“The Voice” kicked off season 12 with two-jam packed weeks of blind auditions spread out over five episodes. The four coaches — Adam Levine, Alicia Keys, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani — listened to 40 artists. Of these two score hopefuls, 32 made at least one of the coaches hit their button to turn their chair.
Levine has convinced the most artists to join his team despite having won only three of the previous 11 seasons of “The Voice.” Which of his nine picks to date do you think sounds the most like a winner?
Below, a description of what each of these artists did to get his attention. Be sure to cast your vote in our poll and then sound off in the comments section.
Taylor Alexander – “Believe” (March 6)
Levine was the only coach to turn for this good old boy from Georgia, who took a chance with a countrified version of Cher‘s 1998 dance club hit “Believe.” Levine believed in this 25-year-old enough to hit his button.
Gaby Borromeo – “Happy” (March 6)
Levine liked the sound of this Seattle native as she sang “Happy,” a track from Leona Lewis‘ second album “Echo.” Lewis had won the UK version of “The X Factor” in 2006 and Levine told Borromeo, 23, that she had that same indefinable quality, which made her pick him over Shelton.
Malik Davage – “Sure Thing” (March 7)
Levine was the only coach to turn for this 23-year-old from the nation’s capital who had the crowd hopping with Miguel‘s 2011 hip-hop hit “Sure Thing.” As such, this rising star ended up on his team without any competition from another coach.
Kawan DeBose – “Let’s Get It On” (March 6)
The 30-year-old Floridian impressed with his rendition of Marvin Gayes‘ 1973 classic “Let’s Get It On.” While Stefani and Shelton also turned for him, DeBose opted for Levine after the coach likened him to Prince.
Johnny Hayes – “Try a Little Tenderness” (February 27)
After being rejected by all the coaches last season, the soulful rock singer from Mobile, AL returned seeking redemption. After only singing a few bars of the 1966 Otis Redding hit “Try a Little Tenderness,” the 29-year-old had both Levine and Stefani hitting their buttons. Hayes was won over by Levine’s passion for him and his music.
Mark Isaiah – “Mercy” (February 27)
Despite being only 19, this pop singer from Mt Pocono, PA showed off his vocal control with his rendition of the Shawn Mendes 2016 hit “Mercy.” While Levine and Stefani both wanted to mentor him, Isaiah opted for the former, who spoke glowingly of his radio-friendly voice.
Jesse Larson – “Jealous Guy” (February 28)
Levine was the only coach who liked Larson’s version of the 1971 John Lennon classic “Jealous Guy.” This Minneapolis native, 34, is a lifelong music fan who builds his own guitars and fronts a garage band. While his looks are similar to those of last year’s winner, Sundance Head, his sound is uniquely his own.
Julien Martinez – “Pride and Joy” (March 2)
Martinez eventually inspired both Levine and Shelton to turn their chairs with his offbeat version of the 1983 Stevie Ray Vaughan song “Pride and Joy.” His singular sound certainly makes him stand out from the competition.
Josh West – “Ordinary World” (March 6)
This lanky seventeen-year-old from Glendale, AZ 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.