But I think the night belonged to Blake Shelton. Almost always my favorite judge anyway, he surpassed himself last night with joke about murdering Christina, and about wanting Adam Levine in a sexual way (I think that part was a joke), the country star really had me laughing out loud.
But let’s get down to the serious business of last night’s singing. Let’s start with the defending champion, who also had the best success rate when hitting his button this season.
12 contestants on 20 turn arounds = 60% success rate
Team Adam so far: Tony Lucca, Kim Yarbrough, Angel Taylor, Pip, Katrina Parker, Chris Cauley, Nathan Parrett, Mathai, Nicolle Galyon, Karla Davis.
Whitney Myer from Reno got all four of the coaches to turn around wit her performance of No One, although I didn’t think it was one of the season’s best performances. Her excitement at seeing all the chairs turn was infectious, though. All the judges made good points but she opted for Team Adam after he spent a little extra time sweet talking her.
Team Adam’s next conquest was Orlando Napier. From the moment he opened is mouth to sing he was much more impressive than Whitney, IMHO. His version of Waiting on the World to Change was so soulful, and his piano playing was probably even better. He seems like he has a winning combination, so I was really surprised that Adam was the only coach to turn around.
12 contestants on 21 turn arounds = 57%.
Team Christina so far: Jesse Campbell, Chris Mann, The Line, Lindsey Pavao, Geoff McBride, Moses Stone, Jonathas, Monique Benabou, Ashley De La Rosa, Anthony Evans.
Christina continued to look a strong contender for top coach as she has a really diverse as well as talented team.
Lee Koch reminded me of Rod Stewart on Like a Rolling Stone (in a good way) and very much made me think of Paul McDonald from American Idol (in a really good way; regular Celebrity News and Style readers will know how much I loved him). His harmonica playing was quirky and fun.
Christina was the last one without 12 team members, so she passed on a bunch of contestants before settling on Sara Hill. Her I’m Going Down was good, but I certainly didn’t enjoy it as much as Christina, who just had to get on stage to perform with her.
12 contestants on 23 turn arounds = 52%.
Team Blake so far: RaeLynn, Gwen Sebastian, Jermaine Paul, Erin Willett, Jordis Unga, Brian Fuente, Naia Kete, Charlotte Sometimes, Jordan Rager, ALyX.
Blake won Lex Land over with orgasm jokes. Sigh. Adam and Cee Lo both turned around for earlier. I’m a bit more in agreement with non-turner Christina, who said that while singing on I Can’t Make You Love Me her voice was going to give out. The other coaches put that down to nerves. I’m not so sure, so Lex will need good luck for the Battle Rounds.
Adley Stump added another country singer to Blake’s posse. She only started singing seriously 10months ago so this competition may prove tough for her. She was good but not amazing on Last Name. It took right until the end of the song for Blake and Christina to turn around, which is ironic to me, given that Adley failed to hit the end note of virtually every line in the song.
Team Cee Lo
12 contestants on 30 turn arounds = 40%.
Team Cee Lo so far: Juliet Simms, Jamar Rogers, Angie Johnson, Sarah Golden, Erin Martin, James Massone, Tony Vincent, Justin Hopkins, Jamie Lono.
First, Cee Lo added rockers The Shields Brothers. Dancing With Myself seemed an appropriate assessment of the performance. They screamed their whole way through and gave the rocker symbol a lot.
Cheesa had some great moments once the song got going, but struggled with the lower register of If I Were a Boy. I really liked her style though, so she could spring a surprise on us next round.
Wade was the best of Cee Lo’s new additions last night, I think. The young R&B singer showed promise on Rehab and should prove to be a good fit for Cee Lo.
There weren’t too many failed auditions to be sad about this week. David Dunn’s “The Man Who Can’t Be Moved” was forgettable, 64-year old Preston Shannon is already a legend in Memphis, and Cameron Novack’s free styling made me throw up a little bit in my mouth.
But what about you? Who was your favorite from the final night of The Voice Blind Auditions? Will any of them compare well with the best singers from the past blind auditions? Which team do you think has the best chance of winning the whole thing?Oh and did you enjoy Blake threatening to drown Christina?