After a long and intense three weeks of blind auditions, all four coaches have filled their teams. During last night’s episode, each coach got straight to the point when picking the final member of their team. In this final round, there was much disappointment from both the coaches and those unlucky few who didn’t’ make a team.
No one seemed more upset than Carson Daly when his longtime idol Mark Lennon didn’t get picked.
Team Blake was the first team to come together, as Blake chose dancer-turned-Warped Tour performer Jaqui Sandell. The “sneaky voice” singer performed her rendition of “Dreams,” which earned her an automatic chair spin from Blake, and a chance to become The Voice.
In a surprising upset, the next artist to try her hand at winning a spot on a team was Amber Kierrington, who has no vocal training at all. After singing Carrie Underwood's "Good Girl," the young country singer won a spot with Team Adam. Adam was happy to welcome the singer to his team, as Blake was disappointed that he filled his last slot before hearing her sing.
By the way, did you see Blake’s moonwalk? Can we all agree to leave the victory dancing to Usher?
The episode's intensity picked up when the last two coaches, Usher and Shakira, met the last two contestants. First up was Luke Edgemend, who automatically got the attention of both coaches within the first seconds of his soulful version of “I Can’t Make You Love Me.” It was a tough call after hearing how both judges could make him a winner, but the deciding factor came from Shakira’s daring Usher-inspired “leg move”. (How did she pull that off in those wonderful leather pants?)
While Usher took the loss, it was the final contestant of the night who proved that it pays to be patient. Jessica Childress left her blossoming public-relations career for a chance to become the Voice. With her cover of the Bruno Mars' “Marry You,” the singer blew everyone away. As the other coaches sat in complete shock (and tried helplessly to press their buttons) Usher used the momentum of the audience to build him up before turning around. Landing some of the night’s greatest compliments — how great is it to have Adam Levine call you cute? — Jessica secured her spot on Team Usher, and ended the last night of blind auditions.
This season should get interesting, as each coach has a very unique and eclectic group of individuals rounding out their teams. Next week the show’s competition really begins, as two contestants from the same team go head-to-head in the “Battle Rounds." With the help of Sheryl Crow, Joel Madden, Hilary Scott and Pharrell Williams, the coaches with use some unusual tactics to prepare their teams for the first round of eliminations.
Next week will bring heavier competition, the return of the steal and the first chance for the coaches to make cuts from their teams. The Voice returns Monday, but before then, tell us who you are rooting for in the comments.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun