7:27pm PT by Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya
'The Voice': Coaches Finalize Teams on Last Night of Blind Auditions
Tonight was the last round of the Blind Auditions and the last chance for artists to secure spots on the respective teams of season-nine coaches Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine. Each coach started out the night with only two spots left on their teams, so they had to be very selective with tonight’s artists.
The first artist of the night was Dustin Christensen, who has plenty of experience but is looking to take his career to the next level. Going into his Blind Audition, he said he would like to join Team Adam because of his rock 'n' roll side. Shelton initiated the turns, later joined by the rest of the coaches for a four-chair turn early in the night. Pharrell compared the singer's sound to John Cougar Mellencamp, and Shelton compared him to Neil Diamond. Christensen surprised by choosing Team Blake.
Nineteen-year-old Berdine Joseph, who grew up in Haiti before her family moved to the United States, auditioned next. She sang “Hey Mama,” which was a very interesting song choice and definitely one of the more original performances of the night, but none of the coaches turned because of a few weak spots in tone and technique.
The next artist, Dustin Monk, is a true believer in the Blind Auditions process because he feels that his voice doesn’t fit his look. He sang “Bright Lights” by Gary Clark Jr., and Levine turned. He almost got away with landing Monk without a fight, but then Levine’s Voice rival, Shelton, turned to give some competition. Monk's voice was undeniably a better fit for Team Adam, and he must have agreed because Monk picked Levine. Sorry, Shelton!
Chase Kerby, who works in a candy store owned by his mother, sang “The Scientist” by Coldplay next. He had a gorgeous falsetto that caught the ears of Stefani, who was the only coach who turned, making Kerby a new addition to Team Gwen.
Up next, Dawson Daugherty sang “Problem” by Ariana Grande, and he admitted it was a risky song choice. The coaches enjoyed his creative take, but they did not hear something that made any of them want to turn.
Sixteen-year-old Shelby Brown tried to land one of the remaining five spots next. She sang “Stars” by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals and incorporated some of her country style into it. The second she hit the powerful note in the chorus, all of the coaches turned simultaneously. Once again, Levine, Stefani and Pharrell found themselves fighting to convince a country artist to pick them over Shelton. In a rare turn of events, it worked, and Brown chose Team Adam. Hopefully, Levine won’t forget the singer's choice once the Battles come around. “I think I’m numb from the shock of Shelby picking Adam,” said Shelton. Team Adam was complete.
Amy Vachal auditioned next. Growing up, her father was in a Grateful Dead cover band, and she wanted to be just like him, so she started singing. For her audition, she sang “Dream a Little Dream of Me.” It was a stripped-down and gorgeous performance, and Shelton, Stefani and Pharrell all turned. It would have been a four-chair turn if Levine still had been in the game. Vachal joined Team Pharrell.
Country and rock artist Blaine Mitchell sang “Drops of Jupiter” by Train, and Shelton turned first. Then Stefani joined, and it looked like she sort of just wanted to try to win a country artist over Shelton. She did not succeed, and Mitchell chose Team Blake, finalizing Shelton’s team for the season.
Next, country singer Summer Schappell sang “Strawberry Wine,” and both Stefani and Pharrell turned for her. She joined Team Gwen, so Stefani finally got her country artist. Team Gwen was officially full. Now it was just up to Pharrell to finish off his team.
Caroline Burns gave it her all for the very last spot on season nine. She sang “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri, and Levine desperately wanted to push his button but couldn’t because of his full team. She sounded amazing, and Pharrell messed up by not turning. “I’m gonna go back and cry,” said Stefani, also wishing she could have turned for Burns. But all of the coaches urged her to come back.
Pharrell passed on a few other artists before finally finding the one he was waiting for. Sydney Rhame sang “Photograph” by Ed Sheeran. She got Pharrell’s attention, and he turned to make her the final addition to his team. The season-nine teams are officially all set, and it’s time for the coaches to start preparing their artists for the Battle Round.
Tomorrow night, The Voice will recap the Blind Auditions and revisit some of the highlights from this early stage of the competition. The Battle Round begins next week. Whose team do you think looks the strongest?