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Over the past six seasons, it’s been very hard for any coach on The Voice to pull a potential country star away of Blake Shelton’s inherent pull, but can the enigmatic Pharrell Williams finally do it? At one point in Tuesday night’s episode, the new mentor gave it a shot.
“I’m really happy to be a spectator for the incredible bloodbath that’s about to happen,” said Levine. “Pharrell, if you pull this off, you’ll become my personal hero!”
Throughout the night, Williams continued to prove himself to be an attractive and authentic audition, telling another singer, “If you go to his team, he is going to lift you; if you go on my team, I’m gonna help you lift yourself.”
Song: “At Last”
Coaches who turned their chairs: Williams, Stefani, Shelton
The fifteen-year-old Filipina and perennial performance competition champ went big with the untouchable Etta James classic. “I never thought I would find something that I’ve look for at my own label, I’ve been dreaming of an artist like you my entire career,” begged Williams with a drawing in hand, which was enough to call her a recruit.
Song: “Beneath Your Beautiful”
Coaches who turned their chairs: Levine, Shelton
The gospel choir breakout dedicated the Labrinth and Emeli Sande track to his autistic sister and triggered an old-fashioned match between the two champs. Though both complimented his guitar abilities, and though Butler said before his audition that he’d side with Shelton, he went with Levine.
Song: “When You Say Nothing At All”
Coaches who turned their chairs: Shelton
The teenage returning auditionee was incredibly shaky when trying out for season 6 with a Rihanna ballad, but went this time with the Alison Krauss track (and a bit of a lower voice, thanks to puberty). Just when it was a lost cause, Shelton turned at the last second and kept him on the show.
Song: “Already Gone”
Coaches who turned their chairs: Shelton, Stefani
The former music business student suddenly lost her mother when she was twelve, and channeled that emotion while singing the Kelly Clarkson hit. Stefani touted their similar fashion and vocal sensibilities, and Shelton bragged about his three championships. Still, she picked up her Team Gwen shirt.
Coaches who turned their chairs: All four
The Pittsburgh triplet, now a campus mailman and rock ensemble singer, became a four-chair turn on the John Mayer hit. Stefani and Levine said they’d work to identify his signature sound, while Williams and Shelton complimented his uninhibited moment. He picked Levine.
Craig Wayne Boyd
Song: “The Whiskey Ain’t Workin”
Coaches who turned their chairs: Shelton, Williams
The Nashville songwriter, now a single father, went full-on country with the Travis Tritt and Marty Stuart song. Though Williams didn’t know the song, he pressed his button to compliment a couple of his soulful ad libs, a comment to which Shelton praised his fellow coach, “How incredible is it that he doesn’t know a song, but he still knows when you’re ad-libbing?” Shelton highlighted Boyd’s song choice, and said, “Let’s turn The Voice into a honky-tonk!” Boyd went with Shelton.
Song: “One and Only”
Coaches who turned their chairs: Williams, Levine
The Alabama church singer, whose late father ran a lounge, scraped the sky with the Adele track. After endless compliments (including the untouchable Williams line mentioned earlier in the post), Levine highlighted that Williams already has a lot of similar-sounding singers on his team. Nevertheless, Jones chose Williams, despite her team’s stiff competition.
Amanda Lee Peers
Song: “Put the Gun Down”
Coaches who turned their chairs: Stefani
The openly gay singer, who left her family church, is a graphic designer by day, and a soulful rocker by night. The ZZ Ward performance nabbed her a spot on Stefani’s team. “You guys are all really stupid because she was amazing!” she told her fellow coaches.
Very quickly, Stefani also got Gianna Salvato, Levine nabbed Rebekah Samarin and Shelton landed Grand Ganzer.
Song: “Say Something”
Coaches who turned their chairs: All four
The quirky South Carolina native conquered his speech impediment through music, and has done session work and songwriting (and hopes to continue hitting every Cracker Barrel location while on the road). He covered the song by A Great Big World and started shaking when he saw he had wooed all four judges (included a nearly teary Stefani). They all praised his conviction on the cover, but Wyndham went with Levine.
The Voice continues Monday night at 8 p.m. on NBC.
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