11 Best and Worst Moments From ‘The Voice’ Final Blind Auditions (Guest Blog)

A Season 2 semifinalist, I blog about the NBC competition for TheWrap

Season 6 of NBC's “The Voice” has been a whirlwind so far, culminating in this week's final blind auditions. There was a little heartbreak, a little joy and a lot of Shevine PDA, so let's talk about my highlights below.

1. Panda hugs for everyone!
This week's Blinds started off with yet another singing nanny (this one yodels)! Kat Perkins has a voice reminiscent of Pat Benatar or Ann Wilson of Heart. Her “Gold Dust Woman” started slowly but burned into a compelling performance that earned three chair turns. Naturally, the rocker chose coach Adam Levine and he reacted by picking her up off the ground while she clung to him panda style.

2. Burn, Usher. Burn.
“Best Burn” goes to coach Usher this week. After Jake Barker's lovely performance of “When I Was Your Man” yielded three chair turns (pretty falsetto alert!), Jake admitted he struggled with stage fright. Shakira responded to this reveal by saying he could be vulnerable and come to her for support. Usher retorted “Do you want a mom or a mentor?” Ooh, solid burn, Usher. How could Jake resist? This round went to “Team Burn” (Usher).

Also read: 11 Best and Worst Moments From ‘The Voice’ Blind Auditions Week 2 (Guest Blog)

3. So many questions
Luke Cooper's “Radiactive” may not have inspired any chair turns, but his background package inspired many questions like do they live on a farm? Do they manhandle chickens daily? Was that a miniature horse his son was riding, and can it carry the weight of adult? I need to know. For a friend.

4. The peanut gallery
Ria Eaton's voice is fascinating – at times soulful and raspy and at times delightfully oddball. Her performance of “Cups (When I'm Gone)” started wobbly but improved as the song continued, earning eleventh hour button pushes from Shakira and coach Blake Shelton. Usher and Adam stepped to the sidelines to critique coach sales pitches – calling out Blake's compliments for sounding “canned,” clapping for Shakira's “You're like a pearl in an oyster” speech and wreaking general havoc (inadvertently sending Ria into the arms of Team Blake).

5.”Girl Talk” with Shakira
Cierra Mickens's commanding voice and performance of “Crazy” earned her three chair turns, but the other coaches didn't stand a chance once Shakira walked onstage to have some “girl talk.” After painting each other's nails and talking about their hopes and dreams, Cierra chose Team Shakira.

Also read: 10 Best & Worst Moments From ‘The Voice’ Blind Auditions Week 1 (Guest Blog)

6. This Kiss, this kiss!
Shevine's PDA was out of control this week – from Blake sitting on Adam's lap after Cierra Mickens to Adam planting a surprise kiss on Blake's cheek after Paula Deanda's “The Way.” Get a room already! OK, don't, because I'm loving it.

7. Is this “The Voice” or “Law & Order”?
The most shocking moment this week occurred during Tyler Montgomery's background package. It started jauntily enough with pictures of him dressed as a mini-Elvis and quickly shifted into dark territory when he hauntingly recounted seeing his father's body after a deadly house fire…wait, what just happened? Did I drift into an episode of “Law and Order”? Of course, because viewers were rooting for Tyler, he got no chair turns after his version of “I Wish.” Thanks for expanding our hearts and then trampling all over them, “The Voice.”

8. Smartest song choice
Best song choice of the week goes to Alaska and Maddy's “Barton Hollow.” While their individual voices weren't always outstanding, the duo's harmonies were tight, the performance was strong and the song itself elevated it from good to great. Despite intense lobbying by two coaches (Adam and Blake), the girls went with Team Blake because Oklahoma Kids and a picture of Blake with a mullet!

Also read: 5 Things to Expect on ‘The Voice’ Premere: Plus, Watch the Coaches Sing Each Other's Hits (Video)

9. Guilty of passion in the third degree
Do I see a NEW bromance blooming? Josh Kaufman's electric “One More Try” was my favorite performance this week, inspiring four chair turns. The father of two is eminently likeable, but more importantly his voice is wonderful – distinctive and lived in with a surprisingly strong falsetto. When Blake mocked Adam for being overly excited (jealous much??), Adam replied he was “guilty of passion in the third degree.” That passion won Josh to Adam's team.

Watch his audition again above.

