It’s been all the way back to Season 13 since Blake Shelton was the coaching champ on “The Voice.” With the exceptional team he is assembling now in Season 18, could this be his big comeback to win a seventh championship? He is up against three-time winner Kelly Clarkson, one-time champ John Legend and newcomer Nick Jonas.
Blind Auditions began last week with NBC episodes on Monday, February 24, and Tuesday, February 25. 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)
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And now here we go with our live blog for Night 3 on Monday, March 2:
8:01 p.m. – Night 3 began with the audition of Allegra Miles, a 16 year old from the U.S. Virgin Islands by way of Florida, who played the keyboard and sang “Use Somebody.” Kelly was the first to turn her chair, comparing her to one of her champions Brynn Cartelli. Allegra’s deep tone on the track made it sound uniquely her own, and her choice to accentuate it with some really nice high notes convinced Nick to be her second chair turn. John didn’t turn his chair, but regretted it once he found out how young she is. Both John and Kelly noted Allegra’s depth as a singer and her ability to tap into the emotion of the song. Nick attempted to bond with her over their shared experiences in musical families and it worked because she joined his team!
8:12 p.m. – Next was Cammwess, who grew up in a sports-focused family but when he made the decision to switch from athletics to music they continued to support him. He auditioned to “Earned It,” earning the support of John straight away and Blake right at the last second. John was impressed by his “old style” and Nick believed he’d benefit from John’s ability to work with him on melody. Blake offered no advice or direction for where they’d go together and even though he said he’d fall on his sword for him, Cammwess went with John in the end.
8:25 p.m. – It took a while for the coaches to vibe with Joei Fulco‘s version of “Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves,” but eventually Blake turned his chair and in the process successfully blocked Nick from having a chance after he turned as well. With no input from Kelly and John that meant that Joei defaulted straight to Team Blake. Turns out it was a perfect fit because Joei wants to be a country rock artist and Kelly thought that she has a unique voice for country radio.
8:35 p.m. – With the only block left on the dais, Kelly was hoping for a country singer she could block Blake from getting. “Johnny and June” as sung by Sara Collins was her perfect opportunity for that, but it turns out Blake didn’t turn his chair and Kelly didn’t attempt to block him. Instead it was a battle between Kelly and Nick. For Blake and John, Sarah had pitch problems that kept them from turning, but Nick was on board because she reminds him of so many popular artists out there now. While both of her options boasted about their connections in and love for the country industry, Sara went to Team Kelly.
8:47 p.m. – Cellist Clerida was next on stage, presenting for the first time a performance on the show with a cello featured. Her version of “Put Your Records On” was certainly unique, but the coaches weren’t convinced enough by the vocal to turn around for her. Kelly gave her props for doing her thing with the cello and John advised her to let her voice shine more on the songs she chooses.
8:58 p.m. – Samantha Howell was anticipating joining Team Nick prior to her audition to “Take It on the Run.” This is the performance that Kelly decided to execute her block on (for Blake), and though Blake attempted to turn Kelly still had to fight off Nick who also turned. Once Samantha told them that she doesn’t see herself as a country artist, it seemed as though Kelly’s spirit was a bit bruised as the likelihood that Samantha would go with Nick rose.
9:08 p.m. – In the end, Samantha had to apologize to Nick when she chose Kelly instead! With a successful block under her belt, Kelly was in high spirits by the time street performer Jamal Corrie took the stage. His audition to “Be Alright” was his first time ever performing inside in front of a seated audience. For the second time tonight Blake got the default addition to his team since he was the only coach that turned for Jamal. Kelly thought that maybe he was too nervous and John similarly felt like at times he was too tight to express the song appropriately.
9:20 p.m. – New York transplant Ruby G is still developing her skills as a vocalist and musician, but believed the show could be the next step in becoming a solo artist. She took on “Hard Place” for her audition and despite some really good moments in her performance none of the coaches turned their chairs. In their critiques they warned her about proper song selection and applauded her voice when she opened it up, but in the low notes of the song is where it failed her.
9:30 p.m. – Next up was drill sergeant Samuel Wilco, looking to make his army proud with “Lately.” It took almost the entire song for Nick and Kelly to both hit their buttons with only a few notes to spare. After a chair malfunction was solved, Kelly had the opportunity to give Samuel loads of compliments for his song choice and his control over the lyric. Nick pitched more methodically, offering a lot of collaboration should he choose him. Basing his decision on who his kids love, Samuel joined Team Nick!
9:43 p.m. – “Here to sing the blues,” Hawk McIntyre‘s audition to “Lie to Me” was a boisterous and gritty blues performance, but the coaches passed on the opportunity to bring him aboard one of their squads.
9:53 p.m. – Focus quickly shifted to what had been billed as “the performance of the night.” It came from 23 year old Thunderstorm Artis, a multitalented musician that comes from an artistic family with eclectic names. His rendition of “Blackbird” got three immediate turns: Kelly, Nick and John. By the time Blake finally came to his senses and his his button, the other three were already on their feet cheering Thunderstorm on while also completely stunned speechless. Nick said his vocal control was perfect, Kelly said he’s someone that can win the whole thing, Blake noticed that he’s “intertwined to that guitar” and John said that there is magic in his tone. After a stingy few turns tonight, John was the coach that nabbed the evening’s only four chair turn! And he thinks he’s going to win with him. Do you?!
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