“The Voice” kicked off season 12 with two-jam packed weeks of blind auditions spread out over five episodes. The four coaches — Adam Levine, Alicia Keys, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani — listened to 40 artists. Levine has convinced the most artists to join his team despite having won only three of the previous 11 seasons of “The Voice.”
We asked you which of his nine picks to date do you think sounds the most like a winner. To date, your top choice by far with 38% of the vote is Josh West. He wowed all four judges on the March 6 episode with his rendition of the 1993 Duran Duran classic “Ordinary World.”
Below, a description of each of these artists, including their song choice, episode appearance and current count in our poll. Be sure to cast your vote if you haven’t done so already and then sound off in the comments section.
Taylor Alexander – “Believe” (March 6) – 15%
Levine was the only coach to turn for this good old boy from Georgia, who took a chance with a countrified version of Cher‘s 1998 dance club hit “Believe.” Levine believed in this 25-year-old enough to hit his button.
Gaby Borromeo – “Happy” (March 6) – 12%
Levine liked the sound of this Seattle native 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 Borromeo, 23, that she had that same indefinable quality, which made her pick him over Shelton.
Malik Davage – “Sure Thing” (March 7) – 2%
Levine was the only coach to turn for this 23-year-old from the nation’s capital who had the crowd hopping with Miguel‘s 2011 hip-hop hit “Sure Thing.” As such, this rising star ended up on his team without any competition from another coach.
Kawan DeBose – “Let’s Get It On” (March 6) – 18%
The 30-year-old Floridian 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.
Johnny Hayes – “Try a Little Tenderness” (February 27) – 9%
After being rejected by all the coaches last season, the soulful rock singer from Mobile, AL returned seeking redemption. After only singing a few bars of the 1966 Otis Redding hit “Try a Little Tenderness,” the 29-year-old had both Levine and Stefani hitting their buttons. Hayes was won over by Levine’s passion for him and his music.
Mark Isaiah – “Mercy” (February 27) – 7%
Despite being only 19, this pop singer from Mt Pocono, PA showed off his vocal control with his rendition of the Shawn Mendes 2016 hit “Mercy.” While Levine and Stefani both wanted to mentor him, Isaiah opted for the former, who spoke glowingly of his radio-friendly voice.
Jesse Larson – “Jealous Guy” (February 28) – 5%
Levine was the only coach who liked Larson’s version of the 1971 John Lennon classic “Jealous Guy.” This Minneapolis native, 34, is a lifelong music fan who builds his own guitars and fronts a garage band. While his looks are similar to those of last year’s winner, Sundance Head, his sound is uniquely his own.
Julien Martinez – “Pride and Joy” (March 2) – 4%
Martinez eventually inspired both Levine and Shelton to turn their chairs with his offbeat version of the 1983 Stevie Ray Vaughan song “Pride and Joy.” His singular sound certainly makes him stand out from the competition.
Josh West – “Ordinary World” (March 6) – 28%
This lanky seventeen-year-old from Glendale, AZ was the last act on Monday’s show and and sang “Ordinary World,” which is seven years older than he is. All four judges quickly hit their buttons and each made a strong case as to why this teen talent should pick them. In the end he went with Adam as they share similar tastes in music.