10. Welcome to the gun show
While Kaleigh Glanton's voice is unique, what's more unique is the show's choice to feature both performance footage and a Crossfit workout in her background segment. While it was fun, this is mind-boggling considering the amount of montaging they've done so far. If I made a team and my audition was cut in favor of moments like this? I'd want to start lifting myself. That being said, her quirky “Have You Ever Seen the Rain” turned four chairs and generated some lively coach bickering. Despite Shakira's adorable offer to “quirk up” with her, she went with Team Blake. I hope “Dimples” is ready for the gun show!

11. The Donut King
Donut shop cashier Caleb Elder's ballsy, joyful performance of “Groove Me” demonstrated just how essential donuts are to cultivating great performance skills. His voice was surprisingly gritty and pliable, but his frenetic showmanship was what truly stole the show. It was even more charming when Adam turned around, shocking Caleb so much Adam had to wave him on to keep singing. This was the perfect way to wrap up this season's blind auditions (and a great final addition to Team Adam).

Also read: Insider: CeeLo Green Quit ‘The Voice’ to Avoid Being Fired (Exclusive)

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“The Voice” airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8/7c on NBC.

  • David Perkins

    OMG, has TheWrap Staff hijacked your HollyBlog, or just the byline? Get them!!!

    But seriously, think how much kinder and gentler The Voice would be in the Battle and Knockout rounds if there were more nannies and donuts involved. All in all, I thought it was a quiet finish to the Blinds. There were some very good voices, but I don't think anybody's performance screamed ‘finalist.’ Again, there were too many artists relegated to a montage. Right now, I'd give Team Adam the edge. But, having a wealth of talent means little in advance of the Battle Rounds. I'm anticipating a lot of steals this season.

    • wat

      I think I'd give Team Usher the edge, as an overall team. Adam does have the strongest singular contestants, though, as usual. I'm really surprised at the diversity of Blake's team this time around! I think he'll mismanage so many of his non-country singers, though.

      • David Perkins

        I hope you're analysis is correct. My absolute favorite from the Blind Auditions is Madilyn Paige from Team Usher. I downloaded her plaintive, haunting cover of ‘Titanium’ and think her voice is among the very best. But, clearly, she doesn't have the performance experience of many other artists. I worry that she won't survive the upcoming Battle and Knockout rounds.

        • wat

          Now that the Blinds are finally over, I still don't have a favorite. However if I HAD to choose, I think I'd say Delvin Choice. His audition is my personal favorite. A second favorite would be Stevie Jo. Idk, he seems like he has so much potential to me for some reason lol

          • David Perkins

            You don't have to choose. But, yes, Delvin the Starbucks guy had a very good second audition. His four-chair turn was a huge improvement over last time. But, he's one of a dozen performers on an overloaded Team Adam. He could survive the upcoming rounds, or be stolen, or disappear entirely. I'd place him in an ‘iffy’ category — along with my own favorite Madilyn Paige.

          • wat

            Yeah he's iffy. If he doesn't have amazing performances, he'll be gone since he doesn't really cater to most demographics otherwise.

          • David Perkins

            Exactly right. Demographics are important, but they don't really come into play until the live shows. But. if a coach is thinking demos in his or her Battle/Knockout Round decisions — which is entirely possible — it could have an impact. But still, who knows what the coaches were thinking when the Battle/Knockout Rounds were taped? Whew! This is all outside the realm of statistical predictability.

          • Katrina Parker

            I guess we'll find out soon enough, eh? Monday's coming. ;)

          • Katrina Parker

            Delvin! I'm still surprised he only had one chair turn??

          • wat

            You mean Stevie? Delvin had four chairs. Stevie had one chair because the other coaches just figured he'd go with Usher anyway lol

          • Katrina Parker

            I'm getting everyone confused – there's too many contestants, haaa.

          • wat

            Haha yeah. Of the 48 contestants, I can only honestly remember about 10, and even less by name.

        • wat

          Was that Sisaundra and Paula DeAnda paired up in a Battle I saw?

          • David Perkins

            Yeah, to me it looked as if Sisaundra's Battle Round snippet had her paired against Paula. If so, I'd fully expect Blake to keep Sisaundra. I'd hope, but not guarantee, that Paula would be stolen.

          • wat

            Definitely. My money is on Shakira getting the steal.

          • Katrina Parker

            I was not a huge fan of Paula's vocal performance, so I'm rooting for Sisaundra in that battle pairing (plus I adore Sisaundra, haaa).

