Tonight on NBC the Emmy award winning music competition The Voice returns with an all new Monday March 2, season 8 episode 3 called, “The Blind Auditions, Part 3,” and we have your weekly recap below. On tonight’s episode, blind auditions continue.
In the last episode of The Voice, the “blind auditions part 2” were held in front of the celebrity panel of musician coaches, including Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera and Pharrell Williams. Did you watch the last episode? If you missed it, we have a full and detailed recap right here for you.
On tonight’s episode as per the NBC synopsis, “he “blind auditions” continue and are held in front of a celebrity panel of musician coaches including, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera and Pharrell Williams. The strongest vocalists from across the country compete to be selected by one of the coaches and fight for a chance to win the title of being named “The Voice.”
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#TheVoice starts now. Christian Aguilera starts tonight with four competitors, Pharrell has five, Blake Shelton has four and Adam Levine has a paltry three that came late in the last round of blind auditions. It’s day three of the blind auditions and the coaches chat with Carson Daly. Christina says she kind of wants a country artist to shove it in Blake’s face.
When the #BlindsContinue, 15 year old Kelsie May is up first. She has a YouTube presence thanks to her parents’ encouragement and has performed to help Toys for Tots. She’s singing Loretta Lynn’s You’re Looking at Country. They all listen then she hits a high note about halfway through and Blake turns his chair. She hits another high run and Pharrell and Christina also turn at the same time. Adam didn’t turn.
Christina says she was also recording from a young age and can relate to her as an artist. Pharrell says it’s cool to see someone so young and so clear on what she wants to do. Blake asks if she’s heard him on the radio then he says she’s heard artists he’s coached on the radio. Adam says Christina has the female perspective. Blake says it’s a good thing he’s married to Miranda Lambert. Kelsie chooses Blake. Adam says it’s no surprise.
Next up is Kimberly Nichole, 32, from New York City. She performs at The Box in NYC which is like Moulin Rouge meets Studio 54. She has a degree in economics and worked in the corporate world before devoting herself to her passion. She’s singing Ike and Tina Turner’s Nutbush City Limits. She looks really interesting in her hat and tutu.
She starts aggressively and by the time she hits her first high note, Blake has turned. Pharrell says she’s tight and Adam agrees but Blake tells them not to turn. Pharrell turns in the last moments and Blake curses. Adam points at Blake and laughs. Pharrell says he had to do it. Blake says he knows what note she hit. Adam says she hit a Pharrell run and Blake says he knows it and tells Adam to shut up. Adam says the party is over for the cow poke.
Christina says she missed out and Kimberly compliments Christina’s outfit. Pharell says she’s a unique blend and says her voice is amazing. Blake says he’s not a soul singer but has a soul. Adam says wow. Blake says he loves her. Adam says the one thing in Blake’s favor is he turned fast. Kimberly asks Blake what he can do for her.
He says she has a good idea of who she is as an artist and he would just give her momentum. She thanks him but Kimberly chooses Pharrell. Adam points and laughs at Blake. Pharrell says he loves her voice and wants to try her with rock music since she likes it too. Christina says Kimberly is avoidable and says she’ll steal her when Pharrell makes the wrong move.
20 year old Michael Leier from Fargo is up next. He taught himself to play guitar at age 12 by ear and then at 16 started a band with buddies at school and they had some success. Michael sings Wayne Cochran’s Last Kiss (covered brilliantly by Eddie Vedder). Adam turns first and Blake turns right before the song ends. Michael has a very Eddie Vedder vibe.
Adam tells Michael not to pay any attention to Blake at all. Pharrell says he has a unique tone. Christina says he has two talented men fighting for his attention. Adam says he did his own thing and didn’t sound like he was doing Eddie and says it’s the two of them all the way. Blake says Adam talked about Eddie Vedder then mocks Adam’s whole pitch. Adam says he knows what Michael wants.
Michael chooses Adam who says he thinks he’s really good. Blake congratulates him and says it was a great job. Adam mocks Blake and says – good job. Christina says he has a power voice but she wants someone with soul. Adam tells Blake he’s the Bert to his Ernie and PB to his J. He tells Blake that he can’t quit him. Michael is excited because Adam was the coach he wanted. Adam says Blake doesn’t know who Pearl Jam is and thought Creed was Pearl Jam the other day.
