7:33pm PT by Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya
'The Voice': Second Night of Blind Auditions Brings Another Four-Chair Turn
The Blind Auditions continued on season 10 of The Voice tonight, with coaches Pharrell Williams, Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton all adding new talent to their teams.
Going into tonight’s auditions, Pharrell already had three artists on his team, and Levine, Aguilera and Shelton all had two each.
Joe Vivona kicked off the night, singing “Dreaming With A Broken Heart” by John Mayer. Vivona described his sound as “soulful rock.” Fittingly, Levine turned first, followed by Shelton and Pharrell. Vivona definitely would fit on either Team Adam or Team Pharrell. He ultimately went with the latter, bringing Team Pharrell up to four artists.
Shalyah Fearing, who plays keyboard and sings in a band with her big family, auditioned next, hoping to use The Voice to launch her solo career. She sang “What Is Love” and secured an early turn from Aguilera, who heard something special in Fearing. Fearing, who is only 15 years old, showcased impressive range and tone, and it was fine that no other coaches turned because she belongs on Team Christina.
Next, Adam Wakefield, who gigs around Nashville, took the stage for a performance of “Tennessee Whiskey.” He played guitar, and his experience as a full-time musician came through in his audition. Levine, always hoping to land a country singer, turned first. Shelton followed, leading to a classic showdown between the rival coaches. Wakefield unsurprisingly chose Shelton.
He was followed by Caroline Burns, who first auditioned in season nine but hadn’t turned any chairs. This time around, she sang “So Far Away” by Carole King and first caught the ears of Levine. Shelton turned at the last second for another Levine-Shelton showdown. “I am so proud that I heard it and turned right away,” said Levine, noting how much she'd improved since last season. She joined Team Adam.
Scottish singer-songwriter Natalie Clark sang “All Right Now” next, but nerves affected her control. None of the coaches turned for her. Shelton praised her verses, but said she sounded strained on the chorus.
Hoping for better luck, Emily Keener auditioned next, singing “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.” She got a four-chair turn almost right away. It was a great song choice, allowing Keener to show off her range and power. Keener has a very different voice, and there wasn’t really an obvious choice for which team she belonged in. “Your voice is like nothing I’ve ever heard before. It’s like a completely new sound,” said Shelton. Nonetheless, Keener joined Team Pharrell.
Experienced blues singer Laith Al-Saadi auditioned next. He had strong vocals and was excellent on the guitar, too. Levine and Shelton turned for him, and Al-Saadi joined Team Adam. “I’m a rocker at heart, and I had to pick Adam,” said Al-Saadi.
Angie Keilhauer said she fell in love with the idea of songwriting growing up listening to her mother’s Dolly Parton records. Before coming to The Voice, Keilhauer sang on a cruise ship for a living. But she wants to be able to reach people with her music without the cruise line. She sang “I Hold On” by Dierks Bentley and played guitar. Levine, Pharrell and Shelton turned for her. “You have so much control,” said Pharrell. “You kept getting better and better as the performance went on,” added Levine. Keilhauer joined Team Blake.
Theron Early auditioned next, singing “Amazed” by Lonestar. Before his audition, he explained that he doesn’t consider himself a country singer, but he is drawn to a range of genres and likes to bring his own style to them. He was hoping for a chair turn from Shelton, but he didn’t get any turns. Pharrell and Aguilera came close to pressing their buttons, but it just wasn’t tight enough for them.
Closing out the night, Kata Hay sang “Redneck Woman” by Gretchen Wilson. Hay brought a ton of energy and killer vocals to the Voice stage. Levine, Aguilera and Pharrell all turned at the last minute, and Hay immediately rushed down to hug them. After a quick smooch with Aguilera, Hay joined Team Christina.
The Blind Auditions continue next week. Whose team is looking the strongest so far? Make your case in the comments, below.