          • wat

            She'll dominate, no doubt.

          • David Perkins

            I watched the promo for the Battle Rounds (again). The snippets are so very brief, it's difficult to say for sure who's who. I could be wrong, but these are the match-ups I saw:

            Team Blake: Alaska & Madi with Audra McLaughlin, Megan Ruger with Ria Easton, Jake Worthington with Lexi Luca, and Sisaundra Lewis with Paula DeAnda.

            Team Adam: Josh Kaufman with Austin Ellis, and Delvin Choice with Josh Hurley (or it could be Caleb Elder).

            Team Shakira: Emily B with Music Box and Kristen Merlin with Lindsay Bruce. I didn't see any Team Usher match-ups.

          • wat

            I like that Delvin is singing The Man by Aloe Blacc. The song suits his voice. He'll undoubtedly win his battle.

          • wat

            I watched the Usher preview this morning but I don't really remember any other battle but Biff vs. T.J. Wilkins. Not a fan of that match-up since it seems so obvious.

      • Katrina Parker

        As long as Blake doesn't squander Sisaundra…if he does, well – he and I are through! :)

        • wat

          I don't think he'll choose Paula DeAnda over Sisaundra, but if he does, at least we know she'll be stolen. Likewise for Paula.

        • David Perkins

          I didn't know you and Blake had ‘something’ until just now. :) Honestly, I doubt he'll squander Sisaundra at all, given that he knows she'd be stolen. Barring incredible lunacy, I fully expect that Sisaundra will be one of four finalists on Team Blake. You needn't worry that you and Blake are through.

          • wat

            Are they going back to four finalists? I thought the additional Knockout steal was a permanent feature, thus five finalists proceed to the live shows?

          • David Perkins

            I was assuming that each team had four artists going into the live shows. My assumption could be wrong.

          • wat

            Yeah starting last season, with introduction of the Knockout steal, 5 artists made it to the Live Playoffs, thus there was a top 20 instead of a top 16.

    • Katrina Parker

      I don't know, I think donuts make for cutthroat competition?? :) I agree it was a pretty quiet finish (although I enjoyed a lot of the singers this week).I look forward to the steals as they add a level of unpredictability to the proceedings. It's definitely going to be hard for me to start picking favorites until battles and beyond.

      • David Perkins

        Actually, there exists an enormous level of unpredictability — a level that defies statistical and probability analysis. Based on what we know now, I can safely predict (with a high level of confidence) that Christina Grimmie will go to the live shows, and (probably) to the finals. If there's a sure Vegas-style bet to be made, she's it. Beyond that, it's impossible to predict anything at this stage of the game.

  • David Perkins

    THE BLIND AUDITIONS: FUN FACTS!!

    The festive Blind Auditions have wrapped. Before the heartbreaking wholesale carnage of the Battle and Knockout rounds, here are some FUN FACTS about Season 6 that may (or may not) provide some insight for you and our fellow travelers.

    1. Eleven of the 48 acts got four-chair turns. Team Adam and Team Blake have four each, Usher two and Shakira one. Seven of the 48 turned three chairs. Team Shakira has three, Usher two and Adam/Blake one each.

    2. Eight of the 48 acts reached the iTunes Top 200 Singles chart. Three are on Team Adam, and three on Team Usher. Blake and Shakira have one each.

    3. Both of the artists ranking highest on the iTunes Top 200 Singles chart — Christina Grimmie and the Dawn & Hawkes duo – are on Team Adam. Third place goes to Team Shakira’s Clarissa Serna. Only these 3 artists reached the Top 100 on that big Top 200 all-genre chart.

    4. Based on available information, nearly all of the 10 artists relegated to those awful montages turned only ONE chair each. Teams Adam and Shakira each have three of these almost invisible artists. Teams Blake and Usher each have two. Battle fodder? Sad.

    5. There are three duos among the 48 survivors — on three different teams. Only Team Shakira is missing a pair.

    6. Women prevail. Of the 51 people on the four teams (including extras in the 3 duos), 30 of them are women. Teams Shakira and Blake have 20 women (10 each) and only five guys among them! Conversely, Teams Adam and Usher have more guys than gals.

