Blake Shelton is gunning for a record-extending sixth win as a coach on NBC’s “The Voice” for Season 13. Was the award-winning country superstar able to land a potential champion during the blind auditions? Not one to stray from his winning formula, Blake once again recruited a country-heavy team that would seem to appeal to the legions of fans of that genre. But with strong competition for this autumn 2017 edition from his longtime rival Adam Levine, a more motivated than ever Miley Cyrus, and a feisty rookie coach in Jennifer Hudson, another title won’t come easy.
Blake has always remained loyal to his original roster, in fact, all of his wins were with artists originally on Team Blake. So should he happen to coach the Season 13 champ, their name is likely among my current Team Blake power rankings below. Take a look at who I think currently has the best shot at winning from Team Blake, as we rank his 12 artists from best to worst. You can also tour our photo gallery above to find about more about each singer.
1. Adam Cunningham – “Midnight Rider” (Age: 38; Nashville, TN)
At this point in the competition no artist fits the bill of Blake’s former champs as much as this country rocker. The guy is a natural on stage and can belt out the power notes some Nashville artists only dream of. Besides that, he’s got a kick-ass beard and charisma to boot. If he doesn’t win it all, expect him to come darn close.
2. Kristi Hoopes – “Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love” (Age: 19; Parker, CO)
The warm tone and power of this country singer’s voice is what stars are made of. Her classic sense of style makes her a vision on stage and, with Blake’s coaching, the sky is the limit for her. Kristi’s bubbly personality is inoffensive and will attract the core country audience she is after.
3. Keisha Renee – “I Can’t Stop Loving You” (Age: 30; Inglewood, CA)
This back-up singer for Nicki Minaj is an aspiring country singer who is, in fact, the only four-chair turn on Team Blake. I personally wasn’t as blown away by her audition as the coaches were, but her soulful voice and aspirations to change the face of country music make her stand out. Blake rarely gets unique artists on his team and when he does he protects them.
4. Noah Mac – “Way Down We Go” (Age: 17; Dublin, CA)
This teen heartthrob is totally awkward on stage but it’s nothing a good coach can’t fix. He has an interesting voice and if he can reign it in he might be able to put together some fun performances. Blake loves working with young talent and considering Noah is the youngest on Blake’s team, he has a good chance of sticking around.
5. Esera Tuaolo – “Rise Up” (Age: 49; Minneapolis, MN)
A big man with a big voice. This former NFL player has been performing for years, but now hopes to take his music career to the next level. Blake rarely takes an all-country team to the live rounds and as it stands, Esera is his best vocalist outside of that genre. His challenge will be figuring out exactly what type of artist he is.
6. Dennis Drummond – “She Talks to Angels” (Age: 27; Nashville, TN)
This quirky six-foot-eight pop-rocker is a guitarist for Season 10 runner-up Adam Wakefield. I enjoyed his audition but he doesn’t have the biggest voice or the most unique tone. It’s difficult to know where he will fit into this competition and he could easily be lost in the fray.
7. Red Marlow – “Swingin'” (Age: 40; Dickson, TN)
As soon as he said he was “as country as cornbread” I knew viewers would love this guy. He is a straightforward country singer with a lot of potential if he comes out of his shell on stage. In other seasons with less country talent he may have been able to go further, but I think his own teammates will stifle his progress. If he can manage to earn a steal the trajectory of this season could completely change for him.
8. Mitchell Lee – “Hold My Hand” (Age 29; Charleston, SC)
Mitchell is the handsome, all-American boy who sings light rock/country music in a totally forgettable fashion. He’s charming and has decent stage presence, but I didn’t care for his performance. Did the coaches like him? Yes. Will he get stolen if Blake dumps him? Probably. But he will never win.
9. Rebecca Brunner – “Believer” (Age: 22; Mason, MI)
This small-town beauty has a sultry, low register that differentiates her from the other female vocalists. I think she made a poor song choice for her blind audition and I’m interested to hear what she does next. She’s one of those artists who will crash and burn in the battle round or shock the coaches and move forward. I’m not convinced we’ve heard all she can do.
10. Anna Catherine DeHart – “I Could Use a Love Song” (Age: 23; Sikeston, MO)
We only saw a portion of Anna’s blind audition and that generally doesn’t bode well for contestants, but it doesn’t always mean the end of the road is immediate. She did earn two chair turns and Blake stated that her voice “cut like a knife.” But she’s another country girl on Team Blake and one producers clearly felt could be glossed over after her first performance.
11. Ryan Scripps – “Body Like a Back Road” (Age: 24; Austin, TX)
As the only male artist on Team Blake to have his audition cut short on airtime, and with only a one-chair turn, Ryan has to be ranked near the bottom. Blake seemed genuinely interested in working with him, but his direct competition will probably come from his teammate, Mitchell. I don’t expect him to advance.
12. Natalie Stovall – “If It Hadn’t Been for Love” (Age: 35; Columbia, TN)
Natalie is the last member of Team Blake who was blended into a montage so we couldn’t experience her full performance. But Blake’s emotionless compliment and the fact that he was the only one who turned his chair for her doesn’t bode well for this country singer.
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