Two big shows are in the books for Season 13 of “The Voice” with 17 artists already joining the teams of Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Jennifer Hudson, and Miley Cyrus. What will Night 3 on Monday, October 2, hold for these four coaches and the contenders hoping to win the autumn championship?
The Emmy-winning reality show returned last Monday night with immediate fireworks. For the first time ever, Gold Derby was offering live blogs for Monday’s Night 1 episode and Tuesday’s Night 2 episode, giving you our candid, catty detailed analysis while the young artists were on stage. We also ranked all 17 artists that performed on those programs and reminded you which teams were picked by the lucky ones who received chair-turns from the coaches.
Shelton and Levine are back again for this fall season, having never missed a cycle since the show began in 2011. Joining them are pop superstar Cyrus, who was also a coach a year ago. Oscar and Grammy winner Jennifer Hudson joins the panel for the first time in America (she was a winning judge on the British version). Shelton has been the winning mentor five times in the first dozen seasons. Levine has taken the trophy three times. The other coaching champs were Usher, Pharrell Williams, Christina Aguilera, and Alicia Keys.
All blind audition episodes and many of the other non-live programs have already been recorded in advance of airing on NBC. Battle round advisors for each of the coaches will be Joe Jonas (Team Adam), Rascal Flatts (Team Blake), Billy Ray Cyrus (Team Miley), and Kelly Rowland (Team Jennifer). The NBC blockbuster series continues through battle rounds, knockouts, and live shows with an all-star live finale on December 19.
Our fun recap of Monday’s blind audition round starts below. Sound off in the comments section about the reality TV show’s best and worst moments. Keep refreshing/reloading this page as we’ll be updating live.
8:00 p.m. – After the first two blind audition episodes, Denton called Miley the winning coach of the week, adding to her team the top two artists in his power rankings. Who will take week 2? Let’s go!
8:06 p.m. – The first judge to turn their chair for country singer Adam Cunningham was Blake. From backstage, his wife and Carson were hoping Miley or Jennifer would turn their chair, too, and in just the last second Jennifer pulled the trigger to battle Blake for the first artist of the night.
8:08 p.m. – My favorite aspect of the blinds is how the judges who didn’t turn their chairs end up lobbying on behalf of one of the judges that did — or more importantly, against some of the other judges. In this case, we have Miley urging Adam to choose Jennifer because she has a soul music background that Blake doesn’t. Unfortunately for the girls, Adam went with Blake. I think this could be a winning pair.
8:15 p.m. – Inspired by the tragic loss of her brother to achieve her dreams, Hannah Mrozak came to “The Voice” prepared to fulfill a destiny that took off quicker than she may have expected — she had three turns before the chorus of her song even kicked in!
8:18 p.m. – By the end of the song only Miley had sat out the chance to add Hannah to her team. Adam was the first to speak, complimenting her tone and style. He also promised her a marquee spot on his team as his first female artist while Blake said she sounds like she’s already a backup singer in the industry. Jennifer tried to use both of those points against the guys in her attempt to win Hannah over, but she was unsuccessful because Hannah joined Team Adam.
8:26 p.m. – Wait, what? Shilo Gold‘s family has been singing since the 1780s! She has every legacy artist this show has ever seen beat by, like, a hundred years at least!
8:29 p.m. – Shilo began “Stay with Me Baby” with a gentle rasp and once the chorus kicked in she really started belting. But as the song began to wind down Miley gave this look to the other judges that screamed “why haven’t any of us turned yet?” and the look of shock on her voice must have mirrored my own. Luckily, both Miley and Jennifer hit their buttons at the very last minute and saved Shilo from elimination. Whew I was about to be mad.
8:32 p.m. – On one hand, Miley told Shilo that she heard similarities in her voice to her own and would know what to do with the rasp. On the other, Jennifer said she’s never heard a voice like Shilo’s before and that the uniqueness is what made her turn around. Keeping with the trend on the night of artists choosing the coach who best fits their current lane, Shilo joined Team Miley. I think they may be too similar to be an effective pair in the competition, but maybe they can surprise us!
8:37 p.m. – Samantha Rios is a little ball of energy, isn’t she? No surprise considering she sang in President Obama’s White House six times! Let’s see how she does on “The Voice” stage though.
8:40 p.m. – Despite a big voice and a lot of confidence, Samantha came up short with the judges. For Jennifer, she was hitting the really big notes perfectly, but needs to practice digging in to the bottom notes as well. Turns out that giving Samantha that small bit of advice made Jennifer regret not turning for her. Womp womp.
8:47 p.m. – With a lot of support from his parents, though Noah Mac is only 17 years old he’s already hard at work making music his lifelong career. He took the stage tonight having already recorded an EP on his own.
