‘The Voice’ blind audition: Mark Isaiah causes fireworks with performance of ‘Mercy’ [WATCH]

Monday’s return of the “The Voice” on NBC is already causing fireworks. Our writer Denton Davidson offers his power rankings for the 11 artists with the first blind auditions of Season 12. One of his favorites is Mark Isaiah, a 19-year-old Pennsylvania native with the song “Mercy.” He says: “The young pop singer showed solid control while going up and down the scale throughout his performance. He has a radio-friendly voice and the looks that will appeal to young girls voting at home. He isn’t the strongest singer, but he was still able to convince coaches Gwen Stefani and Adam Levine to turn their chairs (no turns from Blake Shelton and Alicia Keys, though). Moving forward, his charisma and star potential will benefit him. Isaiah ended up choosing Adam as his coach.”

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For one of this season’s best contestants, here is his official NBC bio: “Mark grew up singing but never imagined he’d have enough confidence to sing in front of a crowd. After winning a singing contest for Justin Bieber‘s movie “Never Say Never,” he realized his true potential to make it in music. With this new confidence, he began to lose weight and further pursued his passion by creating and recording YouTube covers with friends.”

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