When John Legend joined “The Voice,” he won the coaching title for his very first season. The same thing happened for Kelly Clarkson, who actually won her first two times in the mix. Now with Nick Jonas making his debut, will he also enjoy beginner’s luck? All three coaches face off with six-time champion Blake Shelton for Season 18.
Blind Auditions began on Monday with Night 1 on NBC (read the full recap here). Follow along with our updating live blog throughout the season as we provide instant commentary about each performer and song.
When battle rounds start in March, look for the following special advisors for each coach:
Team Blake (Bebe Rexha)
Team Kelly (Dua Lipa)
Team Legend (Ella Mai)
Team Nick (Jonas Brothers)
Be sure to make your own reactions in our comments section below!
And now here we go with our live blog for Night 2 on Tuesday, February 25:
8:01 p.m. – The first artist to share their talent on episode 2 was Arei Moon. She bravely chose the live version of Kelly’s hit song “Miss Independent” for her first time in front of the coaches. Nick was the first to go in for Arei, hitting two buttons at once–his own and his block toward Kelly! With John and Blake not turning their chairs it meant that Arei would default straight to Team Nick. Kelly was very impressed with Arei’s choice to go with the live version of the song, John was a huge fan of her high notes and Nick told her he’s excited by her powerhouse voice.
8:09 p.m. – Levi Watkins was excited to perform blindly for the coaches, feeling as though his voice is much more expressive than his visible performance. It took about half of his performance of “Hey, Soul Sister” to get a chair turned. It was Blake that hit his button and by the end he was the only one, instantly elated to learn that he’d be 14 year old Levi’s coach. All of the coaches, including Blake, were surprised to find out that it was Levi since they were convinced that it was the voice of a 20-something female. Levi is a musician that can play the mandolin, guitar and drums so we should be getting varied performances from him throughout his run on the show!
8:19 p.m. – Next up was Cassidy Lee, who began her career supported fully by her family’s effort, but is here now without her father who passed away. She dedicated her audition of “Gold Dust Woman” to him, but the coaches weren’t impressed enough by her raspy voice to ask her to join their teams. Kelly thought she remained too low throughout and Blake was confused by the Jewel-like yodel tones that came out.
8:28 p.m. – When Zach Day began his audition of “Weak,” John was immediately hooked by the song choice and the soft swag of the performance. Kelly seemed to enjoy it as well, but it took her much longer to turn her chair. Being from Kentucky, both the style of music he sings and his sexuality set him apart, but he’ll find quite a home on the team of the coach that first turned for him… John!
8:38 p.m. – Rock collector and self-proclaimed introvert Chelle was the next to perform her rendition of “I Don’t Want to Be You Anymore” by Billie Eilish. Within one second — and honestly just a quick hum from Chelle — Blake had already turned his chair, watching as the other coaches sat back a bit longer. By the end, only John hadn’t turned. Nick was most impressed by her tone and pitched his young blood as the reason she should choose him. Kelly advised her to not strive for perfection and to just let go while Blake told her she has perfect pitch, suggesting he wouldn’t change a thing. Despite Nick’s very passionate pitch about what it’s like to be young as an aspiring singer, Chelle decided to join Team Kelly!
8:50 p.m. – The final performance of the night came from an artist that originally intended to audition 8 years ago. Now 44 years old, Toneisha Harris had an early start to a potential career until she had to put it all on hold when her son was diagnosed with leukemia. She comes to the show now with her son in good health and living his full life, opening up her own for this second chance. Her rendition of “I Want to Know What Love Is” was the best of the night by a large margin. John knew it first, followed by Nick, Blake and Kelly in that order. Nick, bowing to her, called it one of the strongest vocals he’s ever heard and Kelly bonded with her over the emotions of being a mother. Blake appealed to Toneisha’s sense of age and experience, telling her that she took the song to a new level in an oddly personal and passionate pitch from him. John, like Kelly, just told her that any coach would be blessed to work with her. It looks like his pitch worked because she, even surprising herself, picked Blake!
8:59 p.m. – Who was your favorite artist of the night and do you think we saw any potential winner’s tonight? More to come next Monday.
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