It’s that time in this season of NBC’s The Voice that the chairs will cease from turning and the big red buttons have turned off. After weeks of blind auditions, the coaches finally stacked their teams up and are ready to play.
During the last look of the tryouts though, things got pretty heated between each coach who wanted the best for last to join their squads. From soulful singers to some country twang, the selection was vast on Tuesday night’s broadcast (3/13) and left everyone in awe of the talent awaiting them in the final blind auditions set-up.
Genesis Diaz came up first with her heart-renching vocals throughout her own rendition of Kesha’s “Praying.” Kelly Clarkson noticed how courageous it was of Diaz to take on a big song such as the emotional ballad, but that didn’t stop the Miami contestant from channeling the sorrow felt throughout each lyric. Just as she finished her last line, both Adam Levine and Blake Shelton flipped their chairs around to see what they were fighting for.
While Levine and Shelton got up to their typical squabbling, the country singer tried to pull for Diaz by claiming he “couldn’t be happier” to have her as the last pick for his team. Unfortunately, Shelton lost out as Diaz thought she was a better fit for Levine’s pop influence.
What really caught Shelton’s attention, though, was when Dallas Caroline came out shaking her way through Willie Nelson’s “Always on my Mind.” Although she sounded a tad hesitant from the stage fright factor, she finished out strong with Levine, Clarkson and Shelton all pressing hard on the big buttons.
The comedy erupted between the three of them bantering over trying to get Caroline on each of their teams. At one point, Levine referred to Shelton as an auctioneer and also called out Clarkson for running her mouth too much of the time. Once Shelton got in a serious conversation with Caroline though, all bets were off as she was fully convinced that she needed to take the last opening on his team.
Another standout during the night that wound up on Team Levine was in the powerful story of Jackie Verna. She caught the attention of the Maroon 5 lead singer with her journey to get to The Voice stage, as well as her determined performance of Kelsea Ballerini’s “Peter Pan.” Levine decided to give her a shot at the next step in the show to see if Verna really has what it takes to beat out the others in the live shows.
Fans can keep up with the next round of the competition on The Voice by tuning in on Monday and Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. EST on NBC.