It's the last night of blind auditions, and each coach only has two spots left on their teams. You ready? Because the best moment in NBC's "The Voice" history happened tonight.
Nathalie Hernandez, 15, from Florida with Taylor Swift's "White Horse"
Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton pushed their buttons within three notes of Nathalie's song, and Adam Levine soon followed. Adorable moment of the night: A simple smile and "thank you" when her song was finished. Not an iota of arrogance to this one, and I like it.
Nathalie was splendid, but T. Swift isn't really my cup of tea -- still, she left quite an impression on the coaches, and she chose Christina.
Caitlin Michelle, 20, from Boston with "Cosmic Love" by Florence and the Machine
It takes A LOT to hold your own with a Flo song (Trust me, I know. I sing in my car a lot, remember?) But oh, heavens! Both Adam and Blake pushed their buttons, but Caitlin went with Adam.
Nicole Johnson, 17, from Nashville, with "Mr. Know-It-All" by Kelly Clarkson
Nicole put a pleasant country twang on this pop song, prompting Cee Lo Green to nearly immediately push his button.
Blake, of course, followed, and Nicole went with Blake. "I'm a country girl," she explained.
Chevonne, 26, of New Jersey, with "Brass in Pocket" by The Pretenders
This back-up singer (most recently on tour with Lady Gaga) had Cee Lo hand-dancing, and Blake screamed at Cee Lo to push his button. Chevonne was belting it out, doing Chrissie Hynde all kinds of proud, and it took a while, but both Cee Lo and Blake spun their chairs at the same exact time.
She went with Cee Lo, and I'm sure they will be all kinds of fierce and weird happy together.
Kayla Nevarez, 17, from California, with "American Boy" by Estelle
Anytime anyone’' sob story involves his or her father, there's like a 90 percent chance I will weep. Kayla was singing for her father, and basically attacked her song with sexiness and smooth power. Adam, Christina and Cee Lo (with a curious, nonchalant shrug) all turned their chairs.
Despite having grown up listening to Christina, Kayla went with Adam. TEAM = FULL.
Celica Westbrook, 16, of Tennessee with "A Thousand Years" by Christina Perri
I'm not sure what everyone saw, or heard in Celica, but all the remaining coaches spun their chairs, with Christina claiming "you need to be on the radio like, now" and Blake noting how close she was to being ready for fame. I say MEH.
Celica went with Christina. TEAM = FULL.
Rudy Parris, 46, from California, with The Police's "Every Breath You Take"
Yeah, nothing like a marriage and kid to put an hamper on all those rock 'n' roll dreams, Rudy. Pure country rock through and through, with all the looks of Meat Loaf, Rudy offered a very heavy-handed take to this classic.
But both remaining coaches -- Blake and Cee Lo -- spun their chairs, and Rudy went with Blake. TEAM = FULL
And that leaves Cee Lo and ...
Cody Belew, 27, from Arkansas, with Otis Redding's "Hard to Handle"
Rough and raspy and fabulously melodic -- and those hips! -- Cody prompted Cee Lo to push his button at the last minute, and the BEST MOMENT IN VOICE HISTORY ENSUED. Down to the wire, Cody wasn't certain if Cee Lo had pushed his button or not.
When the realization washed over him, he began to scream: "Did you hit your button?!?! BLEEP BLEEP BLEEP BLEEP." Cody, literally, ran down to Cee Lo, "BLEEPING" all the way. This exuberant and foul-mouthed young man just won my vote from here to forever.
That's It! Blind auditions are over. We now move on to a recap episode Tuesday, and then onto Battle! (The Battle Rounds, in which two contestants go up against each other and their coach decides who stays and who goes, but I was just really trying to be dramatic.)Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun