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  1. She does give off a Maelyn's little sister vibe. Every one else has something that really stands out or pops on screen. Will: His weirdness Jake: the authentic country vibe. And his size Ricky: Just has the charm, and the it factor. Hello Sunday: Their youth, and their friendship with other grabs your attention. Kat: Her shyness comes through in a sweet way rather than an overly awkward way Katie: Her bombast, and unique looks Rose: Bubbly personality Marybeth is a little harder to pin down. She doesn't check a box like that quite so easily, at least from what they've shown of her so far.
  2. Not happy that Marybeth had to get the twitter save. She's my favorite voice left this season, that means she's got pull more votes next week than at least two artists that were ahead of her this week. And that's just to get in the twitter save and have another 1 in 3 chance to make the finale. As I was reasonably confident, Kat got the Team Blake bump to survive one more week. That was one side effect of Kali being eliminated so early. It let the hardcore Blake fans focus on just Ricky and Kat (and not have their power voting get so spread out between 3 and 4 artists). She's a goner next week unless she pulls out a song like Amazing Grace or Mary Did You Know....and even then that might only be good enough to make the twitter save. Glad Shane went out on a high note (or a high week), he seemed really comfortable on stage in his final two performances. I really really struggle judging where some of these artists are falling in the pecking order. But if I had to guess what will happen next week, I'll say Marybeth and Hello Sunday finish 7th and 8th and are eliminated. Then Kat, Will, and (flipping a coin) Katie all end up in the twitter save. The three straight in the finale will be Ricky and Jake (locks) and Rose (definitely not a lock, she could end up in the twitter save being replaced by Katie or maybe even Will, who I just don't get at all...and he gets more off-putting by the week.).
  3. Her blind, and some of her earlier songs were genuinely good (or at least better that what she's performed the last couple of weeks) if you like the wispy voices (Norah Jones, Dia Frampton from an early season of the Voice, even a little Colbie Caillat). Unfortunately, the lives and her voice have not mixed well at all. IMO, I think (I'm assuming she will get through tomorrow night because she'll get a bump from being on Team Blake that will keep her safe) next week she should just plant herself at the piano/keyboard and stay there from the beginning to the end of a song. I do think she will be toast next week when four are cut loose. Did they stealthily try to get Rose lost in the shuffle by making her go first? To me Ricky and Jake are all but locks to make the Final 4, I'm not sure about the other two. I loved Ricky doing Born Under a Bad Sign. That was pretty spectacular. Shane Q (with major Kelly props for the arrangement) might have sounded as confident and as smooth as he has since his blind. That being said, I would guess he will find himself in the bottom again tomorrow night. If they do a three person twitter save for only one spot....then I think it will be Shane Q, Joana, and maybe Will. I'm probably projecting on Will though. The show certainly loves him and wants him to stay in it for some inexplicable reason.
  4. I was 95% sure Kat would get a pass for two reasons. I'll Fly Away is an old hymn which became something of a contemporary hit thanks to the Allison Kraus and Gillian Welch version from the O Brother Where Art Thou soundtrack. Also, it's hard to get voted of Blake's team before the big elimination week. Especially this season when Blake's already down to just two artists. Besides, this being the Voice we were due for a PoC to leave at least a couple of weeks before they should have. Peace out, Myracle. Shane Q. gets a twitter reprieve this week, but if he's back in the bottom two next week like I expect....I'm not sure who he could realistically beat head to head. Joana would have the cute teen girl factor over him. Maybe a head to head against Will might be close? But that could be my utter dislike of Will clouding my judgement.
