When tuning into the Blind Auditions on The Voice (Mondays at and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on CTV), fans can expect incredible vocal performances, heartwarming backstories, and some grovelling from the coaches. It’s funny, it’s entertaining, and it keeps us coming back year after year.
But for Season 13 of The Voice, it seems as though the competition between the judges has gone from lighthearted ribbing to—dare we say it— just plain mean. Didn’t we all stop watching American Idol because seeing famous people acting like jerks was unappealing?
This season’s Blind Auditions began with frenemies Blake Shelton and Adam Levine calling a truce, with the pair quickly reverting back to their old shtick of sabotaging one another after only a few contestants. But while in previous years the pair would poke fun at one another, this season saw slightly more stabbing than poking.
The tension was at its height for the first audition of the night. For 19-year-old Kristi Hoopes audition, the coaches’ sole motivation seemed like it was to beat out the other, as opposed to earning the trust of Hoopes. Blake turned his chair first, followed by Adam only after coach Miley Cyrus promised to help Adam win. Jennifer Hudson turned as well, but at least the men are smart enough to not tangle with Team J Hud.
The fight for Kristi quickly turned into an embarrassing mud slinging match that seemed to last forever. Blake asked the coaches whether they could name the artist Kristi was covering, a move Adam used on Monday night against Blake. Not able to take what he dishes out, Adam began yelling that the name of the original artist didn’t matter, with the men calling one another stupid and telling each other to shut up. Thankfully, Kristi chose Team Blake, filling the quota of singers on Shelton’s team and putting an end to the uncomfortable and tone deaf battle between Adam and Blake throughout the Season 13 Blind Auditions. Phew. Now back to being friends, ok?
Jennifer filled her final spot with 19-year-old Jeremiah Miller, whose sexy song choice of Niall Horan’s “Slow Hands” seemed a bit off brand for the devout Christian. Considering the kid looks like the lost member of One Direction, we have a feeling he’ll do well if he makes it to the voting stage.
Miley succeeded in her quest to make ‘herstory’ and added singer Megan Rose, completing her team of 12 women. Now if only the rest of the US could follow Cryus’ lead to put women first…or just not dead last.
Finally, it was big bully Adam, who made the ultimate narcissistic move and chose Michael Kight, who performed Maroon 5’s “Sugar.” Okay, so Kight did have a great voice, but sprinkling a little extra sugar on Adam’s ego didn’t hurt.
The final spot of Season 13 went to emotional Gary Carpentier, whose fiancee began sobbing before Gary delivered his first note. After getting a chair turn from Adam, Gary began crying and barely made it through his performance. We’re not judging. We’re actually surprised more people don’t lose their cool when a celeb turns around. Well, I guess now we’re guilty of building egos.