Time to nestle in for another, one-hour installment of The Voice Season 6, which we’ll be recapping live as it happens! Last night coaches Shakira, Usher Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton duked it out in the first night of Blind Auditions, which featured no less than three artists who moved all four coaches to slap their “I Want You” buttons.
It also saw Adam get knocked down a peg or two when the reigning champ of four-chair-turns lost 17-year-old blues singer Bria Kelly to Usher. The slick R&B singer won over the talented artist by waving a Grammy in front of her and promising she’d have one of her own if she followed him.
However, the night wasn’t a complete loss for Adam, who won the first battle of the night between all four coaches and nabbed 19-year-old pop singer Christina Grimmie, as well as Austin-based indie-folk duo Dawn and Hawkes.
As for how Adam will do tonight, that remains to be seen, but we’ll be following all the action here in our live recap, so refresh often!
Delvin Choice, a 26-year-old barista from South Carolina, has been here before, which bodes well for him. Singing "A Song For You" by Donny Hathaway, he gets three chairs turned almost immediately, with Adam and Shakira both standing to attention. Usher hangs back, waiting for the crowd to egg him on, but finally turns around at the very last moment.
Adam doesn't seem to remember that Delvin was there before, but Blake recalls that he used to work at Starbucks. "What did you sing last time?" Adam asks, and when Delvin jogs his memory, Adam recalls telling him that he picked the wrong song. Both the Maroon 5 frontman and Shakira solemnly swear they can take Delvin to the top. Usher, too, promises brutal honesty to help Delvin grow if he picks him as his coach. However, the former barista chooses the coach who gave him that tough love last season: Adam Levine. So far he's three for four on those four-chair turns!
Sixteen-year-old Madilyn Paige has been singing with her sisters since she was little. After her mom heard her daughter singing and mistook it for the radio, Madilyn was entered into her first singing competition. Singing a down-tempo version of David Guetta and Sia's "Titanium". Once she hit the high note in the chorus, she had her first chair turn from Usher. Shortly thereafter, Shakira decided to enter the ring, while Adam and Blake continued to hang back because, well, because they're idiots.
Appreciating her non-aggressive approach to the song, Usher says he thinks they can go a long way together, while Shakira expresses her yearning to mentor a young girl like she was when she started out. Naturally, Usher brings up mentoring Justin Bieber. Adam and Blake decide to spectate and provide commentary as the greener coaches duke it out. The power of The Biebs is strong, though, so he wins this battle. Sorry, Shak!
Noah Lis dedicates his performance to his grandfather, who recently passed away despite trying to hang on to watch his grandson become a famous musician. With the old-school song choice of "Me and Mrs. Jones", Noah doesn't get a chair turn until, at the last possible second, Adam and Blake hit their buttons for the 22-year-old Massachusetts native.
Because Noah hopes to take up the mantle of those old-school Frank Sinatra style singers he emulates, Adam insists that he's the best coach for him. Meanwhile, Blake casually exploits his friendship with Michael Buble. However, the country singer also says what he has to offer Noah is some help to roughen up his style a little bit. That seems to be just the thing he needed to say to win over this young crooner, who selects Blake as his coach.
Keith Shushkie Sings "Somewhere Only We Know" by Keane
Keith Shushkie likes to take rock music by the handlebar mustache. Though he loves his day job as a medical assistant, music is his passion (second only to his beautiful family). Though his voice is well suited for the Keane song, he seems to get a little lost in entertaining the crowd and never wins the coaches over. Adam loves Keith's facial hair and style, but felt the dynamics were lacking in his performance. When asked for his musical influences, the rocker mentions Queen and sings a few bars of "Somebody to Love" at the coaches' behest. With a sound almost exactly like Freddie Mercury's that little snippet made it clear this was an issue of poor song choice, not a lack of talent. Usher encourages him to come back. We hope he does! He seems like fun.
Deja Hall, a 16-year-old military brat from San Antonio, says singing has been the one constant in her life. In addition to her talent, Deja has the determination and spirit of a winner, having overcome a kidney disease to become a star athlete. Her sweet, R&B take on Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors," Deja definitely wins over Blake and Shakira, who scramble to beat each other to the button. Usher and Adam seem to vascillate, with Ush finally throwing his hat in the ring at the last minute (as he so often does).
While he didn't turn around for Deja, Adam tells Deja how excited Shakira was about her talent. Blake mentions that he won Season 4 with a 16-year-old girl like her (that'd be Danielle Bradbery), and he thinks he's the coach who can carry her to the end. He even goes so far as offering to adopt her! (Her family seems nice enough that we doubt that'll be necessary. Usher promises to help her gain the confidence and technique to hit the notes Adam was waiting to hear. After a cliffhanger of a commercial break, it's revealed that Shakira's excitement appealed to Deja, who selects the Latin singer as her coach.
Cary Laine is a 28-year-old singer from Alabama, who recently moved to Wyoming for her husband's work. Being out in the sticks, gigs are few and far between, so Cary hopes to launch her music career on The Voice. It doesn't take long for her to get her first chair turn from Adam, followed by Blake and Shakira. Though Usher typically doesn't turn for country artists, her gritty rendition of The Band Perry's "Better Dig Two" compels him to make this the evening's second and final four-chair turn.
Usher asks is she wouldn't be more comfortable in sneakers, while Adam believes she'd be even more comfortable in his big red chair. Usher suggests she try Shakira's chair next, like Goldilocks, inspiring Blake to suggest she take Usher's chair... so that she can be closer to her future coach. While Usher tries to put on the charms, he realizes he's lost the battle when Cary says she's country through and through. However, Adam argues that, since he doesn't have any country artists, she won't have to fight for attention like she will on Blake's team. Blake then waves the prospects of a number one country album in her face. After all, his mentee Cassadee Pope has already achieved that goal.
Surprising everyone, including her young son, Cary chooses Adam, who couldn't be more pleased to have nabbed a country artist from Blake's grasp.