The Voice season 20 Blind Auditions continue with returning coaches Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson and John Legend. Nick Jonas rejoins the panel after a season off. Carson Daly returns as host. We’ll be live blogging all the Blind Audition 2 performances right here.
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Gean Garcia – 19 – McAllen TX – The episode kicks off with a super-secret audition. We don’t see the singer at first! Blake is the first to turn, followed by Nick. OH BLAKE BLOCKED NICK. Dang. Kelly also turns. AND NOW we see why the show hid the singer initially. The female sounding vocal most definitely belongs to a man. A Black man who sounds like a ballady white girl singer. In his package, Gean explains that he’s grew up in New York City, and his dad is a well known Spanish Christian singer in South America. He started touring with dad, and eventually the two recorded a song together. Gean loves Spanish music, but he loves all kind of music. Blake denies blocking Nick, but the rest point out that he always denies using his block. Nick calls him a bully while Kelly calls him a liar. Nick immediately begins advocating for Kelly. She calls Gean’s voice “beautifully broken.” Blake feels “passionate” about Gean’s voice. He uses his big boy words, calling his voice “melancholy.” Relentless mocking from his fellow coaches ensues. In the end, Gean picks Team Kelly – Blake, Nick and Kelly turn. Blake Blocks Nick, Gean picks Kelly
Aaron Konzelman – Ordinary World by Duran Duran – 39 – Waco TX – His parents were praise and worship singer-songwriters back in the 70s. His dad bought a farm and built a studio inside. He met his wife at college. She sings and writes music too. Eventually, they had kids. Now, he mostly has day jobs. His daughter is a huge fan of The Voice. Maybe she can audition when she’s old enough! He accompanies himself on the guitar singing with a raspy, high tenor. He’s a little generic, but emotive. I’m getting super 90’s vibes from Aaron according to both his song choice and vocal style. Blake and John both turn. Everyone is ganging up on Blake tonight. John notes his vocal is raspy and angelic at the same time. John’s specificity may rule the day. Blake calls the rest of the panel “Hollywood” as a diss. The rest say it’s Blake who is Hollywood because Gwen Stefani. Is it me, or does that come off like they’re shading Gwen? They may not realize it, to be honest. Aaron picks Blake – John and Blake turn, Aaron picks Blake
Carolina Rial – Stay With Me by Sam Smith – 17 – Ridgefield NJ – She grew up surrounded by music. Jennifer Hudson reposted one of her Instagram songs, and it went viral. Her mom is from Bolivia and her dad from Spain. At age 3, her dad passed away from cancer. Mom was left alone to raise 3 kids. She has a beautiful tone, but her style is a little affected. She needs to dial it back a little. John and and Nick turn right away. She’s the opposite of effortless, riffing everywhere, throwing in high notes. She’s oversinging, it’s too much. Nick notes the power in her upper register. John calls her performance a “tour de force.” Kelly mentions that she riffs too much. Exactly. Kelly thinks John could really help her. COMMERCIAL BREAK. We’re back, and Carolina picks John! Good choice. John sings his little welcome ditty with an assist from Kelly – John and Nick turn, Carolina picks John
Ethan Lively – You Look so Good in Love by George Strait – 17 – Coalfield TN – Ethan is a teen, but he talks like a middle aged smoker. His family lives paycheck to paycheck. He works two jobs PLUS the farm. No school? Oh he is in high school. He also sings festivals and local joints. His pleasant singing voice is smoother than his speaking voice. Is that Kelly singing along with him? Even after the key change, nobody hits their button. Until Blake finally relents. John says he sounds like he’s 57 years old. Blake notes that Ethan was 7 when The Voice started 10 years ago. Blake loves when hopefuls cover George Strait. Kelly calls him “charming” she says, “stay exactly as you are.” The coaches start up the Hollywood thing again. Now, they are just calling each other Hollywood as an insult – Only Blake turned
Yellsmiles – Midnight Sky by Miley Cyrus – 30 – Hamburg NJ – Her real name is Daniela Escobar. She paints, dances with fire and is an all around creator. She wrote poetry first before songwriting. She knows who she is as an artist, she says, which is why she is working on an album. The performance is montaged. Will this girl with a rocker voice get a turn? She’s a little pitchy. Nope. John explains that he couldn’t narrow in to what her voice actually sounds like. Nick said he’s sure she’ll turn her nos into a yes. Aw. She’s visibly upset. – No Turns
Zae Romeo – Falling by Harry Styles – 21 – McKinney TX – We previewed this audition earlier today. Check it out HERE. Zae ended up in foster care at 3 years old along with his siblings. Some homes were OK, others not so much. His family was kept together, and finally were all adopted together when Zae was 6. His adoptive family is “amazing.” But in high school, his self esteem was so low, he left home without telling his parents. He found posters of himself around town and he realized that he was really loved. Zae is tentative at first, but he eventually opens up. Despite some pitchy stuff, he displays a lovely way with phrasing and vibrato. He’s very emotional. Eventually Zae is a 4 chair turn, and the fight begins. John loved his vibrato in the lower notes. Nick namechecks Labrinth. Zae loves that artist. Kelly thinks she can help his breath work. But what’s important to her is how he expresses emotion. But in the end, Zae picks Nick. The Labyrinth mention did it for Zae! – 4 chair turn, Zae picks Nick