On Season 14 of The Voice (Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on CTV), two things have been evident. One, we can’t get enough of Kelly Clarkson. She is the person we want as our coach, our bestie, our drinking buddy, our American Idol, our winner of The Voice, our everything. Two, the new blocked rule is the worst.
For the first time, Season 14’s coaches, including Clarkson, Alicia Keys, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine, all have the chance to block one other coach. That means if the best country singer in the world auditions, any of the coaches can block Blake and ruin his chances of scoring the singer on his team. On Monday night’s episode, we saw one of the best singers of the season so far have his chance to work with his dream coach get crushed by a block. Boo to the block.
Night three of choosing teams also included a truly amazing singer and a few that should have kept doing the wedding circuit. No shade, but some shade. Let’s break it down.
THE BEST VOICE OF THE SEASON SO FAR
Christiana Danielle may not be the best singer of the season so far (that could belong to another contestant we’ll get to), but as far as original voices go, she’s the leader for Season 14. After contracting a life-threatening infection and losing her voice, Christiana defied the odds and was able to sing again. Is anyone keeping score on how many contestants this season have lost their voice and miraculously got it back? It’s feeling less miraculous with each video package. As for her audition, Christiana made her mark by being the first contestant to truly reimagine a song and make it their own, turning Drake’s “Hotline Bling” into a bluesy love ballad. Holy Drizzy, we are shook.
THE WORST ROOMMATE OF THE SEASON SO FAR
Singer Brett Hunter probably has a great voice, which is why he ended up on Team Blake, but we were too distracted by the 30-something singer sharing a bed with his 30-something brother. We’re not here to judge and we get that rent can be brutal, but at what point do you trade in your Queen bed for two singles? The coaches didn’t learn that tidbit of information about Brett, with Blake’s shock instead coming from turning around and see someone playing the ukulele. Kelly was also shocked, but for a different reason. “Ukulele?” said Clarkson. “I didn’t expect you to be white!” Imagine if she knew he also shared a bed with his brother!
THE BEST DESPACITO SO FAR
Jorge Eduardo placed fourth on The Voice Mexico and placed first on Monday night’s competition of singers who can get Kelly Clarkson to dance. In what may be the fastest chair turn in the history of The Voice, Clarkson was spinning around before Eduardo could finish the first line “Despacito.” Kelly’s dancing was easily one of the highlights of the night, with Blake’s lack of knowledge of “Despacito” coming in a close second. Let’s hope that little Spanish song gets some much-needed radio play soon so people will finally hear it!
THE BEST WEDDING SINGER OF THE SEASON
No shade, but wedding singer Austin Giorgio is not the second coming of Michael Buble. Or the third. An impersonator for hire, sure, but a fitted suit and a skinny tie does not make you the Bubs. For some reason, he still had Kelly and Blake fighting over who could get Austin a FaceTime with Canada’s Sinatra. Michael, just put your phone on silent.
WHAT IS ‘THE VOICE’ DOING PART 1
In our first head scratcher of the night, we watched two contestants who were recent Berklee College of Music graduates speak in extended video packages about how The Voice was their big shot. Um, no. You graduated from one of the best music schools in the world. If a reality show if your only ticket into music, you should get your tuition back. When it came to contestant Angel Bonilla, a transgender woman who ended up on Team Adam, we only heard a few seconds of her audition and barely saw any backstory. Why are we spending so much time on the lives of average, of middle of the road contestants and not hearing about a contestant who is paving the way for others? Come on, The Voice.
WHAT IS ‘THE VOICE’ DOING PART 2
The final contestant of Monday night was New Yorker Johnny Bliss, who stunned the judges with his beautiful cover of Marc Anthony’s “Preciosa.” During Johnny’s emotional video package, he talked about growing up in fear of people finding out he was gay, which led to weight gain. He also talked about finally deciding to come out and having the support of his grandmother. So yeah, we were rooting for Johnny, especially when he said he loved Kelly Clarkson and wanted desperately to be on her team. That’s why it doubly sucked when Adam used his block to stop Kelly from making Johnny’s dreams come true. After that, Adam groveled, Kelly almost cried, Blake said something with a country accent, and Alicia sang in Spanish and won Johnny. At least, we think that’s what happened. The whole thing was ruined for us and possibly for Johnny. We get that the Blocked Rule seems like a fun idea in theory, but, it’s the contestants who lose, not the coaches, and one of the best part of The Voices is seeing celebs have to fight for average joes.
Standings After Night 3
Alicia Keys: 6 Artists
Blake Shelton: 5 Artists
Kelly Clarkson: 6 Artists
Adam Levine: 6 Artists