Forty artists tried out in the first five episodes of “The Voice” and at least one of the four coaches — Adam Levine, Alicia Keys, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani — was inspired to turn for 32 of them. Sometimes more than one coach wanted an artist and each had to make a case as to why they should be picked.
Having won five of his 11 seasons on the show, Shelton had an easy time at getting seven artists to join his team. Which of his 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.
Brennley Brown – “Stupid Boy” (February 27)
Although only 14, this Apple Valley, CA native eventually impressed Key and Shelton with her interpretation of Keith Urban‘s 2006 Grammy-winning “Stupid Boy.” She started off shaky but finished strong.
Lauren Duski – “You Were Meant for Me” (February 27)
The unique tone of this country singer from Gaylord, MI will make her stand out. Duski, 25, incorporated pop and soul into her performance of “You Were Meant For Me,” which was Jewel‘s first big hit back in 1996. She was able to convince Levine, Stefani and Shelton to all turn their chairs. After a strong debate between the coaches, Duski went the predictable country route in choosing Shelton as her coach.
Josh Hoyer – “Oh Girl” (March 7)
After being passed over by the first three acts for whom he turned, fourth time proved the charm for Shelton, who snared the last act of the night, a 40-year-old crooner from Lincoln, NE. Again, he had to tousle with Stefani for this artist, who sang “Oh Girl,” a 1972 hit for soul group The Chi-Lites. This time, Shelton’s invocation of his winning record proved to be the deciding factor.
Casi Joy – “Blue” (March 1)
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 Joy was open to trying different genres, in the end she chose to go with Shelton, her favorite country singing star.
Ashley Levin – “Let Him Fly” (March 2)
This 23-year-old Miami native delivered a stellar blues-tinged rendition of Patti Griffin‘s 1996 track “Let Him Fly.” Keys, Shelton and Stefani all turned after she was a good ways into the song and Shelton convinced her that he would be the best fit for her style.
Aliyah Moulden – “Hound Dog” (February 28)
Though she’s only 15, this powerhouse from La Habra, CA has a lot of experience under her belt already. Moulden showcased her voice with a take on the 1956 Elvis Presley hit “Hound Dog” and convinced Shelton to turn quickly. The only surprise was that it took so long for Keys and Stefani to join him.
Micah Tryba – “I’m Every Woman” (March 6)
This Wheaton, IL native was the first of 11 artists to perform on this episode, and the only one that ended up on Team Blake. Shelton was wowed by this 24-year-old’s take on “I’m Every Woman,” which was originally recorded by Chaka Khan in 1978 and covered with much success by Whitney Houston in 1992.