Over the course of the first five episodes of “The Voice,” the four coaches — Adam Levine, Alicia Keys, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani — have listened to 62 artists. An impressive 77% of them (48) inspired at least one of the coaches to turn their chair to find out who was singing so well.
Keys has gotten 12 artists to join her team despite having lost her freshman stint as a coach on last season’s edition of “The Voice.” Which of her picks to date do you think sounds the most like a winner?
Below, a description of what each of these artists did to get her attention. Be sure to cast your vote in our poll and then sound off in the comments section.
Chris Blue – “Tracks of My Tears” (March 14)
When Blue sand, Keys was the only coach still in need of an artist. The Knoxville native, 26, sang the blues with his rendition of “Tracks of My Tears,” the 1965 hit for Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. Even though no other coach was contending for this talent, he is a good fit with Keys.
Jack Cassidy – “One of Us” (March 6)
David Cassidy‘s nephew, who grew up in Hollywood, delivered a soulful rendition of the 1995 Joan Osborne hit “One of Us”t and had both Keys and Levine vying for his vote. As this softly spoken 18-year-old accompanied himself on the piano, it was not surprising he chose Keys who does the same.
RJ Collins – “Purpose” (March 13)
This 18-year-old Chicagoan nailed it with his take on the 2015 Justin Bieber hit “Purpose” and had Levine and Keys fighting to be his coach. He went with Keys as their styles are more similar.
Vanessa Ferguson – “Don’t Let Me Down” (March 13)
This 31-year-old from Greensboro, NC is classically trained and knows her way around a song. She rocked the house with her performance of “Don’t Let Me Down,” the 2016 hit for The Chainsmokers. While Levine took a pass, Ferguson had Keys, Shelton and Stefani fighting for her affections. Shelton tried to make his case that he would not try to countrify her but ,in the end, she went with her idol, Keys.
Lauryn Judd – “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” (March 7)
This 16-year-old from the suburbs of Salt Lake City, UT had Keys, Stefani and Shelton turning for her stripped-down version of Cyndi Lauper‘s 1983 anthem “Girls Just Want to Have Fun.” This teen talent opted for Keys as she identified most with her musical stylings.
Lilli Passero – “A Love of My Own” (February 28)
This Los Angeleno, 26, impressed all the judges but Levine with her rendition of soul singer Carla Thomas’ 1961 signature tune “A Love of My Own.” Keys convinced her to join forces by engaging her in a little sing-song repartee.
Hunter Plake – “Carry One” (March 13)
The pop band fun released “Carry On” five years ago and this 20-year-old from Baton Rouge, LA managed to make his one voice sound just as strong on this powerful tune about perseverance. Keys and Stefani both wanted to mentor him but he went with Keys as he likes that she writes the songs she sings.
Missy Robertson – “Scars to Your Beautiful” (March 6)
This Sacramento native, 34, made a mistake by choosing to perform the Alessia Cara 2016 hit “Scars to Your Beautiful.” The song didn’t showcase her voice but Keys and Shelton decided at the last second to turn. In the end, it was Keys who connected with her.
Quizz Swanigan – “Who’s Lovin’ You” (March 2)
At just 13, Swanigan is the youngest artist so far this season, having taken advantage of the rule change this year to lower the age minimum. This Little Rock, AR native’s rendition of the 1960’s Motown tune “Who’s Lovin’ You” was reminiscent of the young Michael Jackson. While his deep, textured voice had both Keys and Stefani turning, it was Keys who won him over in the end.
Felicia Temple – “All I Could Do Was Cry” (February 27)
This 28-year-old from Teaneck, NJ delivered a powerful performance of the 1960 Etta James classic “All I Could Do Was Cry.” While Shelton and Stefani also wanted her for their teams, she connected with Keys and they even sang a few bars of the coach’s hit “Fallin’.”
Autumn Turner – “Last Dance” (February 28)
The lead act on this episode, this 25-year-old from Montclair, NJ set the bar high with her soaring version of the Oscar and Grammy-winning Donna Summer disco hit “Last Dance.” While Levine turned first, before being joined by the other three coaches, Turner went with Keys.
Anatalia Villaranda – “Runaway Baby” (February 27)
Despite only being 16, this California girl has been singing for years. Her version of the 2010 Bruno Mars hit “Runaway Girl” had all four judges hitting their buttons. They were surprised to discover that this big voice was coming out of such a little girl. After each made an impassioned plea for her vote, she chose to work with her idol, Keys.