After packing three episodes into its first week on the air, “The Voice” was back to its standard two instalments of the blind auditions this week. After a two-season hiatus Gwen Stefani has returned as a coach and is quickly establishing herself as a force. She often spars with Adam Levine and Blake Shelton who have been with the show from the start and Alicia Keys who signed on in season 11.
Shelton is coming off his fifth win when Sundance Head prevailed last year. Levine has taken the title of top coach three times while Stefani, who did two seasons, and freshman Keys have yet to taste victory.
Each of these music superstars is keen to find the winning act. Of the 17 artists who performed on this week’s shows, only two had all of the judges hitting the button to say, “I want you.” Which of these is the most likely to win?
Below, a description of what each of these artists did to get all four judges to turn.
Monday: Troy Ramey – Team Gwen
Ramey impressed all four judges with his rendition of “Wild World,” a plaintive tune written and recorded by Cat Stevens back in 1970. It first appeared on the fourth album, “Tea for the Tillerman,” by this English singer-songwriter. Steven penned this song as words of wisdom to a lover who is leaving him. Ramey sang it in tribute to his late father.
Monday: Josh West – Team Adam
This lanky youngster was the last act on Monday’s show and and sang the 1993 Duran Duran hit “Ordinary World,” which is seven years older than he is. All four judges quickly hit their buttons and each made a strong case as to why this teen talent should pick them. In the end he went with Adam as they share similar tastes in music.