“The Voice” kicked off season 12 last week with three episodes of blind auditions. After a two-season hiatus Gwen Stefani returned as a coach, joining 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 23 artists who performed on last week’s three shows, only four had all of the judges hitting the button to say, “I want you.”
Which of these four is the most likely to win.
Monday: Joshua Hunter – Team Gwen
After an injury ended his dream of playing in the NBA, Hunter turned to music. He had barely begun crooning the Marvin Gaye hit “Sexual Healing” when Adam turned his chair. Alicia followed closely behind, soon followed by both Blake and Gwen. Hunter, who gave a new spin on this old classic, surprised everyone when he went with Gwen.
Monday: Anatalia Villaranda – Team Alicia
This tiny talent, who is just 16, owned the stage as she belted out the Bruno Mars hit “Runaway Baby.” The coaches all turned for her, surprised to discover that this big voice was coming out of such a little girl. She opted to work with her idol, Alicia.
Tuesday: Autumn Turner – Team Alicia
The lead act on Tuesday’s episode, Turner set the bar high with her soaring version of the Oscar and Grammy-winning Donna Summer disco hit “Last Dance.” While Adam turned first, before being joined by the other three, Turner went with Keys.
Thursday: Casi Joy – Team Blake
Saving the best for last on Thursday’s episode, Joy was the only one of the seven acts seen that got the support of all four judges. She put her own spin on the 1958 country classic “Blue” by Bill Mack that won LeAnn Rimes a Grammy in 1996. While Casi was open to trying different genres, in the end she chose to go with Blake, her favorite country singing star.