'The Voice' Recap: New Words and Donuts Close Blind Auditions
Usher invented a new word in an effort to recruit a contestant. And it worked.
The final night of The Voice blind auditions was somewhat sweet -- thanks to the donuts -- but still a little spicy and, arguably, bland.
With all the teams entering the episode at 11 singers each, Tuesday night's episode found Blake Shelton, Usher, Shakira and Adam Levine supporting each other once their slots were filled -- which means that there was very little tug-of-war bickering in the three weeks of auditions.
But hey, that's what next week's battles and steals are for, right?
Until then, meet the final recruits of season six:
Song: "Have You Ever Seen the Rain"
Coaches who turned their chairs: all four
The daughter and duo partner of a professional classical guitarist, the fitness fanatic from Kansas auditioned with the Creedence Clearwater Revival classic. While Levine strategically criticized her and prematurely said, "Welcome to Team Adam," and Shakira said that two quirky girls should "quirk up," Glanton joined Shelton's team.
Coaches who turned their chairs: Usher, Shakira
The biracial nursing student from Georgia maintained control throughout the Demi Lovato ballad, and though Usher pointed out that she didn't hit the high note just right, he offered his support, while Shakira played the female card hard. When Camelle said she wants to inspired people, Usher said of Shakira, "She understands that, I overstand that," while Levine shouted, "He made up a word!" It was enough to join Team Usher.
Song: "Even If It Breaks Your Heart"
Coaches who turned their chairs: Levine, Shakira
The California native, who lost her uncle in the 9/11 attacks, went for the Eli Young Band track. Shakira again touted that her guest mentor for the season is Miranda Lambert, which turned Bruce into the final member of Team Shakira.
Song: "Groove Me"
Coaches who turned their chairs: Levine
The self-taught instrumentalist put his audio engineering studies on hold to pursue music, and supports himself by working at a donut shop. Once Levine – his dream coach and the only available coach – turned his chair, Elder lost it little bit on the King Floyd track, but jumped around plenty onstage in celebration. "We're gonna eat donuts on my team!" shouted Levine.
The Voice battles – with guest mentors Lambert, Aloe Blacc, Jill Scott and The Band Perry – begin Monday at 8 p.m. on NBC.
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