Of the six artists who sang on Tuesday’s edition of “The Voice,” all but one advanced from this blind audition to the Battle Rounds. Gwen Stefani bagged two of these singers for her team, while Alicia Keys, Adam Levine and reigning winning coach Blake Shelton got one apiece. The lone non-survivor was Paul Adrian, who failed to impress with a rendition of Ray Charles‘ 1954 song “I Got A Woman.” None of the six artists had all four judges hitting the button to turn their chairs.
First up was Johnny Gates who rocked the house with his performance of the 1971 Rod Stewart hit “Maggie May.” While Levine took a pass as he already has several strong male rockers on his team, Gates had Keys, Shelton and Stefani fighting for his affections. Shelton tried to make his case that he would not try to countrify this lead vocalist of a garage band, but with Levine adding his support to Stefani she prevailed in the end.
The next artist, Malik Davage, had the crowd hopping with Miguel’s 2011 hip-hop hit “Sure Thing.” However only Levine, who had sat out the first act, turned so this rising star ended up on his team. Will he be the one to win the show for Levine for the first time since season nine?
Up third was Lauryn Judd, who had three coaches turning for her stripped-down version of Cyndi Lauper‘s 1983 anthem “Girls Just Want to Have Fun.” While Keys, Stefani and Shelton tried to win her over, in the end this teen talent opted for Keys as she identified most with her musical stylings.
Stefani nabbed the other young performer of the night — 16-year-old Caroline Sky — for her team but only after a hard-fought battle with her fellow, Shelton. Both were impressed by her poise as she performed Carole King‘s plaintive 1960 hits for The Shirelles, “Will You Love Me Tomorrow.” Although Shelton tried to convince Sky to fly with him by pointing out his successful mentoring of other young talents, in the end Stefani succeeded by connecting with her on a more personal level.
Fourth time proved the charm for Shelton, who snared the last act of the night, Josh Hoyer. Again, he had to tousle with Stefani for this artist, who sang “Oh Girl,” a 1972 hit for soul group The Chi-Lites. This time, Shelton’s invocation of his winning record proved to be the deciding factor.
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