that, with those of Team Blake’s 12 hopefuls below.
After reading about each, be sure to vote in our poll as to who has the best chance of winning “The Voice” for Shelton for the fourth time.
Alaska and Madi – They have been singing together since they were 11 years old, when they joined “American Kids,” a group that helps kids overcome stage fright. In 2011, the girls were named the American Kids’ “Performers of the Year,” an honor also bestowed to Shelton. Their audition song was “Barton Hollow.”
Audra McLaughlin – She is a hard-working college student who’s overcome a learning disability to earn a 3.5 GPA. A former victim of bullying, Audra is very involved with anti-bullying campaigns and has performed at several charity events. Her audition song was “Angel from Montgomery.”
Cali Tucker – She has had an inside look at the music business through her famous aunt, country singer Tanya Tucker. Although she’s been in the industry for a while, she wants to prove she can make it on her own. Her audition song was “Black Velvet.”
Jake Worthington – He is a true country kid who loves fishing, mudding and four-wheeling in his free time. He broke his back playing football and had to take it easy for a few months, which allowed him to discover his true passion: music. His audition song was “Don’t Close Your Eyes.”
Kaleigh Glanton – Growing up, her father played guitar professionally and taught her how to play. In high school, Kaleigh and her dad became a guitar duo, performing at restaurants, weddings and parties. This is the first time Kaleigh is stepping away from her family duo, and she hopes to gain the confidence she needs to pursue a solo career. Her audition song was “Have You Ever Seen the Rain?.”
Lexi Luca – She has always loved music, but started taking it more seriously two years ago when she wrote and performed a song in memory of a close friend. Since then, she has built a following on YouTube with her music videos and covers. Her audition song was “Wasting All These Tears.”
Megan Ruger – She has performed at state fairs and local talent shows since she was seven years old. At 20, she moved to Nashville, and she has been performing on Broadway Street every night. Her audition song was “Just Like a Pill.”
Noah Lis – His grandfather inspired him at a young age to pursue a career in music, and Noah has been at it ever since. He currently pays for college by performing more than 250 gigs a year. His audition song was “Me and Mrs. Jones.”
Paula Deanda – She was signed to a record label at 16. She put out a No. 1 album, opened for Chris Brown and then was suddenly dropped. She’s been recording music on her own but hasn’t been able to secure another deal. Her audition song was “The Way.”
Ria Eaton – She grew up in a dance studio – her grandmother and mother were both dancers – but her true passion is music. She currently lives with her grandmother in Massachusetts. Her audition song was “Cups (When I’m Gone).”
Ryan Whyte Maloney – His mother played in a band, which sparked his interest in music. Starting in high school, he played in his own band and worked as a garbage man to pay the bills. He is currently living in Las Vegas. His audition song was “Lights.”
Sisaundra Lewis – She was born into a family of migrant workers and grew up singing in church. She’s had some success singing jingles for commercials, performing with Cirque du Soleil and working as Celine Dion’s vocal director. Her audition song was “Ain’t No Way.”
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