The second week of shows for Season 12 continued with more blind auditions. Eleven singers performed during the episode, but two failed to get a coach to turn for them. Ericka Corban and Griffin Tucker were the artists who didn’t make it through to the next round. Corban’s version of the spiritual “Wade In The Water” was a little pitchy, and Tucker’s take on “Heartbreak Hotel” by Elvis Presley didn’t move anyone, even as his voice sounded more mature than his age of fourteen would have one believe.
As for the artists that will be continuing on the show (in order of appearance):
Leading off the show was Micah Tryba singing “I’m Every Woman” singing the Chaka Khan song in the Whitney Houston arrangement. Her voice was strong and powerful, but when the uptempo portion of the song kicked in, she began to sing a bit behind the beat. It was a good performance overall, and with that voice and some coaching, she may be able to do some damage in this competition. She chose Blake Shelton as her coach, as he and Gwen Stefani were the only ones to turn for her.
Next up was Troy Ramey, who sang Cat Stevens’ “Wild World.” I was surprised that this performance rated a four chair turn, but all four coaches did eventually turn for the singer. That doesn’t mean I didn’t think it was good—it was—but I didn’t think it was that good. He certainly deserved to get someone to turn around for him. Ramey has a solid voice and he may do well going forward; it remains to be seen where he’ll go. He picked Stefani to be his coach, so his journey will definitely be interesting.
The next artist to perform was Jack Cassidy, who has a deep musical bloodline. His family was the basis of the television show The Partridge Family, his uncles were David and Shaun Cassidy, and his grandmother is Shirley Jones, who played the mother on the TV show. He performed Joan Osborne’s “One Of Us,” and while he was likeable, his voice was a little bit all over the place. It might have been due to his nerves, but Adam Levine and Alicia Keys turned for him. In the end, he chose Levine to be his coach.
Kawan DeBose was the next artist to perform, and he took on the Marvin Gaye classic, “Let’s Get It On.” In a word, he was amazing—he pulled out all the tricks. His performance was also aided by an arrangement that didn’t completely copy the iconic original song. Adam and Blake turned for him, and he chose Adam as his coach. Full disclosure: I had heard of DeBose before, and even purchased one of his early EP’s Exposed, after hearing one of his songs on a podcast that I listened to.
Taylor Alexander performed “Believe” by Cher in a country-styled version. I never expected to hear that song done that way in my lifetime, but I actually liked it. I think it stunned the coaches as well, except for Levine, who was the only one who turned around to see the artist. I’ll be interested to see what Alexander can do going forward; I suspect he may stay closer to his country roots, rather than trying to dress up pop songs in the style.
Gaby Borromeo was next to hit the stage, and she covered “Happy” by Leona Lewis. She definitely started out nervous, but the performance got better as the song went on. It was a decent performance, not spectacular at all. She was deserving of a chair turn, and she got two from Levine and Shelton. In what had become a winning streak, Adam picked up his third artist in a row when the young singer chose him to be her coach.
Missy Robertson was up next, and she sang “Scars To Your Beautiful” by Alessia Cara. Last season, Wé McDonald gave a great performance of this song. Robertson’s performance wasn’t quite that good, but it was plenty good enough. Certainly Shelton and Keys thought so—but they waited until the very last minute before turning around. For what she put into her performance, she deserved those chair turns. She chose Keys as her coach.
Fourteen year old Aaliyah Rose was next to go, and she took on “Rise Up” by Andra Day. I worried that the young performer would try to ape Day’s version of the song, but she sang it pretty much as herself. She started strong, but wobbled a bit after Stefani turned for her, then pulled it back together toward the end. Stefani was the only coach to look her way. For most of the performance, the youngster was very poised.
Closing the show was Josh West, who covered Duran Duran’s “Ordinary World.” His performance was very controlled; there were no wobbles whatsoever. Definitely one of the better performances on the night, and a good way to finish the episode. It certainly capped off a pretty good night for Levine, who claimed his fourth artist for his team, winning out over the other three coaches in the second four-chair turn of the night.
The blind auditions continue tonight. I’m still amazed that there hasn’t been a montage. But I know one is coming—just a question of when; maybe as soon as the next episode.
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