“The Voice” began season 14 on Feb. 26 with nine performers making it through to the next round based on their blind auditions. Which one of these would-be winners stood out for you? Or did you like one of the two contestants who did not get through this round?
Read our recap of each of their performances and then cast your ballot in our poll. And be sure to make your voice heard in our comments section by sounding off on these contestants and the four coaches: veterans Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, third-timer Alicia Keys and newcomer Kelly Clarkson.
Britton Buchannon: “Trouble”
This 17-year-old from Sanford, NC sang “Trouble” by Ray LaMontagne. Shelton used the new block feature to keep his rival Levine from turning. However, he couldn’t convince Buchannon to go with him over Keys.
Brynn Cartelli: “Beneath Your Beautiful”
This 14-year-old from Longmeadow, MA sang “Beneath Your Beautiful” by Labrinth. Not surprisingly, this self-confessed fan of Clarkson went with the one-time “American Idol” winner over Shelton, despite the latter having won six times so far.
Rayshun LaMarr: “Don’t Stop Believing”
This 33-year-old from Fort Washington, MD sang the Journey classic “Don’t Stop Believing” in memory of his battle with cancer. Alhough Keys tries to make her case to him, LaMarr is won over by Levine, who has mentored three winners to date.
Kyla Jade: “See Saw”
This 33-year-old from Nashville, TN sang the Aretha Franklin standard “See Saw.” This one-time gospel singer has worked as a backup singer to the likes of “The Voice” coach Jennifer Hudson, Wynonna Judd and Carrie Underwood. Standing center stage, she wins over Clarkson and Shelton and goes with the latter.
Blaise Racugglia: “Wanted”
This 25-year old from Amarillo, TX sang the Hunter Hayes hit “Wanted” but that message didn’t get through to the four coaches as none of them turned for him.
Kelsea Johnson: “Like I’m Gonna Lose You”
This 21-year old from Newark, DE dazzled with her rendition of the Meghan Trainor hit “Like I’m Gonna Lose You.” She won over Clarkson, Levine and Keys and opted to be coached by the latter.
Drew Cole: “Sex and Candy”
This 25-year old from Los Angeles, CA was a hit with his version of the Marcy Playground grunge classic “Sex and Candy.” He had Levine and Shelton fighting for him and went with the former because of their rock connection.
D.R. King: “Believer”
This 22-year old from Los Angeles, CA eventually got Clarkson and Shelton to be believers and take a chance on him despite his shaky performance of the Imagine Dragons song “Believer.” In the end, he chose to be mentored by Clarkson.
Kaleb Lee: “Never Wanted Nothing More”
This 31-year old from Lexington, KY also inspired Clarkson and Shelton to turn for her performance of the Kenny Chesney chestnut “Never Wanted Nothing More.” She surprised everyone, herself included, when she decided to take a chance with Shelton.
Makenzie Thomas: “Redbone”
This 19-year old from Wallingford, KY could not inspire anyone to turn for his version of the Grammy-winning rap song “Redbone” by Childish Gambino.
Justin Kilgore: “Tomorrow”
This 30-year old from Buffalo, TX earned the only four-chair turn of the night with his version of Chris Young‘s “Tomorrow. However, Keys kept Shelton from making his case by blocking him. Not surprisingly, Kilgore chose Clarkson as her mother-in-law, Reba McEntire, is his favorite singer.