10:17pm PT by Ashley Lee
'The Voice' Recap: Gwen Stefani, Pharrell's "Candy Cane Sword Fight" End Auditions
The Voice's blind auditions wrapped on Monday night with the inevitable: a battle between Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams.
While Adam Levine and Blake Shelton usually throw insults across the studio when fighting for a singer, the veteran coaches knew what was coming between the two newbie coaches. "They're gonna nice each other to death," shouted Shelton, while Levine added, "They're gonna fight each other with rainbows and happiness!"
Williams let Stefani have the floor first, to which Shelton commented, "See? The first handful of cotton candy has been thrown!" And as they patted each other on the back instead of shooting each other down, Levine noted, "It's like watching a candy cane sword fight over here!"
Meet the last batch of hopefuls who made it through the season seven's blind auditions, and will also be mentored by guest advisers Alicia Keys, Gavin Rossdale, Stevie Nicks and Little Big Town.
Song: "A Thousand Years"
Coaches who turned their chairs: Shelton, Williams, Levine
The arts school graduate, who currently works at a grocery store and teaches music to local youth, covered the Christina Perri hit with acoustic verve. "Even when your voice is soft, it's still really intense," said Shelton, while Levine praise his genrelessness and Williams complimented his falsetto — aggressively. In the end, McAndrew chose Levine.
Song: "The Girl From Ipanema"
Coaches who turned their chairs: Stefani, Williams
The jazz and R&B YouTube star was highly influenced by her grandfather and put her Amy Winehouse-esque spin on the beloved track. When Pharrell and Stefani saw themselves solely eyeing the same contestant for the first time in the season, Shelton stated, "They're gonna nice each other to death," while Levine added, "They're gonna fight each other with rainbows and happiness." Accordingly, Pharrell let Stefani have the floor first, to which Shelton commented, "See? The first handful of cotton candy has been thrown!" And as they patted each other on the back instead of shooting each other down, Levine noted, "It's like watching a candy cane sword fight over here!" After all the compliments on her vocal and visual style, Butler went with Williams.
Coaches who turned their chairs: Stefani, Shelton
Coming from a family of vocal musicians, the a cappella group breakout gave up engineering to pursue music, and put his clear tone on the OneRepublic hit. Though Shelton noted that Sill's laidback attitude was an excellent plus, Sill noticed that Stefani turned first, and joined Team Gwen.
Song: "I Try"
Coaches who turned their chairs: Stefani, Shelton
The teenage music group founder from Miami — who also teaches kids with down syndrome how to swim — tried her raspy vocal tricks on the Macy Gray hit (though with a bit of awkward stage presence), and triggered yet another Stefani-Shelton showdown (who knew these two had such similar tastes?). Shelton praised her "sandpaper" sound, but Stefani connected with her on a personal level. Though Levine told Shelton to give up, Bosch opted for the country coach.
Song: "Best Thing I Never Had"
Coaches who turned their chairs: All four
The sweet children's hospital radiographer, whose father lost his leg in a motorcycle accident, plugged the Beyonce song with precision and earned the first four-chair turn of the night. Levine praised her individuality and Shelton predicted her success, and though Williams remained standing the entire time, and Stefani tried her hardest — "Do you like clothes? I have so many clothing lines, it's crazy! I can hook you up, I can so hook you up!" — she picked Levine.
Song: "It's a Beautiful Day"
Coaches who turned their chairs: Williams, Shelton, Stefani
The South Carolina native — who started a bow tie business with his siblings to fund his jump to Nashville — hoped to escape his desk job with the Michael Buble cover. Shelton plugged his relationship with Buble — "He probably has restraining orders against me but I can't help it" — Williams offered to expand his versatility and Stefani complimented his "rumbly" sound, Griffin chose Williams.
Song: "Human Nature"
Coaches who turned their chairs: Shelton, Stefani
Hailing from the same city as season six runner-up Jake Worthington, the childhood church singer tackled the Michael Jackson track and intrigued the only two judges who have spots on their teams. Stefani praised her creative liberties and called her voice "light and fluffy," while Shelton invited her to be part of his family, as Worthington was. "This is not the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants! This is The Voice!" shouted Shelton when Stefani played the girl card — and won.
Song: "Let Her Go"
Coaches who turned their chairs: Shelton
The fifteen-year-old YouTube sensation tried his hand at a live performance for the first time, and nabbed the last spot of the season by putting his Justin Bieber sound on the Passenger hit. Despite Levine's jabs — "Blake has pieces of steak in his colon that are older than you are!" — Shelton counted his lucky stars and gave his final contestant a shirt of his own, which read "Blake's Boo."
The Voice airs the best of its blind auditions on Tuesday night at 8 p.m. on NBC.