The weather outside may still be frightful, but who cares, because we’re staying inside anyway to watch The Voice (Monday and Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET on CTV TWO). Season 16 of The Voice premiered on Monday night and featured the first appearance by new coach John Legend. Just as we had been suspecting all these years, John Legend is the coolest. The most likeable woman in the world, a.k.a. Kelly Clarkson, has also returned for a third season, joining Blake Shelton and Adam Levine, who just can’t seem to quit the show. We’re only one night into the season and Levine has already told Shelton to shut up twice. Thank goodness the singers are amazing.
John Legend brings years of experience–and an EGOT–to the table, so no big surprise, two blocks have already been used against the “All of Me” singer in the singing competition edition of school hazing. We still don’t love the blocks, which take the singer’s ability to choose away from them, but we get that it looks good for television when you have celebrities fighting with each other. Even with the blocks and with Adam Levine still being so Adam Levine, Monday night’s premiere already featured singers that we think could win the season. Time to place your bets for The Voice Season 16 Fantasy Singing League, because here’s who we think could win.
GYTH ‘NOT GIF’ RIGDON
The Voice came out strong with their first singer of the season. Strong voice, strong work ethic, strong biceps. Gyth Rigdon, whose name, he assumes, was a result of a long night of drinking, was a little bit country and little bit soul and sounded way better than what we thought the guy in the camo jacket would sound like. Our bad. Blake started the season off with a block against John Legend and it worked, with Gyth choosing ‘Block Shelton.’ This is exactly why we don’t like the block. Aren’t you dying to know if this guy would’ve chosen John? Now we’ll never know. But what we do know is that we’re excited that Gyth is on the show and not just because of his arms. We also like that his dad sobbed throughout his audition. We can never have enough (happily) crying dads.
Here’s something we learned on Monday’s episode. Being able to hear out of both ears is not necessary if you want to be an incredible singer. Maelyn Jarmon can only hear out of one ear, but still delivered the most beautiful rendition of “Fields of Gold” that we’ve ever heard. We would apologize, but even Sting would agree with that statement. “She has precision, but she also gave me chills,” said John, right before Maelyn picked Legend as her coach and won Season 16. Everybody can go home now.
At some point during Season 15, Blake said that he wanted to add a rapper to his team. The man scored Gwen Stefani, so we’ve accepted that he can Secret anything into existence. Singer, rapper, and confirmed white girl Kim Cherry performed “No Scrubs” and in addition to shocking the judges with her race, she also shocked them by picking Blake over Kelly. Oh Kim, we like you.
Okay, so this is supposed to be a list of all the people that we think could win this season, but we’ll admit that Trey Rose is not the strongest singer that we saw on Monday night. That said, he went full Cuba Gooding Jr. at the 1996 Academy Awards after Blake and Adam turned for him and that kind of passion and drive can get you far in a competition. Also, his little redheaded son crying threatened to out-sweet Gyth Rigdon’s dad. There’s no cap on tears on The Voice.
Surprisingly, there was only one teen singer on Monday night, but she made a big impact. Wig-loving, ukulele playing, 15-year-old LiLi Joy completely reinvented Gwen Stefani’s “Cool,” showcasing the most unique voice we heard all night. Blake heard it too, and yes Kelly, he did know it was his girlfriend’s song. But Kelly was still right to help her friend. We have a feeling she was attempting to save Blake from a repeat of this.
HOW WAS THIS AUDITION NOT A FOUR-CHAIR TURN?! Kelly used her block against John and secured Rizzi for her team, while Adam slept through the audition. Slay all day, Rizzi.
Never in the history of television has a cover song been more perfectly suited for a singer. If you’re not smiling after watching Matthew Johnson sing, check yo’ pulse.
NIGHT 1 OF BLIND AUDITIONS
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