Five new team members join the ranks of Team Adam, Team Blake, Team Alicia, and Team Gwen, but only one of them forces a judge to walk off the stage
If it looks like a country star, sounds like a country star, and twangs like a country star, can it choose any other coach than Mr. Dimples himself? The country gods think not. But tonight, as five promising talents take the stage, one country star sends the judging panel into a spiral, forcing one judge out of their chair completely. Let’s review:
Ashley Levin (23- Miami, FL)
“Let Him Fly” by Patty Griffin
The Blake Shelton superfan and near-Adam Levine namesake takes on Patty Griffin’s “Let Him Fly” — a powerful country song that depends on knowing the subtleties of when to be subtle and, you know, when to fly. She does a perfectly serviceable performance and turns every chair but Adam Levine’s. Gwen uses her connection with Blake because, you guys, they’re dating. Gwen says that she loves her, and even if she chooses her, she has access to Blake, leaving Ashley with a decision.
Brandon Royal (31- Virgin Islands)
“Master Blaster (Jammin)” by Stevie Wonder
Brandon tackles Stevie Wonder, and sure, there are moments where he gets a little sidetracked with the runs, but Brandon is good. He has a lot of fun with the beat and manages to turn around both Blake and Gwen, when we’re immediately reminded… if you’d forgotten from Ashley’s audition, they’re dating. Blake admits he has no idea what Brandon did, but he’s good at winning, while Gwen talks about her background in ska. But at the end of the day, Brandon chooses…
Adam Pearce (30- New Orleans, LA)
“A Whiter Shade of Pale” by Procol Harum
Classic rock, beautiful ginger-maned Adam takes the stage with hope for Team Adam in his heart. With a lesser known song, Adam turns it into his own vibrato-laden screamer, but he doesn’t manage to turn a single chair around, though he tempts Adam to use his button several times. The talent is there, but so is the pitchiness, leaving Adam with no team and the judging panel with a desire for someone a bit more controlled.
NEXT: Zen Alicia misses her chance
Julien Martinez (21- Oxnard, CA)
“Pride and Joy” by Stevie Ray Vaughn
If Adam struggled to get control of his rocker vibe, then Julien struggled to let it go. A strong voice and performance made this audition fun, but it was Julien’s scream at the end that turned Adam and Blake’s chairs in the very final seconds. After he reveals that he teaches meditation, you can tell that Zen Alicia is 100 percent devastated she didn’t turn, but he can’t pick Alicia. He can only pick the man-deprived Team Blake or true believer Team Adam. Julien goes with…
Quizz Swanigan (13- North Little Rock, AR)
“Who’s Lovin’ You” by The Jackson 5
So, Quizz sounds wonderful, but in a way, he also sounds like a 13-year-old singing “Who’s Loving You.” That’s no insult because he is a 13-year-old, but it doesn’t carry the same weight as many other child singers on shows like The Voice. It is enough, however, to turn around Alicia and Gwen. Alicia comments on the youth in his voice, but it’s undeniable how incredibly talented he is. Quizz pits nice girls Gwen and Alicia against each other, but only one can win. Once Quizz brings his family on stage, he makes his decision.
With each judge claiming one team member on night three, we’re left with one final performer — and, like many last performers of the night, it’s no joke.
Casi Joy (26- Nashville, TN)
“Blue” by LeAnn Rimes
We finish the night with Casi Joy, a country artist from Nashville who should, by habit, fall into Team Blake, but as she starts singing, it doesn’t take long for the entire crew to realize that it’s time to turn their chairs around. It’s a close race for who sings it better: LeAnn or Casi. Her ability to carry the complicated yodels should be enough on its own, but even Casi is shocked when all four chairs turn around.
After quite a battle over being able to snag a country artist, Adam essentially tells Casi he’s ready to give up and leaves his chair because he knows it’s pointless. Gwen and Alicia campaign for each other, and when Casi announces she’s not tied to country, the judging panel comes alive. Casi’s choice is a total toss-up, but she takes the (expected) plunge and goes with…
So at the end of the night, Team Blake is one up on the rest with the other three judges taking an additional member each. Is it Blake’s year again, or could Alicia, Adam, or Gwen rise up again?