‘The Voice’ Recap: Blake Shelton Adds Two Contestants to Growing Team
During the third week of Blind Auditions, 'The Voice' coach Blake Shelton added two incredibly talented singers to his growing team. That marks six singers for Shelton so far.
It didn't take long into the first performance for the country star to turn his chair, either -- it was roughly 30 seconds after John Martin began Amos Lee's 'Sweet Pea.' Shelton's smile was undeniable. Eventually, all coaches turned their big red chairs, and Martin said he was "flattered," but chose Shelton as his coach. Adam Levine, surprisingly, even admitted that the country star would be a good choice.
Next up was Jessie Pitts, who sang 'True Story' by Brandi Carlile. Shelton seemed to be in awe -- both he and Gwen Stefani turned their chairs, with Shelton comparing the contestant's voice to "a bowl of Lucky Charms -- marshmallows only." Despite the sweet sentiments, she ultimately chose Stefani.
Things went country when 62-year-old Michael Stein took the stage with Charlie Daniels Band's 'The Devil Went Down to Georgia.' He mainly showcased his fiddle playing, which got no chairs to turn, despite his talents. After all, it is a singing competition.
Ricky Manning sang John Newman's 'Love Me Again' and got Shelton and Pharrell Williams both to turn their chairs. In another moment of kindness, Williams said Manning couldn't go wrong. This caused quite the reaction from Shelton, who seemed suspicious of why he was being so nice. "You're poisoning me or something right now," he said. "You can't be that nice all the time." Manning picked Williams in the end.
When Blessing Offor sang 'Just the Two of Us' by Bill Withers, he got all four chairs to turn, even though they were pretty late into the song. Offor, who is blind, was told by Levine that all four coaches wanted him, and he was beyond happy. While seemed to be leaning towards Shelton in the beginning, even bringing up his time at Nashville's Belmont University, Williams ultimately got Offor with a strong pitch.
Shelton added his last contestant of the evening to Team Blake when Bree Fondacaro sang a unique version of Bob Dylan's 'It Aint' Me Babe,' which seemed to surprise Stefani. "Your voice has a rawness to it that reminds me of someone like Bonnie Tyler, and I think that you're completely unique to this competition," she told her.
'The Voice' airs on NBC on Monday and Tuesday nights.
Watch Bree Fondacaro Sing 'It Ain't Me Babe'
Watch John Martin Perform 'Sweet Pea'