On most nights of The Voice, we agree with the picks made by coaches Jennifer Hudson, Adam Levine, Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton. Great singers are usually easy to spot, regardless of whether you like the genre or song choice. But on Monday night’s episode, we had some very different reactions to the singers being fought over. Maybe the camera adds ten pounds and a few flat notes.
THE MUST-SEE PERFORMANCE
Kelly is playing the long game and used her block against J Hud for gospel singer Kimberli Joye, who had the best performance of the night. A professional gospel singer who has performed with Childish Gambino, Kelly only needed to hear a few notes of Whitney Houston’s “Run To You” to know that she needed to run to Kimberli and block Jennifer. Blake threw his hat in the ring, but as Kelly argued, “Here’s the thing. Blake? Come on.” We love Blake, but yeah.
THE KILLER POP ROCKER
Delaney Silvernell is the first rock pop singer we’ve heard this season and she slayed Shawn Mendes’ “In My Blood.” Kelly is the obvious choice for Delaney’s coach, which is great since Kelly was the only coach to turn around. Really? Delaney could have fit with any of the coaches and we’re shocked that she didn’t get a four-chair turn.
THE TEEN SENSATION
Another singer who only got one chair turn was Audri Bartholomew, who hit just about every note there is in music. The 19-year-old had one of the strongest auditions of the year, yet failed to wow anyone but Jennifer. We thought that maybe we missed something with her audition, but then J Hud performed with Audri and…okay…don’t tell Jennifer, but we think Audri may have out-sung the pro.
THE POWERHOUSE VOICE
The final powerhouse of the night was Natasia Greycloud and her performance of Sam Smith’s “I’m Not The Only One.” Somehow, Natasia got to the end of her song before Kelly and Jennifer hit their buttons. Both women said they got lost in the performance and were enjoying Natasia’s voice so much that they forgot they were on the show. Okay, we’ll let that one slide.
HE’S NOT BATMAN
Ben Affleck lookalike Steve Memmolo is from Boston and works as a wedding singer. He’s a really good wedding singer, but he still sounds like a wedding singer. He even performed “Spooky,” which is super-wedding singer-y. Kelly was shocked that Steve was white, we were shocked that both Adam and Jennifer turned. Both coaches doubled down on the compliments and compared Steve to Michael Jackson. Maybe the volume wasn’t working on our TV, but we did not hear MJ. But you know, good for you, Steve. You may look like the least popular Batman, but you made it onto The Voice.
FUTURE MOST IMPROVED
At only 16-years-old and 4’10, Chevel Shepherd is literally one of the smallest competitors this year, but she has a big voice. She still needs some work to get to the same level as the other singers in the competition but coaching from Kelly will have a huge positive impact on the teen’s voice.
Adam quickly turned for teen singer Anthony Arya, with the coaches spending most of their speaking time complimenting Anthony on his looks and his vibe. It’s not a good sign when no one talks about your voice on a singing show. Maybe a different song choice will change our mind with Anthony.
STANDINGS AFTER NIGHT THREE OF THE BLIND AUDITIONS
Chevel Shepherd – Just Added
Delaney Silvernell – Just Added
Kymberli Joye – Just Added
Audri Bartholomew – Just Added
Natasia Greycloud – Just Added
Dave Fenley – Just Added
Rachel Messer – Just Added
Steve Memmolo – Just Added
Anthony Arya – Just Added
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