Blind auditions for Season 12 of “The Voice” came to a close on Tuesday night with each of the four coaches filling the last remaining spots on their teams. Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani were the first ones to pick up their final artists, while Adam Levine and Alicia Keys held out for very specific types of artists. In fact, Levine thinks he might finally have the country artist who can beat Shelton at his own game when battle rounds begin on March 20. Here’s a look back at our analysis for the first episode, second episode, third episode, fourth episode, fifth episode and sixth episode from the past two weeks.
Here are my power rankings from best to worst for the seventh round of blinds on Tuesday, March 14, with Team Alicia taking home the best artist of the night:
1. Chris Blue – “The Tracks of My Tears” (Age 26; Knoxville, TN)
Chris became the final artist to join Team Alicia almost as instantly as the first note of the song crossed Alicia’s ear. Alicia was waiting for a bluesy, soul voice to come along and Chris filled that exact void. Had the other teams not already filled up, I think Chris could have been a highly sought after four chair turn.
2. Sheena Brook – “Baby Girl” (Age 33; Fort Myers Beach, FL)
Sheena comes to “The Voice” wanting to explore country music after beginning her music career in rock and dipping her foot into hip hop. Adam was impressed early on in the performance and had her join his team in his last spot. This could be the country artist that Adam has been desperately wanting in recent seasons in an effort to finally beat Blake.
3. Vanessa Ferguson – “Don’t Let Me Down” (Age 31; Greensboro, NC)
Classically trained, Vanessa has a firm understanding of how to create and play around with music in new ways and I think she is unlike any artist the show has seen in the last few seasons. Every coach except Adam turned for her with Alicia, her idol, winning out. That pairing will surely make for at least one piano ballad in a future round.
4. Dawson Coyle – “Happiness” (Age 17; Williamstown, NJ)
Dawson has a pop rock style that feels very current and the judges connected with the passion and personal connection they felt from him through the performance. Blake was the only coach to turn around and lucky for him because Dawson completes the reigning champ’s team.
5. Jozy Bernadette – “American Woman” (Age 25; Grand Forks, ND)
Jozy’s song choice is really risky for a first impression performance, and I’m sorry to say that the arrangement didn’t help either. There’s a great voice there, but it just wasn’t showcased here. Still, Adam and Gwen both discovered enough in Jozy to turn their chairs for her. Blake made a good case for Jozy picking Gwen, and it worked because Jozy took the last spot on Team Gwen.
6. Stephen Bores – “Three Little Birds” (Age 32; Arlington, IL)
Stephen gave a really nice performance, perhaps too sweet though having slowed down Marley too much to make an impact with the coaches. Though Alicia really liked his energy, Stephen just wasn’t a right fit for her or Adam, the only two with open spots by the time Stephen took the stage.
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