In his 13 seasons as a coach on “The Voice,” Blake Shelton has mentored six winners, including reigning champ Chloe Kohanski. He is hoping for that lucky seventh win in season 14, which just wrapped up the blind auditions. The competition moves on to the battle rounds on March 19. Shelton will have to winnow his team of 12 down to just six artists. to take through to the next round, the knockouts. To help him make these tough decisions, he has brought in his pal, country music star Trace Adkins, as an advisor.
We have done some digging and discovered the match-ups of the 12 artists on Team Blake Shelton. We recap these below, including the songs that each of these contestants performed in the blind audition episodes that brought them to this point in the competition.
Be sure to take a look at the video preview of the battle round pairings above and then cast your vote in our poll at the bottom of this post as to which of these 12 artists you think could go all the way and win season 14. And sound off in the comments section about Shelton and his time as a coach on “The Voice.” (Vote in the polls on Team Kelly Clarkson, Team Alicia Keys and Team Adam Levine too.)
Battle 1: Pryor Baird vs. Kaleb Lee
Baird, a 35-year old from Orcutt, California, earned the only four-chair turn of Blind Audition 2 with his version of the R&B classic “I Don’t Need No Doctor.” Lee, a 31-year old from Lexington, Kentucky, warbled the Kenny Chesney chestnut “Never Wanted Nothing More” on Blind Audition 1.
Battle 2: Spensha Baker vs. Dallas Caroline
Baker, a 24-year-old from San Antonio, Texas sang the Beatles chestnut “Blackbird” on Blind Audition 4. Caroline, 17-year-old from Santa Rosa, California, sang Willie Nelson‘s country music standard “Always on My Mind” on Blind Audition 6.
Battle 3: Austin Giorgio vs. Brett Hunter
Austin Giorgio: “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)” ()
Giorgio, a 21-year old from Rochester, New York, delivered a rollicking rendition of the Marvin Gaye soul song “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You”) on Blind Audition 3. Hunter, a 33-year-old from Oakland, California, sang the Carl Carlton R&B classic “She’s a Bad Mama Jama” on that same episode.
Battle 4: Bransen Ireland vs. Jaron Strom
Ireland, a 27-year-old from Tulsa, Oklahoma sang the Eric Clapton hit “Tulsa Time” on Blind Audition 5. Strom, a 29-year old from Shelby, North Carolina, got only Shelton to turn for this rendition of the Drifters classic “This Magic Moment” on Blind Audition 4.
Battle 5: Kyla Jade vs JessLee
Jade, a 33-year-old from Nashville, Tennessee, sang the Aretha Franklin standard “See Saw” on Blind Audition 1. JessLee, a 26-year-old from Loxahatchee, Florida sang the Avril Lavigne breakout tune “I’m With You” on Blind Audition 4.
Battle 6: Jordan Kirkdorffer vs Wilkes
Kirkdorffer, a 28-year-old from New Paris, Indiana, took on the Brett Young track “In Case You Didn’t Know” on Blind Audition 5. Wilkes, a 33-year-old from Waleska, Georgia, sang the The Wallflowers indie hit “One Headlight” on Blind Audition 4.