    7. Team Adam's Christina Grimmie has 2.1 million Facebook friends — a number larger than the individual populations of 15 states and the District of Columbia. Similarly, her nearly 1.2 million YouTube hits far, far exceed the numbers of any other Season 6 artist. The S6 artist with the second best impressive social media stats is Bria Kelly from Team Usher.

    8. And, not entirely unrelated, S4 winner Danielle Bradbery’s debut song ‘The Heart of Dixie’ fell off the iTunes Top 200 Singles list this week after a nearly eight-month run.. It’s not entirely bad news — she’s still well placed on the country chart, along with Cassadee Pope.

    • Katrina Parker

      Whoa, this is an impressive list of stats. Thank you David!

      • David Perkins

        Thanks so much. No matter how much I try, I can't ignore that a significant part of my career included public opinion polling and statistical analysis. Nevertheless, it's very, very interesting stuff. It probably doesn't mean much, but so what?

        • wat

          Do you think you can do this weekly? I'd like to see who's winning on iTunes weekly when the Live Shows come around. I checked myself during Season 5 but I don't think I will again this season lol

          • David Perkins

            Not a problem. As we know from last week's discussion, the coaches don't have a clue about iTunes rankings until the live shows. Because the Battle and Knockout Rounds are taped before the Blind Auditions are aired, the coaches have no idea about viewer reactions to any artist. For example, Adam had no notion of the duo Dawn & Hawkes very high popularity on iTunes when he made his Battle/Knockout Round decisions. We haven't yet seen the choices he made. So, too, for all the coaches and their team members. The one thing I love most about The Voice is that it gives us ‘regular folks’ a glimpse into artist popularity by making iTunes rankings available in real time. No other competition show does that.

          • wat

            The Voice does a lot of things other competition shows don't do. That's why they're #1 right now. Deservedly so.

            I wonder who the next artist to become popular on iTunes will be (based on their performance in their Battle). Besides Grimmie.

          • David Perkins

            Yeah, I'd be shocked and stunned if Christina Grimmie isn't among the Top 16 finalists to make the live shows. (For me, I've downloaded only two S6 songs so far, Madilyn Paige's ‘Titanium’ and Grimmie's ‘Wreckng Ball.’ Both are near to my heart, but my obvious bias toward female vocalists of the Avril Lavigne, Amy Lee and Liz Phair ilk is no secret.) Okay, I'll go out on a (very short) limb, and predict that Grimmie will be in the final three.

            As the show moves on through the Battle and Knockout Rounds, I'll be watching several other artists very closely. It would be nuts to ignore the Dawn & Hawkes duo (Team Adam). Bria Kelly (Team Usher) and Clarissa Serna (Team Shakira) should be watched. Kat Perkins (Also Team Adam, and no relation insofar as I know). The Alaska & Madi duo, Jake Worthington (both Team Blake) are in contention. There are others that could end up in the final 16. The steal option makes it very hard to predict.

          • wat

            I agree about Bria Kelly and Clarissa Serna, and of course Christina Grimmie. Otherwise I'm paying attention to somewhat underdogs like Delvin, T.J. Wilkins, and Stevie Jo. I may even keep an eye on Paula DeAnda because I'm curious about her bouncing back from actually having somewhat of a career that ended up failing.

          • David Perkins

            I wouldn't give up on any of them. The nature of the Battle and Knockout Rounds, with the steal possibilities — not to mention stellar performances we haven't yet seen — makes it impossible to reliably predict who gets to the live shows, and who succeeds thereafter with a voting public that's entirely subjective. Given all of the statistical predictors in play at this time, it makes sense to assume that Christina Grimmie will be one of three finalists on the May 20 finale of Season 6. But, nothing is certain. I wouldn't bet the farm on it.

          • Katrina Parker

            I'm not surprised by the iTunes success of Dawn & Hawkes (and if Adam sent them home during Knockouts or Battles – arrrr). They were like a breath of fresh air. It's exciting they've done so well on iTunes!

      • David Perkins

        10. This just in: Also this week, S3 winner Cassadee Pope's debut single ‘Wasting All These Tears’ has been certified Platinum. The last female solo country artist to be certified Platinum with a debut single was Taylor Swift in 2006.

        • Honey Badger Don't Care

          She's gone platinum before with Hey Monday, so its not really that big a deal.

    • wat

      9. Tessanne Chin performed at The White House for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama alongside the legendary Aretha Franklin and Patti Labelle, as well as Jill Scott, Melissa Etheridge, Janelle Monae, and Ariana Grande.

