6:08pm PT by Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya
‘The Voice’: Blind Auditions Come to a Close
Season 13’s Blind Auditions came to a close Tuesday night on NBC's The Voice, with coaches Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Miley Cyrus and Jennifer Hudson having to be very selective as they completed their teams for the season.
The first artist of the night was Kristi Hoopes, singing “Heaven, Heartache, and the Power of Love” by Trisha Yearwood. It was a solid performance, and Hoopes rocked a throwback sound. Shelton turned first, and he was later joined by Levine and Hudson. Shelton had this one in the bag, though. Hoopes joined Team Blake, completing Shelton’s team for the season.
Michael Kight followed with a creative interpretation of “Sugar” by Maroon 5. His falsetto was strong, and he sang the song a little differently than the original without changing it too much. Naturally, Levine turned, but he wasn’t joined by any other coaches. “Obviously, you know what to do with his voice,” Cyrus said. “Great song, by the way,” Levine added. Kight joined Team Adam by default.
Only three spots remained for the season, and Jeremiah Miller hoped to fill one. The son of Christian rock musicians, Miller said that singing is his “one true passion” and that college is on hold as he figures out his life path. He sang a smooth rendition of “Slow Hands." Both Levine and Hudson turned for him. Levine admitted that there were some flaws but said that Miller has raw talent. Hudson added that he has the full package and also connected with him on a faith level. That worked in her favor, and Miller became the last artist to join Team Jennifer.
Serina Rae, who cited Selena as one of her inspirations, came to The Voice after almost joining the Navy. She sang the classic “Stand by Me” with a twist, singing in both English and Spanish. Some of the coaches thought there were two people singing, and no one ended up turning around.
Cyrus and Levine both had issues finding their final artists, passing over several hopefuls as the Blind Auditions came to a close. Megan Rose finally turned things around with her country-inflected performance of “Ode to Billie Joe.” Both Levine and Cyrus turned at the same time. Cyrus rushed the stage, and Levine asked her to sit in his chair. Cyrus brought up the fact that she’s still trying to make “herstory” by having the first-ever all-female team. Hudson had Cyrus’ back. Rose joined Cyrus, completing Team Miley, officially the first team in the history of The Voice to feature all female artists.
Gary Carpentier was the last season 13 artist to audition. He sang “Home” by Michael Buble. He had a gorgeous voice with a slight rasp to it. Levine turned early, and Hudson and Cyrus took peeks at the artist since their teams were already full. Carpentier completed Team Adam, and the rosters for season 13 were set.
The high-stakes Battle Round will begin next week on The Voice.