The Voice season 22 Blind Auditions continue with returning coaches Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and John Legend. Pop star Camila Cabello joins the panel. Carson Daly returns as host. We’ll be live blogging all the Blind Audition performances right here.
By the end of the Blind Auditions, a top 56 will emerge.
The winner receives a cash prize and a recording contract with Republic Records, among other announced prizes.
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Tanner Howe – 29 – Mercy by Shawn Mendes
He had already picked “Mercy” by Shawn Mendes to sing when he found out Camila Cabello was a coach. Oops. He grew up singing in a family band and is now an independent artist in Los Angeles. “Is that Shawn up there?” Camila asked. His voice is a little thin, but it has character. Blake turns his chair. Gwen follows. And then John! Not Camila, though. Maybe the ex-boyfriend cover was too much.
Camila didn’t turn because she thought Tanner was too copy-cat. Gwen calls his voice “strong, quality.” John’s wife Chrissy Teigen attended Tanner’s high school. John notes that his voice was inaccurate in the lower register, and should pick songs more suited to his range. True. Blake thinks he should keep trying hard songs. Tanner chooses Gwen. Gwen, John, Blake turn, Tanner chooses Team Gwen. He probably would have picked Camila if she had turned.
Sydney Kronmiller – Latch by Disclosure ft Sam Smith
The next artist is shown is blurry shadows, with a high pitched voice and long hair. It’s a is-it-a-girl or is-it-a-boy set up. Sydney is a girl, which really isn’t that surprising? Camila hits her button first. Her voice is pretty, trembly and vulnerable. Gwen turns and shouts “OH MY GOD!” She ends the song in her lower register and it’s very deep! She’s from Ogden Utah. Her parents divorced, and her mother drank too much. But she eventually got sober.
Gwen really loves her vibe. John was impressed by her range. Camila loved the stripped down arrangement “You’re everything I’m looking for,” she says. Blake calls her transitions pitchy, so he decided to sit out. Sydney picks Camila. Gwen and Camila turn, Sydney picks Team Camila
Tanner Fussell – 28 – Anymore by Travis Tritt
He’s a musician out of Nashville, Tennessee. He’s a landscaper by day. He formed his first band in college. Sadly, the drummer from his band died in a car crash. “Will is in my heart every time I sing,” Tanner says. He points to his head when he sings “mind.” Don’t do that! Despite being a country artist, he sounds like a 90’s rock singer. His tone is very familiar. Blake turns his chair, which is probably what he wanted. Nobody else hits their button.
Blake notes that Travis Tritt is one of his heroes, and notices his rock sound. Gwen calls him a 90s rocker and remarks, “I super like you.” John appreciated the little yodel in his voice. – Only Blake turns
Emani Prince – 22 – All My Life by K-C & Jo Jo
Emani is a professional wrestler. He even has a “signature move”–a choke slam. His persona is “the baddest of the bad” and very mean. But he’s a nice guy in real life! “I couldn’t hurt a fly,” he states. However, music is his number 1 passion. He sings with a sweet tone. He ends on a high note. But sadly, no turns.
He begins crying, he’s so upset. Gwen runs on stage to comfort him. “This was my one chance, and now it’s gone.” The coaches assure him that more opportunities will come. John thinks he needs to open up more. – No Turns
Kayla Von Der Heide – 30 – Jealous Guy by John Lennon
She grew up in California, but now lives in Arizona. She is also a photographer and videographer. She describes her voice as “a little different.” Actually, she doesn’t sound THAT different. She has a fast vibrato with a lot of character. Very Stevie Nicks. Great song choice. John and Gwen turn pretty fast.
Gwen calls her a cross between Fiona Apple and Stevie Nicks. Kayla listened to Gwen growing up. Gwen loves the tone of her voice. “We could be a really good match,” she says. John appreciated her intimate, authentic vibe. Kayla picks Gwen, which isn’t a surprise, because the artist is a fan. Blake claims he decided not to turn to give his wife a chance. – Gwen and John turn, Kayla picks Team Gwen
Eva Ullmann – Light On
It’s the first The Voice montage of season 22. Only Blake turns, and he can’t believe that he’s the only one. According to the little snip, she is a solid singer. – Only Blake turns
Destiny Leigh – A Song For You by Leon Russell
It’s another montaged performance. She has a pretty voice. Gwen describes Destiny as a powerhouse singer who is still a little bit raw, and has room to grow. – Only Gwen turns.
Eric Who – Bad Guy
And the third montaged artist delivers a theatrical performance that Camila appreciates. She turns pretty fast! Camila loves Eric’s tone and “spunky creative energy.” – Only Camila turns
Tonight’s theme is how the girls are SO far ahead of the guys. Which means John will probably nab the last artist for his team.
Parijita Bastola – 17 – Jealous by Labrinth
NBC dropped Parijita’s audition earlier today. She the first Nepalese singer to audition for The Voice. (But not American singing shows generally, of course!) She and her family have been watching The Voice together since season 1. When her parents emigrated to the US due to economic and political strife, problems kept them from bringing Parijita’s sister with them. They had to put her in an Indian boarding school. Terrible. Parajita’s beautiful voice and exquisite tone and phrasing has all four coaches turning their chairs.
Camila fights hard for Parajita, complementing her breath control and extended notes. John emphasises his soulful background and promises to help her maintain her Nepalese influences. Blake knows that he doesn’t have a chance. Before Parijita picks her coach, she gifts each with beads from Nepal. Her family wants her to pick John…and she does! – 4-chair turn, Parijita picks Team Legend