      • Honey Badger Don't Care

        Performing at the White House used to be a big deal. But now the President invites anybody and everybody. He invited a bunch of random people from youtube to the white house last week.

        • wat

          True, nonetheless, the combination of performing at The White House with that lineup of artists for a PBS special is pretty impressive at the beginning of her /real/ career.

  • wat

    Katrina, who do you think good replacements for CeeLo and Christina are? For Christina, I nominate Mariah Carey. Not only does she occupy the same “powerhouse” lane, but she's an undeniable legend so she has a vast amount of wise advice for the contestants. Plus, on The Voice she'll fully be able to do what she wanted to do on American Idol (mentor and guide aspiring artists) without getting baited into catfights for ratings. Plus she has a great sense of humor and will seamlessly blend in with the chemistry of Adam and Blake. As for CeeLo, I have no idea. There aren't many artists in his lane, much less famous ones.

    • Katrina Parker

      I haven't actually thought of replacements (is Christina not coming back? I thought Cee Lo was the only one confirmed to leave the show?).

      I think Mariah Carey is awesomely wackadoodle, and I would LOVE to see her on the show (even if Christina stays – Mariah could always replace Cee Lo? Let's change the gender lineup and have a female majority for once!).

      Another person who would be hilarious is Celine Dion. She's a little crazy, and crazy works. I would kill to see someone more mature and seasoned like Bette Midler, but I'm betting they want someone younger and more current.

      • wat

        I think Christina will part ways soon. She seems to have a lot going on in her life right now. But Celine Dion is a good choice, although she may be too “old” and not “current” as you said. I'm not sure they should have Christina AND Mariah at the same time. Each coach is supposed to occupy one specific lane, for the most part. Adam = rock, Christina = powerhouse singing, Blake = country, CeeLo = soul, Shakira = Latin music, Usher = R&B.

        • Katrina Parker

          Very true. I'm happy her personal life is so seemingly fulfilled right now. That work/life balance is everything (and it's so hard to do – even as an indie musican. I can't imagine trying to do it as a mega-star).

          • wat

            I edited my comment so there's a few more things in response to your comment.

          • wat

            For CeeLo, I wanna say Pharrell would be a good replacement but he's not REALLY a singer, plus his career is going too amazing lately for him to have time.

      • David Perkins

        One of the producers’ primary objectives will be to select a coach who is a great addition to the Shevine Comedy Hour. Shakira, Usher and Christina expertly deal with Shevine's ongoing antics. It would be a huge mistake to choose a replacement who doesn't fit the dynamic.

        • wat

          They did an AMAZING job hiring Shakira and Usher. Not only are they super famous, they fit the chemistry PERFECTLY.

        • Katrina Parker

          Finding someone witty enough is going to be KEY.

      • Jordana33

        I think that if they were going to have another judge, it would be nice to have someone in the “singer songwriter” or “indie/folk artist” category, like Brandi Carlisle, Amy Lee, Ingrid Michaelson, Alicia Keys, Sarah Machlachlan, Jason Mraz , Jack Johnson or Nate Ruess or a lead singer of an alternative rock group. The contestants in those categories always seem to have the toughest time advancing (possibly due to poor song choices made by the coaches).

        • wat

          I considered Alicia Keys too but I don't think she'd fit the chemistry of the other coaches. Also, I dislike when the coaches are blamed for a contestant's lack of success. It's not the song, it's how they sang it. A good example is Cathia singing Whitney Houston's “I Have Nothing” in Season 4 in the Live Playoffs and getting eliminated following the performance and Tessanne Chin singing it in Season 5 and winning the entire competition following the performance.

