Ah yes, we’ve come to the time in the Blind Auditions where contestants who would have turned every chair and instigated a four-way begging contest just a week ago are now garnering thoughtful chin taps and maybe a last minute two-chair-turn. The coaches’ teams are nearly full and Blake, Adam, Christina, and Pharrell have to be particularly selective; but everyone still has room on their team to try and sway a country artist to the non-country dark side. And every time, I think for just a second that they might be swayed—but, of course, the draw of meeting Miranda Lambert and probably getting a record deal is too great. These people are here to try and make it to the end, not play around with genres.
We’re also getting to the point in the process where it becomes especially confusing that we get montages of contestants who are going through to Battle Rounds, but full segments with people who don’t turn any chairs. That “soulful insurance underwriter” we saw in tonight’s montage seemed great! (Carson has clearly been working on his descriptions.) So, while the red buttons got a little more down time tonight, even the montage players in Round Four of the Blind Auditions showed an uptick in interesting performances. Basically everyone who got through tonight was told through a series of dramatic cardigan removal and frantic pillow disposing that they can and will be a star, but who’s really got the goods?
Ashley Morgan, 16; “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”
Ashley is a background vocalist—a Voice staple—looking to strike out on her own. Whitney Houston is a risky choice if you’re trying to stand out, but Ashley certainly gave a competent performance and showed that she knows her way around a piece of music. She’s got the kind of voice that wears power well, and I liked how you could hear her smiling while she was singing. Blake and Pharrell did, too, and congratulated each other for turning around for a while before telling Ashley that they’re both the kind of coach who can help her make music to make a difference in the world. Blake gave it a good effort, but Ashley is thinking big picture…TEAM PHARRELL
Koryn Hawthorne, 16; “My Kind of Love”
I am constantly baffled by how put together the teenagers that come on this show are, and Koryn had the voice to match her mature aura. She picks the perfect Emily Sandé to show off her rich lower register, turning Christina’s chair quickly, and grabs Pharrell and Blake too when she nails the escalating chorus. Pharrell correctly tells her that he loves her combination of confidence and humility, but Christina makes her pitch all about the love and emotion that music can bring, and after some inter-coach hugging, Koryn makes her choice: TEAM CHRISTINA
Lexi Dávila, 17; “Dreaming of You”
Lexi is yet another beautiful and put together 17-year-old, but she at least has the nerves of an amateur performer. They show through in her vocal a bit, but “Dreaming of You” was a good choice to harness the young sound of her voice, and Blake and Adam heard the potential. Blake rightfully tells Lexi he specializes in erasing nerves (never forget Xenia!), but Adam tells her how he heard great potential in her big notes and plans to help her take it from a seven to a 10. TEAM ADAM
(Let’s Hope It’s Their Last) MONTAGE: High school pop singer Josh Batstone chose Team Adam; indie pop singer Katelyn Read and the aforementioned “soulful insurance underwriter” Ameera Delandro went Team Christina; and pop singer Bay Brooks is now Team Blake.
Brenna Yaeger, 19; “The House That Built Me”
It seemed like Brenna’s intro package was going a little overboard on the “growing up in a log cabin her dad built” stuff, but then it all became clear… Brenna and her siblings basically lived the lyrics of Miranda Lambert’s extremely personal “The House That Built Me” and Brenna was going to go out there and sing it in front of her husband, Blake Shelton. Thank goodness she did it justice, and though she started a little stronger than she finished, Brenna has the sweet, country voice, amazing hair, and memorable presence to grow with the help of a coach, and she got the one she wanted at the last second: TEAM BLAKE
NEXT: A “Superstar” turns all four chairs…