Phew. The blinds are now completely over for season 11 of The Voice, which means we can finally say goodbye (hopefully forever) to the flower-embellished Canadian tuxedo and pigtails Miley Cyrus has been sporting for far too many episodes — and we’re about to watch the contestants gain a little wisdom from their coaches and the talent they’ve recruited as team mentors. Here’s who’s on deck next week:
- Team Adam Levine: Sammy Hagar
- Team Alicia Keys: Charlie Puth
- Team Blake Shelton: Bette Midler
- Team Miley Cyrus: Joan Jett
How’s that for an eclectic mix of musicians?
Meanwhile, the coaches are all pretty psyched about who they recruited for their crews — some (*cough* Alicia *cough*) more so than others (*cough* Adam). For a pair of newcomers to this coaching game, Alicia and Miley were mighty impressive in snagging away big potential from the boys, and Alicia thinks she’s got a full set of “monsters” while Miley’s sure she’s got the “young fun” team in her corner. As for the guys, well, Blake’s certainly impressed with his ability to capture a few artists who don’t necessarily fit his usual mold, and Adam’s got a complete buffet of different talents on tap. Alicia’s definitely got the edge so far, though, and here’s how the fifth and final rounds of blinds went down to make that happen.
Shannon and Whitney (23 and 25 – Austin, TX)
“Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac (Dixie Chicks version)
Aha! The America’s sweethearts (yes, plural) of this season have finally arrived. This sister duo has it all: looks, great style, character, charm, adorable loyalty to one another, and, most importantly, two times the talent. All four judges are stunned by their flawless harmonization skills, and while they came into this thing with a country tune in hopes of earning a place on Team Blake — they believe he listens to his teammates well — their first experience with the courtship skills of Alicia Keys is a game changer. As many lofty things as she has said throughout these blinds so far, she’s never been more swoony about a recruit than with these two, waxing poetic with phrases like “it’s like you represent the future…this beautiful fusion of all of us” and “you two are a beautiful example of the world I want to create.” How could they possibly turn that down? She declares herself the queen of the four chairs after annexing this power team to her turf, and she’s right.
Johnny Rez (25 – Miami, FL)
“Iris” by the Goo Goo Dolls
Everyone loves a good comeback-kid story, and Johnny Rez definitely has that going for himself. The charming — albeit a little messy — singer had an auspicious upbringing with a clear-cut college track ahead of him, but falling into drugs and criminal behavior threw him off-course. Thanks to half a year of house arrest, he cleaned himself up, went back to school and walked away with a newfound love of playing the guitar. His experience level is clear — he’s gonna need some work on his falsetto, in particular, and who better to teach him than the self-proclaimed Captain Falsetto, Adam Levine? Plus, he’s a frequent Maroon 5 cover artist, so all he was really waiting on was for Adam to turn around and he was there.
NEXT: Gothic Dolly Parton, coming right up…