'The Voice' Recap: Blind Auditions Part 4 Continues With Frontrunner Audra McLaughlin Choosing Team Blake And More
The blind auditions continued on The Voice with two standouts, rocker Megan Ruger and soulful Audra McLaughlin, going Team Blake. Judges Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Shakira and Usher had an uneven night with Part 4 of the blind auditions. Shakira picked up a few artists, as did Usher and Blake, but Adam ended the episode with as many artists as he started with.
Megan Ruger, 26, a young country rocker was first up on The Voice stage. Her pre-audition package was about her relationship with her adoptive father, who adopted her when she was a baby, and their close bond. Megan went with Pink’s “Just Like A Pill,” her voice deep and smoother than Pink’s raspy edge. Blake and Usher both pushed their buttons at the last second. Usher was immediately discouraged when Megan said she was from Nashville, which is Blake’s city of choice, and, indeed, Megan ended up Team Blake.
Morgan Wallen, 20, a landscaper and former baseball player auditioned with Howie Day’s “Collide.” Morgan was sweet and enthusiastic, and Shakira recognized his raspy talent right away, turning her chair for Morgan after mere seconds. Usher followed suit later and won the fight for Morgan.
James Cavern, 26, brought a little bit of fun to the show. A Brit whose parents want him to become a doctor, James sung “Let’s Get It On” by Marvin Gaye. Unfortunately, the song didn’t showcase his voice very well, and none of the judges pressed their buttons.
In a little audition montage, Shakira won over singers Dani Moz and Music Box while Blake picked up 17-year-old Lexi Luca.
Next up, Emily B., 33, who worked on Pitch Perfect and Cee Lo’s Christmas album as a ‘session singer’ and underwent two brain surgeries right after her honeymoon. Emily wowed with her take on Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game.” Shakira pushed her button and stood up in her seat to show her love for Emily’s performance, but Blake and Usher also decided they wanted Emily and tried to woo her away from Shakira. Emily went with Shakira, but Blake did swear to steal her if he got the chance.
19-year-old Stevie Jo Rosenbaum took a big risk by auditioning with an Usher song, “There Goes My Baby,” and it paid off. Usher turned around, and then Blake and Adam didn’t even bother trying to fight for Stevie figuring he’d go with Usher no matter what. They were right, and Stevie Jo joined Team Usher by default. (Besides, Adam and Blake were both too surprised by Stevie’s race to try to win him over. As Adam told Stevie, “I was pretty sure that you weren’t a white guy. And you’re a white guy!”)
Second montage of the episode: only rejections, sadly, with many artists coming close to getting a chair to turn but just missing it.
Audra McLaughlin, 21, was the first singer of this episode to get Adam to turn around with her rendition of John Prine’s “Angel From Montgomery.” Audra got the only four-chair turn around of the night, and therefore caused the loudest and most enthusiastic banter from the four coaches. Adam tried to win her over, pointing out that he was the first to turn around, but Audra ended up going Team Blake after he “pulled the wife card,” meaning Adam ends this episode empty handed.
The Voice will air the final rounds of blind auditions next Monday and Tuesday at 8 p.m. on NBC.
– Olivia Truffaut-Wong
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