6:09pm PT by Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya
‘The Voice’: Second Night of Blind Auditions Delivers Another Four-Chair Turn
Season 13 of The Voice continued Wednesday night with a quick round of Blind Auditions that left coaches Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Hudson, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine impressed and amped for the competition ahead.
First up was Keisha Renee, who has performed on tour with Nicki Minaj and previously competed in a season of American Idol. The seasoned artist sang “I Can’t Stop Loving You” by Ray Charles, delivering a smooth performance. Her runs were solid, and she sounded especially strong on the low notes. Shelton turned first, followed quickly by Levine and Hudson. Cyrus finally joined. Renee received the third four-chair turn of the season, and all four coaches couldn’t stop loving her.
“I think I’ve got everything as a coach that you want to do,” Cyrus said, citing her alternative country cred. But Renee did what most country artists on the show do and joined Team Blake.
Dylan Gerard was up next, singing “Say You Won’t Let Go” by James Arthur. Even though it wasn’t the most exciting or memorable performance, Gerard proved to have a beautiful tone and lots of potential. He got turns from Hudson and Levine, and Hudson eagerly hopped up onstage to give Gerard some technical notes.
“Ain’t this The Voice? Ain’t we coaching?” she asked when the audience seemed surprised by her spur-of-the-moment vocal lesson. Hudson clearly knew how to push Gerard to be his best, but the artist chose Team Adam instead.
Singing “Tell Me Something Good” by Rufus and Chaka Khan, young pop artist Maharasyi infused the night with some much-needed energy and artistry. Hudson turned first, followed soon after by Cyrus. Both coaches would have been a good fit for Maharasyi, who seems to have a strong idea of what kind of artist she wants to be but could work on her technical skills. She ultimately went with Team Jennifer.
At 61 years old, Marlo Wells could have been the oldest contestant to ever compete on The Voice, but his performance of “Love Me Now” by John Legend failed to turn any chairs. Country artist Red Marlow followed, singing “Swingin’” by John Anderson and accompanying himself on guitar.
The country performance caught the ears of both Shelton and Cyrus, who went head-to-head over who offers the most in the country department. Shelton always leans on how many times he has won the show in these arguments, making it tough for anyone to really overtake him.
“I’m fresh and new,” Cyrus argued, but Marlow made the predictable choice and joined Team Blake.
Closing out the night, Ashland Craft gave a classic country performance of “You Are My Sunshine.” She played around a lot with the melody, and it paid off, showing off her vocal strengths and convincing Cyrus, Shelton and Levine to all turn for her. Cyrus and Shelton got another chance to fight with each other. This time, Cyrus won out, and she finally scored a great country artist for season 13’s Team Miley.
The Blind Auditions will continue next week on The Voice.