Tuesday’s night episode of The Voice didn’t have the same feel as the earlier blind auditions from season 12.
No more hitting the buzzer at every chance you get! On night five, the judges—Adam Levine, Alicia Keys, Blake Shelton, and Gwen Stefani—had to be more selective with their pickings as each team inches closer to reaching capacity.
Celeb Secrets has a breakdown of night five’s (March 7) top talent and which team they ultimately chose.
Malik Davage: Davage’s audition song choice of “Sure Thing” by Miguel was wise on his part. The vocalist who grew up in a dangerous neighborhood easily became a sure thing within Levine’s eyes as he was the first to turn his chair. Although emotions were running high once he realized he was selected to participate in the next round, the young father is prepared to put in work to ensure his safety throughout the season.
Josh Hoyer: Although Hoyer has had trouble making it as a touring musician in the past, he probably won’t come across the same issue after his audition last night. Hoyer’s performance of “Oh Girl” by The Shylights starts the beginning of another Shefani war. Ultimately, he wisely chooses Shelton who will be able to effectively work with him on his unique sound.
Caroline Sky: After Sky gave it her all during her performance of “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” by Carol King, it quickly sent Shefani into a battle to the death. Despite her young age, the 16-year-old vocalist has a very mature sound. However, girl power wins in the end because Sky chooses Stefani–even though Shelton was very willing to understand why girls just wanna have fun.
Johnny Gates: After kicking up the notch with his alternative rock performance of “Maggie May” by Rod Stewart, the singer that claims to be inspired by Taylor Swift had three of the judges vying for his attention (Stefani, Shelton, and Keys). In the end, he chooses Stefani because he believes “garage band kids have to stick together.” Although Gates is a late bloomer to the world of music, he previously toured with Rod Stewart himself.
Lauryn Judd: It’s safe to say that Judd’s rendition of “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper got her through to the next round. Her mellow interpretation of the popular 80s track led Keys, Stefani, and Shelton to hit their buzzer. Ultimately, the Utah native chooses Keys after she declares to help Judd bring out stronger tones within her voice.
With two more nights of blind auditions to go next week, the judges will have to exercise extreme caution when turning their chair for the aspiring vocalists. Luckily, we aren’t in their shoes because we’d have a hard time letting go some of the amazing talent that comes through the auditions.
Season 12 of The Voice airs Monday and Tuesday at 8 PM EST on NBC.