Kelly Clarkson has only been on “The Voice” for four prior seasons, but she has already won an astonishing three coaching championships. Will Season 18 bring her a fourth crown? She is up against six-time winner Blake Shelton, one-time champ John Legend and newcomer Nick Jonas.
Blind Auditions began recently with NBC episodes on Monday, February 24, Tuesday, February 25 and Monday, March 2. Reach the full recaps by clicking on those dates. Follow along with our updating live blog throughout the season as we provide instant commentary about each performer and song.
When battle rounds start later 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 4 on Monday, March 9:
8:10 p.m. — It’s Night 4 of the blind auditions and it starts right now! The coaches have taken their seats and we are launching right into the first artist of the night — Anaya Cheyenne, a 16-year old from Atlanta. She posts cover videos online and attends a local performing arts program. Tonight Anaya is singing “I’ll Never Love Again.” She’s got a beautifully controlled voice full of soul and clarity. It takes them nearly the entire song to react, but Kelly and Blake both hit their buttons at the last second. I’m shocked it took so long! John thought the performance was a little shaky but her runs were stunning. Nick endorses Kelly as Anaya’s coach, but even Kelly admits she didn’t have Anaya’s range at 16 years old. Kelly wants to teach her some technique and coach her in making a record. Blake calls the performance unbelievable and has to pretend he knows what song she sang, calling it a Whitney Houston song when it was actually Lady Gaga. Not surprisingly, Anaya chooses to join Team Kelly.
8:15 p.m. — An opera singer is now on stage and the judges can’t believe their ears. They sit frozen as they listen to this female vocalist sing “Time To Say Goodbye.” As she reaches the chorus Kelly can’t help but hit her button and the artist is revealed to be Mandi Thomas. None of the other coaches take the bait, but Mandi becomes the first opera singer on Team Kelly. Kelly was trained in opera as a teenager and is excited to coach the 33-year old from Memphis.
8:25 p.m. — The next artist is 27-year old Ari Tibi from Calabasas, California. Her parents have always encouraged creativity without limits and her father is a film composer. Ari has been in various bands and she is also a music journalist. Tonight she’s singing “The Joke,” which is a fantastic audition song if you have the pipes. Unfortunately Ari suffers from some serious pitch problems and can’t secure a chair turn from any of the coaches.
8:40 p.m. — The next artist singing is hidden from the home audience as he strums his guitar along to his folksy vocals. When it becomes apparent this singer is playing guitar, the coaches quickly react with Kelly hitting her buzzer first followed by Blake and Nick. We learn this mystery singer is Jacob Miller singing “Times They Are A-Changin’.” Jacob has a refreshing sound that reminds me of singer-songwriters like Paul Simon or James Taylor. The 29-year old says he is inspired by ragtime music and folk. He seems like an interesting artist to watch develop over the season, but who will be his coach? Jacob decides to join Team Nick!
8:45 p.m. — Next up is 32-year old Jon Mullins from Nashville. His wife of five years recently suffered a brain injury and now that she’s nearly fully recovered she’s happy to see him pursue his dreams. Tonight he’s singing “Don’t Give Up On Me” in her honor and he’s got a much more dynamic voice than I was expecting. I was expecting a country vocal, but he’s definitely got a pop/rock tone and Blake is the first to enthusiastically turn his chair. Nobody else turns around and Blake rushes the stage to give Jon a hug. He calls it the greatest day of his coaching career on “The Voice” because he just landed this artist uncontested.
8:50 p.m. — Aside from Jon, we see a clip of another artist that Blake has won with a one-chair turn this season. It’s 27-year old Jacob Daniel Murphy singing”Until You Come Back To Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do).” Blake has a new strategy of just holding out until the last second and then “robbing the bank.”
9:00 p.m. — Wrapping up the first hour of tonight’s episode is Zan Fiskum, a 22-year old from Seattle. Zan loves the music scene in Seattle but struggles with the cost of living. She currently lives in a RV in her parents’ backyard and she’s an indie-pop folk singer who writes her own lyrics. Tonight she’s singing “Light On” and her voice is so striking that Nick turns his chair within seconds. John soon follows and Zan is proving to be one of the most promising pop singers this season. Kelly eventually follows suit and Zan is a three-chair turn any coach would be lucky to land. John petitions hard because he has yet to win over an artist tonight and his fight pays off. Zan chooses to join Team Legend!
9:10 p.m. — The next artist tonight is 23-year old Chan Fuze from Chicago and this man is 6’10! I don’t think there’s ever been a taller artist on “The Voice.” He also has long curly locks and an interesting fashion sense. Although Chan enjoyed basketball in high school, music is his passion and tonight he’s singing “Groove Me” for the coaches. I’m hoping someone turns around because I’m already entertained. The visuals are EVERYTHING so the coaches might not see the magic I do. Alas, nobody turns around and my hopes are dashed, LOL! The truth is that Chan isn’t a great singer, but the man’s entertaining. Oh well!
9:20 p.m. — 38-year old Roderick Chambers still feels young but realizes he’s basically a dinosaur as far as the music industry is concerned. This Miami artist had a band with his brother for about 10 years before Roderick moved to California to pursue music on his own. He works as a full-time musician, but he wants to make a bigger name for himself. Tonight he’s singing “Back At One” and any lover of 90’s music knows you have to have serious pipes to pull off this Brian McKnight classic. Nick is first to enthusiastically punch his button but nobody else follows suit! Wow! Nick just got a freebie and a heck of a R&B singer.
9:30 p.m. — The next artist tonight is a 15-year old Arizona native who goes by the single name Jules. She began writing music at age 10 and started gigs at 12. Now she’s a sophomore in high school but has no issue performing a three-hour set of her own material. For her audition, Jules is singing “Ain’t No Rest For the Wicked” and this girl has a crystal clear voice and is bursting with energy. The coaches are surprisingly hesitant to turn around and certainly have no clue she’s 15. At the last second, Blake tries to “rob the bank” but Kelly buzzes in to challenge. Despite Jules’ Dad urging her to pick Blake, Jules goes with her gut and joins Team Kelly.
9:45 p.m. — Up next is Jared Harper, a 22-year old from San Francisco who taught himself to play guitar. He’s deaf in one ear, which may seem like a disability but tell that to Season 16 winner Maelyn Jarmon. Tonight Jared is singing “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” and he’s got a cool, pop/rock voice with just a enough grit to give this song the funk it needs. All the coaches seem to be holding back as their teams begin to fill up and unfortunately Jared will head home without a chair turn.
9:50 p.m. — The next artist hoping to advance is Michael Williams, an 18-year old from Ohio who grew up playing baseball and participating in musical theater. He’s singing “You Say” and he’s got a powerful but inconsistent voice. After struggling to stay on key, it appeared as though Michael would be the next artist heading home but Nick decided to take a chance on the teenager so Michael is moving on with Team Nick.
9:59 p.m. — The last artist of the Night 4 auditions is a 31-year old keyboard player named Mike Jerel who only needs to sing about three notes of “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World” to get Nick and John to turn their chairs. This man is easily the most skilled vocalist of the night and an absolute natural on stage. Of course Kelly and Blake can’t sit this one out and we’ve got a four-coach brawl to watch as they fight to get Mike on their teams. After each coach makes their pitch, Mike’s mother walks on stage to give her endorsement — John! So it’s Team Legend for Mike and that’s a wrap for tonight.
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