'The Voice' Recap: Bria Kelly & Christina Grimmie Are Judges' Favorites
The Voice debuted its sixth season on Monday night, where eight hopefuls did enough on the stage to take their pick of one of the judges – Blake Shelton, Usher, Shakira and Adam Levine.
‘The Voice’ Recap
Bria Kelly’s performance of James Taylor’s "Steamroller Blues," not only got all of the judges to turn around, but had them all up on their feet to give the raspy-voiced teenager a standing ovation – along with the cheering audience. Although her singing style may have indicated she’d pick either Team Blake or Team Adam, Kelly chose Usher, who was the last to turn around. The R&B singer has proven himself to be an innovative and thoughtful mentor, with his coaching of Michelle Chamuel.
YouTube star Christina Grimmie took on Miley Cyrus hit “Wrecking Ball,” and also had the four judges vying for her to join their team. In the end, the singer, who proved herself capable of belting out the big parts and hitting every difficult note, chose to compete with Team Adam.
Duo Dawn and Hawkes performed The Beatles “I’ve Just Seen a Face.” Eager for the opportunity to carry a duo far in the singing competition, both Adam and Shakira turned around almost instantly. The two – a couple – both strumming acoustic guitars, chose to go with Adam, who called their number the “favorite performance I’ve ever seen on The Voice."
Singing Elton John’s “Bennie and the Jets” in a shiny blue blazer was T.J. Wilkins. His bluesy take on the classic song saw instantaneous turns from Blake, Adam and Usher. In the end, the crooner ended up on Team Usher.
The soulful Biff Gore had Adam and Blake’s attention from the opening line of Sam Cooke’s “A Change is Gonna Come.” It wasn’t long before Shakira turned as well. Waiting it out till almost the end of his passionate vocals was Usher, who ended up landing the singer for his team.
Country singer Jake Worthington accompanied himself on a guitar for a performance of Keith Whitley’s “Don’t Close Your Eyes.” The singer, who has previously auditioned to be on The Voice, went with Blake despite Adam’s passionate protests.
Jeremy Briggs, singing “Bad Company” by Bad Company, rocked the stage on the first episode of The Voice this season. Shakira, who has some rock experience, won Briggs over to her team.
Kirsten Merlin picked “Something More” by Sugarland, giving it a more upbeat and energetic vibe. Merlin sold the performance, getting Adam and Shakira to spin their chairs around and on their feet by the end of the song. Merlin ended up deciding to go with Shakira, who boasted about her Twitter following.
Three other performers on The Voice Season 6 premiere didn’t manage to convince any of the judges of their potential and were sent home without the chance to wow America.
The Voice returns on Tuesday at 8/7c.
– Chelsea Regan