  5. I've been following along via bootleg episodes (only missed episode 6). The Social Influencer guy gives me the creeps. Like he wouldn't think twice to run someone off the road to get first or stay in the race (while his partner in crime would just laugh hysterically from the backseat). Other than that it pretty much has hit all of the beats of most seasons of TAR. The inoffensive, super athletic male duo who joshes each other and everyone else wins pretty much every leg. The other male/male teams struggle somewhat with directions (a whole lot in the Femi/Nick's case) but generally aren't in danger of being eliminated. This has been true with the gay duo but not Fem/Nick. The laser-focused married couple doing it for their kid grinds out mid pack finish after finish, and the plucky underdog brother/sister duo fluctuate wildly depending on the leg.
  6. For whatever reason, Cali just lost the spark and fire that her Wicked Game cover had when she did Toxic, and then Butterflies (although it wasn't a bad performance per say...it clearly was always going to leave her vulnerable unless the Blake voting armada went crazy). Part of me wonders if she still really is conflicted internally about pursuing a country career in Nashville and trying to carry that burden of being the first openly lesbian singer to have some mainstream success. Her personality always read a little weary or downcast even when she was killing her blind or KO (and ghosting through her battle). It's too bad, I thought she had one of the more interesting voices in the competition. I'm not as down on Kat as some (and I wasn't surprised that the voting public would give her Danny Boy attempt a pass), but yeah if she gives us more uneven duds then I'm not sure she'll make it to that 8 cut down to 4 that always happens in a few weeks. I think Shane Q, Joanna, and Will will be the next three to go in some order. That would leave Hello Sunday (I think it's going to take the cull week to maybe get rid of these two), Ricky, Marybeth, Jake, and then maybe one of Rose or Myracle feel like the Top 4. so that would leave Kat, Katie, and then other one out of Rose/Myracle (along with Hello Sunday) to get eliminated during the cull.
  7. The four remaining KO's are: Marybeth Byrd v Preston Howell on Team John (my pick for the final steal) Damali v Gracee Shrivers on Team Kelly (my pick to get the montage treatment) Calvin Lockett v Myracle Holloway (Team Gwen) & Ricky Braddy v Zach Bridges on Team Blake
  8. 10 KOs left. My guess is we'll get 6 of them on Monday's two-hour episode, and then 3 (plus one montage'd one) on next Tuesday's one-hour episode.
  9. Halfway through the Knockouts, this is where we stand 🙂 Team Blake Cali Jones (In the Top 24)-lesbian, kickboxing country hopeful from small town Iowa; TKO'ed Marina w/ a hypnotic version of Chris Isaac's Wicked Game Kat Hammock (still to KO)-wispy voiced teen in the Dia Frampton lane. Eliminated Josie by playing to her strengths on "Take Me Home Country Roads", a song that wildly favored her going into the battle Laura Hall (still to KO)-7 time Voice auditioner earned Blake's battle round steal with a bombastic (but losing) effort against Hello Sunday on Miley's Wrecking Ball. Ricky Braddy (still to KO)-Once upon a time American Idol contestant, Recently out of the closet thanks to a supportive BF. We heard four seconds of his KO win over Jordan Chase that advanced him to the KO round Ricky Duran (In the Top 24)-Has the sob story double with father's suicide and mother's death from illness. Won Blake's heart (and his KO over Joana) with a 90s alt rockified attempt at the Black Crowes "She Talks to Angels) Zach Bridges (still to KO)-Blake wannabe, did Ol' Red to coerce a turn. Won a questionable battle against Corey Jackson to move on to the KO round. Still thinking (the collective) We probably needs one more VA Hospital X-Ray Technician a little bit more than one more mediocre country singer in Nashville Team Gwen Calvin Lockett (Still to KO)-smooth singing R&B artist, struggled between his Gospel background and singing secular music before auditioning for the Voice, won a barely heard, montage'd battle over Brennen Destiny Rayne (STOLEN from Team Legend/Still to KO)-Florida singer impressively held her own against Katie Kadan's monster voice earning a Steal from Gwen and an attempted steal from Blake Jake