‘The Voice’ blind auditions: Reigning champ Blake Shelton takes home best artist on Monday

The final week of blind auditions on “The Voice” kicked off Monday night with coaches looking to find the last few artists to fill out their teams. Adam Levine already had nine artists as the show began while Alicia Keys and Gwen Stefani were just behind with eight. Blake Shelton, with just seven singers, had some catching up to do. The latest program was the sixth for Season 12. Here’s a look back at our analysis for the first episode, second episode, third episode, fourth episode and fifth episode from the past two weeks.

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Here are my power rankings from best to worst for the program on Monday, March 13, with Team Blake taking home the best artist of the night:

1. Valerie Ponzio – “Ring of Fire” (Age: 32; El Paso, TX)
With the only four-chair turn of the night, this country artist proved to be the highlight of the evening. Her ability to blend genres within a country performance, along with her unique tone easily makes her one of the season’s brightest standouts. After a heated deliberation between all four coaches, Blake came out victorious in securing this potential winner on his team.

2. Hunter Plake – “Carry On” (Age: 20; Baton Rouge, LA)
There was a refreshing quality to this young pop-rock singer that seemed to simply make him better than the others. He was confident on stage, hit all the right notes and looked like someone who would fit in perfectly in today’s pop music scene. Had teams not been filling up, I imagine more than Gwen and Alicia would have turned around, but nonetheless he will move on to the next round full of potential. He wisely chose Alicia, who has nobody else like him on her team, as his coach.

3. RJ Collins – “Purpose” (Age: 18; Chicago, IL)
Despite not being the most powerful R&B singer we’ve heard this season, there was a sincerity and honesty with which he sang that made this performance stand out. He didn’t shoot for notes outside of his range and sang with maturity beyond his years. Both Adam and Alicia turned their chairs. After a lengthy plea from Adam, Collins couldn’t deny being more star-struck by Alicia and chose her as his coach.

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4. Kenny P – “Hello It’s Me” (Age: 30; Cleveland, OH)
The smooth and pure vocals of this soul/rock/sometimes country singer draw an interesting contrast to his twisted mustache and unique style. To top it off, he has the type of personality that viewers will gravitate to. Although this song didn’t do him too many favors, he has potential to be a dark horse in this competition. After convincing both Gwen and Blake to turn their chairs, he ultimately chose Gwen as his coach.

5. Sammie Zonana – “Dangerous Woman” (Age: 24; Austin, TX)
This bluesy indie artist’s ability to translate a current pop song into something completely her own is what “The Voice” is all about. This is the type of performance that would inspire serious iTunes purchases during the live performances and she will be instantly recognizable moving forward. Although it wasn’t my favorite performance of the night, her potential this season is endless. Ultimately only Gwen turned around, so there was no debate on which team she would join.

6. TSoul – “Take Me to the River” (Age: 29; Richmond, VA)
With no shortage of personality, TSoul used his gospel roots to entertain the audience with complex vocal runs and intricate lyrical phrasing. Combined with his fun sense of style, TSoul will be one to watch this season – but I’m not convinced he has what it will take to go the distance in this competition. He impressed both Adam and Blake enough to turn their chairs though, and in the end shocked everyone by choosing Blake. That coaching choice may prove to be wise since Blake has a shortage of both men and soul singers on his team.

7. Nala Price – “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)” (Age: 17; Sebring, FL)
The young pop singer had clarity in her voice that almost immediately convinced both Adam and Gwen to turn around. As she proceeded through the song, she had a few inconsistencies but overall is an artist with potential who could grow within the competition. She chose to move forward with Adam.

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8. Hanna Eyre – “Blank Space” (Age: 15; Laguna Niguel, CA)
This teenager’s bubbly personality and likability could take her far, but her version of Taylor Swift’s recent hit made it sound like it was written for a Disney film. Her clear tone and innocence rang through as Adam, Blake and Gwen all turned their chairs. And while I don’t doubt their judgment, or her potential moving forward, this performance didn’t move me. After much deliberation, she chose Adam as her coach.

9. Enid Ortiz – “All I Ask” (Age: 25; Tampa, FL)
After a bit of a shaky start, Ortiz gradually calmed her nerves and was able to put together a solid performance. Covering an Adele song in this era of music always draws difficult comparisons, but luckily Ortiz was able to earn a last-minute chair turn from Blake. As the only coach who turned around, Blake had no competition securing her on his team.

10. Casey Jamerson – “Shadows of the Night” (Age: 26; Pendleton, IN)
The former Broadway performer had hopes of becoming a rock star; and although she put on one heck of a performance, the coaches weren’t able to see her stage presence. Despite it being a generally entertaining song, the coaches seemed a little confused and apprehensive about whom was behind them and ultimately none of them turned around.

11. Austin Tyler Jones – “Alison” (Age: 27; Columbia, TN)
The guitar-strumming coffee shop manager couldn’t muster up enough interest in his performance to convince any of the coaches to turn around. It wasn’t a bad performance by any means, but it lacked originality and inspiring vocals. Perhaps Blake summed it up best when he called the performance “extra laid back” and with so few spots remaining in the competition, it just wasn’t enough.

Honorable mentions — The following singers were not shown in full but advanced to the Battle Round. Andrea Thomas sang “Baby, Now That I’ve Found You” and chose Team Blake. Davina Leone sang “Cheap Thrills” and chose Team Gwen.

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