On Monday night, “The Voice” returned for a second week of blind audition performances from hopeful Season 12 artists. After the first week of episodes, coaches Adam Levine and Gwen Stefani had each welcomed four artists on to their teams while coaches Blake Shelton and Alicia Keys had each scored five contenders. As the coaches continue to add artists to their teams, we’ll break down the performances each night. Click each of these links for our analysis of last week’s blind auditions on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.
Here are my power rankings from best to worst for the program on Monday, March 6, with Team Adam stealing the three best artists ahead of his rivals:
1. Kawan DeBose – “Let’s Get It On” (Age 30; Miami, FL)
Kawan is a total showman. You can tell he’s comfortable on stage and likes to perform for an audience. His soulful, crowd-pleasing performance earned turns from everyone except Alicia who fought hard to get Kawan to choose Adam. And that’s just what he did. I feel like it’s a great match, and Adam is going to let Kawan be the entertainer he is ready to be.
2. Gaby Borromeo – “Happy” (Age 22; New York, NY)
Though I think Gaby is exactly the kind of female pop artist Gwen was waiting for, it was only Adam and Blake that turned for her. Gaby has a raspy texture to her voice that she put to great use in the verses but built to a booming chorus that sounded great. Both coaches think Gaby can win this season, and Gaby put her faith in Adam to help her get there.
3. Josh West – “Ordinary World” (Age 17; Glendale, AZ)
The night’s final performance was an epic four chair turn for Josh, a huge 90s fan despite being a young artist. The coaches fought hard for him on the promise of being able to work with him within a genre that not many contestants on the show explore. In the end Josh chose Adam because of the similarities in their taste and vocal abilities.
4. Troy Ramey – “Wild World” (Age 32; Sea Cliff, NY)
This season has been dominated by young female artists so far, compared to last season that was heavy on the male rock vocalists. Last season Troy would have gotten lost in that fray, but this season he is being given room to shine. He’s got a great classic rock voice that you can tell has potential to go big. All coaches turned their chairs for him, but it’s Gwen that won him over.
5. Micah Tryba – “I’m Every Woman” (Age 24; Wheaton, IL)
With an a cappella background, Micah has an undeniable richness to her voice but admits that she lacks experience working with the band accompaniment. Gwen and Blake both turned for her, impressed by her control and quality. Micah ultimately chose Blake based on a gut feeling.
6. Missy Robertson – “Scars to Your Beautiful” (Age 34; Sacramento, CA)
With last second turns from both Alicia and Blake, Missy barely made it through. There’s such power in her voice and she hit notes across a wide range. I don’t think it was the best song choice, and maybe that’s why she almost didn’t get a turn, but after choosing Alicia I think her best performance is still ahead of her.
7. Aaliyah Rose – “Rise Up” (Age 14; Provo, UT)
For one of the youngest artists in the competition, Aaliyah took on a mature song and completely owned it. I think she’s adorable and with Gwen as her coach (the only coach to turn for her), she’s going to get the kind of mentoring that will encourage her to be bold and energetic.
8. Jack Cassidy – “One of Us” (Age 18; Westlake Village, CA)
The last few seasons we’ve had an artist that comes from the spotlight. As a member of a famous family — related to the Partridge family — Jack is this season’s. He brought out the keyboard and showed that he’s a true performer. Adam and Alicia, impressed by his musicality, turned for him, but as a piano player he went with Alicia.
9. Ericka Corban – “Wade in the Water” (Age 31; Aberdeen, WA)
As a stay-at-home mom, Ericka saw “The Voice” as a last chance at achieving her dream. While Ericka’s sweet jazz vocal impressed both Adam and Alicia, neither thought she was consistent enough to turn around for her.
10. Taylor Alexander – “Believe” (Age 25; Flowery Branch, GA)
Taylor is one of the more interesting country singers we’ve seen on the show because he used to be in a punk band and chose to sing a Cher song for his audition. I think his willingness to go down unexpected roads is going to be Taylor’s strongest asset as he competes on Team Adam, the only coach to turn for him.
11.Griffin Tucker – “Heartbreak Hotel” (Age 14; Dallas, TX)
For a 14 year old, Griffin has a ton of confidence and experience with music instruments. Without knowing that he’s young, his deep voice sounds like a decent adult voice. None of the coaches turned around for him, but they all agree he’s very close to being ready.
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