Blinds Night 2 Leaves Stunned Coach Giving Up His Own Shot to a Competitor
As The voiceSeason 21 season 21 blind auditions continued on Tuesday, with new block coach Ariana Grande learning how baffling it can be to get drawn into Blake Shelton’s shenanigans with John Legend and Kelly. Clarkson, we were introduced to a pop-rocker who grated “like a fried egg”, a season 19 contender making a triumphant return and an R&B singer with (by John) the “daring” to cover Ari in front of Ari. But did any of them seem like they had what it takes to follow Cam Anthony into the winner’s circle? Read on and we’ll assess.
Lana Scott (Team Blake), “Hole in the Bottle” – Grade: B + | This 28-year-old girl from Virginia, whose late grandmother predicted she would one day end up in The Voice, was so country that Blake turned her chair almost immediately. But the two-chair ride wasn’t just country, she was really good country – almost Dolly-esque on her Kelsea Ballerini blanket. It didn’t sound like a compliment when her prospective trainer said that Lana had “that whiny country thing”, but it was!
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Samuel Harness (Team legend), “Here without you” – Grade: A- | One of five adopted siblings, the 26-year-old charmer took the opportunity by slowing Three Doors Down and singing with a pain and intensity that reminded of Season 20’s Corey Ward, but a searing grater that was all its own. Blake even said it was less of a grater than a “sizzle, like a fried egg.” For her part, Ari marveled that the three-chair lathe managed to cross out the high notes in a way that sounded “grunge but not unhealthy.”
Carolina Alonso (Kelly Team), “El Triste” – Grade: A |
A biochemistry graduate whose parents moved their family to Reno from Mexico to escape violence in their homeland, Carolina delivered such a massive performance that she could have knocked down the studio walls. I couldn’t believe it took Kelly even a nanosecond to shoot for her, because it wasn’t just a Spanish song, which the coach adores, it was sung with a passion and a power that left me dizzy. And this key change? Premium!
Chavon Rogers (Team Ariana), “driving license” – Grade: C | I have to give this 23-year-old, mop-capped, credit for creatively deflecting Olivia Rodrigo’s smash onto an alternative-rock path. If only the trick of two chairs had been able to pull the pieces of her mumbling arrangement together into a cohesive whole. Was anyone else surprised that Ari – aka the most technical trainer – swiveled his chair as Chavon choked a high note?
Joshua Vacanti (Team Legend), “Into the Unknown” – Grade: A |
The 28-year-old Frozen 2 cover was so fiery and gigantic it looked like a Nor’easter: It. Would have. Not. To be. Refuse. John was even so impressed that he used his one and only Block on Ari, which was all about picking Joshua’s “crazy” songs. He has a huge voice, that’s for sure. The question is how adaptable is it to numbers that aren’t quite so musical?
Hailey Green (Team Blake), “Home” – Rating: A + | Back after a failed season 19 audition, the 15-year-old took to the stage spitting gravel. A total badass, she demonstrated that she had come light years since her first try, making the moment less of a “Please like me” moment than a “It’s me, take it.” me or leave me ”. The one-chair ride gave a wild and untamed performance, raw and genuine. I probably would have given it an A for the growl alone, I was so completely sold.
Jim and Sasha Allen (Team Ariana), “Going in a Jet” – Grade: B |
After an introductory package in which Sasha shared that he was transgender, he and his father delivered a perfectly charming take on the John Denver classic. It didn’t give me chills like Girl Named Tom on Monday Night, but it was gorgeous – as Ari noted, harmonious and as perfect as it gets. Too bad none of the chairs they turned belonged to Blake, for whom they had hoped so much, Sasha had sketched all three of them together.
Paris Winningham (Team Legend), “Superstition” – Rating: B + | The 32-year-old Floridian who traveled the world in the Navy started his cover of Stevie Wonder well but not exceptional, serving up a voice as rich and thick as a Ho Ho. But it turned out he was just holding back. . When he let his performance derail and become looser, more playful, he… Maybe he was, as Kelly noted, a little puzzled, but he was still awesome.
Gymani (Team Kelly), “pov” – Grade: A |
After the 23-year-old Georgian produced a beautiful and melodious rendition of Ariana’s hit, the new neighborhood coach said on the turn of four chairs: “It’s your song now! Ari as well as John and Kelly loved the changes made to the tune by the mother of two. This slight rearrangement, Kelly thought, was “strategically incredibly brilliant.” But what really sold me, again, was when the singer let go and buckled his belt. It was like she was hitting me in the ears, and I loved it so much, I was like, “Yeah, ma’am, can I get another one?” “
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