While 11 artists sang on Monday’s edition of “The Voice,” only nine advanced from this blind audition to the Battle Rounds. Adam Levine bagged four of these singers for his team, Alicia Keys and Gwen Stefani ended up with a pair each, and reigning winning coach Blake Shelton got just one.
Levine, who hasn’t won the show since season nine, nabbed one of the two contestants — Josh West — who had all four judges hitting the button to turn when he sang the 1993 Duran Duran hit “Ordinary World.” Stefani, who lost both her previous seasons on the show, got the other: Troy Ramey, who impressed with his rendition of the 1970 Cat Stevens song “Wild World.”
Levine also won over two other artists who had at least one other coach vying for their vote:
Kawan DeBose impressed with his rendition of Marvin Gayes‘ 1973 classic “Let’s Get It On.” While Stefani and Shelton also turned for him, DeBose opted for Levine after the coach likened him to Prince.
Levine also liked the sound of Gaby Borromeo as she sang “Happy,” a track from Leona Lewis‘ second album “Echo.” Lewis had won the UK version of “The X Factor” in 2006 and Levine told this Seattle native that she had that same indefinable quality, which made her pick him over Shelton.
And he was the only coach to turn for Taylor Alexander, who took a chance with a countrified version of Cher‘s 1998 dance club hit “Believe.” Levine believed in this good old boy from Georgia enough to hit his button.
Keys convinced Jack Cassidy, who accompanied himself on piano while he sang the 1995 Joan Osborne hit “One of Us,” to go with her over Levine. And she landed Missy Alexander, who had also impressed Shelton with her version of Alessia Cara‘s 2016 top 10 hit “Scars to Your Beautiful.”)
Stefani was the only coach impressed by 14-year-old Aaliyah Rose‘s rendition of “Rise Up,” a track from Andra Day‘s 2015 debut disc “Cheers to the Fall.”
And Shelton ended up with just one artist in this episode: Micah Tryba who trilled “I’m Every Woman,” which was originally recorded by Chaka Khan in 1978 and covered with much success by Whitney Houston in 1992. After Stefani, who also turned, said that she may be too timid, Tryba decided to have Shelton be her coach.
Two singers — Ericka Corban (“Wade in the Water”) and Griffin Tucker (“Heartbreak Hotel”) — left the competition, having failed to have any of the four judges turn around for them.
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