Haldenvang (Still to KO)-long haired rocker, knocked off Gwen's first attempt at a pretty teen princess (Caroline) in a closer than expected battle Joana Martinez (In the Top 24)-15 year old will be Gwen's second attempt at a pretty teen princess to mold after Joana's strong performance against Ricky in a losing effort Kyndal Inskeep (In the Top 24)-Kyndal the chameleon sounded like Maren Morris on her song in the battles, and then sounded an awful lot like Sia on Sia's Elastic Heart to easily beat an out-of-his-depth Jessie in her KO round Myracle Holloway (Still to KO)-At 44, I think our oldest competitor. Battled back from substance abuse issues to give the Voice a shot, and pretty easily defeated Elize in her battle Rose Short (Still to KO)-couldn't get John Legend to turn on his own song, did get a turn from Gwen though. After dealing w/ wardrobe concerns, she easily knocked off Jessie Lawrence on the Weekend's smash hit Royce Lovett (Still to KO)-Reggae/R&B fusion artist seemed tailor-made for Team Gwen from the first few notes..Bob Marley exhibition in the B Team John Katie Kadan (In the Top 24)-Monster voice carried the day in Tiny Dancer battle with Destiny, and a KO win over Max Khalea Lynee (In the Top 24)- Marybeth Byrd (Still to KO)-4 chair turn (w/ a Blake being blocked by Kelly), pretty spot on rendition of Angel of Montgomery Preston Howell (Still to KO)-14 year old crooner (Isn't there always?) from Miami watched John play the youth card and pick him inexplicably over the much better and much more ready Mendeleyev in his battle round Will Breman (Still to KO)-defeated Jared in a battle of fodder on Team Legend Zoe Upkins-(SAVED by Team Legend/Still to KO)-Precocious teen did well despite singing a song on Khalea's turf. Got John's save, could've been stolen by Kelly or Gwen Team Kelly Alex Guthrie (Still to KO)-one of the plethora of WGWG's this season. From what I recall, felt freeflowing and loose...like a jam band singer. Took down Injoy on Marc Broussard's Home (A great Voice song IMO) Damali (Still to KO)-Military high school kid has to be one of the 2 or 3 most least deserving turns of the season. Thanks, Kelly. Bizarrely got Kelly's pick against actual contender Brooke Stephenson in a suspiciously montaged battle. Thanks again, Kelly. Gracee Shrivers (Still to KO)-With Blake's team full, Kelly lucked into a 16 year old with a deep and rich country voice for her final contestant. Won a montaged battle against Brennan Hello Sunday (Still to KO)-27 year old (combined) duo, were Kelly's pick against Laura in Kelly's final battle Jake Hoot (In the Top 24)-Stepped up multiple levels to defeat Steve on a Willie Nelson classic and then multiple levels again to beat Melinda in their KO round face-off Kiara Brown (STOLEN by Team Kelly/Still to KO)- Max Boyle (In the Top 24)-unsurprisingly lost to Katie in the KO battle on Team John, Kelly came to his rescue though. Shane Q (Still to KO)-visually a reminder of the late stand-up comic Ralphie May (r.i.p.). Maybe just barely edged out Melinda on a Sam Smith song that was in his wheelhouse. Definitely a frontrunner on Team Kelly.
  10. I'm sure it happened a fair amount before him, but I really blame Pharrell for starting the trend of pairing his best artists up against each other in the battles and KOs in the hopes that he could force a steal from the other coaches. I don't begrudge him that strategy because it truly was the best he could do for the largest number of his team members...but it feels like show has been out of balance a little bit since that started happening a lot it seems like the distance between the best battles and KOs and the worst ones has grown a lot. Count me in as being super annoyed that Mendeleyev couldn't even get a steal or save. To me (regardless of the ten names and hippie background) he had one of the 3 or 4 most interesting and confident/self-assured voices of anybody on this year and to think he couldn't even make the KOs is kind of ridiculous when you look around and see who's left. I've had my fill of Katie already. She's just too, too much and I'm already good. Cali on the other hand I'm digging, and I think she's got a shot to possibly be the last person standing in a rare year for Blake when he really isn't super strong in country artists. I know Zach is still there, but I don't really see him as a huge threat.
