Kelly Clarkson has not lost yet as a coach on “The Voice.” She joined the Emmy-winning program last spring for Season 14 and prevailed right away. She then took home the coaching trophy for the most recent Season 15. Has she already landed the right artist to win Season 16 or will she find that singer on Night 3 for the blind auditions on Monday?
She is facing off against brand new coach John Legend, who has already been a big favorite for contenders. In fact, Clarkson, six-time winning coach Blake Shelton and three-time champ Adam Levine have each used their blocks on him, preventing him from obtaining artists he really wanted.
All throughout this season, we will continue our tradition of updating live blogs while each episode is airing for the east and central time zones. Follow along below and keep refreshing during the two hours. Make your own comments about which artists you like and don’t like for this winter/spring cycle.
When the battle rounds begin later this month, Season 16 advisors will be Charlie Puth (Team Adam), Khalid (Team John), Kelsea Ballerini (Team Kelly) and Brooks and Dunn (Team Blake).
And now follow along and refresh our live updating blog below for Monday, March 4:
8:01 p.m. – Monday’s third night of Blinds kicked off right away with the audition from Jacob Maxwell with Taylor Swift‘s “Delicate.” The performance caught the ears of John and Kelly quickly while Adam and Blake sat back deeper into the song. Jacob completely elevated the song and changed it to suit his soft rock vibe, but it still didn’t inspire turns from the two series-long vets. In her pitch Kelly told Jacob that he moved her and in his John called him a “pure, beautiful singer.” Between the two, Jacob decided to join Team John!
8:10 p.m. – Next up was avid skater Karly Moreno from California. She took on “Starving” by Hailee Steinfeld and Grey. For a while it seemed like Kelly was really feeling the audition, but it was Adam and only Adam that went all-in for her. For him it was the relatable tone to her voice that really drew him in and he sees potential for her on the show.
8:20 p.m. – Luna Searles made her return to the series after failing to turn a chair on season 2 with her audition of “Come to My Window.” Now as a 37 year old she feels more focused and disciplined and so when she took the stage tonight with “Nutbush City Limits” by Ike & Tina Turner it was with confidence and a sense of self that had all four judges bobbing their heads throughout the rock tune. Yet once again not a coach turned for her and all of them were on the same page as to why: she needed to bring more of the strength in her voice earlier and pick a song that suits her better next time.
8:30 p.m. – 19 year old Georgian Carter Lloyd Horne got involved with music after his grandmother gifted him a guitar and was able to find an escape from life’s troubles through playing it. Tonight he took the leap forward in his career with an audition of “Drinkin’ Problem” by Midland. His deep and gritty tone that sounds well beyond his years impressed both Blake and Kelly in the very last seconds. Kelly pointed out that he “stands out” because the maturity in his voice doesn’t sound like he’s just putting it on, but rather he successfully fooled them with the authenticity. Ultimately though she was not able to get her first solo male artist of the season because she chose to join Team Blake instead.
8:42 p.m. – The next to sing for the coaches was Talon Cardon from Utah. His audition of James Arthur‘s “Say You Won’t Let Go” had personal connections to his father’s near death accident. Once again a coach turned in the last second, only this time it was John that brought the artist over to his team. All the coaches that didn’t turn for Talon agree that he ended up on the right team with John, who liked that he came from a shaky start and was able to deliver in the end of the song.
8:53 p.m. – For the first time in “Voice” history, father and daughter Patrick McAloon and Ruby McAloon auditioned separately as individual artists. Patrick went first with his rendition of “Runaway Train” by Soul Asylum. After Blake hit his button Adam decided to challenge him and hit his, too, only for John to enter the game in the last second. Kelly sat this fight out, but she was on hand to help Blake fake his way through his pitch. Fortunately Patrick went in the right direction and chose Adam for his coach.
9:04 p.m. – Ruby went right after her dad with an audition to “Back to You” by Selena Gomez. She started off really rough and never recovered and so none of the coaches turned their chairs for her, but it didn’t take long for their jaws to drop once they heard her name and where she’s from.
9:08 p.m. – Alena D’Amico was next, encouraged by her husband who says she hid her talent from him for years into their marriage. She sang “In My Blood” by Shawn Mendes and when she hit the big note of the chorus it was like clockwork that both Blake and Kelly hit their buttons. Adam pitched hard for Alena to pick Kelly as her coach because of their shared powerful voices. No surprise then that she chose Kelly, especially after Kelly’s heartfelt plea and promise to help her fix the things she did wrong in her performance.
9:25 p.m. – Next to audition was Kanard Thomas from Florida, determined to elevate his life and be a proper role model for his son. He went in an unexpected route with John Hiatt‘s “Riding with the King.” I am truly shook that none of the coaches turned for Kanard because I thought he knocked it out of the park, but apparently they wanted more edge and flare from his performance of that kind of song. Luckily Bebe Rexha chose him to join her team as part of “The Comeback Stage” for a chance to re-enter the competition later on.
9:35 p.m. – The next audition came from guitar player Dexter Roberts from Alabama. It was only a few lines into “Like a Cowboy” before the other judges were urging Blake to turn for him, but he didn’t until the chorus came in and John, Blake and Kelly all turned together leaving Adam in the dust. But in the end Adam couldn’t justify sitting it out and so we got our first four chair turn of the evening! John called everything about the performance perfect and said that he might not know country, but he does know good vocals–a sentiment that Adam echoed while also saying “don’t pick me” in a bit of reverse psychology play. Kelly made a strong case for Dexter to join her team where he’d be a unique artist, but as most country artists do he joined Team Blake.
9:49 p.m. – Jej Vinson was the last artist of the night to perform for the coaches. He went into the audition wanting to choose John as his coach, but when his performance of Drake‘s “Passionfruit” earned the respect of all four coaches his decision became a little more tough. Blake was the first to throw his hat into the ring, followed by Kelly and then simultaneous turns from Adam and John. By the end all of the coaches had stank face, sickened by how much they were loving Jej’s voice. Yet again Kelly got to plea for a male vocalist to join her mostly-female team and it finally paid off, possibly in the best possible time because that’s whose team he joined! Blake is already calling Jej the frontrunner to win–could Kelly really go 3 for 3?!
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