Hannah Ellis comes from Kentucky and a singing family. She moved to Nashville at 13 then interned at a big label there. She’s played smaller shows and says music is a job but doesn’t pay the bills. She’s been a nanny and a substitute teacher. Hannah says she would love to work with any of the coaches so she can focus on music instead of all her other jobs. She sings Martina McBride’s This One’s for the Girls. She sounds a little pitchy to me but her voice is strong.
No one turns. She sounded a bit nervous. Blake tells her that she has a great tone and country voice but was singing sharp the whole time. He says sharp is better than flat. Christina says she fell a little bit short but says she can practice and make it better. Pharrell says there were some rough patches but it seemed like nerves and he says she should come back and audition again. She comes up for a hug. Pharrell says nerves kick in. They all hug her.
We see a montage of less-than-stellar auditions. Then it’s 23 year old Travis Ewing. He does a loop with guitar strumming then starts beatboxing. It’s kind of interesting. He went to LSU and played gigs while in school and says his biggest show was in 350 people where he won a Musician of the Year award. He says his middle school teacher encouraged him to sing solos. Carson plays a video clip of her encouraging her.
Travis is doing Destiny’s Child’s Say My Name. Christina turns almost immediately. Blake finally turns when he does one really cool run. Then Pharrell turns to see what’s going on. He winds down and has all coaches but Adam to choose from. Travis accidentally calls Adam an idiot and Blake gives him a standing O. Christina says she was the first to turn and says his voice has a charm and says his arrangement was amazing.
Blake says he feels a bit out of his league but has had great success working with artists not like him. He says he won’t do things to him, but his job is to help shine the spotlight on him as best you can. Pharrell then offers his pitch and says he’s relentless about letting people be who they are. Travis chooses Pharrell. Christina tells Pharrell she’s mad and is going to steal him. Blake tells him he could win the show with that kid.
Pharrell also scored high schooler Noelle Bybee. Adam picked up Bren’nae DeBarge. Soulful James McNiece was also nabbed by Adam. He poker faced and turned at the last minute on both to steal them out from under the others. Then Adam asks if he can do a blind audition. The others turn their chairs and he whispers that he’s so terrified then does Elton John’s Tiny Dancer.
Christina turns when she hits her button with her foot. Pharrell and Blake follow. He sings for Adam not to be a hold out and Pharrell hits Adam’s button so his chair will turn. Then he chooses Christina as his mentor even though Blake was pointing at himself. Christina says he has some things to work on but says she can work it out. Blake says he just hit his button to see what the freak looked like.
Next up is Sonic, a 23 year old singer from San Francisco. She was signed to a label at 14 and did some mini tours and says she had a diva like image they pushed her into and then her album never got released. Then she joined a band and has been rocking with the for the past five years. She also is a maleup artist and jewelry designer. Carson asks about her challenges and Sonic says when she was six or seven she went deaf in her right ear and they don’t know why.
Sonic is singing Sam Smith’s Money on My Mind. Christina and Adam turn almost immediately. Pharrell and Blake stay put. Pharrell says she has a great voice but it came loose a bit. Christina says she really wants it and is ready to go at it. Adam hardly even gets a chance to talk. Sonic chooses Christina. Christina thanks Pharrell for not turn because she says Sonic would have gone with him instead.
The next artist is 17 year old Ella Khorov from New Orleans. She’s a classically trained singer and competitive swimmer. She sings I Can’t Stand the Rain, formerly done by Tina Turner. No chairs turn. Surprising because it was really good. Christina says she could hear her youth in her voice but says she has a huge voice and great potential. Blake says she’s strong and is close to coming back and being able to make it onto the show.
Pharrell says she wishes the tempo had been closer to the original but says she’s incredible. Adam says she could keep on singing. They all give her hugs and more encouragement to come back in the future. Next up is Jacob Rummell who is 18 and from Ohio. He has his mom, dad and sisters. He and his sister are adopted and then they have one biological sister who had kidney problems.
