6:11pm PT by Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya
'The Voice': Alicia Keys Becomes First Artist to Fill Team as Blind Auditions Conclude
The Blind Auditions came to a close on The Voice season 14 tonight. At the top of the night, Blake Shelton, Alicia Keys and Kelly Clarkson all had one spot left on their teams, and Adam Levine had two. There were no blocks left.
The first artist hoping to secure one of the last few spots was Genesis Diaz, who sang "Praying” by Kesha. It was an ambitious song choice, but Diaz sang it pretty close to the original recording and delivered strong emotion. Levine and Shelton both turned for a showdown. Diaz joined Team Adam, putting all of the coaches on the same playing field.
Next up, Sharane Calister sang “Make It Rain” by Ed Sheeran. She added grit and intensity to the song, prompting Keys to push her button right away; Clarkson eventually followed. Calister was a Keys fan, so it was an easy choice: She joined Team Alicia. Just like that, Keys’ team was officially full for the season.
Dallas Caroline, a teen artist from California, sang “Always On My Mind” by Willie Nelson. She dedicated her song to those affected by wildfires in her hometown. The country performance first caught the ears of Levine and Clarkson, who clearly wanted to snag a country artist from Shelton’s grip. But then Shelton turned, and Caroline joined Team Blake, filling Shelton’s team.
The next artist, Allen Pride Bowser, failed to turn any chairs with his performance of “What You Won’t Do For Love.” This is the part of the Blind Auditions when the coaches start to get really picky.
Singing “Peter Pan” by Kelsea Ballerini, Jackie Verna was up next. Music played an instrumental role in her recovery after a serious car accident. She gave a country performance, and since Shelton was out of the running, Levine and Clarkson had their chance. But only Levine turned, so Verna joined his team by default. Team Adam was full. Only Clarkson was left on the hunt at this point.
Amber Sauer was the final artist to audition this season, singing “Shape Of You” by Ed Sheeran. She brought a lot of energy to the performance, but Clarkson was the only coach in play and she seemed hesitant at first. Once Sauer proved she had the range and technical skills, she finally hit her button. All four season 14 teams were finally full.
The Battle Round starts next week on NBC. Who do you think has the best team so far?