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The Voice 2013 Live Recap: Last But Not Least From the Season 4 Blind Auditions (4/9/2013)

Well, Voice fans, we’ve finally reached the end of the epic Season 4 blind auditions. Coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Shakira, and Usher each have one coveted spot left on their respective teams.

And in this competition, one artist can sway an entire coach’s team. Tonight artists will have to work extra hard for a button push as the coaches prepare to pick their final contestant.

Let's get started:

Mark Lennon

First up was one of fanboy Carson Daly’s idols, Mark Lennon of the band Venice. Hoping the coaches could sense his flowing golden locks with their backs turned, Mark took to the stage to sing The Beatles’ “Come Together.”

As Carson had a minor panic attack backstage, Mark failed to get any of the coaches to turn. Adam Levine told Mark that he wanted to hear a “dirtier” sound, and Mark was gracious in his rejection.

Jacqui Sandell

This former ballerina was looking for a new form of artistic expression on The Voice stage. After spending some time in a band, she wanted to try her hand at a solo career. Her rendition of “Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac convinced Usher and Blake Shelton to turn quickly.

Blake picked up on Jacqui’s “tough girl” vibe, describing her sound as “sneaky” and “sexy.” Usher told Jacqui he turned because he wanted more.

But it seems Jacqui wanted more from Team Blake and picked the country crooner.

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Amber Carrington

This blonde Texas native has been singing since she could fit into an Elvis impersonator costume. Though she’s got a bubbly personality, Amber’s journey to The Voice stage has been a tough one.

She lost her mother to breast cancer and the pain of the loss kept her from singing for a few years. Now she’s ready to make her mom proud singing for the four coaches.

Singing Carrie Underwood’s “Good Girl,” Amber convinced Adam Levine to turn and fill his final spot. Blake told Amber that he was frustrated that his team was already full, and Adam bragged about her raw vocal talent, saying he was excited to “discover” her.

Dustin Hatzenbuhler

This Minnesota native loves performing with his band, but after his bandmates went to college, Dustin tried to keep his passion for music alive.

Living out of his parents’ home, Dustin (and his parents) were looking for a ticket out. Unfortunately his performance of Michael Buble’s “Just Haven’t Met You Yet” failed to ignite any excitement in the coaches.

Despite having a full team, Adam offered Justin some advice saying the jazzy tune didn’t have enough “swing.” Ever the gentleman, Dustin thanked the coaches with some handshakes calling his audition “the best day of my life.”

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Luke Edgemon

This soulful singer from Fayetteville, N.C. grew up in the gospel church as “the only white guy” there. He’s performed with Mary J. Blige and Queen Latifah, but at the age of 24 he wants a career of his own.

Singing an emotion-fueled rendition of Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me,” Luke managed to convince both Shakira and Usher to turn.

The R&B superstar seemed genuinely impressed by Luke’s sound. Shakira was quick to remind him that she was the first to turn. Offering to be Luke’s “girl” and even putting her leg up on the chair in a faux-Usher pose, Shakira bagged the singer.

Now Usher’s the last man standing and looking for the final artist.

Jessica Childress

This 26-year-old PR employee gave up her career to pursue her passion for music. With the support of her hubby, Jessica has had the opportunity to leave her boring desk job behind in Lancaster, Calif. to sing on The Voice stage.

Jessica’s husband might want to watch out because this powerhouse singer managed to get Usher’s last button push by singing that she wanted to marry him. Don’t we all, girl.

It was clear that the other coaches were dying to get Jessica, and America quickly fell for her too. Between the chest-popping Shakira imitation and her tearful honesty, Jessica moved the audience and the county, ending the blind auditions on a sweet note.

What did you think of the final night of blind auditions? Tell us below!

04.10.2013 / 06:30 AM EDT by Rachel McRady
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