  11. With 5 Battles left, this is where we stand 🙂 Team Blake Cali Jones-lesbian, kickboxing country hopeful; knocked out Elliemae in a montaged battle Corey Jackson-Unceremoniously dumped from the show after a close loss to Zach Bridges. In another season would've been a definite candidate for a Coach's bring back artist Elliemae-Young folk country singer from Idaho. Forced to immediately go back to work on the family dairy farm after her loss to Cali in the battles Joana Martinez-Cue a million, "I can't believe your only 15's!". Smoky voiced, Miami teen probably made a shrewd decision joining Team Blake. Survived a poor song fit (High Hopes) to advance to the Knockouts Jordan Chase-19 year old, long haired southern soul singer displaced by Hurricane Katrina Josie Jones-traditional country teen from small town Alabama. Lost to Kat (and was not saved or stolen) in a somewhat surprising turn of events. Now has to go back to her Ag and Welding focused high school, graduate & then come to Nashville according to Darius Rucker Kat Hammock-wispy voiced teen in the Dia Frampton lane. Eliminated Josie by playing to her strengths on "Take Me Home Country Roads", a song that wildly favored her going into the battle Marina Chello (SAVED by Team Blake)-once upon time P Diddy, Bad Boy Entertainment signee that went nowhere. Keeps her musical comeback hopes alive for (probably just) one more round after losing to Ricky Duran in her battle Matthew McQueen-Couldn't stand the thought of losing to a 15 year old. Immediately lost to said 15 year old. Ricky Braddy-Once upon a time American Idol contestant, Recently out of the closet thanks to a supportive BF Ricky Duran-Has the sob story double with father's suicide and mother's death from illness. Impressive schnoz in profile, solid (but not spectacular IMO) singer who also shrewdly (or stupidly...time will tell) picked Blake Zach Bridges-Blake wannabe, did Ol' Red to coerce a turn. Won a questionable battle against Corey Jackson to move on to the KO round. Still thinking (the collective) We probably needs one more VA Hospital X-Ray Technician a little bit more than one more mediocre country singer in Nashville Team Gwen Brennen Henson-21 year old who auditioned partially to give his hometown of Flint, Michigan some positivity. Indie/Alternative sounds seems a good fit with Gwen Calvin Lockett-smooth singing R&B artist, struggled between his Gospel background and singing secular music before auditioning for the Voice Caroline Reilly (new)-Gwen finally got her pretty, teen, (70s rock?) princess. If the show is to be believed, she got the very last of the 48 spots. Destiny Rayne (STOLEN from Team Legend)-Florida singer impressively held her own against Katie Kadan's monster voice earning a Steal from Gwen and an attempted steal from Blake Elize Azkoul-Vocal coach from Atlanta was slayed by the Myracle. Not saved or stolen either Jake Haldenvang-long haired rocker Jessie Lawrence (Inexplicably SAVED by Team Gwen)-How is this dude still here? Deservedly lost an "I Can't Feel My Face" battle w/ Rose and yet lives to sing another day Kyndal Inskeep-Kyndal and her very Maren Morris-esque voice slayed on Morris's "I Could Use a Love Song" to beat back James Violet and stay on Team Gwen Myracle Holloway-At 44, I think our oldest competitor. Battled back from substance abuse issues to give the Voice a shot, and pretty easily defeated Elize in her battle Rose Short-couldn't get John Legend to turn on his own song, did get a turn from Gwen though. After dealing w/ wardrobe concerns, she easily knocked off Jessie Lawrence