By: Jacob Elyachar, jakes-take.com
Last night, the three-time Emmy-winning singing competition The Voice returned for Season 12.
Gwen Stefani rejoined Adam, Alicia, and Blake at the coaches’ dais and the Blind Auditions were off to a roaring start.
Tonight, the Season 12 Blind Auditions continued as more artists hoped that their voice would be enough to please the veteran coaches. Which artists were successful? Read on to find out.
As the coaches got situated, Carson invited Autumn Turner to the Season 12 auditions. The figure skating instructor was part of an all-girl group until it fell through and Autumn left music behind. She tackled Donna Summer’s “Last Dance” for her Blind Audition, and I immediately got chills listening to her voice. Autumn was also the first artist this season to make me dance in my seat. Autumn’s powerful vocal ending caught the attention of all four coaches and Adam called her “graceful” and added that she could easily win the show. Gwen added that she could bring her experience and believed that she could learn a lot from Autumn. Alicia stated that she loved her determination and brought out their mutual East Coast connection. Blake concluded that he would be “drowning in a pool of coaches” if Autumn did not pick his team. She became the latest member of Team Alicia.
In addition to bringing his handmade guitar to his BIind Audition, Jesse Larson worked with Voice royalty as Prince hired him to play the guitar for Season Four alum Judith Hill. His cover of John Lennon’s “Jealous Guy” was superb, but it did not move me as much as X Factor UK: Season 11 alum Paul Akister’s outstanding version. I am a little surprised that Adam was the only coach who turned around for Jesse.
As Blake met Aliyah’s family, 16-year-old Savannah Leighton wanted to escape her waitress job, and as a longtime fan of the show, Savannah wanted to prove herself to the coaches. I was a little surprised that Savannah chose Katy Perry’s ‘Unconditionally.” It is one of the biggest songs in her songbook, and I believe that it was the wrong song for her. However, it caught the attention of the two lovebirds. Savannah could not hold back her tears as Gwen hugged her; however, she almost cried when Blake said: “Hello.” The coach pitch turned into a tennis match with Adam calling out the action. At the end of the match, Savannah picked Team Gwen!
Los Angeles actor-singer Lilli Passero wanted to leave her waitress job and become a full-time singer. She chose Carla Thomas’ “A Love of My Own,” which was a huge risk because it was a traditional tune. While the vintage song may have been unpleasant to people who do not appreciate standards, I loved Lilli’s crystal clear voice and her beautiful tone that she showcased all throughout the performance. Lilli caught the attention of Blake, Gwen, and Alicia! Alicia shared her love of the 1950s and 1960s with Lilli. She even sang an original song to convince Lilli to join Team Alicia, and it work!
The fun continues on Thursday!
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