On Tuesday’s episode of The Voice (Monday and Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET on CTV TWO), we saw an unprecedented number of first-time events. Some of these were the first of the season, while others were the first in the history of The Voice. After 16 seasons we can honestly say that the show is still surprising us. That’s better than most marriages. For night two of the blind auditions, coaches Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton all added new members to their teams. We know it’s still pretty early to call it, but this may be the most stacked season ever. These people can sang, y’all.
While we still don’t like the blocks, they did lead to some pretty entertaining moments on Tuesday’s episode. Plus, Adam got shushed. In total there were five moments that we have yet to see on this season or any season of The Voice, but we’re keeping our fingers crossed for more shushing.
FIRST TIME ALL BLOCKS HAVE BEEN USED ON ONE COACH
It’s John Legend’s first season as a coach on The Voice and everybody wants to play with the new kid. Well, everyone auditioning wants to play with the new kid. The other coaches fear the EGOT holder and rightly so. For the first time since the blocks have been introduced on The Voice, they’ve all been used against one coach. In this case it was Legend, who was served with his final block when vying for the ultra-unique, ultra-talented Domenic Haynes. Well played, Adam. Well played.
FIRST TIME KELLY PLAYED THE AMERICAN IDOL CARD
Savannah Brister is a singer to watch the season. The 17-year-old stunned with her performance of “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing,” sounding equal parts Amy Winehouse and Jennifer Hudson. She quickly got a chair turn from both John and Kelly, with Kelly chastising Blake and Adam. “That was disrespectful to not turn around.” True. For the first time this season we saw Kelly pull out the “I’ve been where you are and I won American Idol” card. We’re only two episodes in, which doesn’t seem like a lot, but it is when you think about how powerful that statement is; we feel like Kelly showed great restraint. We’d have it printed on a t-shirt and wear it every day. Plus, what else do you say when you’re going against the guy who has an EGOT? It didn’t work and Savannah picked John, but we appreciate Clarkson pulling out the big guns.
FIRST TRIO TO APPEAR ON THE VOICE
Do we need trios on The Voice? The name of the show is The Voice, not The Voices, but we also don’t want to be the old farts standing in the way of change. For the first time in 16 seasons a trio auditioned for The Voice, with the family band landing on Team Kelly. We don’t love the idea, but we don’t hate it. Firstly, some seasons end up with a pop singer going against a country singer in the finale and comparing those two voices isn’t that different from comparing a solo singer to a trio of singers. Secondly, we don’t really see the trio making it that far in the competition, so it’s a bit of a moot point.
FIRST BLOCK BY JOHN
John Legend has never had the chance to block another coach, because this is his first season, so at some point he had to have his first time using the block. That said, it was pretty anticlimactic since we really don’t think pop and R&B singer Julian King would have picked Adam over John. Seems like a bit of a waste of a block to us.
FIRST ARTIST THAT GOT ADAM TO STOP TALKING
Country singer Hannah Kay performed “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” but she is all of our daughters. Praise be to the teenager who shushed Adam Levine, a coach who didn’t even turn around for her, with Hannah quieting the Maroon 5 frontman when he interrupted Kelly. “You pressed your button, you have the right to talk,” Hannah said to Kelly, speaking directly to our hearts.
NIGHT 2 OF BLIND AUDITIONS
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