Here's All the Chair-Turning 'Voice' Auditions From the Season 14 Premiere
It takes a whole lot to get approval from any of the four judges on The Voice. During the two-night premiere of the fourteenth season on Monday and Tuesday nights (Feb. 26 and 27), only a small handful of up-and-comers swayed Adam Levine, Alicia Keys, Kelly Clarkson, and Blake Shelton to turn their chairs and competitively vie for a spot on their team.
Check out the all star performances from nights one and two of The Voice Season 14 premiere below.
Pryor Baird, “I Don’t Need No Doctor” by Humble Pie
In an ode to the hard blues rock of famed super group Humble Pie, Pryor Baird gave a roaring rendition of 1971’s “I Don’t Need No Doctor.” While his take was decidedly less hard rock than the original, calling more on the blues aspects, his insane vocals had all four judges turning their chairs, and as Shelton described it “it sounds like you smoked a pack of cigarettes and drank a bottle of whiskey right before you got on stage."
Justin Kilgore, “Tomorrow” by Chris Young
All four chairs turning for Justin Kilgore came as somewhat surprising, and it has nothing to do with his talent. The singer gave a classic country rendition of the Chris Young song, a genre that judges like Levine and Keys do not always go for. However not only did Keys commit to Kilgore, she blocked Shelton from getting his chance to recruit the singer.
As for convincing, Clarkson heavily noted that Kilgore’s country music idol Reba Mcentire, just so happened to be her mother-in-law and grandmother to her children.
Kathie Lee and Hoda Kotb, “You Got a Friend,” by Carole King and James Taylor
Yes, you read that right. And yes this is really that Kathie Lee and Hoda from NBC, who say their stage name is The Whineo's. Adorned in matching floral tops, and equipped with support from none other than Kris Jenner, the talk show hosts performed a wildly endearing duet of “You Got a Friend” to the unknowing judges.
Kaleb Lee, "Never Wanted Nothing More" by Kenny Chesney
The Floridian country music singer came with support from his family, including his wife and two children, and gave a classic country music performance that unsurprisingly had Blake turn, as well as Clarkson, who promised she wouldn't make him an "experiment."
D.R. King, "Believer" by Imagine Dragons
Giving a more powerful soulful sound to the Imagine Dragons' hit, D.R. King revealed that he sang as a child and returned to the craft after feeling unfulfilled as a school teacher. While Clarkson and Shelton were the two to turn, Keys and Levine rang in the praises as well.
Kelsea Johnson, Like I'm Gonna Lose You by Meghan Trainor ft. John Legend
With an incredibly full-bodied voice, the 21-year-old had nearly immediate replies from a pair of the judges and ended with a nearly full turn around rate from all four.
Drew Cole, "Sex and Candy" by Marcy Playground
Equipped with his own guitar, the singer put a unique spin on the nineties hit, making for a classic showdown between Levine and Shelton, with Levine empathically claiming he was "the voice."
Brynn Cartelli, "Beneath Your Beautiful" by Labrinth feat. Emeli Sandé
After a deeply promising pop performance, it takes almost one full minute of back and forth between the judges before Cartelli reveals that she is only fourteen years old, a reveal that gets a large applause from the audience. Adam said, "You sound like a 36-year-old who's been through it."
Rayshun LaMarr, "Don't Stop Believin" by Journey
The singer gave an incredibly joyful and full performance of Journey's classic, with Adam saying that it was the sort of performance that got better when he could see how happy LaMarr was when he turned around.
Kyla Jade, "See Saw" by Aretha Franklin
Singing Aretha Franklin is no small feat. But the Nashville singer gave a convincing rendition of the classic, with a voice that is comparable to the queen's, hitting the highs and lows with ease.
Britton Buchanan, "Trouble" by Ray LaMontagne
The 17-year-old showed a surprisingly mature voice, soaring through the song with his guitar, getting nearly simultaneous approvals from three of the judges.
Davison, “To Love Somebody” by the Bee Gees
Davison took the Bee Gees classic “To Love Somebody,” stripping it of the Gibb brothers’ signature vocals and giving it something much more soulful. One big note in particular sent two judges spinning to the stage at the same exact time. As Alicia Keys said, “you have a story teller’s energy that draws you in from the first minute.”
Molly Stevens, "Heavenly Day" by Patty Griffin
Molly Stevens came equipped with her own guitar, giving a raspy, beautiful and androgynous rendition of the Patty Griffin song. Within moments, she had half the judges turn in support, leading to a nearly four minute long debate on whose team she should go to.
Jaclyn Lovey, "Can't Help Falling in Love" by Elvis Presley
With a teary eyed mother and father supporting in the back, the sixteen year old gave a captivatingly “simple and pure” performance, making Blake Shelton go into a rant about riding unicorns that only stopped when Keys cut him off. However they both agreed that her toned down take had something more powerful than some of the louder performances.
Dylan Hartigan, "Danny's Song" by Loggins & Messina's
As a former actor, Hartigan switched into music “after (he) was done puberty.” Throughout his take on “Danny’s Song,” Kelly Clarkson could only repeat “pretty” to herself so many times before she finally turned her chair.