          • Jordana33

            Yes, it ultimately comes down to the contestant, but I also think that picking the right song has a lot to do with knowing what is right for your contestant too. There are tons of successful musical artists who aren't half as vocally gifted as Tessanne Chin and could never pull off a Whitney song,…yet they know how to pick songs that work for them and that reasonate with listeners. Will Champlain didn't have the greatest voice, but he was very good at picking things that worked for him (his performance of the Bruno Mars song was one of my favorites). With regards to Shakira, I remember that she had two contestants (Monique and Garrett) who weren't the greatest vocalist, but had tons of musicality and stage presence. They both could have gone further with the right song choices. Giving Garrett a Backstreat Boys song was basically the kiss of death. There are just some songs that aren't meant to be rocked out. So I still maintain that she has to work on her song choices or give her contestants more say in what they perform, but in terms of vocal coaching, she does a good job, and I wish more of the contestants had picked her. I don't think that Blake is the best coach, but he's very smart about song choices and he tends to stick with what he knows best. which is partially why he wins so frequently. For example, he often lets his contestants sing what they're most comfortable with, as opposed to challenging them to reach outside their comfort zone. This can be both good and bad. The performances by his contestants tend to be safe and trainwreck-free, but they rarely surprise me and his finalists almost never have show-stopping moments (with a few exceptions like Dia, who picked all of her songs).

          • wat

            I agree on every count. While it's smart for Blake to keep his contestants grounded in their comfort zones, I like that Adam pushes his contestants to challenge themselves without going TOO left field with it. Like when Will decided to sing At Last.

          • Katrina Parker

            Oh God, the disastrous BSB song for Garrett – never forget! Mind you, his voice was very, very limited, so I don't know he would have lasted very long that season regardless (despite his charisma).

        • Katrina Parker

          Hmm, that's an intriguing idea! I don't know that they'll ever go too far outside the box when it comes to genres (which is silly considering that Folk and Americana are so radio-friendly right now). It would certainly make for a more varied show, but can you think of anyone in the genre with the same amount of fame as the current coaches? I can't off the top of my head (except John Mayer who was a little more visible recently due to his prior relationship with Katy Perry – but I honestly find him a little off-putting, haaa). :)

          • Jordana33

            John Mayer would have been perfect if he wasn't so off-putting! I actually think that with 3 very famous coaches, it would be cool to use the 4th spot to introduce the audience to someone that a lot of people didn't know that well and stepping outside the box is the kind of thing that will keep the show fresh. That's why I was thinking of someone like Ingrid Michaelson who is actually hilarious in concert. She's quick-witted, funny, super-talented and would probably fit in with judges very well. I could see her being a huge draw for contestants who like that genre. Alternatively, someone more famous like Sara Bareilles, Sheryl Crow, James Blunt or Jewel, might work. Adele would have also been perfect, but I doubt she'd do it. Other less well-known artists like Damien Rice or the lead singer of The Fray might work, but I have no idea what they are like in person (I love Damien Rice, but if his personality is anything like his music, he probably wouldn't work either!)

            My other fear is that if Blake ever decides to step down, that they will automatically use Miranda Lambert to take his place, which would suck (I'd prefer someone like Carrie Underwood)….but I guess that's a different issue! I like your reviews, by the way and they need to invite you back on the Afterbuzz show!

          • wat

            I don't necessarily agree. People don't tend to like being introduced to new things. Had a new unknown coach been introduced from the series’ creation, then people would be more accepting. But since they've already been spoiled with six superstars since the beginning, it's almost mandatory that any replacements be just as famous. I still stick to Mariah Carey as Christina's replacement but I'm trying to figure out Cee Lo's replacement daily lol.

          • Jordana33

            It's cool to hear other perspectives. I know she has a good fan following, but I would be very disappointed if Mariah joined the team. I like her as a singer, but I think her interactions always seem forced. She doesn't know how to be natural, and on a show where the camaraderie between the coaches is a big draw, I think she would be a major buzzkill. I still maintain that a huge celebrity isn't necessary at this point…just someone who is famous within their genre. Getting famous names certainly hasn't helped American Idol (their most successful panel was with Simon, Randy and Paula) Plus, after seeing the failed attempts of popular artists like Britney, Nicki, Mariah and Steve Tyler on AI and the X Factor, I'm sick of seeing these shows bring in major celebrities who ultimately crash and burn, and I suspect that a lot of Voice viewers also watch X Factor and AI to a certain extent. Viewers also like underdogs, so I think that if they introduced a very charismatic coach, they would root for them to succeed, even if they weren't superstars.. Blake wasn't that well known or that successful outside the country world. However, his personality turned him into a fan favorite and a major household name. In contrast, the biggest celebrity at the beginning of the Voice was Christina and she ended up being one of the least favorite coaches (except with her fans). I also think that a large subset of the Voice viewers aren't into Mariah Carey-type music (which I'm basing on the voting outcomes), but I could be wrong. Anyway, despite all my arguments, I suspect that the producers would side with your opinion more than mine! What about Lenny Kravitz or Eddie Vedder? They are both famous and well-respected and they both have terrific voices…..I think they'd both represent the rocker category very well.

