Both Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson snagged the best competitors during Monday’s first round of blind auditions for Season 13. Will Adam Levine and Blake Shelton be able to start catching up to the ladies on Night 2 for Tuesday? Follow along and enjoy our live updating blog below with play-by-play action of the second episode of this fall season.
Clarkson is the defending champion among coaches after a great debut last spring. Hudson took that season off and returns for a second autumn. Levine is a three-time champion, and Shelton has taken the top prize six times in 14 previous seasons.
Blind auditions began Monday and continue Tuesday with a one-hour pre-recorded episode hosted by Carson Daly. All season long, Gold Derby will bring you a live updating blog item for each episode as it is airing on NBC for the eastern and central time zones.
And now enjoy our live updating blog item for Tuesday below:
8:00 p.m. – After Night 1 of the blind auditions, Jennifer filled 3 spots and Adam, Kelly and Blake each filled 2 spots on their teams. Adam also used up his one block for the round, leaving the other three coaches with theirs ready in waiting. Let’s see how the blinds developed over the next hour!
8:02 p.m. – The first artist to take the stage tonight was park ranger and bird fanatic Keith Paluso from Tennessee. During a recent paternity leave Keith’s love of music and playing the guitar was reignited, bringing him to The Voice. His audition tonight was to “Way Down We Go” by Kaleo. Based on their initial reactions, Keith’s deep and gritty voice caught the coaches off guard, but Blake was the first to come around, hitting his button once the chorus hit. At the end Adam also hit his button, but was blocked by Blake, ensuring that Keith would join his team.
8:11 p.m. – Next up was Claire DeJean, a 17 year old from Texas that grew up learning and practicing musical theater and jazz dance. To win over the coaches she sang the Julia Michaels track “Hurt Somebody.” Once again Blake was the first to turn his chair, but was challenged right at the end when Kelly turned as well. Though he didn’t hit his button, Adam praised Claire’s talent and lobbied for her to choose Kelly, which she ultimately did.
8:21 p.m. – Third to audition was Franc West from Georgia who first sang when she saved his mom’s church performance after she started coughing mid-song. Tonight he auditioned with “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” by Otis Redding with a rich, bluesy tone that showed a wide range. Seemingly tortured over whether or not to turn her chair, Jennifer eventually hit her button for Franc and automatically won him for her team. Blake called his voice seasoned, but for Jennifer it was the smokiness and rasp in his voice that made her turn.
8:31 p.m. – Newlywed Michael Lee from Texas was next to audition, taking on “The Thrill Is Gone” by B.B. King. That he was also playing the electric guitar impressed Adam who was the first coach to turn his chair, followed later by Jennifer (who threw her shoe at him) and Blake (in the last second). As the only coach to not turn for him, Kelly encouraged Michael to join Team Jennifer in order to be on a squad where he will stand out rather than be one of many guitar players on the other two teams. Sadly that advice fell on deaf ears because Michael chose Blake who spoke to the soulful and bluesy quality of Michael’s voice.
8:42 p.m. – Ele Ivory from Tennessee was next up on stage, a far cry from the work she does at a music venue that is in a cave. She’s been struggling to get a foot in the door in the industry as a pop musician in a country-focused state so The Voice is her big break. Tonight she played the keyboard and sang “Jump” by Julia Michaels, but unfortunately none of the coaches pulled the trigger for her. Jennifer thought she was a little off on her pitch and never fully connected. Luckily, Kelsea Ballerini saved Ele with “The Comeback Stage” web series and offered her a chance to battle her way back into the competition.
8:51 p.m. – The final performance of the night came from 22 year old Texan DeAndre Nico. His home was devastated by 2017’s Hurricane Harvey, but he’s kept his spirit alive to build a new life for his family. Tonight he auditioned with “When I Was Your Man” by Bruno Mars, delivering a powerful performance that resulted in the only four-chair turn of the night and second of the competition overall. Throughout the performance Jennifer was pleading with the other coaches to not turn their chairs, showing her passion to get DeAndre on her team. She noted the range, depth and soul of his voice, promising that she’d let him be the artist that he wants to be. All that being said, it came down to Adam turning his chair first and showing his own passion for DeAndre.
8:59 p.m. – With that, Adam, Kelly and Jennifer all gained one more artist for their teams while Blake added two to his roster. Next week the coaches will square off in two more episodes on Monday and Tuesday night. Join us then, but be sure to sound off in the comments and Gold Derby Forums about your favorite artists so far this season!
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