NBC’s "The Voice" aired its final Season 12 blind audition episode on Tuesday. Adam Levine, Alicia Keys, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani have all picked their teams and created the Top 48 who will be eligible to win this season. What was there to learn from the final half-dozen auditions? Here’s what fans need to know before the battle rounds begin next week:
1) Team Alicia may have stolen a contender
Chris Blue was the final artist to audition for Season 12 and his cover of the classic "The Tracks of My Tears" earned him a spot on Alicia Keys’ roster. Keep an eye on him because he could be a dark horse to go deep in the competition. He was able to get every drop of soul out of the song, chose something different from the usual pop-rock that most artists cover, and he’s paired with the most appropriate coach for him. Blue’s positioning at the end of the episode also makes it look like he’ll stick around a little while. "The Voice" wouldn’t want to end the audition phase with someone who’s only going to get eliminated next week. He certainly showed a lot of promise Tuesday.
2) The lower age barrier didn’t have a huge effect on the audition pool
Tuesday’s auditions only featured one artist who was under 18 (Team Blake’s Dawson Coyle, who is 17). Everyone else who took the stage in Episode 7 was 25 years old and older..And if you go back through all of the singers who auditioned over the last three weeks, just four of them were 14 years of age or younger and only three of those people made the show (Brennley Brown, Quizz Swanigan and Aaliyah Rose). "The Voice" having lowered its minimum age didn’t dramatically effect the median age of the artists who made it to audition for the coaches. Will it affect Season 12 overall? That depends on how successful any of the young artists wind up being.
3) The competition wasn’t that heated
This may have been the last episode of blind auditions but it wasn’t the most competitive. Only two of the six auditioners were eligible to have all four coaches turn for them, and no one did. The closest anyone came to that was Vanessa Ferguson, whose cover of "Don’t Let Me Down" made everyone but Adam Levine push their buttons. The singer after her was Coyle, who defaulted to Team Blake. After that Blake’s team filled up and from then on it was just a matter of coaches not being able to turn around. That’s what happens on this show by nature, but it did make Episode 7 a bit anticlimactic.
"The Voice" airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on NBC. A recap episode, "The Best of the Blind Auditions," will air Wednesday at 8 p.m. for anyone who has missed part of Season 12 so far.
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