“We can help these artists by putting the spotlight on their talent and sharing the knowledge we've learned along the way for the simple reason... we're artists ourselves.” -Blake Shelton
As many of you may have heard or read, CeeLo Green will not be returning, ever. Sorry, I can't say I'm surprised at this and believe this can only make the show better, both for the viewers and the contestants.
While Shakira and Usher occasionally fill in for CeeLo and Christina, I really hope Usher considers staying on permanently. I think he is way more qualified than CeeLo to coach rising stars and would be much more beneficial and instructive to those on his team in making them become the best artists they can be. Shakira is great, and I'm fine with her or Christina. Both Usher and Shakira blend well with Blake and Adam, and the chemistry between all four (which is a vital and expected element on The Voice) is perfect.
Well, Season 6 started off with a whole new caliber of talent. This was only the first night of Blind Auditions, and if last night set the 'talent bar' that high... it's going to be next to impossible to pick a winner early on.
Joining Team Usher are two talented Soul singers and one Powerhouse Blues performer. T.J. Williams turned three chairs with “Bennie and the Jets.” He's got a great soulful voice and Usher can see an R&B album in his future.
Biff Gore is forty-five years old and expecting his sixth child, but man can he sing. He calls his style of music “Life Music,” because it makes you come alive. With no surprise, all four of the coaches' chairs turned.
Shakira picked up two singers last night. Kristen Merlin is a strong country artist with much experience under her belt. I think she did “Something More” almost perfectly. She had the right amount of energy and an amazing country sound, yet Blake didn't turn his chair... makes you wonder what his plan is this year? Kristen did turn two chairs and chose Shakira over Adam.
Classic rocker Jeremy Briggs also secured a spot on Team Shakira with his rendition of “Bad Company.” He's the lead guitarist and vocalist in his band, and although he's never had any formal voice training, he showed amazing control and range. Both Blake and Shakira turned for him, and though I think Blake may have been a better choice for Jeremy, he chose Shakira.
It's way too early and there's just too much talent this season to even try and guess who may or may not make it to the Top 20. I will say my favorites from last night were Dawn and Hawkes, Bria Kelly, Christina Grimmie, and Jeremy Briggs. While everyone of the artists from Monday are very talented... I believe Adam scored the strongest additions to his team. But there is still a long ways to go...
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