            Regarding Cee Lo's replacement: I thought that was Usher. He seems to be a major hit with viewers, and I'm really hoping that he remains a permanent fixture. Or are you referring to finding an alternate for when Usher is too busy? In that case, I think Pharrell would make a great coach. Justin Timberlake and Bruno Mars would also be major draws in that genre, but I think they're both in that extremely prolific phase of their careers, and probably too busy. Jill Scott was also pretty awesome as a guest coach. Alternatively, someone more eccentric like Prince might be interesting….or is that too weird??? LOL

          • wat

            I dunno about Mariah seeming forced for everything. She seems to have a likable sense of humor and the “diva” personality would be an interesting (and imo entertaining) ingredient to The Voice's chemistry. As for viewers possibly not being attracted to her type of music, she's enough of a megastar that her name transcends the music she makes.

            As for Usher being Cee Lo's replacement, I dunno about that. Usher is R&B/Pop while Cee Lo is more Soul and…whatever else he does. Usher goes for his area when constructing his team while CeeLo just went for the most distinct and unique artists that auditioned. Their styles and lanes were very different imo.

            I thought Pharrell would be a great replacement for Cee Lo too but then I thought about it; Pharrell isn't really much of a singer. A coach also needs to be vocal coach as well, whereas Pharrell would only offer (great) insight on stylistic things. Plus this is perhaps the most successful run of his career he's ever had as a solo artist. He'd be way too busy. I also considered Timberlake and Bruno Mars but just as you said, they're currently TOO big and busy to even consider it. I like Jill Scott as an option. Not completely sure she'd mesh with the Shevine Show but she's pretty funny herself and has a lot of insight. She could fill that singer-songwriter coaching position you suggested quite well.

    • Honey Badger Don't Care

      Usher is the permanent replacement for Cee Lo. Christina will be coming back next season. And Mariah was awful on Idol. She is damaged good at this point. Didn't her last album tank?

      • wat

        How do you know Usher is permanent and Christina is returning?

        Also Mariah was awful on IDOL but that doesn't mean she will be on The Voice. Idol handled her terribly and leeched off contrived catfights with her and Nicki Minaj for ratings. And if her last album tanked, that'd be more incentive to find a new venture like The Voice.

        • Honey Badger Don't Care

          Well I used my brain to make a confident educated guess. The Voice has never let go of any of their judges. So why would they let go of Usher? Plus audiences enjoy him over Cee Lo. And Christina is more well known to American audiences than Shakira is. So it would make sense that she comes back.

          And Mariah offered nothing when she was on Idol. So she has already proven that she cant be entertaining as a judge. That's what it comes down to. Are people going to be entertained by these judges?

          • wat

            Didn't say they'd let go of Usher but he could continue being part time. And Christina could possibly walk away from the show since she's about to get married and have another child. I sense it anyway.

            Mariah may have offered nothing on Idol, but the two shows have different formats. The Voice's format could work better for her. I still personally think Mariah would fit in well but we'll see what the producers do. I trust that they'll make suitable replacements since they've been spot on thus far.

          • Honey Badger Don't Care

            The Voice is the hottest show on TV right now. Ratings wise, they have not yet peaked. So why would they risk that, by bringing in Mariah? The Voice was beating Idol when Mariah was on. And their ratings were lower 2 seasons ago.

            Also, she demands a very high salary. Why pay her $20M, when you can get someone for $1M, who is 10X more entertaining?

            And Mariah's fans don't appear to be supporting her anymore. Not only did they not watch Idol when she was on, they didn't buy her CD.

            And if Christina doesn't come back, then they will just keep Shakira.

          • wat

            IF Shakira would take the full time job. Same for Usher. I'm discussing suitable replacements in the event that Shakira and Usher want to remain part time.

          • Honey Badger Don't Care

            There are no ‘IFs’ when you talk to the honey badger. I'm giving you straight answers. If you wanna play the “IF” game, why don't you just wait and see what happens?

  • Tt

    I hope usher doesn't stay on the show he picked strippers to sing give it to me right!!!! Obviously his personal life took over!!!! The one he picked can sing at all she screamed and Blake even said it was desperate!!!! If I wanted to watch bad singers I wouldn't watch the voice