The fourth night of blind auditions has come to a close, and while I’m not sure I heard an instant contender like Monday night’s show, I heard quite a bit of very good. And of course, there was another montage! Why can’t we get one season, NBC? Let us see some of these performers you keep shoehorning into a minute and a half block of video! You do realize, the viewers know these folks are probably fodder in the battle rounds, don’t you? So, to Teresa Guidry (Blake Shelton), Chelsea Gann (Christina Aguilera) and Lily Green (Adam Levine), here’s your shining moment:
Again, I will rank the artists based on best to less than the best, based on my own criteria. And the coaches who picked them will be listed in parentheses after the artist name. As you can see, I already listed the coaches who picked the artists who were unfortunately put in the montage.
Best of the night: Goes to Owen Danoff (Levine), whose take on Bob Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright” was very moving and soulful. His dad was a member of the Starland Vocal Band (“Afternoon Delight, anyone?), so the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree it appears. I really liked his performance, and while I don’t hear a winner, I do hear someone who can go far. He was also the only artist to get a four-chair turn, so he kinda wins this category by default.
Pretty good, eh? Tamar Davis (Aguilera), Daniel Passino (Aguilera), Maya Smith (Pharrell Williams) and Joe Maye (Aguilera) all did very well last night. As you can see, Christina had a pretty good night. While she missed out on the best singer of the evening, she did pick up a few really good ones. Davis and Smith both took on Aretha Franklin songs, and while they didn’t exactly make anyone forget the Queen of Soul, both of them had moments to shine on “Chain Of Fools” and “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man”, respectively. Passino took Charlie Puth and Meghan Trainor’s “Marvin Gaye” and gave it an upgrade, in my opinion. But it was Maye who stopped the show with his rendition of “I Put A Spell On You,” made famous by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins. His duet with Aguilera after his performance was pretty good too.
They got through, but: Rounding out the remainder of artists who got chairs to turn are Jessica Crosbie (Williams), Justin Whisnant (Shelton), Brittney Lawrence (Shelton) and Matt Tedder (Levine). Crosbie earned a three-chair turn for her performance of Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida” with a slower, softer arrangement. In retrospect, it wasn’t quite as good as it seemed when it first aired; certainly not three-chair turn worthy. Whisnant’s take on Cole Swindell’s “Ain’t Worth The Whiskey” was nice enough, though some of my Facebook friends were more impressed by his looks than his singing. Lawrence tried seven times to get a blind audition, and finally got one. She took her chances with Demi Lovato’s “Warrior,” which got her a spot on Blake’s team. Tedder and his exceptional slide guitar, but okay vocals took on “(I’m Your) Hoochie Coochie Man” by Muddy Waters, which got Adam to turn and claim him. I wonder what happens when he gets something out of his comfort zone and has to put that guitar down though? I guess we shall see.
No chair turn, no chance: Unfortunately, Jackie Lipson and Nolan Neal did not get a coach to turn for them, and in both cases, their song choices were to blame. Lipson gamely tried out “Ex’s And Oh’s” by Elle King, but the performance just wasn’t there. Neal’s version of “Drive” by Incubus just didn’t move the coaches, but when he sung his favorite song after the audition, he wowed them. Maybe if he comes back and does a better song that suits him, he should get a chair turn easily.
Tonight promises to be the end of the blind auditions, as each coach has a few precious slots left to fill out their teams before the battle rounds. If you watched the show, leave your impressions of the contestants in the comments. And follow me on Twitter (@mindpinball) to see my impressions of the show as it airs live on the east coast.