It was the fourth night of blind auditions, and the coaches were ready to battle it out for some new talent.
Going into the night, coaches Blake, Adam and CeeLo had seven, while Christina had eight. No coach has set a limit on the type of singer that joins his or her team; all that matters is whether they have that particular voice that will make the judges turn their chairs.
Starting off night four was Will Champlin. The son of a classic rocker, Will wasn’t a stranger to music or the stage. He performed the Gavin Degraw hit “Not Over You” and earned spins from coaches Blake, Adam and CeeLo. After much consideration, the singer/songwriter chose team Adam, hoping to use his music career to support his family.
Joining Will Champlin (or the male version of Michelle Chamuel) on team Adam was James Irwin. James auditioned for "The Voice" last season and didn’t get any of the coaches to turn their chairs. Taking Shakira’s advice, James studied music, practiced and came back to the competition. His performance of “Losing My Religion” earned him spins from all four coaches, making him the first contestant in the show's history to come back for a second chance and grab the attention of all four coaches. In a bold move, James decided to go with his gut and join team Adam.
It was Stephanie Anne Johnson’s turn to steal the show. The former cruise ship lounge singer was ready to get her land-legs and perform on a bigger platform. Stephanie’s performance of “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree” got the attention of the two most soulful coaches, CeeLo and Christina. Both coaches were “wow’d” by her voice and her version of the song, but it was Coach Christina who nabbed the lounge singer for her team.
Joining Stephanie on team Christina was Olivia Henken. In another surprising move, her country rendition of “Two Black Cadillacs” didn’t grab the attention of resident country coach Blake.
Coach Christina managed to keep her talent all-female, landing r&b singer Amber Nicole.
Again, the judges didn't fight over every single contestant. Seventeen-year-old Macey Estes hoped that her version of the Ariana Grande hit “The Way” would be the first step in following her dream. Although the coaches liked her voice (and rap, which they seemed to like more), the young contestant’s voice wasn’t mature enough to make it onto this year’s competition. Macey wasn’t alone, Swedish beauty Jennifer Newberry’s performance of “Locked out of Heaven” locked her out of the competition.
There is always a talent that comes on and blows one particular coach away. Last night, that person was Sam Cernigila. Sam came to the competition to sing for his sisters, who are both dealing with serious illnesses. Although it has been tough for his family to deal with, Sam came to "The Voice" ready to compete. His performance of “It’s A Beautiful Day” earned him spins from coaches Blake and CeeLo. Sam went with his gut, choosing CeeLo for his coach.
It was a match made in "The Voice" heaven when Justin Chain took the stage to perform “She’s Country.” Two seconds into his performance, eager coach Blake turned his chair around for the gentleman who was wearing the same shirt and displaying the musical influences. There was no doubt that Justin would join team Blake.
In an unaired portion of the show, coach Blake picked up young Emily Randolph, getting him closer to completing his team.
Coach CeeLo came back to the competition ready to fight. After R. Anthony’s performance of “Hall of Fame” earned him spins from Christina and CeeLo, a loving coach CeeLo was ready to go toe-to-toe with whichever coach tried to keep him from getting the gospel singer on his team. In the end, R. Anthony decided to go with coach CeeLo. So did along with Kierra LaShay.
The show ended with one talent for whom all of the coaches turned their chairs, willing to fight to the death to get on their team. The last act was Ashley Dubose, a 23-year-old single mom and full-time computer analyst who wanted to share her voice with the world. Her rendition of the Rihanna hit “Diamonds” automatically got the attention of each of the four coaches. Christina tried to win her over with the “girl power” move, Adam told her how much he “loved her,” CeeLo tried to convince her that they were made for each other, and of course Blake mentioned that he has won the show without using country talent. After much consideration, Ashley chose team Adam.
Watch out coaches, Adam has been winning the talent that blows everyone away in the end. Is his team the one to beat?Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun