After 16 seasons of The Voice (Monday and Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET/MT on CTV TWO), we were beginning to think the singing competition was becoming somewhat predictable. Country singers go to Blake Shelton, rock singers pick Adam Levine, pop stars land on Team Kelly Clarkson, and on this season, soul and R&B artists go with John Legend. Or so we thought. On Monday’s episode of The Voice, both the coaches and the artists made choices that we did not see coming. It turns out that you can teach an old reality show new tricks.
The first shocker of the night was courtesy of full-time single mom, part-time rock goddess Betsy Ade. We loved Betsy’s haunting and rich cover of Florence and the Machine’s “Hunger” almost as much as we loved her joyful and tearful little boy. There have been a lot of crying family members this season and we’re exorcising our emotions in a cathartic sympathy cry with every single one of them.
John and Adam both turned for Betsy and our initial reaction was that Betsy would choose the lead singer of rock band Maroon 5. But as the coaches began fighting for Betsy, it quickly became very clear that she was only interested in being a member of Team Legend. So interested that she delivered the fastest coach selection in 16 seasons of The Voice. Adam took it hilariously well.
Adam may have been dealt a crushing blow by Betsy, but his night took a definite upturn when he landed R&B singer LB Crew. The pound for pound singer (we waited the whole episode to make that LB pun) received the only four-chair turn of the night, thanks to Crew delivering what three of the judges considered a pitch-perfect performance of “Waves.” According to Adam, LB needed help with his falsetto, an area that Levine obviously excels in.
It was a risky move to point out the one thing that LB did poorly instead of listing all the attributes of his voice, but in a turn of events that surprised literally everyone watching Tuesday’s episode, coaches included, LB picked Adam. Maybe honesty really is the best policy.
Next was teen country singer Rebecca Howell, who made us want to listen to country music while wearing cowboy boots and a matching bedazzled jacket. We didn’t think that combo would ever look fierce, but she looked fierce. Rebecca’s voice was reminiscent of former Voice coach Miley Cyrus, who also isn’t scared to rock a jewelled outfit.
Kelly fought for Rebecca and John surprised us by turning for the country singer, with the EGOT winner also going to battle for the 18-year-old. We all assumed Rebecca would pick Blake. Even Blake assumed she would pick Blake, phoning in his pitch while Adam chastised John and Kelly for engaging in a fool’s errand.
Rebecca picked Kelly. OHEMGEE for real.
Have you ever seen a more expressive human?
No. No, you haven’t. pic.twitter.com/9iUmHifJzk
— The Voice (@NBCTheVoice) March 6, 2019
In the final surprise move of the night, singer Kendra Checketts stunned us with her rendition of Demi Lovato’s “Sober,” which was almost on par with the original (#SorryNotSorry – both are great). The first shocker from Kendra’s audition was that she didn’t get a four-chair turn. The second shocker was that the only coach who did turn was ‘Country-Til-I-Die’ Blake Shelton. We are glad to see someone came to win this season.
NIGHT 4 OF BLIND AUDITIONS
Carter Lloyd Horne
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