Welcome back for part 2 of The Voice Season 12 premiere. It’s a one hour show (due to the president’s speech at 9) at 8 pm ET on NBC.
REMEMBER: The Voice will air THREE NIGHTS this week! NBC will air The Voice BLIND AUDITIONS PART 3, a 1 hour episode, on THURSDAY MARCH 2 at 8 pm ET!
Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Alicia Keys will be sitting in the big red chairs this cycle, while Carson Daly returns to host.
Here we go!
Autumn Turner – Montclair NJ – Last Dance by Donna Summer – Carson heads out to visit Autumn at the ice skating rink where she coaches kids. She became interested in music during high school. The Voice finds Autumn at a crossroads. Will she pursue her dream of a music career? Or continue to coach figure skating? She’s channeling Donna Summer big time. Adam turns immediately. Her outfit is divatastic! Gwen turns, followed by Alicia and Blake. She hits a whistle note to finish. Hm. She sang that competently. I’d call it reasonable karaoke. She didn’t really put her own spin on it, though. “I’ve already lived your dream,” says Gwen. Alicia admires her determination. “We have the east coast connection!” she says. “I’m drowning in a pool of coaches,” says Blake. Whatever that means. Adam wants the last word. But he doesn’t get it. Alicia lays it on thick. And of course, Autumn Chooses Alicia – Download from iTunes
Jesse Larson – Minneapolis Minnesota – Jealous Guy by John Lennon – He built his own guitar and works at an auto parts store. In 2015, he got a call from Prince to play and sing backup for former The Voice contestant, Judith Hill. It lasted only four months. His, who introduced the singer to blues, soul and rock, passed away. Jesse performs a bluesy, slightly reggae-fied version of the John Lennon classic. He reminds me a little of Laith Al-Said. Jesse uses his electric guitar as embellishment. Adam turns IMMEDIATELY, but no other coach is interested. Adam admonishes the other coaches for not turning. Alicia snarks that she didn’t want to snatch his contestant. Because Alicia is a contestant magnet! Adam compares the singer to Cee Lo Green and Eddie Van Halen One Turn Team Adam – Download from iTunes
Aliyah Moulden – 15 – Hound Dog by Big Mama Thornton/Elvis Presley – La Habra California – Her mom is Mexican and her dad African American. She opened for Jesse McCartney at one point and performed at the BET Experience. Oh. Her dad passed away when she was an infant–from terminal cancer. He was a drummer. Aliyah is hoping that Alicia turns. There is a lot of raw talent here. Aliyah has a big rangy voice and some nice blues chops, but this still feels imitative and a little pageanty. Blake turns first! And then finally Alicia and Gwen. How can that be you! exclaims Gwen. “What are they feeding these children!” says Adam. Blake reminds Aliyah that he’s had great success on The Voice with young singers. Aliyah chooses Blake! Well, when she name checked Alicia that pretty much put her out of the running. “Blake really cares for his contestants,” says Blake. Gwen’s whining, “I just want a little girl to pick me.” Download from iTunes
Savannah Leighton – 16 – Spring Garden Alabama – Unconditionally by Katy Perry – She’s a farm girl! Her dad left when she was a kid. Then her step dad came along and saved the day. Aw. She gigs at restaurants and at her school. OK. She’s NOT a country singer. Pop through and through. Maybe Gwen will finally get her a young girl contestant. Blake turns. This girl has pitch problems. Gwen finally pushes. She cries afterward. Gwen jumps up to comfort her. “It’s intense, right?” The lovebirds battle it out for Savannah. “I’m willing to get myself into bad trouble, I believe in you so much!” says Blake. Gwen calls Blake a grown man. She’s not making a very good case, whining that the girls only want to go with the boys. “You are my chance to live the girl’s dream!” quips Blake. Savannah Chooses Gwen – Download from iTunes
“Does that sweater freak out the cash register?” Blake mocks Adam’s stripey cardigan.
Nick Townsend – 23 – Tekamah Nebraska – Writings on the Wall by Sam Smith – He did the small town jock thing. In his junior year of high school he discovered music. He joined a music group that took him all over the world. He sings in a theatrical tenor. He’s got a nice falsetto. Blake ALMOST pushes his button. But nope. His runs are a little imprecise. Vocal training would help. Adam suggests that he try to sing sharp, and it will help his pitch problems. Alicia felt there needed to be more connection. – No Turns
Lilli Passero – 26 – Los Angeles California – A Love of My Own by Carla Thomas – She’s in LA pursuing an acting and singing career. She waitresses on the side. Carson, visiting her at the restaurant, calls her the “classic LA story.” Lilli is nervous that the song is obscure. But it’s a great song, and she does it justice. She has a bright, soulful sound–simultaneously old school and contemporary. Blake turns first, then Gwen. Alicia follows. Aw. Dad is backstage crying. Alicia does her word salady thing. Lilli waited on Gwen at her restaurant. Blake jokes that he remembers her. Gwen called her rude. Alicia goes in for the kill: She pleads her case through song. It’s an impassioned plea. Adam declares Alicia the winner. And of course, Lilli chooses Alicia – Download from iTunes