NBC really made a point out of artists not choosing Team Adam Levine on last Tuesday’s blind auditions for Night 4 of “The Voice.” Will Night 5 on Monday, March 12, finally be Adam’s chance to catch up to the other coaches with quality singers for Season 14?
On that most recent blind audition show, coach Alicia Keys convinced the final artist, Terrence Cunningham who sang “My Girl,” to join her team. She was so moved that her final question to the other coaches was to wonder if he might have just won her another “The Voice” championship.
Enjoy our live updating blog below for this show tonight and make your own comments about the performers and coaching decisions.
Kelly Clarkson is this season’s rookie coach and was a special advisor on Season 13 last fall. She has joined Season 12 coaching champ Alicia, six-time coaching winner Blake Shelton and three-time top coach Adam. Carson Daly has returned as the program’s host and one of its Emmy-winning producers for NBC.
Over the following weeks, battle round episodes will follow the blinds starting March 19. Advisors will be Julia Michaels (Team Adam), Trace Adkins (Team Blake), Shawn Mendes (Team Alicia) and Hailee Steinfeld (Team Kelly). The knockout round will follow the battles and then the live episodes where you can vote for your favorites. Once the live playoffs start you will also be able to make picks each week in our predictions center. While that is not yet open for “The Voice,” you can already make predictions for such reality TV shows as “Survivor,” “Project Runway,” Emmy Awards nominations and more.
Live blog below for Monday, March 12:
8:00 p.m. – With two more blind audition episodes to go, Alicia, Blake and Kelly all only need three more artists for their team, but Adam needs to whopping six! In addition, Kelly still hasn’t used her block and rumor has it she’s using it tonight. Let’s go!
8:02 p.m. – The first artist of the night is Stephanie Skipper, a 33 year old from Nashville, TN. Her music career began as a duo/group with her husband, but a job took him away from music and now she’s on her own to become a solo artist. Every season a couple artists sing one of the coaches’ own songs–Stephanie is one of them, handling Kelly’s “Piece by Piece.” At many points during the song it looked like Kelly was going to turn her chair, but with agony written all over her face she never did. Instead she let both Adam and Blake take a chance with her. Luckily for Adam, he was the coach of her choice, starting his night off on the right foot!
8:10 p.m. – Moving right along, the next artist is Tish Haynes Keys, 37 years old from St. Louis, MO, hailing from a family rich in gospel and choice music. Tonight she sang “Chain of Fools” by Aretha Franklin, letting her voice soar from start to finish and earning back to back chair turns from Adam and Kelly. As a singing competition alum who also sang Aretha, Kelly was blown away and put up a good fight to get Tish on her team. But even with that, Adam won her by promising to take her out of her comfort zone, an idea that appealed to her.
8:22 p.m. – Third up is 27 year old Bransen Ireland from Fairview, TN. Outside of working as a genius for Apple and a father of two sons, Bransen struggles to find time to pursue his music career. With “Tulsa Time” Bransen easily impressed Blake, but also got a chair turn from Adam (the girls sat this one out). As always, the boys fought like brothers in trying to win Bransen over and it all came down to whether he joined Blake’s team of mostly country artists or joined Adam’s as the only country artist. With that in mind Bransen went the tried and true and joined Team Blake.
8:34 p.m. – In a montage we got glimpses of Teddy Chipouras taking on “Ophelia,” Arlo Montenegro with “Attention,” and Daniel Garcia‘s take on “Perfect,” but none of them made it on to a team.
8:35 p.m. – After the guys, Teana Boston, 16 year old from Stockton, CA, took the stage with her performance of Rihanna‘s “Unfaithful.” In the last moment of the audition, Kelly finally hit her button and won Teana outright, telling her that she built the song up lovely and that for her age she is a force.
8:44 p.m. – 28 year old New Yorker Miya Bass comes from a family of NYPD employees, but chose a different path by following her passion for music. Her audition of “Issues” won Adam over first and despite a huge moment toward the end of the song none of the other judges turned their chairs. That means it’s another successful pick-up for Team Adam!
8:55 p.m. – The next artist is ukulele player Livia Faith, 17 year old from Stanton, KY, a small town that has been supportive and nurturing of Livia’s aspirations. Her audition, “Dream a Little Dream of Me,” was her chance to get a turn from Blake and in that goal she succeeded! Both Kelly and Alicia also hit their buttons, setting Livia up for a tough decision.
9:05 p.m. – After a promise to help Livia switch things up and mix different genres together, Livia chose Alicia!
9:06 p.m. – Accountant Jordan Kirkdorffer, 28 year old from Nashville, TN, is passionate about country music and for his audition sang “In Case You Didn’t Know” by Brett Young. The performance won over both Adam and Blake, but all the coaches seemed resolved to the fact that Jordan would probably pick Blake anyway. And in the end that’s the way it went.
9:18 p.m. – Shana Halligan, a 44 year old from Los Angeles, grew up in a musical family and feels like music is a promise she has to follow through with on her own. Shana’s unusual take on “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)” got some confused looks from the coaches, but to her benefit Alicia was intrigued enough to turn her chair, bringing Shana on to her team automatically.
9:27 p.m. – Prior to 26 year old Gary Edwards‘ audition to “What’s Going On,” Adam and Blake placed a bet that Adam would win the artist in the next head-to-head between the two of them. That set the stage perfectly for both of the guys to turn their chairs for Gary and in choosing Adam he also gave Adam a win in the bet!
9:39 p.m. – Up next is Mercedes Ferreira-Dias, a 16 year old from Miami, FL. As a Spanish-language pop artist Mercedes has a lot of avenues she can do down, but for her audition she went with Adele‘s “All I Ask.” Unfortunately even with a solid go at a big song none of the coaches threw their hat in the ring for Mercedes.
9:49 p.m. – Because of the commercial lead-ins, we already know that the final audition of the night is going to be a four-chair turn with Kelly’s block to Alicia’s own song “If I Ain’t Got You.” The surprise is that the artist that achieves that rare feat is Nashville R&B/soul singer Hannah Goebel. Smartly Kelly used her block on Alicia, stopping her from having a go at a great singer doing a great rendition of her own song! With Alicia out of the running, Kelly put up a big fight and in the end her block was used correctly because Hannah joined her team!
9:59 p.m. – Heading in to Tuesday’s final night of blind auditions, Kelly, Alicia and Blake all have only one spot left to fill while Adam has two. All the blocks are used up so everyone will be playing smart to get those last good artists.