It's day four of the Blind Auditions on The Voice
. Adam is picky throughout the evening and struggles to add new vocalists to his team. Usher and Shakira bond, while Blake goes home with a powerhouse voice for the second night in a row. Plus, one contestant takes the ultimate risk in singing a coach's song.
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Megan Ruger ("Just Like a Pill" by Pink)
This '80s rocker from Nashville pretty much wins me over instantly with her style and musical taste. She is fighting a constant struggle to stand out and make it in the industry. This gal can rock a look, too.
It starts a bit too similarly to Pink's rendition, but then she makes it her own and really rocks it out with a killer run. Blake and Usher follow the crescendo of the song and push their buttons as she reaches the peak of the song. Though Usher recognizes her shortfalls and wants to help her improve, she picks Team Blake because of the Nashville and '80s rock connection.
Morgan Wallen ("Collide" by Howie Day)
This landscaper from Tennesee has been singing since he was a kid in church. He was offered a record contract at the age of 8, but his mother turned it down so he could have a childhood. He was an athlete planning on going to college on a full scholarship when an injury prevented him from pursuing that dream fully. He has turned back to music for his future.
After his first phrase, Shakira turns around and I don't blame her. He has a surprising voice; it's gritty and this is the perfect song choice for him. As the song progresses, there are some problem notes, but it should mean he is coachable. Usher turns his chair as well.
Shakira turns because his voice is unique and thinks there is a place for him on the radio. Usher finds his voice very manly and agrees that there were some issues in the song he'd like to help him with. Ultimately, Morgan chooses Team Usher because he likes his coaching style from his past season.
Something about this contestant drives Adam to sit on Blake's lap while the coaches duke it out, and for Shakira and Usher to bond doing dance moves like 'the robot' together. The coaches are already losing their minds and I love it.
James Cavern ("Let's Get It On" by Marvin Gaye)
James was raised in England and moved to the US when he was a teenager. He wants to prove to his parents that he chose the right career path with music.
It's a risky choice with such an iconic song, and as the song goes on, I'm not sure he has the chops to pull it off. Indeed, no one turns around, citing that the song was too big for him.
Emily B. ("Wicked Game" by Chris Isaak)
Emily has been singing since college and is a session singer, someone who sings off camera for movies and television shows like Pitch Perfect and The Muppets. She has endured two brain surgeries due to a growth found in her eye. She is grateful to be here and knows that life is too short to not pursue being a solo artist any longer.
It's a strange song choice that starts a little slow, but man does it pick up. She has a great, powerful voice and really knocks it out with a huge note at the end. She has a nice tone and great control, I think she will be a huge threat in the competition with the right songs.
Shakira, Blake and Usher all turn around for her and battle it out. Shakira tells her it was an intelligent song choice and that she should make another intelligent choice by picking her as her coach. Emily does and chooses Team Shakira.
Stevie Jo ("There Goes My Baby" by Usher)
This guy is rocking a Jason Brown ponytail and has a heavy metal background before gravitating toward soul and R&B in high school and college. He is performing an Usher song, which he admits is intimidating and always makes me super nervous for them.
He sounds great out of the gate, with a nice falsetto. Usher is so hard to read during this process, but he starts getting into it and the huge risk pays off because Usher is the only one to turn around. The coaches are all surprised by his appearance; as Adam summarizes, he sounds like Usher but he looks like Blake, which is pretty much what this show is all about. Stevie Jo is now on Team Usher.
Also, his mother has the best reaction to him getting chosen of any parent thus far.
Audra McLaughlin ("Angel from Montgomery" by Bonnie Raitt)
With a learning disability and having to be in special education, Audra was bullied as a kid and turned to music for comfort.
She has a strong, powerful voice, with a bit of grit and a flip to her upper register that is really nice. Adam turns around immediately and all the coaches turn around for the first four-chair turn of the night. Adam fights hard for her because he turned around first and loved her voice. Blake compares her vocal to that of his wife Miranda Lambert and says it is great.
Despite Adam fighting hard, she goes with her gut and chooses Team Blake.
Team Shakira also picks up vocalists Dani Moz with her rendition of "I Need Your Love" and Music Box with the song "You Gotta Be."
Team Blake picks up high school student Lexi Luca after her performance of "Wasting All These Tears."
Team Adam adds no one to his team tonight, leaving his total at seven, Team Blake with six and both Team Shakira and Team Usher have the most with nine.
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