With the third episode of The Voice in the books, the coaches are filling up their teams rather nicely. I have to admit, I didn’t always agree with their choices, but some of the singers will be weeded out in the battle rounds to come. Again, I will rank the artists from best to less best, based on my own criteria, and will list the coaches chosen after their names. But first: the montage! A brief shout-out to Gina Castanzo and Trey O’Dell, both chosen by Blake Shelton for his team. Unfortunately, your big moment was caught in the montage segment of the show, which means the chances are you won’t be around too long. But here’s video of your brief (and the video itself is brief) moments in the sun.
Best of the night: Without a doubt, Ryan Quinn (Adam Levine). This time, the CET (that’s Crack Editing Team) actually gave it away. Quinn got the only four-chair turn on the night, and deservedly so. He immediately joins Alisan Porter and Mike Schiavo as contenders to actually win the thing. And with his rendition of “Can’t Find My Way Home” by Blind Faith, there wasn’t a doubt in my mind.
Pretty good, eh? Malik Heard, whose audition was leaked and featured in this post, leads a group of good singers that include Kristen Marie (Christina Aguilera), Peyton Parker (Shelton) and Brian Nhira (Pharrell Williams). Marie’s version of “Mad World” by Gary Jules showcased her unique tone, while Parker’s take on Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” and Nhira version of Williams’ “Happy” offered up their potential to do well, if not necessarily win. Frankly, for me Nhira’s quick run-through of “Jesus Loves Me” was way better than his audition.
They got through, but: The head of the class of this group was Nate Butler (Levine), though his transitions were shaky, he has some real potential with a good falsetto voice. He needs Adam to help him maneuver his way through a song. He also gets bonus points from me for singing Mayer Hawthorne’s “The Walk.” Also included here are (in no particular order) Hannah Huston (Williams), Brittany Kennel (Shelton) and Natalie Yacovazzi (Levine). Each of these young women deserved their chair turns, but each has something that might hold them back. For Huston, while showing some soul with her cover of “Unaware” by Allen Stone, her notes weren’t always on; while Kennel’s unique voice stood out on Sheryl Crow’s “Strong Enough,” it may be harder for her going forward against the better singers, and Yacovazzi’s return from last season only got her one chair turn while singing Kelly Clarkson’s “Mr. Know It All.” Surely she could have improved a bit more from not getting a chair in the previous season? Maybe all of them will show more in the battle rounds.
No chair turn, no chance: For this episode, that distinction goes to Aijia, and Evan Taylor Jones. For Aijia, who it turns out is married to singer Andy Grammer, she just didn’t give a solid performance on “Say Something,” as done by A Great Big World and Aguilera. As for Jones, who tried on “Home Grown” by the Zac Brown Band, his song choice didn’t really match his voice.
So ends the third night of blind auditions. With additional shows tonight and tomorrow night, I will definitely be very busy. Follow me on twitter @mindpinball for updates while the show airs live. Feel free to comment on your take on the performances and anything else about the show.