Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The Voice 4 Blind Auditions Week 1 (Philippines Air date)

The time has finally arrived and we have made it to The Voice 2013 Season 4 premiere on NBC and it is time to start the blind auditions on The Voice Season 4 and it is also time to see the new coaches on The Voice 2013 (Shakira and Usher) take their spot in the red chairs and see how well they get along with the old coaches (Blake Shelton and Adam Levine).

Up first tonight are The Morgan Twins (Team Blake), the first set of twins to audition ever on The Voice! They sing “Fallin’” by Alicia Keys and Blake and Usher turn around with the first singer, so they are shocked to turn around to see twins! They are pretty girls and have some real soul to their voice. Adam joins the mix later and Shakira hits it right at the end, so of course a four chair turnaround to start The Voice Season 4! Shakira lays it on thick and Blake said he has a wife in the business and they are sisters, which apparently is enough for them to choose Team Blake!

Jess Kellner (Team Usher) is a hairdresser from Austin, Texas, so do we have another singer for Team Blake on The Voice 2013? She has the sob story of her Mom being an alcoholic and using music to vent, but now here Mom is sober…of course. She sings “Can’t Help Falling In Love” and starts off with this weird tone to her voice that I love and a tone that Blake usually goes for. Usher and Shakira turn around right away and the only two coaches to turn, so a battle of the newbies! I am loving Shakira as a coach and the banter between the four of them! Jess goes Team Usher, which surprises me!

The next singer is Mark Andrew (Team Shakira), who works in his family business as a roofer and he was in a band in high school and his drummer was killed by a drunk driver and his guitarist recently passed away too…how sad and he is doing this for them, but also because it makes him happy! He sings “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” and he wins over Adam right away. He has that rocker tone to him, but I don’t think he is anything too special. Good singer, but no wow factor for me. Shakira joins him and they will fight. Adam thought he was unique, but thinks he can do a better song choice. Shakira disagreed and she is so passionate about him. Mark picks Team Shakira!

Janetza Miranda is next to audition on The Voice 2013 Season 4. She comes from Puerto Rico and sings with a Spanish group, so I see an easy pick for Shakira? She sings “Titanium” and I think it is a bad song choice for her. The girl can sing, but it does not shine in this song. She has good tone and I think she could have won over Shakira with it! No coaches turn around, but she does get a hug from Adam Levine!

Danielle Bradbery (Team Blake) is an aspiring 16-year-old country singer, so Team Blake? She grew up with crooked teeth and the kids would make fun of her, so she would sit at home and sing! This is her first time singing in the spotlight. She sings “Mean” and Blake likes what he hears and turns around, but right along with him is Usher. Adam joins in the fun at the end, so a battle of the boys now! Blake aid her pitch is amazing. Usher plays the Justin Bieber card and tickets, but he wants to do something that will shock the world and they can win together. Adam wants to make her a pop country star. Usher than calls Nashville a state and it is hilarious! She goes where her heart is and joins Team Blake, so two singers for him tonight and none for Team Adam yet!

Vedo (Team Usher) is an aspiring R&B singer, who will be singing “Boyfriend” by Justin Bieber, so he is excited to see what Usher has to say about his singing. His mom was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer and given two months to live! He says she is his queen and I am in tears….first time this season! It takes him a little time, but he gets Usher to turn around! Shakira thinks about it, but doesn’t turn around and Vedo will join Team Usher!

The next singer on The Voice 2013 Season 14 is Christian Porter (Team Blake), who apparently his family thought he was deaf as a child because he never spoke and would grunt and moan, but he just needed time to talk and now they can’t shut him up. He is a bar musician and doesn’t want to do that anymore. He sings “Sexy and I Know It” and it is totally a different rendition of the song and I really enjoy it. He gets them all to turn around but Adam, so he still won’t have a singer yet tonight! They all want to work with him and like his confidence, but Christian decides to join Team Blake!

