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Cyrus had a particularly good night. First up was 17-year-old Anthony Alexander singing “Redbone” by Childish Gambino. It was an exciting song choice, and Alexander’s gorgeous falsetto immediately caught the ear of Levine. Hudson and Cyrus also turned, and while it was easily a four-chair turn performance, Shelton did not press his button. Instead, the other three coaches duked it out, with Hudson praising Alexander’s range and Levine calling him “special,” a word that gets used a little too much on this show. Alexander joined Team Adam.
Sophia Bollman was up next, singing “Invincible” by Kelly Clarkson. It’s a powerhouse song, but Bollman remained in command of it, showing off her range and strength. Bollman, who played in a rock band in her early teens and also performed with Gene Simmons previously, rocked the stage. Cyrus and Shelton both turned for her, and the latter didn’t really have a chance in this fight. He acknowledged that Bollman wouldn’t be his usual artist. She indeed joined Team Miley.
Jessica Rowboat’s performance of “Imagine” did not turn any chairs, but the artist showed potential and will likely be seen in future seasons.
Singing “You’re So Vain” by Carly Simon, Karli Webster hoped to turn the tides — or at least some chairs. She brought electric energy to her performance, delivering both a strong vocal and great stage presence. Cyrus and Levine both turned. Cyrus said she wanted to help Webster make “herstory,” which Hudson backed up.
It seemed Cyrus was really gunning for a lot of artists tonight. Like Bollman, Webster was totally up her alley as a powerful, young female artist with a pop-rock sound. Cyrus won out again, landing Webster for her team.
Stephan Marcellus gave a strong, beautiful performance of “Take Me to Church” by Hozier, despite the fact that this song is overdone on singing competitions at this point. He managed to actually make it his own, and even though he messed up his lyrics at one point, it was one of the best performances of the night. Surprisingly, only Hudson turned for him. She recognized his professionalism in how he handled his error. So Marcellus joined Team Jennifer by default.
To finish out the night, Emily Luther sang the classic “Summertime.” Her voice was crisp and lovely, but it wasn’t quite enough for a four-chair turn. Levine, Shelton and Hudson turned for her, while Cyrus sat out. Luther joined Team Adam, becoming Levine’s first female artist for the season.
The Blind Auditions keep on going next week on NBC’s The Voice. Which team stands out to you so far?
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