The last night of the blind auditions found the coaches needing five more artists to fill their teams. Following previous form, six artist performances were seen in full. So five made it through and one did not get a turn. There was also a montage of singers who didn’t quite have what it took to get through. That was shown before the last coach, Alicia Keys, filled her team. As for the one singer that was shown who didn’t get a coach to turn, Stephen Boras’ version of Bob Marley & The Wailers’ “Three Little Birds” was done in a bit of a different style, but the coaches found it hard to divorce it from the iconic original.
As for the singers who grabbed the last open spots (in order of appearance):
Vanessa Ferguson performed first, doing a version of “Don’t Let Me Down” by the Chainsmokers. I thought this was a solid performance, but my Facebook crowd disagreed totally. Keys and Gwen Stefani turned first, then were joined by Blake Shelton. Keys, in need of two singers to finish out her team, grabbed the first of those when Ferguson chose her.
Dawson Coyle was next to grace the stage, and his song choice was “Happiness” by Needtobreathe. Again, I thought he was deserving of a chair turn, but my Facebook friends did not like him. Apparently, my friends were in a feisty mood. Good thing the blind auditions were ending after this show. At any rate, Coyle did get Shelton to turn his chair, and with that, Blake’s team was completed.
Jozy Bernadette was the next artist up, and she sang “American Woman” by the Guess Who. I expected a little more energy on this one, but Bernadette sung it a little more laid-back. Maybe it was the arrangement, which sounded a little softer than I thought it would. It seemed as though she had plenty of time to get someone to turn around, and it took nearly all of it to make it happen. Adam Levine and Stefani turned for the artist, who chose Gwen as her coach. With that decision, Stefani’s team was completed.
Next on the stage was Sheena Brook, who sang “Baby Girl” by Sugarland. Compared to the previous singers, she seemed a bit better. Her performance was good, and for once, my friends agreed with me. With only Levine and Keys left to add to their teams, Brook’s decision was made easier when only Adam turned for her. With the addition of Brook, Adam’s team was complete.
The last singer to reach the battle rounds was Chris Blue, who sang “Tracks Of My Tears” by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles. Blue was the best performer on the night, his voice thrilling with it’s versatility. However, I had one concern; his vocal tricks could become an issue going forward. But they were not problematic here; and Keys turned her chair to take Blue for her final artist.
There is another show tonight, but it’s a two-hour recap of the blind auditions. Battle rounds, where the coaches pit two of their team members against each other, begin on Monday night. Each coach will be able to steal, or claim a battle round loser from another team for their own; I believe each coach will have two steal opportunities. This year’s guest mentors will be the ever-present John Legend, Luke Bryan, DJ Khaled (what?) and Celine Dion. I’m guessing Khaled is for ratings; I’ve never heard him sing anything.
(photo from Creative Commons via Eva Rinaldi—available for reuse).