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The Voice Review: Coaches Vie for the Best on Final Round of Blind Auditions

THE VOICE -- "Blind Auditions" Episode 606 -- Pictured: Kaleigh Glanton -- (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC)

Tuesday night was the final night of the blind auditions of The Voice, as each coach needed to fulfill filling their final spot on their teams. On Monday night’s show, Adam Levine closed out the night by snagging Josh Kaufman, after the singer received a four chair tune to his audition of George Michael’s “One More Try”.  With that being said, which team, now that the blinds have wrapped up, has the best of the best in the competition?  Blake Shelton, who has won three times, believes he has the better team, however, returning coaches, Shakira and Usher shouldn’t be counted out. Let’s get started in doing a breakdown of who caught my attention and who fell flat.

Who Wowed

Kaleigh Glanton achieved the four chair turn from her performance of “Have You Ever Seen the Rain” by Creedence Clearwater Revival and she deserved it.  I loved the fact that she didn’t come out on the stage and perform it just as the band.  She gave the song her own unique style but maintained the emotion as she sang.  This is what The Voice is all about; being different and standing out as a vocalist? I personally was hoping that she would have chosen Adam’s team to be on.  I just felt that she could grow more as a vocalist with his expert selection of songs.  Hopefully if Blake chooses someone else, maybe Adam can steal her.

Lindsay Bruce was pretty good with her performance of the Eli Young Band’s song “Even if It Breaks Your Heart”.  Her lower registry at the start of the song was wicked; to the point that I had to make sure she was a female artist.  Again, I wanted this artist, just as Kaleigh, to go over to Team Adam.  Shakira did win her over, especially after making it known that she was going to have Miranda Lambert as her advisor.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed that Shakira slips and Lindsay goes over to Adam’s or even Blake’s team.

Who Didn’t

The opening artist, Joe Trombino didn’t wow me what-so-ever.  He was more focused on his dance moves, rather than perfecting his musical notes in the song, “Love and Happiness” by Al Green.  Joe was pretty much all over the map and each time he attempted to hit his upper register, it was clouded by his dance moves on the stage.  I for one am glad that Usher wasn’t serious regarding hitting his button for him to go through to the next stage.

Beau Thomas fell short of a possibly good performance and it was due to his nerves.  I could hear it in his voice as she sang “You Are the Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne.  It’s a shame that he couldn’t have found his way with the song, because he didn’t have a bad voice at all.  I do hope that Beau Thomas returns for another chance to perform and next time around with a different song selection.  When I come to think of it, he didn’t truly belong in the “what didn’t do it for me?” section.

I felt so bad that Caleb Elder was nervous up on stage as he performed “Groove Me” by King Floyd.  He’s super cute but I just couldn’t watch him perform.  Adam, who automatically would have him on his team, quickly coached him to slow down and continue singing the song.  Unfortunately, I am not sure how he will hold up when next week’s battle rounds take place.  No matter who Adam puts him up against, Caleb is going to have to fight his nervousness and hone in on perfecting his vocals in order to stay in the competition.

Next Monday and Tuesday will become the battle for who will advance into the knock-out round, who will go home and of course, who will be stolen.  On Monday night, we will get to see the following advisors for the following coaches:

  • Team Adam will have Aloe Blacc, the singer of the hit song “Wake Me Up” as his advisor.
  • Team Blake will triple his advising team by getting a helping hand from the country group, The Band Perry.
  • Team Shakira is counting on Blake Shelton’s wife, country songstress, Miranda Lambert, to help her beat out the boys.
  • Team Usher recruited GRAMMY award winner and actress Jill Scott to give his team some great tips for beating out the competition.

Looking from the pairings of each team’s battle rounds, it’s going to be some serious decisions to be made as to who will stay and who will be going home.  Hopefully this time around, Adam doesn’t fool around and let his strongest singers go (possibly into the hands of his competition). The same can be said about the other coaches as well.

Tune in next Monday night for the first round of battles on The Voice.