Week three of the blind auditions is in the books and now the attention turns to the Battle Rounds. In this next round, coaches will pair up two artists from their teams for a duet that will determine how far an artist will go to stay on “The Voice.” Battling is also unique because all four coaches are turned around and have the opportunity to ‘steal’ an artist that another coach lets go of at the end of the duet.
Before the coaches begin to pair up their artists, it’s important to spotlight five of the final 17 artists that found their way to the Battle Round. While some of these artists displayed smooth vocals and energetic performances, only five were unique or potential main contenders.
Monday, March 17
Before introducing the two artists that I believe are diverse or can travel far this season, here are two honorable mentions:
Nala Price: Price performed Adele’s “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)”. Her voice was soft and sweet, however, her minimal experience and vocal range will make it difficult for her to progress past the Knockout rounds.
Andrea Thomas: Like Price, this blonde Texan sang a piece that reflected beauty in her vibrato. Thomas’ version of Alison Krauss’ “Baby, Now That I’ve Found You” brought out the natural, detailed tone in her voice with a splash of power in the second chorus. Her former career as backup singer for Carrie Underwood, however, has given Thomas a limited register and minimal power in her voice.
|Artist||Audition Song||Rating (1-10) Scale|
Coach: Alicia Keys
Instruments: guitar, keyboard, & drums
Original Artist: fun.
|(5.5) Plake’s blind audition was not the strongest of the season, but his tone was captivating and extremely unique
Coach: Adam Levine
Original Artist: Taylor Swift
|(6.5) Eyre has a lot to learn this season, but her voice ultimately proves that she is capable of progressing far.
Tuesday, March 14
Season 12’s final night of the blind auditions ended in disappointment. Of the five artists that made it onto a team, only one artist had what it takes to travel into the Top 10 or farther.
Country singer Sheena Brook found her way onto team Adam with a performance of “Baby Girl” by Sugarland. From her confidence on stage to the emotional power that soared in her upper register, this may be the country artist that Levine has been waiting to take down Blake Shelton with. So much about this Florida native was impressive, that I have no choice but to award her with an 8/10.