! Each coach has one spot left on their 12-person teams, so you know they are going to be as picky as they are competitive with the remaining artists tonight.
Joe Trombino ("Love and Happiness" by Al Green)
This dancer-turnedsinger has been in music videos with Ricky Martin and Beyonce but has stopped pursuing music to help take care of his grandmother.
This is one of my favorite songs ever and I am not loving this rendition. He certainly doesn't lack in energy or off-the-wall dance moves, but he is behind the beat and pulls out the falsetto too late in the performance. The coaches hear what I hear and no one turns around.
Kaleigh Glanton ("Have You Ever Seen the Rain" by Creedence Clearwater)
Kaleigh is a classical guitarist, singer and Crossfit enthusiast. The leering close-up shots of her thighs and arms are strange, but otherwise I think this shows that she is dedicated to her passions.
She has a unique sound and a lot of tricks to her voice. I am not a fan of the poppy rendition of such a classic song, but she certainly has promise. Adam turns around quickly, followed by Shakira, then Blake and finally Usher. I feel like this is the constant order of chair turns.
Adam tells her she needs work, Shakira bonds over the mutual quirkiness of their voices, Usher puts up a little of a fight and Blake tells her he wants to shine a spotlight on her. I'm pretty sure the show does that for them, but okay. In the end. Kaleigh likes the appeal and picks Team Blake, filling the last spot on his very diverse team.
Side note: it is difficult to not be terrified by Shakira, given the fact that she looks so much like Helena on Orphan Black.
Brittnee Camelle ("Skyscraper" by Demi Lovato)
Britnee is a nursing student who is risking her scholarship for this opportunity. She shares that growing up biracial in the South caused her to have an identity crisis and ultimately lead her to find her identity in music.
She starts out a bit nervy, but gets stronger as the song progresses. Once Usher turns around and the song hits the sweet spot of her higher register, she really shines. At the last second, Shakira turns around as well.
Shakira appeals to her as a female artist, telling her she will help her navigate everything on stage and believes Brittnee cannot win without her coaching. Usher wants to mentor her and help her talent grow. Britnee ends up choosing Team Usher, filling up his eclectic team.
Beau Thomas ("You are the Best Thing" by Ray Lamontagne)
This full-time musician has a big family, complete with newborn twins, and hopes to support them with his music.
He has a lot of energy, but his voice is pretty average compared to the caliber of talent on the show. I am not sure if this song is too big for him or what, but it seems to get away from him. No one turns around, but his positive attitude helps soften the blow.
Lindsay Bruce ("Even If It Breaks Your Heart" by Eli Young Band)
This country artist turned to music following heartbreak and tragedy. When her uncle passed away in the 9/11 attacks, she turned to music and has been songwriting ever since.
She has that modern country singing voice and is consistent and sweet throughout her performance. There are some issues in the song, but I hear a lot of potential in her voice. Adam and Shakira both have spots to fill and they both turn around to duke it out.
Adam puts up a bit of a fight, but Shakira pulls the Miranda Lambert card, and with the support of the other coaches, Lindsay chooses Team Shakira, completing her well-rounded team.
Caleb Elder ("Groove Me" by King Floyd)
With five minutes left in the show and one spot on Adam's team, this kid is pretty much a lock. As is the story for so many musicians, Caleb is working at a doughnut shop to support his art.
His awkward and fun personality is so immediately charming and his voice is strong and surprising. Adam turns around immediately, and his performance almost falls apart he is so surprised and excited. His performance gets stronger and more interesting the longer it goes on. This guy is going to be a major threat if he keeps up the charm. He is automatically on Team Adam, filling his team.
Next week, the Battle Rounds begin and the celebrity mentors include Miranda Lambert, The Band Perry, Aloe Blacc and Jill Scott.
The Battle Rounds for The Voice
begin on Monday at 8pm on NBC.
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