Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys have already taken to The Voice waters like a pair of old fish, and their teams are quickly stacking up as they swim into week two. Tonight Alicia even steals away a shoo-in for Team Blake and leaves him empty-handed — the fella can’t help but feel her new groove about “I know what music that feels good should look like.”
Bindi Liebowitz (23 – Plainfield, NJ)
“Bust Your Windows” by Jazmine Sullivan
Blake Shelton and Adam Levine took it straight to the mattresses for the first real time this season to court this bluesy choir singer. Bindi’s got a voice that heals — at least in the case of her mother, who credits her daughter’s singing with helping her through cancer treatments a few years back — and enough dynamism to land both gents on their feet to plead their team’s case. Blake calls her “ear candy” and says she’ll be one of a kind on his team, guaranteed, but all Adam has to do to win her over to his squad is dish out those three little words, and she’s his. Okay, okay, so what she’s really drawn to about Team Adam is the fact that “his background is combining genres,” but still. It can’t hurt the man professed his “literal” love for her.
Zack Hicks (24 – Hope, AR)
“At This Moment” by Billy Vera
This man is totally courageous for several reasons. He packed up and moved to Dallas after a weekend visit to a friend’s place, for one thing. Then he braved the potential social-media backlash and openly came out as gay on Facebook. And he stepped way outside of his comfort zone for his song selection. While the first two decisions were major wins for him, the last bit held him back from getting a chair spin tonight. The coaches actually feel like he should’ve stuck to his country roots for his audition so they could hear what he’s really made of. Next time.
Elia Esparza (23 – El Paso, TX)
“Como la Flor” by Selena
Singing an all-Spanish song is a risky move, but it pays off for this soulful senorita, who earns three chair turns for her rendition of a Selena classic. Adam is grateful she’s come up there with something different, and Miley backs it up by noting she hasn’t gone the easy route by doing whatever’s been done to win before. Adam has a little trouble pronouncing her name — seriously, how many times did she have to repeat it for these four?! — but he’s got her team allegiance for turning first.
NEXT: Adam and Blake bond over a contestant
Lane Mack (30 – Lafayette, LA)
“Every Day I Have the Blues” by B.B. King
Lane Mack’s got the full package. He’s got a nice nuclear family with a legacy in the business, a great work ethic, and most importantly, a voice exciting enough to earn a button-punch from Miley Cyrus. Miley felt like this so-called “Mr. Cool” (his dad’s nickname for him since he was a toddler, natch) sounded a lot like a live session with Jeff Buckley, particularly during the large screams.
Karlee Metzger (22 – Springfield, MO)
“Samson” by Regina Spektor
Music may have been this woman’s quiet form of escape from the woes of her youth, but now that she’s a bona fide grown-up, she’s ready to be heard once and for all. Miley sees she’s still dealing with a little shyness and it’s affecting some of her vocal choices, but she feels like she’s just the coach to take her out of that discomfort zone.
Josh Halverson (31 – West, TX)
“Forever Young” by Bob Dylan
Team Blake goes home empty-handed this round, thanks to a steak-related mistake he makes when talking about this guy’s family history in the cattle-ranching business. Josh here might wake up at the crack of dawn to feed his father’s yearlings, but he’s ready to pack up and depart the farm for good, so he certainly doesn’t want to talk about beef after belting out this dense ditty. Does he opt for Team Miley, a.k.a. Team Vegetarian? Nah. He’s going through door no. 3 in a surprise decision to join Team Alicia — even after Adam breaks form to endorse Blake as the best option. “She’s been a major influence in my music career from the beginning,” he says of Keys, whose swoony “let’s get lost in good music” pitch wins the day.
- Team Adam (6) – Riley Elmore, Andrew DeMuro, Billy Gilman, Brendan Fletcher, Bindi Liebowitz, Elia Esparza
- Team Alicia (6) – Wé McDonald, Jason Warrior, Dave Moisan, Christian Cuevas, Lauren Diaz, Josh Halverson
- Team Blake (5) – Sundance Head, Dana Harper, Gabe Broussard, Ethan Tucker, Dan Shafer
- Team Miley (7) – Darby Walker, Courtnie Ramirez, Ali Caldwell, Sa’Rayah, Sophia Urista, Lane Mack, Karlee Metzger
Tastiest coach ribs of the night:
Adam: “I’m standing up because I’m feeling something.”
Blake: “What, did you pee your pants or something?”
Blake (on Miley): “She’s the person who will teach you that you’ll never have to speak again.”
Blake (on Adam): “You just wait to see what I’ve got up my sleeve for Adam. It’s an arm.”