We take a look at some singers that weren't lucky enough to get any red chairs to turn around on The Voice 2013 and now we take a look at Leah Lewis, who is only 15 years old and was adopted from China. She grew up listening to bluegrass and in inspired by country music. She is hoping Blake or Usher turn around for her. She sings “Blown Away” and it starts out a little rough for me, but she kicks it in a little as it goes on. She has some shining moments and Adam keeps thinking about it, but never hits the button and she walks away without a team this season!

Next up on The Voice Season 4 is Kris Thomas (Team Shakira), who is an R&B singer but grew up listening to gospel music. He had a record deal, but lost that because of creative differences and then started heavily drinking. He almost drove his car into a house while in a blackout and he knew he needed to make some changes and now here he is. He sings “Saving All My Love For You” and he has a great voice and he wins Shakira over, who is the only one to turn around. The coaches all thought he was a girl singing and so upset he is a guy and they didn’t know it, but he is Team Shakira!

Next is carpenter James Irwin, who started singing when he was five years old and feels this is his second chance. He had some interest from record labels last year and at the same time his wife was pregnant with twins, but then lost them five months into the pregnancy. They were delivered alive, but they got ten minutes with them and my tears are back folks! Good news: they had a son a year later! He sings “The Man Who Can’t Be Moved” and he is someone I am rooting for because of that story. He has a good voice, but it never goes anywhere and the one big note he struggles through and no coaches turn around for him!

The last blind audition of the night is Judith Hill (Team Adam), who we have seen previews of. She was born to sing and she got a chance to work with Michael Jackson on his final tour for two months before he passed away. She sang at his memorial service. Her phone blew up after that, but she felt it was in poor taste to take advantage of that and now she feels The Voice is her chance to be found for her. She sings amazingly well and gets Usher and Adam to turn right around. I am in love with this girl and by far the best of the night! Shakira and Blake join in and the show ends with a four chair turnaround! I think Judith is a force to reckon with on The Voice 2013 Season 4! They all fight hard for her and I love the vibe between these coaches! Judith chooses Team Adam and he gets his first singer of the season!

For the night, Team Adam got one singer, Team Usher got two singers, Team Blake got three acts and Team Shakira got two singers! Who was your favorite performer of the night on The Voice 2013 Season 4?

Via Todd Betzold (Reality Rewind)

I was very excited to watch the show this season since they have 2 new coaches - Shakira and Usher. I'm a fan of both artists so it's really nice to see them in the mix. So far, I've heard some good singers for this season. In this episode, I'm particularly interested with Judith Hill since she is a powerhouse singer. I'm just not sure yet if fans will support her all the way. I know that she's one of the early favorites but for the past 3 seasons of the show, a lot of powerhouse vocalists didn't make it to the final 4. A good first impression is very important but when it comes to battle rounds, the coaches will have the final say on who stays. Last season, Amanda Brown was really good but she didn't make it due to low fan votes. Another powerhouse vocalist from Team Adam didn't make it before because Adam Levine chose someone else for his team. So I guess it's still 50/50 for Judith Hill. I think she has an amazing voice but a lot of singers in that show are really good as well. Her fate still depends on her coach and the fan votes. Adam Levine is known for not choosing his powerhouse vocalists in battle rounds. We'll see if that will change. It's really important to choose the best coach once the power shifted on the singer. Kris Thomas from Team Shakira also got my attention. He sang a Whitney Houston song. The coaches were shocked when they turned their chair. They didn't expect a guy to be standing in the stage. His voice is unique. Danielle Bradbery of Team Blake is another singer that made a good impression on me. She's very young and she still needs to improve her vocals but she can sing really well. She has the same appeal as of Raelynn from last season. It's good that she chose to be in Blake Shelton's team since he's pretty good in handling the younger ones. For this week, I think Team Usher is probably on the losing end. I didn't like the singers on his team. Hopefully next week he'll pick better.


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