He’s done show choir and musicals and says The Voice could be a cool alternative to college but says he has no clue what he’s doing. He’s a huge Christina fan and says she was excited when she came back. He says the coaches may be shocked since he doesn’t look like he sounds. Jacob sings Bruno Mars’ Count on Me. He almost sounds like a girl – but in a cool way.
Adam turns first then Blake who is stunned. Pharrell and Christina don’t turn. When they do, Pharrell’s jaw drops. Blake says he doesn’t look like what he thought and wasn’t expecting a guy. Blake says Pharrell missed it and Pharrell mentions that he’s a dumb dumb for not pressing. Adam says what he liked was that Jacob wasn’t trying to do something else. Pharrell tries to press his button and says he has a sick tone.
Christina says the challenge is where his inner fire is and says one of the guys can help him figure that out. Blake says he’s never had the chance to work with an artist like him and would help him become the best Jacob he can be. Adam says Blake is charming but says they have more records in common and says he already knows songs that would be great for him. A
dam says he’s also good friends with Pharrell who says he’d help out. Pharrell looks at the Blake and mouths no. Jacob chooses Blake and shocks everyone. Blake gives the kid a big hug and then he tells Adam he’s sorry. Blake says he now needs to do some research. He’s really excited to be on Blake’s team. He says he loves his coaching style and who he is as a person.
Adam rants and says it doesn’t add up. Blake asks what and then says Adam screwed up when he started talking. Adam says he knew what to do with Jacob and then poof. He says he’s going to go cry. Adam kisses Blake on each cheek and Christina says they’re making out. She says Adam is like a little wind up toy. Pharrell says he’s scared of Adam now and says you have to be careful.
Blake calls Adam a bully and then they take their seats to meet the next artist. It’s 52 year old Barry Minnifield. The guy was the executive chef at The Improv in Hollywood. He says he met a lot of great comics and says he’s friends with Jay Leno. He then expanded into a catering company and did a bunch of famous shows like Roseanne. Then he retired from cooking to pursue his music career.
Carson plays an encouraging video from Jay Leno who says he can go on Top Chef if it doesn’t work out. Barry sings Me and Mrs Jones by Billy Paul. His voice is rich and lovely. Adam turns at almost the last minute and laughs when he sees the singer. The others turn and then Blake asks what his name is and welcomes him. Christina says it was awesome and says Adam is an amazing coach. She says she didn’t turn because she has a male vocalist with a voice like his.
Pharrell says he loved that he started on a clean falsetto note. He says it’s great to have such a good soul voice on this show. Adam says he’s important for him because he’s hurting and has made him feel better. Adam says he was trying not to show enthusiasm so he could sneak it past them and says he couldn’t be happier to have him. He says Barry has a man voice. Barry says he almost fainted because no one was turning. Pharrell says that was a good one.
Adam also got indie pop Nicolette Mare and Christina got Clinton Washington who does electric pop. Blake picks up country singer Matt Snook. We get a quick recap that shows that Adam has five slots left. Blake has five slots left too. Christina has six slots left. Pharrell has four slots left. Last up tonight is India Carney who studies music at UCLA. She’s getting ready to graduate and has nothing lined up. She says her family is very supporting. She’s from Brooklyn and not from a musical family.
She has a classical education but says she really wants a pop coach. We see India singing an amazing opera song. She’s chosen Billy Joel’s New York State of Mind for her audition. Blake tells the others no but Christina turns right away. Blake can’t take it anymore and turns. Pharrell and Adam turn too. The coaches are all on their feet by the end. Christina says she needs to be on her team.
She tells her she’s the first to turn and says they connected. She tells Blake to back off. Adam says he’s from wherever she’s from. Christina says she loves the jazz ad lib and says she’s a vocal beast. Blake says he fell in love with her voice from the first note. Adam says Blake may be a fan but he’ll be a coach. Pharrell tells her congratulations, he would love to have her on his team, he says he will steal her if she doesn’t pick him.
He says she ain’t going home anyway. Adam says he loves her and says he loves Billy Joel too. Adam says his team is close to being full but he had to turn for her. Adam says she’ll go to the end and he knows what to do with her. The coaches all argue and appeal to her. They all woo her passionately. She chooses Christina. Adam and Pharrell are bummed and Blake says he wants to be in India’s fan club and wants to buy some merchandise.
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