8:49 p.m. – There is no way this kid is only 17 years old. His voice has the rich texture of someone no younger than twice his age. Jennifer heard it first, turning her chair for him just before Blake followed suit. Blake went the usual “you’re like nothing I have on my team” route he always goes and it worked even though Noah’s family was backstage hoping he’d choose Jennifer. I was hoping for Jennifer, too.
8:58 p.m. – As a worship leader in his church, Davon Fleming has experience using his voice as a tool to move and inspire people. He could be a perfect fit for Jennifer. She still hasn’t added an artist to her team tonight!
9:00 p.m. – And just like that, one line into “Me & Mr. Jones” and Davon has 1-2-3 turns. Then a late fourth from Blake, making Davon the first four-chair turn of the night. Not to mention, he’s the first tonight to make Jennifer throw her shoe at him.
9:02 p.m. – Davon with tears in his eyes, Jennifer saying she’s never seen the panel this speechless, and Blake declaring that Davon will be in the finale. Once the topic of Davon’s love for Whitney Houston came up, the other judges kind of gave up, letting Jennifer, literally, take the stage from them to perform “I Will Always Love You” with Davon. Try as they might, the other judges were no match for Jennifer on this one and Davon rightfully chose to move forward with her.
9:13 p.m. – I’m not sure why it took so long for the judges to hit their buttons for Kathrina Feigh because she commanded “Big White Room” from the very first note through to the end. It ended up with both Jennifer and Blake turning their chairs right at the end, setting the two up for another battle between just them. Jennifer was charmed by Kathrina’s vibrato and Blake was attracted to her rasp. This time Jennifer won the battle and picked up her second artist of the night.
9:17 p.m. – In a quick montage, Jennifer picked up Alexandra Joyce singing “Wildest Dreams” and Eric Lyn with “Ooh Child.” Then Anna Catherine DeHart‘s rendition of “I Could Use a Love Song” inspired Blake to turn around.
9:23 p.m. – Addison Agen is another artist who grew up with music in the house–her dad owns a record store and her mom is a music therapist. Can she live up to the family tradition?
9:26 p.m. – Looks like Jennifer and Blake are taking a break from this one because only Adam and Miley turned their chairs. Addison’s rendition of “Jolene” was so sweet and so pure, a justifiable match for Team Miley. But Adam called her a perfect singer, comparing her to former winner Danielle Bradbery, and tears fell from Addison’s eyes. It wasn’t enough, however, because Addison was swayed by how much of herself she sees in Miley. Adam seemed really bummed to have missed out on her.
9:33 p.m. – Adam Pearce returns from Season 12 after getting zero chair turns. Hopefully Adam won’t call him pitchy this year!
9:36 p.m. – With “Hot Blooded,” Adam wins over Adam and Miley at the same time, shortly into the audition, but couldn’t convince Blake or Jennifer to turn their chairs, too. Coach Adam quickly commends Artist Adam for working hard over the course of the last year to persevere and return to the show to audition again. Even though Blake urged him to pick Miley, Adam joined Team Adam, making it, as Miley put it, “a match made in Adam.”
9:44 p.m. – If there’s even the slightest truth in the story that Myles Frost played a song on the piano from pure memory at a young age then music truly is in his bones and he should get a judge to turn around easily.
9:47 p.m. – I think “My Cherie Amour” was the wrong song choice for Myles and that’s why none of the judges hit their buttons. The song left his voice too vulnerable to his nerves and every flaw in his voice showed. Hopefully he’ll be back next year! Oh, and btw, I actually do believe the piano story LOL.
9:53 p.m. – Morah Formica is only 16 years old, but she’s a huge fan of heavy rock-n-roll and has her eyes set on joining Adam’s team while secretly admitting that Jennifer might be a good pick, too. She’s taking on the Heart classic “Crazy on You.”
9:56 p.m. – How is this girl only 16 years old and how is she on her second verse with only ONE judge (Miley) looking at her sing?
9:56 p.m. – Okay I spoke too soon. Right then the other three judges turned, making Moriah the second four chair turn of the night.
9:57 p.m. – Jennifer’s pitch is that she wants to let Moriah do her own thing. Blake tells her that she has the potential to be a star and she should choose him because he promises to trust her. Miley wants Moriah to see her as a big sister and thinks they can relate to one another. Adam wraps it up by calling her an “old soul,” complimenting her knowledge of rock-n-roll and calls her “the next great female rock singer.” Going against her first inclinations to choose either Adam or Jennifer, Moriah goes with Miley instead!
10:00 p.m. – That’s it for tonight. Tuesday night, Denton will be blogging again for night 4 of the blind auditions beginning at 8 p.m.
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