Adam Levine returns to The Voice for his fifth season. The Maroon 5 frontman won the first season of the NBC's singing competition, but has yet to dethrone fellow coach Shelton and repeat his initial success.
Tessanne Chin: Team Adam
The Jamaican rocker, who once sang backup for Jimmy Cliff, unanimously turned chairs and dropped jaws by effortlessly belting ambitious pop songs like Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” and P!nk’s “Try.”
James Wolpert: Team Adam
Enticing all four coaches in his blind audition, the Apple store employee dropped out of an art program at Carnegie Mellon University to pursue music. He has a unique rasp that shines -- when he’s not shaking from nerves or overstyling in rehearsals.
Preston Pohl: Team Adam
The Christian rock band guitarist fell out of musicianship after a band member and mentor passed away, but has surprised the judges with offbeat song choices like MGMT’s “Electric Feel” and Bob Marley’s “No Woman No Cry,” which both showcased his textured voice.
Grey: Team Adam
The Berklee College of Music graduate who sings in a wedding band and works retail at Anthropologie won over the male coaches during her blind audition, causing Shelton’s chair to malfunction. Both of her song choices so far have been hits by Kelly Clarkson.
Will Champlin: Team Adam
The son of Chicago band member Bill Champlin who hopes to pursue a pop/soul sound initially scored a spot on Levine’s team, but was stolen by Aguilera after barely losing his battle against Wolpert. Levine then stole him back in the knockouts.
Blake Shelton is the reigning champion of the coaches, dominating the past three seasons of The Voice. He's fresh off the win of his season four contestant Danielle Bradbery, who will perform her debut single on an upcoming episode of The CW’s Hart of Dixie.
The bearded musical prodigy (his grandmother, she says, is the only girl who ever turned down Elvis Presley) won Green’s approval by auditioning with The Jeffersons theme song, but was stolen by Shelton in the knockout round.
Shelbie Z.: Team Blake
The Southern stylist and pageant coach was teased by classmates for her size when she was younger, but repeatedly brings sass and charisma onstage without letting her voice flinch once. Shelton called her the champ of a knockout where “one flat-out out-sings the other.”
Nic Hawk: Team Blake
The 26-year-old moved home to help his brother with epilepsy -- especially since their stepfather abandoned the family -- to support his family through bartending and hip hop dance classes. Initially recruited to Team Adam, he was saved by Shelton in the battles and then impressed with a neo-soul version of Aguilera’s breakout track “Genie in a Bottle” in the knockouts.
Austin Jenckes: Team Blake
The part-time tour guide (via scooters!) grew up with a musical father who eventually took his own life. His natural grit and ability to emote adds a great vulnerability to his performances, especially when he changes song lyrics to dedicate them to his father.
Ray Boudreaux: Team Blake
The small-town father who mows lawns between music gigs has a soulful voice that Shelton classified as “swampy” in his blind audition. He’s also showed his ability to take criticism as he learned to master Otis Redding's "Hard to Handle” for the knockouts.
The pop powerhouse returns for her fourth season of The Voice (she took a break last season as Shakira filled her chair). "I know this might sound a little probably cliche when I go, 'You're brothers, you're family.' But it's really the truth," she said of her return. "I felt like coming back was like my first day back at school."
The classical voice scholar hopes to pursue a career in indie soul, but has been gigging on cruise ships for eight months at a time. She first docked with Aguilera, but was saved by Green after barely losing her battle. Aguilera then stole her back in the knockouts.
Matthew Schuler: Team Xtina
The pastor’s son who plays rugby at Westchester University instantly won over all the judges with an a cappella intro on Young the Giant’s “Cough Syrup,” and has since been dubbed the Mike Tyson of The Voice, because his powerful voice never stops.
Josh Logan: Team Xtina
The single father, equipped with a gritty rock timbre, may wear the same vibe of Gavin DeGraw, but showcased his upper range and shocking resemblance to Stevie Wonder by singing “Living for the City” in the knockout round.
Jacquie Lee: Team Xtina
The 16-year-old pop singer, who often sings for charity events and cancer patients, brought a youthful spin to the Animals’ “House of the Rising Sun” classic during the battles, and slayed a fellow teen singer with Serena Ryder's "Stompa."
Olivia Henken: Team Xtina
The childhood country singer has spent her life performing all over Kentucky, with her parents helping as her management and crew -- experience that showed when competing with hits from Carrie Underwood and The Band Perry.
Cee Lo Green
Cee Lo Green, the soulful entertainer of Goodie Mob and Gnarls Barkley, returns for his fourth season of The Voice (he took a break last season for a residency at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas as Usher rotated in). He’s made a habit of convincing female contestants to join his team by flirting with them.
The female bandleader of The Design entertains not only with her raspy rock sound (she very much echoed Alanis Morissette in performing “You Oughta Know” in the knockouts), but also with her theatrical, yet authentic, glam rock-style stage presence -- she even did a few high kicks in platform heels at her blind audition.
Caroline Pennell: Team Cee Lo
Accurately nicknamed “Sweet Caroline” by her coach, the teenage indie fan musically came of age at camp, and has stayed true to her ideal musical identity with covers of Ellie Goulding and Ingrid Michelson, and brought a refreshing sound to Justin Bieber’s “As Long As You Love Me” in the battles.
Jonny Gray: Team Cee Lo
The Air Force veteran heals from his time overseas through music – Maroon 5’s Songs About Jane actually eased him while he was deployed – and has a voice that Green said sounds like “activism” in the knockout rounds.
Tamara Chauniece: Team Cee Lo
The childhood church singer, who recorded her first gospel album at age 11, has demonstrated her affinity for pop, R&B and even reggae, knocking out her competitor with an island-inspired version of Alicia Keys’ “No One” -- after which Green called her a young Anita Baker.
Amber Nicole: Team Cee Lo
The powerhouse diva originally won a spot on Team Xtina in the blind auditions, and after losing her knockout round, was asked to chose between Shelton and Green as her new coach. As he does when he really wants a singer, Green lashed out (he joked that Shelton’s team has “no talent”) and stole Nicole.
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