on the Weekend's smash hit Royce Lovett-Reggae/R&B fusion artist seemed tailor-made for Team Gwen from the first few notes..Bob Marley exhibition in the Battle against Team John Dane & Stephanie-Got praised out the wazoo, still lost to Marybeth and received no save/steal to keep their pretty harmonies in the competition Jared Herzog-Total fodder for Team John w/ a hot girlfriend and a very tenuous connection to former Voice winner Jordan Smith. Immediately eliminated against Will Breman Katie Kadan-Monster voice carried the day in Tiny Dancer battle with Destiny Khalea Lynee-Another Florida person. Unsurprising that this 36 year old WOMAN came out victorious versus a 16 year old girl singing a sexy sassy song about claiming a man Marybeth Byrd-4 chair turn (w/ a Blake being blocked by Kelly), pretty spot on rendition of Angel of Montgomery Matthew New-Starting a family at 18 postponed dreams of a music career until recently. Adorable sons and wife helped him make the terrible John Legend decision that ended in a montaged battle loss Max Boyle-Who? Well, Mr. Who won a battle round. Kudos to him, I guess Mendeleyev-true hippie spawn (with like 10 middle names to prove it), very interesting voice with serious control over his low register Preston Howell-14 year old crooner (Isn't there always?) from Miami Will Breman-defeated Jared in a battle of fodder on Team Legend Zoe Upkins-(SAVED by Team Legend)-Precocious teen did well despite singing a song on Khalea's turf. Got John's save, could've been stolen by Kelly or Gwen Team Kelly Alex Guthrie-one of the plethora of WGWG's this season. From what I recall, felt freeflowing and loose...like a jam band singer. Took down Injoy on Marc Broussard's Home (A great Voice song IMO) Brennan Lassiter-on first glance, a pretty country princess. But her voice has some edge and weight to it. Brooke Stephenson-This season's Lauren Duski. Mature beyond her years, not flashy but someone who could be around for a while Damali-Military high school kid has to be one of the 2 or 3 most least deserving turns of the season. Thanks, Kelly. Bizarrely got Kelly's pick against actual contender Brooke Stephenson in a suspiciously montaged battle. Thanks again, Kelly. Gracee Shrivers-With Blake's team full, Kelly lucked into a 16 year old with a deep and rich country voice for her final contestant. Won a montaged battle against Brennan Hello Sunday-27 year old (combined) duo, a little bit of all over the place manic energy. If it could be harnessed, they might be factor on Kelly's team Injoy Fountain- A questionable loss to Alex in her battle with no steal or save to bail her out. Why let America have the fun of eliminating the larger, older African-American female contestant with a powerhouse voice this season when the judges can do it for themselves in the battles or KOs lol Jake Hoot-Stepped up multiple levels to defeat Steve on a Willie Nelson classic Kiara Brown (STOLEN by Team Kelly)- Laura Hall-7th time auditioning was a charm for this former college soccer player and daughter of Honduran immigrants Melinda Rodriguez (SAVED by Team Kelly)-One half of an awesome battle duet with Shane Q. No surprise she stayed with Kelly when she had the chance.. Shane Q-visually a reminder of the late stand-up comic Ralphie May (r.i.p.). Maybe just barely edged out Melinda on a Sam Smith song that was in his wheelhouse. Definitely a frontrunner on Team Kelly. Steve Knill-37 year old was 1-and-done after being eliminated by Jake Hoot on a song that probably hamstrung his maximilist inclinations when it comes to runs and melisma
