'The Voice' Season 15 Premiere Delivers Stunning First Round of Blind Auditions: Watch
Season 15 of The Voice kicked off on Monday (Sept. 24) with the first round of blind auditions for the newest batch of contestants singing their souls out to secure a coveted spot on judges Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton's teams.
Billboard rounded up a lis of some of the most outstanding performers to make an impression on night one.
The 17-year-old took to the stage to deliver a soulful cover of Sara Bareilles' "She Used to Be Mine," putting her heart on her sleeve with the emotional performance. After failing to secure a spot in the competition the previous year, the teen came back and received a buzz from Clarkson, who remembered her. Ferreira-Dias later confessed that she returned to the competition under the advice of Levine, who suggested she try again in the future.
Marlowe delivered a sultry guitar-led performance of Luke Combs' "The One That Got Away," singing the song with his own unique, country-infused tenor. Clarkson and Shelton were the most impressed by Marlowe's performance, both turning their chairs for the opportunity to have him on their team and giving him a standing ovation at the end.
RADHA gave a sassy performance of Jessie J's "Mamma Knows Best" as her powerhouse vocals soared over every note with unparalleled ease. Levine ended up turning his chair first, blocking Hudson from the opportunity of stealing RADHA away. Faced with the decision of whether to pick Shelton -- who turned his chair just before the end -- and Levine, RADHA settled on the Maroon 5 singer as her coach.
The 17-year-old Hawaiian native used his guitar to perform and acoustic version of Ed Sheeran's "Perfect." Praised for the smooth tone of his vocals (and the shininess of his hair), Levine ended up giving James a spot on his team.
Colquitt wowed the judges with a R&B and soul-infused rendition of Sam Smith's "Like I Can," hitting notes in high, low and falsetto tones. Hudson was the first to turn her chair around, followed by Shelton. Colquitt briefly discussed his desire to bring real R&B, which Hudson agreed with, and in the end made her his coach of choice.
Buck took to the stage for a raspy-yet-touching cover of Brooks & Dunn's "She Used to Be Mine," bringing a vibe that is unseen in country music right now, leading to Clarkson and Shelton fighting to have him on their teams. After a tough decision and lots of back-and-forth, Buck went with Clarkson as his coach.
Fortson stunned the judges with a gospel-tinged cover of Oleta Adams' "Get Here." Hudson was the first to turn her chair, saying "that performance blessed my spirit. When your voice opened up, the gates of heaven opened up."
Perhaps the most stunning performance of the night came from 13-year-old Holmes, who delivered an outstanding cover of Adele's "Turning Tables." Holmes managed to make all four coaches turn their chairs around after she finished the song with grace and poise. A self-professed fan of Hudson's, Holmes was joined by Hudson to perform "I Am Changing" after saying it was one of the first songs she ever performed. Without much thought, Holmes made Hudson her coach.