For Tuesday’s fifth round of “The Voice” blind audition performances, coach Adam Levine already had eight artists on his team as the show began while Alicia Keys was just behind with seven. Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani, with only six artists each, were both hoping for great extra singers to keep them competitive for Season 12. As the coaches continue to add artists to their teams, we’ll break down the performances each night. Click each of these links for our analysis of last week’s blind auditions on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday plus this week’s episode on Monday.
Here are my power rankings from best to worst for the program on Tuesday, March 7, with Team Gwen scoring the best artist of the night:
1. Johnny Gates – “Maggie May” (Age 31; Providence, RI)
The pop-rocker has been performing for years and it was evident in his performance. He looks at ease on stage, but more importantly has an edgy, raspy voice that is not only recognizable but also full of range. Setting him apart this season are his rock star good looks and fun personality. Blake, Alicia and Gwen turned their chairs during his performance, and in the end he chose to stick with his fellow garage-band counterpart, Gwen.
2. Josh Hoyer – “Oh Girl” (Age: 40; Lincoln, NE)
There was an old-school soulful, pop vibe to this bearded, tattooed crooner who might not sound how people would expect him to. He has a great voice and has no inhibition on stage, although he doesn’t quite strike me as someone who has the goods to win it all. That being said, it’s early and I do think the audience will get behind someone like Hoyer if he can make it to the live rounds. Both Blake and Gwen turned their chairs for Hoyer – and he chose Blake.
3. Lauryn Judd – “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” (Age: 16; Draper City, UT)
The young indie artist has a voice so unique that Alicia thought there may be a duo on stage before she turned her chair. I generally take issue with indie artists who sing in obscure accents to make themselves sound interesting, but there was something different about Judd that simply made her seem refreshing. Although Gwen and Blake also turned their chairs, Judd chose to join Alicia’s team.
4. Caroline Sky – “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” (Age: 16; San Anselmo, CA)
With a traditional pop voice, Sky glided smoothly through the song without pushing too hard. Although she was good, there was nothing terribly memorable about her or her performance. She was able to convince both Gwen and Blake to turn their chairs though, and she ended up choosing Gwen.
5. Malik Davage – “Sure Thing” (Age: 23; Washington, D.C.)
The lower range of this R&B singer is silky smooth and easy on the ears. He gets into a bit of trouble when he scales up into his upper register, but with work he may be able to advance further into the competition. But any lack in range is made up for with likability – Davage’s interaction with the coaches was the most emotional of the night. Only Adam turned his chair during the performance though, guaranteeing him a spot on his team.
6. Paul Adrian – “I Got a Woman” (Age: 20; Irving, TX)
The old-school soul singer was full of energy on stage, but couldn’t quite hit the right notes for the coaches. After a fun, but uninspired performance, none of the coaches were compelled to turn their chair.
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