  12. There were two. Max Boyle defeating Matthew New on Team Legend, and Cali Jones beating Elliemae on Team Blake.
  13. Still keeping track of where we are 🙂 Team Blake Cali Jones-lesbian, kickboxing country hopeful; knocked out Elliemae in a montaged battle Corey Jackson-deep voiced, country singer w/ a little Musical Theatre vibe mixed in Elliemae-Young folk country singer from Idaho. Forced to immediately go back to work on the family dairy farm after her loss to Cali in the battles Joana Martinez-Cue a million, "I can't believe your only 15's!". Smoky voiced, Miami teen probably made a shrewd decision joining Team Blake Jordan Chase-19 year old, long haired southern soul singer displaced by Hurricane Katrina Josie Jones-traditional country teen from small town Alabama. Lost to Kat (and was not saved or stolen) in a somewhat surprising turn of events. Now has to go back to her Ag and Welding focused high school, graduate & then come to Nashville according to Darius Rucker Kat Hammock-wispy voiced teen in the Dia Frampton lane. Eliminated Josie by playing to her strengths on "Take Me Home Country Roads", a song that wildly favored her going into the battle Marina Chello-once upon time P Diddy, Bad Boy Entertainment signee that went nowhere. Hoping for a musical comeback Matthew McQueen (new)-Smarmy gold salesman. Hate the Lewis Capaldi version of that song and didn't like Matt's much better. Has to be pure fodder on Team Blake. Ricky Braddy-Once upon a time American Idol contestant, Recently out of the closet thanks to a supportive BF Ricky Duran-Has the sob story double with father's suicide and mother's death from illness. Impressive schnoz in profile, solid (but not spectacular IMO) singer who also shrewdly (or stupidly...time will tell) picked Blake Zach Bridges-Blake wannabe, did Ol' Red to coerce a turn. We probably need one more VA Hospital X-Ray Technician more than we need one more mediocre country singer in Nashville Team Gwen Brennen Henson-21 year old who auditioned partially to give his hometown of Flint, Michigan some positivity. Indie/Alternative sounds seems a good fit with Gwen Calvin Lockett-smooth singing R&B artist, struggled between his Gospel background and singing secular music before auditioning for the Voice Caroline Reilly (new)-Gwen finally got her pretty, teen, (70s rock?) princess. If the show is to be believed, she got the very last of the 48 spots. Destiny Rayne (STOLEN from Team Legend)-Florida singer impressively held her own against Katie Kadan's monster voice earning a Steal from Gwen and an attempted steal from Blake Elize Azkoul-Vocal coach from Atlanta was slayed by the Myracle. Not saved or stolen either Jake Haldenvang-long haired rocker James Violet-Introverted singer-songwriter from Utah, gave busking a go for a couple of years in LA but it ended badly Jessie Lawrence-31 year old who grew up in the foster system got a last second(ish) and probably undeserved turn from Gwen Kiara Brown-indie, singer-songwriter-y artist from Las Vegas. Put a chill twist on Tom Petty's Free Fallin Kyndal Inskeep-? Myracle Holloway-At 44, I think our oldest competitor. Battled back from substance abuse issues to give the Voice a shot, and pretty easily defeated Elize in her battle Rose Short-couldn't get John Legend to turn on his own song, did get a turn from Gwen though Royce Lovett-Reggae/R&B fusion artist seemed tailor-made for Team Gwen from the first few notes.. Team John Dane & Stephanie-twin harmony act w/ Dane having already transitioned from Dana Jared Herzog-Total fodder for Team John w/ a hot girlfriend and a very tenuous connection to former Voice winner Jordan Smith. Katie Kadan-Monster voice carried the day in Tiny Dancer battle with Destiny Khalea Lynee-Another Florida person. Unsurprising that this 36 year