Written by Giavanna Foster
NBC’s The Voice launched its thirteenth season in late September. All of the blind auditions have aired on this Emmy-winning program. Here’s the scoop:
Adam Levine, Miley Cyrus, Blake Shelton, Jennifer Hudson are this season’s coaches. According to Nielsen, The Voice‘s auditions received an average of 10.81M views. During the blind auditions, some singers scored four-chair turns.
Brooke Simpson is this season’s first four-chair turn. She was the last performer featured in the first episode. Simpson sang Demi Lovato’s “Stone Cold” with emotional depth. While Simpson sang, Jennifer Hudson threw her shoe. Simpson received a standing ovation after her soulful performance, which has 2.6M views. Brooke Simpson’s main inspiration is her mother. Miley predicted that she would win with Brooke on her team. Then Adam said that the ability to sing soulfully with proficiency, passion, and power is hard to find. He also said that Brooke could win the competition. All coaches agreed that Brooke is a special artist. Brooke Simpson chose to be on Team Miley.
Before The Voice, Keisha Renee sang backup vocals for Nicki Minaj. Now Renee aspires to be a country singer. Renee scored a four-chair turn with her unique audition. Renee appeared on the second episode of season thirteen. Renee sang Don Gibson’s “I Can’t Stop Loving You” with a gospel twist. Now her country-soul performance has 1.3M views. Jennifer Hudson said that it was genius to sing a country song with influences of her gospel upbringing. Then Blake mentioned that he moved from Oklahoma to Nashville at 17 because he wanted to be a country singer. Also, Keisha Renee told the judges that she would be a country-pop-soul artist. Keisha Renee chose to be on Team Blake.
Davon Fleming scored a four-chair turn and a standing ovation. Fleming’s effortless, soulful vocal runs were featured throughout his performance. At 3, Fleming wanted to become a singer. He became inspired after watching his mother perform in the church choir. Fleming sang Amy Winehouse’s “Me and Mr. Jones” on episode three. His smooth and soulful performance now has 1.7M views. With confidence, Blake Shelton predicted that he will be in the finale. Shelton added that he specializes in winning the show, which he could do with Fleming on his team. Jennifer Hudson and Davon Fleming expressed that they are inspired by Whitney Houston. Onstage, Hudson and Fleming sang “I Will Always Love You” together. Davon Fleming chose to be on Team Jennifer.
Jon Mero scored the last four-chair turn. He appeared on episode five of The Voice’s thirteenth season. Whitney Houston’s performance in The Preacher’s Wife inspired Mero to become a singer. Jon Mero sang Bruno Mars’ “Versace on the Floor” while giving a memorable performance. Adam compared Jon Mero to Prince because of his ability to move and connect to the people before adding that it’s impossible to teach this. Then Blake asked if Mero is a trained dancer. Mero said that he is not, but the coaches were in awe. All coaches wanted Mero to join their team. Jon Mero chose to be on Team Adam.
On October 16, NBC’s The Voice will premiere the thirteenth season of battle rounds. Joe Jonas (Team Adam), Billy Ray Cyrus (Team Miley), Kelly Rowland (Team Jennifer), and Rascal Flatts (Team Blake) are the team advisors. Tune in to NBC on October 16 at 8:00pm to watch the first live battles. NBC’s The Voice airs at 8/7c on Mondays and Tuesdays.