‘The Voice’ Recap: Ellie Lawrence & Evan McKeel Electrify Blind Auditions

After the first night of The Voice‘s Blind Auditions, each of the four coaches had two members on their team, but by the end of the second night, Blake Shelton took the lead adding three more artists, while Gwen Stefani added only one among the performances aired, but oh what a one it was. So without further adieu, let’s get into night two.

The Performances

Opening the night, we’re introduced to Blind Joe, who lives up to his name and wisecracks “This is a truly blind audition” and tells Carson Daly he’s “lookin’ good.” Joe’s performance is of The Steeldrivers‘ “If It Hadn’t Been for Love.” Blake is the first to turn for Joe’s soulful, country-tinged performance. Adam Levine gets in on it as well, with Pharrell Williams and Gwen turning on the final note. Adam sees the cowboy hat and knows he’s likely to lose out to Blake, but gives his best spiel anyway. Gwen also plays up the fact that Blake is likely the favorite, but tries to sell that she grew up on bluegrass. But in the end, Blake drops Ronnie Milsap‘s name and we have a winner. Blind Joe picks Blake.

Ivonne Acero is a returning artist hoping to get a chair turn this time. She just missed out last season, but her nerves got the better of her and she’s back to give it another go. Her choice this time is Taylor Swift‘s “Style” and within the first ten seconds, both Pharrell and Gwen turn for her. While her vocals are strong, there is a little breathiness that’s worrisome, but she made the cut this time. She gives Blake grief about not turning for her, but he jokes right back and then sets it up for Gwen and Pharrell to battle over her. While Gwen gives what seems to be a stronger pitch, Ivonne chooses Pharrell, leaving Gwen “crushed.”

Radio personality Regina Love decides to take a shot at having a future on air singing. As a former artist on Evander Holyfield‘s Real Deal record label, she released past albums, but the label folded and she’s looking for her second chance. Regina’s pipes are evident from the beginning as she sings the groovy “Rock Steady.” Adam and Blake both turn midway through and battle it out to win the soulful diva. While Blake makes a persuasive case, she chooses Adam.

Heartthrob teen Zach Seabaugh has a history growing up on country, and he decided to give up football to pursue a career in music. Still a newbie in terms of performing, Zach gets off to a somewhat slow start, but once he hits the chorus of Sam Hunt‘s “Take Your Time” it all begins to click. Blake and Pharrell turn simultaneously, with Adam getting in at the final second. Both Pharrell and Adam make their pitches, but the lure of Blake’s country connections are too much to resist for Zach.

Evan McKeel stepped up with an electrifying version of “Typical.” Blake was quick on the button, with Pharrell and Adam getting in on what Evan was laying down. A tentative Gwen pushed late to make it a four-chair turn. But where Evan’s voice may have raised a few questions, his stage presence was undeniable. Adam astutely points out that his singing got better with each chair turn, making up for any early nerves. During the judges’ pitches, Pharrell got him to admit he loved Stevie Wonder and had Evan perform a few bars of “Overjoyed” that moved Gwen to tears. In the end, Pharrell’s extra interest in Evan’s mission had the 20-year-old.

Young 16-year-old Emily Ann Roberts comes from a country background and chooses the Lee Ann Womack classic “I Hope You Dance.” Adam gets in early, but there are a few notes that don’t quite ring true. However, when she reaches one of the song’s hold notes, there’s no denying she’s worth the risk and Blake presses his button to Adam’s dismay. Adam makes some interesting arguments, but also makes a misstep that makes him look bad as a coach and in the end, Emily Ann goes with Blake, giving him his third artist of the night.

Ellie Lawrence comes from a country background with an older brother that plays fiddle, but before you go pigeonholing her, she reveals she’s more into indie rock. She admits to favoring Gwen in the pre-performance package and her deconstructed performance of Jermaine Stewart‘s “We Don’t Have to Take Our Clothes Off” is an instant winner. Adam, Gwen and Pharrell all turn simultaneously after the first line. Adam nails it on the head when he says how crushed he was to turn around and be excited, only to have Gwen turn a second later and have Ellie scream and point. With little doubt as what’s to come, Ellie picks Gwen.

In the dreaded montages, we see that Gwen scored soulful college student Noah Jackson, indie pop artist Tim Atlas and singer/songwriter Hannah Ashbrook.

As for the last artist of the night, James Dupre takes on the Hootie and the Blowfish favorite “Let Her Cry” and earns a four-chair turn. In a humorous turn, Blake fakes as though he’s going to chime in, leading the other three coaches to immediately turn. Taking a little more time to listen in, Blake eventually turns for the smooth sounding Dupre. What ensues is a pretty epic battle, with Blake playing the country card, but Adam finally getting an artist to listen to the pitch of doing something outside the box. Levine collapses to the ground in joy at finally winning over what could be considered a country artist.

When the dust settled, there are a few contenders coming out of this Voice group, but also several singers that have room for improvement after a few shaky moments.

The Best Lines

  • After Blind Joe finishes his performance, Adam identifies himself to Joe and Blake jokes, “He could have thought it was Gwen. Just sayin’, the high voice is all I’m sayin’.”
  • When Ivonne Acero brings up the fact that Blake said last time he’d turn for her, but didn’t again, the coach states, “You’re very young right? You need to already understand that men lie.”
  • While pitching handsome teen Zach Seabaugh, Adam states, “First I have a question. It’s a very genuine question and I’d appreciate a very honest answer …. Are … you … Superman? Cause you look like Superman and that’s not a 16-year-old’s voice, that’s Superman’s voice.”

The Rankings

1. Ellie Lawrence (Team Gwen)

THE VOICE -- "Blind Auditions" -- Pictured: Ellie Lawrence -- (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC)
THE VOICE — “Blind Auditions” — Pictured: Ellie Lawrence — (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC)

2. Evan McKeel (Team Pharrell)

THE VOICE -- Season: 9 -- Pictured: Evan McKeel -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)
THE VOICE — Season: 9 — Pictured: Evan McKeel — (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)

3. Regina Love (Team Adam)

THE VOICE -- "Blind Auditions" -- Pictured: Regina Love -- (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC)
THE VOICE — “Blind Auditions” — Pictured: Regina Love — (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC)

4. James Dupre (Team Adam)

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THE VOICE — “Blind Auditions” — Pictured: James Dupre — (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC)

5. Zach Seabaugh (Team Blake)

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THE VOICE — “Blind Auditions” — Pictured: Zach Seabaugh — (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC)

6. Blind Joe (Team Blake)

THE VOICE -- Season: 9 -- Pictured: Blind Joe Bommersbach -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)
THE VOICE — Season: 9 — Pictured: Blind Joe Bommersbach — (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)

7. Emily Ann Roberts (Team Blake)

THE VOICE -- "Blind Auditions" -- Pictured: Emily Ann Roberts -- (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC)
THE VOICE — “Blind Auditions” — Pictured: Emily Ann Roberts — (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC)

8. Ivonne Acero (Team Pharrell)

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THE VOICE — Season: 9 — Pictured: Ivonne Acero — (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)

Be sure to tune back in to The Voice next Monday (Sept. 28) at 8PM ET/PT on NBC for the next round of Blind Auditions.

So who was your favorite of the night? Which coach do you think has the best shot at a title after two nights? Let us know in the Comments section below.

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