old WOMAN came out victorious versus a 16 year old girl singing a sexy sassy song about claiming a man Marybeth Byrd-4 chair turn (w/ a Blake being blocked by Kelly), pretty spot on rendition of Angel of Montgomery Matthew New-Starting a family at 18 postponed dreams of a music career until recently. Adorable sons and wife helped him make the terrible John Legend decision that ended in a montaged battle loss Max Boyle-Who? Well, Mr. Who won a battle round. Kudos to him, I guess Mendeleyev-true hippie spawn (with like 10 middle names to prove it), very interesting voice with serious control over his low register Preston Howell-14 year old crooner (Isn't there always?) from Miami Will Breman-Another Who? Zoe Upkins (New & SAVED by Team Legend)-Precocious teen did well despite singing a song on Khalea's turf. Got John's save, could've been stolen by Kelly or Gwen Team Kelly Alex Guthrie-one of the plethora of WGWG's this season. From what I recall, felt freeflowing and loose...like a jam band singer. Took down Injoy on Marc Broussard's Home (A great Voice song IMO) Brennan Lassiter-on first glance, a pretty country princess. But her voice has some edge and weight to it. Brooke Stephenson-This season's Lauren Duski. Mature beyond her years, not flashy but someone who could be around for a while Damali-Military high school kid has to be one of the 2 or 3 most least deserving turns of the season. Thanks, Kelly. Gracee Shrivers (New)-With Blake's team full, Kelly lucked into a 16 year old with a deep and rich country voice for her final contestant. Feels an almost lock for an upcoming battle with Brennan Hello Sunday-27 year old (combined) duo, a little bit of all over the place manic energy. If it could be harnessed, they might be factor on Kelly's team Injoy Fountain- A questionable loss to Alex in her battle with no steal or save to bail her out. Why let America have the fun of eliminating the larger, older African-American female contestant with a powerhouse voice this season when the judges can do it for themselves in the battles or KOs lol Jake Hoot-rare country artist Blake did not turn for. Was his team full at that point? Or more a verdict on Jake's somewhat pinched, higher voice than a guy of his size might be expected to have Laura Hall-7th time auditioning was a charm for this former college soccer player and daughter of Honduran immigrants Melinda Rodriguez (SAVED by Team Kelly)-One half of an awesome battle duet with Shane Q. No surprise she stayed with Kelly when she had the chance.. Shane Q-visually a reminder of the late stand-up comic Ralphie May (r.i.p.). Maybe just barely edged out Melinda on a Sam Smith song that was in his wheelhouse. Definitely a frontrunner on Team Kelly. Steve Knill-37 year old from San Francisco with runs and affectations to Mt. Everest and back. Only Kelly turns, and even she wants him start dialing it back a little bit before Battle practices had enough begun yet
  14. foxfreakinmulder, you are correct. We only have 4 chair turner's left to see. At least w/ this format, we didn't have a single true "montage'd" contestant. Some got more screentime than others, but nobody got the dreaded 3 second..."and Blake added so and so to his team later in the proceedings". Just one other thought really from this week, Monty Montanaro (and Clayton Cowell, the tattoo artist from the previous night) really got shafted that Adam was not a part of this season, because all other things being equal...they 100% percent would've both made his team. We've had so little of what could pass for Rock this year, Monty doing the Black Crows would've been a no-brainer. And I think Adam, even more than John really gravitates to Urban singers who are trying to sound as current as possible. Which Clayton was trying to do to some level of success.
