The coaches continue to recruit their favorites from the blind auditions
Another round of blind auditions for The Voice Season 16 has come and gone, and this time, all four coaches — Adam Levine, John Legend, Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton — are all pretty evenly split with the night’s crop of recruits.
Here’s a look at who made it through to close out this week of blinds.
Betsy Ade (40 – Kenosha, WI)
What to know: She’s a single mom who didn’t expect to be raising her son by herself and spends her downtime playing in a band back home.
The performance: There’s a lot of raw energy behind her performance of “Hunger” by Florence + the Machine, and Adam is quick to compare her growl rock tones with Annie Lennox, while Kelly heard some Sinead O’Connor in there, too. Despite Adam insisting she is similar to him and that together they can “conquer the world together,” Betsy is impressed by John’s promise that he respects strong women.
Team: John Legend
Dalton Dover (20 – Aragon, GA)
What to know: He’s a machine operator at a poultry lab and has been since his late teens, when he left school to get married and raise his littles.
The performance: His nerves are very audible throughout “Don’t Close Your Eyes” by Keith Whitley, but once he smooths things out, he has a cozy and contemporary country sound that Blake hears enough of to turn his chair.
Team: Blake Shelton
Rebecca Howell (18 – Cochran, GA)
What to know: She comes from a tiny town and hasn’t had many experiences before this — the show even brought about her first flight.
The performance: Kelly barely needs to hear three lines of Reba McEntire’s “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia” before she tamps her button. Rebecca has her low notes on lock and eases through the brassier pieces of the chorus, too. Blake, Kelly, and John all turn for her — with the latter arguing that R&B and country music are cousins and that he appreciated her subtleties and ability to belt. Kelly, meanwhile, compliments the solidity of her sound and comes up with a game plan for all the covers she should do next before handing things off to Blake, whom everyone assumes Rebecca will choose. But he kinda blows it by saying that she and other Georgia singers are nasal — that’s supposed to be a compliment somehow — so she chooses Kelly instead.
Team: Kelly Clarkson
Kendra Checketts (19 – San Diego, CA)
What to know: She first started getting into music when she was in elementary school and her father spent a year in the hospital with a brain hemorrhage. She turned to music as an outlet of expression.
The performance: There’s a lot of power packed into Kendra’s performance of Demi Lovato’s very personal song “Sober,” and what’s better is that she kept her runs from getting too unwieldy. She might not be able to identify with the lyrics, but her solid range makes up for that. Blake offers her the lone chair turn.
Team: Blake Shelton
J.T. Rodriguez (28 – Chattanooga, TN)
What to know: He’s a physical fitness trainer who has to make the choice whether he wants to keep “performing” at the gym and potentially lose his voice or pursue his music career.
The performance: Blake predicted the next singer would be “nasal,” and indeed J.T.’s full range does have a tinge of that quality with his “Higher Love.” There’s still something nice about his sharp sound, but there were still some pitchy moments scattered throughout that keep him from earning a turn. Bebe Rexha does, however, decide to give him a shot at the Comeback Stage.
L.B. Crew (29 – LIttle Rock, AR)
What to know: He was first introduced to music at church and has a close relationship with his little brother. He also identifies with his song of choice because it reminds him of the feeling of “being adrift.”
The performance: L.B.’s performance of “Waves” is captivating from the very first line, with his smooth tone and effortless runs earning a four-chair turn. Adam is intrigued by his falsetto. Kelly calls it a “sexy” performance. John likes his low tone and presence. And, of course, Blake brings up some obscure details about his hometown, as Blake does. Ultimately, it’s Adam’s promise to help him strengthen his falsetto that wins L.B. over because he appreciated the honesty and offer to help him improve his game going forward.
Team: Adam Levine
Adam Levine: Trey Rose, Jimmy Mowery, Domenic Haynes, Karly Moreno, Patrick McAloon, L.B. Crew
Kelly Clarkson: Karen Galera, Rizzi Myers, The Bundys, Alena D’Amico, Jej Vincent, Rebecca Howell
John Legend: Maelyn Jarmon, Lisa Ramey, Matthew Johnson, Savannah Brister, Julian King, Talon Cardon, Betsy Ade
Blake Shelton: Gyth Rigdon, Kim Cherry, Lili Joy, Hannah Kay, Carter Lloyd Horne, Dexter Roberts, Dalton Dover, Kendra Checketts
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