We’re already at the end of blind auditions for Season 16 of “The Voice.” NBC is promising in their promos that they have saved the best for last, so which incredible artists will join the show on Night 6 for Monday’s final blind audition episode?
The two-time reigning champ among coaches is Kelly Clarkson. She faces off with six-time winner Blake Shelton, three-time champ Adam Levine and first-time coach John Legend. This newcomer is so threatening to the returning coaches that he has already been blocked three times and has proven to be able to get almost any contestant he wants due to his record-setting career as a singer, songwriter and producer.
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. Read our full minute-by-minute analysis for Monday, February 25, Tuesday, February 26, Monday, March 4, Tuesday, March 5 and Monday, March 11.
When the battle rounds begin next week on March 26, 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 the Season 16 battle round Night 6 on Monday, March 18:
8:01 p.m. – Going into tonight both Kelly and Adam still need 3 more artists while Blake only needs 2. John is pretty much already set and has just one more spot left, so this should give the other coaches a chance to actually grab some talented artists that, based on how the season as been going so far, John would have taken!
8:03 p.m. – Tonight’s first audition was from Celia Babini from New York City with “idontwannabeyouanymore” by Billie Eilish. After just one line of the song all three veteran coaches had hit their button for Celia, but her deep haunting vocal took a bit to settle in with John who eventually turned around, too. The four-chair turn kicked off the final night on an extremely high note, including a standing ovation from the panel. Both John and Adam compared her to Fiona Apple, and Adam added that the show and music in general need a winner like Celia. That might have clinched it for him because she joined his team, so we’ll have to see if he’s the coach that can take her to the finals and win!
8:14 p.m. – The next artist to take the stage was Cecily Hennigan with Jewel‘s “Foolish Games.” She went into the performance hoping to impress John and the resume of a viral video of her singing in a drive-thru under her belt. By the end of the song though only Blake had hit his button and so she automatically joined his team.
8:25 p.m. – Son of a rapper Kalvin Jarvis was up next to sing John’s own song “A Good Night” in front of him. Though he was dancing to the song throughout, John did not turn his chair. Instead Kalvin had the choice between Adam and Kelly. In the end it was another pick-up for Adam, leaving him, Blake and John all with only one spot left.
8:36 p.m. – Next was the youngest artist to ever audition for the show, 13 year old Ava August. She chose “House of the Rising Sun” by The Animals, playing the keyboard throughout, but was unable to get any of the coaches to turn for her, including Kelly who she really wanted and was literally seconds away from hitting her button.
8:47 p.m. – Following Ava was new father David Owens from Indianapolis. He took on Bonnie Raitt‘s “I Can’t Make You Love Me,” earning the support of Kelly but none of the guys that are remained picky for their final spot. Kelly was shocked that she got him without contest–John admitted to being a little too nitpicky–because she thought his roundness and tone was unteachable talent.
8:50 p.m. – Next was desert ATV rider and self-described tomboy Presley Tennant with “Stone Cold” by Demi Lovato. Once again Kelly was shell-shocked to be the only one to hit her button, but the match is truly made it heaven because Presley has a huge, well-rounded voice just like Kelly. The guys are definitely insane for not turning, but they probably knew they were beat anyway–let’s be honest.
8:59 p.m. – Country/gospel/soul singer Rod Stokes referred to himself as the male Kelly Clarkson before taking the stage for “To Love Somebody” by the Bee Gees. Adam was the first to go all-in for Rod, followed by John and then finally Blake, but Kelly let the guys fight it out on their own. After heated debate over who sang the song originally and whether Rod would stick to country or continue to venture into other genres, he decided to complete Blake’s team.
9:12 p.m. – Rock singer Calista Garcia was the next to audition, choosing “Wishing Well” by Sananda Maitreya to win over the coaches. With no spots on his own team, Blake urged his neighbor Kelly to hit her button, but she never did. Neither did John nor Adam so Calista will have to try again next year.
9:20 p.m. – Because Blake filled his team up early, he was out of contention for country artist Andrew Jannakos who took on “Beautiful Crazy” by Luke Combs. Adam and Kelly both gleefully went after Andrew, knowing that one of them would finally get a country artist to their team without having to worry about losing him to Blake. Kelly made the pitch that she has no male country artists on her team and Adam pitched that he has no country artists whatsoever on his. Andrew decided to join Adam’s team, sticking it to Blake who actually tried to help Kelly.
9:33 p.m. – 16 year old Kayslin Victoria was the next to sing, auditioning for just John and Kelly to “Feel It Still” by Portugal, The Man. Both John and Kelly hit their buttons for Kayslin at the same time and so the young pop singer had her choice between the two. She ended up joining John’s team, who was excited for her voice that he thinks pierces through a song and can be really great for pop music.
9:43 p.m. – With only Kelly left to impress, Maddi Fraser came to the stage with her version of Janis Joplin‘s “Get It While You Can.” Unfortunately Maddi just wasn’t what Kelly was looking for and so she let her slip through the cracks and held out for someone different.
9:51 p.m. – Apparently Kelly saw a handful of other artists after Maddi and passed on them as well because she was determined to find a male country vocalist to complete her team. Eventually came Jackson Marlow, nephew of “Voice” veteran Red Marlow (!!), with his rendition of “Troubadour” by George Strait. Quickly into the song Kelly new she was “gonna get a country male,” but she held out on hitting her button until the first chorus set in. Turns out that Kelly was going to be Jackson’s first pick anyway, so it all works out!
NEXT WEEK: The Battle Rounds begin with head-to-head competitions within teams featuring rehearsal sessions with the season 16 guest advisors.
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