  15. To Help keep track (since the show is doing us no favors this season), here are the teams as they stand right now after six audition episodes. This weeks additions have been both bolded and italicized. If they made zero impression, they got the dreaded Question Mark: Team Blake Cali Jones-lesbian, kickboxing country hopeful Corey Jackson-deep voiced, country singer w/ a little Musical Theatre vibe mixed in Elliemae-Young folk country singer from Idaho. Desperately does not want to work on her family's dairy farm. Seems to think being a singer is the only other option... Joana Martinez-Cue a million, "I can't believe your only 15's!". Smoky voiced, Miami teen probably made a shrewd decision joining Team Blake Jordan Chase-19 year old, long haired southern soul singer displaced by Hurricane Katrina Josie Jones-traditional country teen from small town Alabama. Likes fishing, not particularly good at it Kat Hammock-wispy voiced teen in the Dia Frampton lane. Got Team Blake's only pair of misspelled Waders Marina Chello-once upon time P Diddy, Bad Boy Entertainment signee that went nowhere. Hoping for a musical comeback Ricky Braddy-Once upon a time American Idol contestant, Recently out of the closet thanks to a supportive BF Ricky Duran-Has the sob story double with father's suicide and mother's death from illness. Impressive schnoz in profile, solid (but not spectacular IMO) singer who also shrewdly (or stupidly...time will tell) picked Blake Zach Bridges-Blake wannabe, did Ol' Red to coerce a turn. We probably need one more VA Hospital X-Ray Technician more than we need one more mediocre country singer in Nashville Team Gwen Brennen Henson-21 year old who auditioned partially to give his hometown of Flint, Michigan some positivity. Indie/Alternative sounds seems a good fit with Gwen Calvin Lockett-smooth singing R&B artist, struggled between his Gospel background and singing secular music before auditioning for the Voice Elize Azkoul-? Jake Haldenvang-long haired rocker James Violet-Introverted singer-songwriter from Utah, gave busking a go for a couple of years in LA but it ended badly Jessie Lawrence-31 year old who grew up in the foster system got a last second(ish) and probably undeserved turn from Gwen Kiara Brown-indie, singer-songwriter-y artist from Las Vegas. Put a chill twist on Tom Petty's Free Fallin Kyndal Inskeep-? Myracle Holloway-At 44, I think our oldest competitor. Battled back from substance abuse issues to give the Voice a shot Rose Short-couldn't get John Legend to turn on his own song, did get a turn from Gwen though Royce Lovett-Reggae/R&B fusion artist seemed tailor-made for Team Gwen from the first few notes.. Team John Dane & Stephanie-twin harmony act w/ Dane having already transitioned from Dana Destiny Rayne-Yet another auditioner from Florida this season, solid but might get lost in the shuffle on a very strong Team John Jared Herzog-Total fodder for Team John w/ a hot girlfriend and a very tenuous connection to former Voice winner Jordan Smith. Katie Kadan- Khalea Lynee-Another Florida person. This time from St. Petersburg. After marrying and having two daughters young, a 2014 divorce has finally allowed this pro to get back into the music game. A strong, strong contender on Team John Marybeth Byrd-4 chair turn (w/ a Blake being blocked by Kelly), pretty spot on rendition of Angel of Montgomery Matthew New-Starting a family at 18 postponed dreams of a music career until recently. Adorable sons and wife helped him make the John Legend decision Max Boyle-Who? Mendeleyev-true hippie spawn (with like 10 middle names to prove it), very interesting voice with serious control over his low register Preston Howell-14 year old crooner (Isn't there always?) from Miami Will Breman-Who? Team Kelly Alex Guthrie-one of the plethora of WGWG's this season. From what I recall, felt freeflowing and loose...like a jam band singer Brennan Lassiter-on first glance, a pretty country princess. But her voice has some edge and weight to it. Brooke Stephenson-This season's Lauren Duski. Mature beyond her years, not flashy but someone who could be around for a while Damali-Military high school kid has to be one of the 2 or 3 most least deserving turns of the season. Thanks, Kelly. Hello Sunday-27 year old (combined) duo, a little bit of all over the place manic energy. If it could be harnessed, they might be factor on Kelly's team Injoy Fountain- commanding take on an Ariana Grande song. Kelly wanted her from note 1 Jake Hoot-rare country artist Blake did not turn for. Was his team full at that point? Or more a verdict on Jake's somewhat pinched, higher voice than a guy of his size might be expected to have Laura Hall-7th time auditioning was a charm for this former college soccer player and daughter of Honduran immigrants Melinda Rodriguez-trained jazz singer from Miami Shane Q-visually a reminder of the late stand-up comic Ralphie May (r.i.p.). Definitely had a voice than could straddle a few diffferent genres and types of songs. Steve Knill-37 year old from San Francisco with runs and affectations to Mt. Everest and back. Only Kelly turns, and even she wants him start dialing things back (before battle practices have even begun lol)
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