One of the best things about The Voice (Mondays at and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on CTV) is that it doubles as a reality show and a playlist shuffle of every song you’ve ever heard, and even some you haven’t. But on Monday night’s edition of the Blind Auditions, there were only two genres that made it to the show.
Rock ruled and R&B was king, putting coaches Adam Levine, Miley Cyrus, Blake Shelton and Jennifer Hudson in the surprising position of fighting for artists outside their signature sound and even more surprising, sometimes winning these battles. What was even better was how well Canada was represented on Monday night’s show. The 6ix god(s) were in the house.
First up was psych rocker Chloe Kohanski, whose deep voice resulted in a stunning over of Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain.” Chloe and her ’70’s vibe earned chair turns from Miley, Blake and Jennifer, but we think it was Miley’s argument that won her Chloe, promising that having her own set of deep pipes meant that she knew what songs to pick for the new singer.
Blake added two rock singers next, including Dennis Drummond, who in addition to being 6’8 (we’re impressed) is also the guitarist for a former Team Blake contestant. Rebecca Brunner also earned a spot on Team Blake thanks to her cover of Imagine Dragon’s “Believer.” While we were fans of Rebeca’s voice, we’re excited to see Blake choose a more fitting cover for her in the next round.
The youngest contestant to make it through the Blind Auditions on Monday’s show was 18-year-old Ilianna Viramontes, who says she’s a pop singer, but as Miley pointed out, would sound great singing Patsy Cline and Tammy Wynette. She’s a rock star to us and we’re sure her new coach Miley will bring out the devil horns in her.
As for R&B singers, The Voice Season 12 Snapchat Winner (it’s a thing!) Ignatious Carmouche made it to the Blind Auditions and won himself a spot on Team Jennifer. Oh snap.
Next was Brandon Brown, a 19-year-old violin teacher from the Bronx who performed Ray Charles‘ “Georgia On My Mind.” Brown shocked everyone by choosing Adam over Jennifer. No one was really surprised he didn’t choose Blake. Sorry Blake.
Meagan McNeal showed some love for Canada with her revamped cover of The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face,” which earned her a spot on Team Jennifer and a spot on Miley Cyrus’ ‘Best Glasses’ list.
Whitney Fenimore combined both rock and R&B for her blind audition, putting an Americana rock spin on 6ix God Drake and Toronto duo Majid Jordan’s “Just Hold On We’re Going Home.” The beautiful twist on the smooth R&B track was a personal performance for Adam, who said it reminded him of his former team member, the late singer Christina Grimmie. “It’s like her kinda saying, hello. No one’s really done it since her in the blind auditions,” said Adam. “You’re a great singer, a really powerful singer.” Adam’s beautiful tribute to Christina and Whitney’s love of Maroon 5’s Songs About Jane earned Adam a win over Miley.
But the only four-chair turn of the night went to Jon Mero and his cover of Bruno Mars’ “Versace On The Floor.” Miley wanted to make more bedazzled denim with Jon, Adam said he reminded him of Prince, Jennifer said she felt like she was at Jon’s concert, and Blake called him an incredible singer. In the end, Adam managed to pull out yet another surprising win and got one step closer to winning this season.