10:05pm PT by Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya
'The Voice': Season 13 Teams Grow on Third Night of Blind Auditions
The Blind Auditions continued on NBC's The Voice on Monday night, with season 13 coaches Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Miley Cyrus and newcomer Jennifer Hudson all adding new artists to their teams.
First up was Nashville singer Adam Cunningham, who sang The Allman Brothers Band's “Midnight Rider." Cunningham, who sings professionally, appeared confident and experienced in his audition. Shelton turned right away, but by the end he was joined by Hudson, who bravely challenged the obvious coach choice for the first artist of the evening. Despite some backup from Cyrus, she did not win out. Like so many country artists before him, Cunningham joined Team Blake.
Next up was 18-year-old Hannah Mrozak performing “Starving” by Hailee Steinfeld. The young artist sounded strong, and Levine, Shelton and Hudson all turned early. She should have had a four-chair turn, but Cyrus sat out for some reason. Levine lobbied hard for his team, telling Mrozak she could be his first female singer of the season and praising her tone. Shelton noted that she sounded experienced, and Hudson jumped right into the fray with a strong case for her team. In the end, Mrozak joined Team Adam, swayed by his promise of a “marquee spot.”
Shilo Gold comes from a long line of singers, and she did her family legacy proud with her performance of “Stay With Me Baby.” Her strange and raspy but very intriguing voice took a second to capture the ears of the coaches, but Cyrus and Hudson finally turned for her at the last second. Cyrus compared the singer’s voice to her own, while Hudson noted that Gold’s voice is one-of-a-kind. Gold joined Team Miley, which was the right fit for her.
Gold was followed by 16-year-old Samantha Rios, whose performance of “Something’s Got a Hold on Me” wasn’t quite enough to wow the coaches into turning, though Hudson ultimately regretted not hitting her button.
Another young artist, 17-year-old Noah Mac, was up next. With an EP already under his belt, Mac brought confidence to his performance of “Way Down We Go” by Kaleo. His voice has a throwback, mature sound, so his age surprised the coaches. Hudson turned, followed soon by Shelton. Shelton said Mac had “something special,” and added that he’s like no one else on his team so far. That swayed the young artist into joining Team Blake.
Worship leader Davon Fleming followed with a smooth, soulful performance of “Me & Mr. Jones” by Amy Winehouse. It was a great song choice for him, and his interesting tone and strong sense of artistry led to the first four-chair turn of the night. Shelton said Fleming was finale-bound, and Hudson threw in her shoe, meaning business. Hudson sealed the deal by singing along with Fleming, who was the first artist of the night to join Team Jennifer.
Up next was Kathrina Feigh, singing “Big White Room” by Jessie J. Feigh had a powerful voice from the onset, but Hudson and Shelton took their time before turning for her. It seemed silly to even debate; Feigh was such a strong candidate for Team Jennifer. And indeed, the artist chose Hudson.
In auditions that weren’t fully aired, Team Jennifer added Alexandra Joyce and Eric Lyn. Anna Catherine DeHart landed on Team Blake after her performance of “I Could Use a Love Song.”
Addison Agen was up next, singing “Jolene” by Ray LaMontagne. The young artist had an original sound, bringing some folk flare to her performance. Cyrus and Levine both turned, and Shelton naturally sided with Cyrus on this one. With or without Shelton’s support, Team Miley seemed like the obvious choice for Agen, and it’s where she finally landed.
Singing Foreigner’s “Hot Blooded,” Adam Pearce, who failed to turn any chairs in season 12, was looking for his second chance. This time, he got Cyrus and Levine to turn their chairs. Pearce’s hard work on his voice paid off, and he joined Team Adam for season 13.
Myles Frost’s rendition of Stevie Wonder's “My Cherie Amour” failed to turn any chairs, but Levine encouraged him to work on his pitch and come back next season.
Moriah Formica closed out the night with a killer performance of Heart’s “Crazy on You.” The 16-year-old artist rocked hard, standing out with the most memorable audition of the evening, which was full of solid but forgettable performances. Formica secured a well-deserved four-chair turn with her powerful, captivating rock sound. She already has a clear vision of what kind of artist she wants to be, so any coach would be lucky to have her. Formica joined Team Miley, which was a great choice since Cyrus is experienced in the female rocker department.
The Blind Auditions continue Tuesday night. Whose team do you think is looking the strongest?