Season 12 of NBC’s “The Voice” blind auditions kicked off this week with eight of 11 artists advancing in Monday’s premiere episode (see our power rankings of all from the premiere). On Tuesday night we heard six new artists try their own hand at earning a spot on one of the four coaches’ teams — Blake Shelton and Adam Levine are both back for their 12th time as series coaches and are joined by Gwen Stefani and Alicia Keys, each back for another round. As the coaches fill out their teams, we’ll break down the performances each night.
As the coaches fill out their teams, we’ll break down the performances each night. Here are my power rankings for Tuesday night’s blind auditions show from the best to the worst:
1. Aliyah Moulden – “Hound Dog” (Age 15; La Habra, CA)
Though she’s only 15 years old, Moulden has a lot of experience under her belt already. Moulden’s voice is dynamic and powerful, but I was most impressed by the confidence she exudes on stage. Why did it take so long for Gwen and Alicia to turn around?! Maybe if they hadn’t waited so long Moulden wouldn’t have joined Team Blake.
2. Lilli Passero – “A Love of My Own” (Age 26; Los Angeles, CA)
Though she was worried about the old-fashioned vibe of her song choice, Passero really had no reason to be. I mean, wow! Passero moved through the song effortlessly, slowly building to something large and soulful at the end that resulted in a three-chair turn, with only Adam failing to press his button. For the second night in a row, Alicia ends the night showing the audience and the artist her own voice, sweeping Passero off her feet and on to her team.
3. Autumn Turner – “Last Dance” (Age 25; Montclair, NJ)
Turner opened up the show with a soulful and heartfelt rendition of a disco classic. While she didn’t bring anything new to the song, she held her own and handled it well. Adam was the first to turn around, just a few lines into Turner’s performance, but in the end it was the only four-chair turn of the night. The rest of the judges were threatened that Alicia turned, too, and rightfully so because that’s the team Turner joined.
4. Jesse Larson – “Jealous Guy” (Age 34; Minneapolis, MN)
He builds his own guitars, he’s in a band and even worked with a former “The Voice” contestant on the advice of the legendary Prince. So you that music is a huge part of Larson’s life! Though he looks like last year’s champion Sundance Head, the voice that comes out of him is much different, with more rock notes and a higher register. To Adam’s surprise he was the only coach that turned around, so that’s where Larson will go.
5. Savannah Leighton – “Unconditionally” (Age 16; Spring Garden, AL)
In taking on one of Katy Perry‘s biggest ballads, Leighton looked as though she might have missed the mark with the coaches, but after hitting her stride on the runs in the middle of the track she got a two-chair turn from Gwen and Blake. In this lover’s quarrel, Gwen won out after convincing Leighton that their bond as women will work to her advantage in the competition.
6. Nick Townsend – “Writing’s on the Wall” (Age 23; Tekamah, NE)
Townsend risked it all by taking on the Oscar winning Sam Smith ballad that turned out to be too big for his voice. At one point Blake almost pressed his button for him, but a few shaky and flat notes left this young music teacher without a coach.
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