The Voice recap: 'The Blind Auditions, Part 7'
All four teams are officially full
And with that, the blinds are finally done! Alicia Keys came into tonight needing two new recruits, while Adam Levine, Gwen Stefani, and Blake Shelton had all whittled their availability down to one apiece. Alicia hasn’t been extraordinarily picky, by any means, but she has been holding out for a particular sort of sound. Tonight, her patience pays off because she gets exactly what she wants.
Here’s who got through on the seventh and final round of the blind auditions for The Voice.
Vanessa Ferguson (31 – Greensboro, NC)
“Don’t Let Me Down” by The Chainsmokers (ft. Daya)
How Alicia managed to get to this point tonight with two spots left open is beyond me because it seems like the vast majority of the times she’s been on the “I want you” block, she’s the one people flock to. But somehow she’s still only 10 strong to everyone else’s 11. But she gains ground easily with Vanessa Ferguson, who has been playing Alicia Keys’ music since she was a kid. Once Vanessa takes the stage with her soulful (and amazingly enunciated) rendition of this earworm pop hit — trimmed with how-low-can-you-go limbo note runs and some reggae groove just for fun — she’s earned the second-to-last spot on her longtime idol’s team. “Oh my God. You’re real,” she says as she takes an embrace from her new coach. See, kids! Dreams do come true.
Dawson Coyle (17 – Williamstown, NJ)
“Happiness” by Needtobreathe
If Nick Jonas can make nasal pop work for him, so can Dawson Coyle. At least, that’s probably what Blake is hoping now that he’s recruited the teen to take the last spot on his team. There’s definite potential in his voice, buried between the sharp and flat moments dispersed throughout, but the kid is clearly able to persevere (his family recently survived a devastating home fire; almost everyone on this show has had to tough out something terrible to get here, it seems). It’s certainly an interesting choice for Blake to make, since he doesn’t believe he’s ever coached this kind of singer before, but between his dimples and Dawson’s smile, they’ll make the best of it.
Jozy Bernadette (25 – Grand Forks, ND)
“American Woman” by The Guess Who
Song choices have been so key this season — pardon the pun. And Jozy Bernadette hits the nail on the head when she opts for an iconic rock anthem for her audition performance. Although she doesn’t, as previewed, “let it roar,” she does manage to escalate from a smooth, tender intro into a bit of a blare session, which is just enough to steal the last spot on Team Gwen, who’s ready to explore her musical personality and “make her shine.” In return, Jozy offers Gwen the first “No Doubt” word play of the season, so she’s already showing off some of her fun side.
Stephen Bores (32 – Arlington, IL)
“Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley
There’s a chance that if Stephen Bores had been screened earlier in the audition process, he might’ve made it through. This small-town craft brew king is a big fan of Gwen Stefani and No Doubt and has a peppy demeanor that courses through his lyrics as well, but it’s just not enough to convince Adam or Alicia, the last golden ticket-holders, to turn. But Adam blames the song choice and encourages him to come back.
Sheena Brook (33 — Fort Myers Beach, FL)
“Baby Girl” by Sugarland
Country gals like Sheena Brook here might ordinarily be an ideal match for Team Blake, but his squad spots are all spoken for. Luckily for her, though, Adam’s been just itching for a shot at taking a Southern singer to the top just to prove he can, so this steely, at times scratchy, but still distinct-sounding, artist is a match for his own ambitions. And with that, his team is the most eclectic of the bunch, and he’ll be able to throw all the genre noodles at the wall to see what sticks this year.
Chris Blue (26 – Knoxville, TN)
“The Tracks of My Tears” by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
Talk about ending on a high note. Alicia pores through a host of hopefuls before she finally, mercifully discovers Chris Blue here. The last of seven kids, Chris Blue has been singing on the gospel circuit for years, alongside his brother and is now solo. Not only is he able to duplicate the groove of this song’s original rendition, but he offers some Aaron Neville tones, and he even throws in a scale run on the low octave and broaches Adam Levine levels of falsetto work in the middle. He’s the whole package, and Alicia knows it. That’s why she’s literally dancing before she tamps her button in satisfaction for her find.
- Team Adam: Johnny Hayes, Mark Isaiah, Jesse Larson, Julien Martinez, Kawan DeBose, Taylor Alexander, Gaby Borromeo, Josh West, Malik Davage, Hanna Eyre, Nala Price, Sheena Brook
- Team Gwen: Joshua “JChosen” Hunter, Stephanie Rice, Savannah Leighton, Brandon Royal, Troy Ramey, Aaliyah Rose, Johnny Gates, Caroline Sky, Kenny P, Davina Leone, Sammie Zonana, Jozy Bernadette
- Team Alicia: Anatalia Villaranda, Felicia Temple, Autumn Turner, Lilli Passero, Quizz Swanigan, Jack Cassidy, Missy Robertson, Lauryn Judd, R.J. Collins, Hunter Plake, Vanessa Ferguson, Chris Blue
- Team Blake: Lauren Duski, Brennley Brown, Aliyah Moulden, Ashley Blake, Casi Joy, Micah Tryba, Josh Hoyer, Enid Ortiz, TSoul, Valerie Ponzio, Andrea Thomas, Dawson Coyle
Next stop: the battles. Let’s go teams!
Here’s who’ll be on-hand to support each of our coaches in the battle rounds:
- John Legend – Team Adam
- Luke Bryan – Team Blake
- DJ Khaled – Team Alicia
- Celine Dion – Team Gwen