7:10pm PT by Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya
'The Voice': Country Singer Lands a Four-Chair Turn
The final week of Blind Auditions for season 15 of NBC's The Voice kicked off Monday night, and coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson remained discerning as they made some of their final picks of the season.
The first act of the night came from the season’s first duo. Adam and Jerome are dating and also sing together. For their audition, they sang “Could It Be I’m Falling in Love” by The Spinners. Clarkson, Shelton and Hudson all turned for the couple. They ended up choosing Clarkson, who gave an emotional speech in reaction to their singing.
Natalie Brady followed with an intense rock performance of Heart's “Barracuda.” She had powerful vocals and also brought some emotion to the song. Levine turned first, and Hudson eventually joined. Levine tends to do well with rock singers, so Brady naturally joined Team Adam.
The next artist, Hannah Blaylock, failed to turn any chairs with her Foundations cover.
Mike Parker turned things around slightly with his performance of “So Sick” by Ne-Yo. It wasn’t a pitch-perfect performance, but he still got a turn from Hudson and joined Team Jennifer by default.
Guitarist and singer Joey Green kept the evening’s rock vibes going with a performance of “Baba O’Riley” by The Who. He gave a fun performance that got turns from Hudson and Shelton. Given the genre, it was surprising Levine didn’t turn, but there were admittedly some pitch issues. Green, who has experience with country songwriting, chose Shelton.
Next up was Zaxai, singing Redbone's “Come and Get Your Love.” Zaxai noted that he can sing in several languages, and he proved to be very experienced, giving a well-rounded performance. Clarkson tried to turn but was blocked by Hudson, so Zaxai ended up on Team Jennifer.
With her cover of “New Rules” by Dua Lipa, Erika Zade made it her own without changing the melody too much, and those strong creative instincts earned her a turn from Clarkson. She joined Team Kelly by default.
Astrophysicist and singer Jarred Matthew next sang Al Green's “Tired of Being Alone.” His smooth performance got turns from Shelton and Levine, who told the artist he could help him work on perfecting his falsetto. That did the trick, and Matthew joined Team Adam.
Singing “Time in a Bottle” by Jim Croce, Sam Robbins didn’t turn any chairs, but he ended up being picked for this season’s online series The Comeback Stage.
Colton Smith next gave a powerful performance of “Alive” by Sia and showcased impressive range. Hudson turned, but no one else hit their buttons for him, so Smith joined Team Jennifer by default.
Country singer Kaley Hill also only secured one turn, capturing the attention of Shelton with her performance of Fleetwood Mac's “Gold Dust Woman.” She landed on Team Blake.
Closing out the night, Kirk Jay sang the Rascal Flatts classic “God Bless the Broken Road” and gave an emotive, soaring performance that got him a well-earned four-chair turn. The coaches all saw something special in him. But Jay made it clear that he is a country singer all the way, so he of course chose Shelton. The other coaches didn’t stand a chance.
The Blind Auditions will conclude on Tuesday night.