After three weeks of fielding Season 7 blind auditions, the coaches were forced to fill up their two remaining spots on their teams on NBC’s “The Voice” Monday night. Below are veteran Blake Shelton and Adam Levine and newcomers Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani's top picks from the final night of the 2014 blind auditions:
Matt McAndrew, 23, a recent college graduate, said he is working two jobs while trying to pursue his singing career. The self-described pop singer, said his dream was to be able to fully support his mother with whom he currently lives. His performance of Christina Perri’s “A Thousand Years” wowed Adam Levine, who called his sound “accomplished.”
“It’s different, and I was really moved by what you did,” Adam said. “It stopped being a show and turned into just something I was thoroughly enjoying. I felt I was seeing a really neat, accomplished artist out there.”
Brittany Butler, 21, a Berkeley graduate, instantly impressed Gwen Stefani with her jazzy rendition of “The Girl from Ipanema.” While Gwen called her the whole package, Brittany eventually sided with Pharrell after he expressed his love for her scatting techniques.
“I could use someone like yourself to collaborate with," Pharrell said. "I think that uniqueness is something that you could lend itself in your favor."
Ryan Sill, 20, hails from a family of singers. Despite his stint in college studying engineering, Ryan said music is his passion. His performance of One Direction’s hit single “Secrets” had Gwen immediately turning her chair. Unfortunately for Blake Shelton, who also expressed his interest in coaching the singer, Ryan decided to team up with Gwen.
“That was so good. I usually don’t press my button that quickly,” Gwen said. “You surprised me with some of your high notes.... I only have three guys on my team. I would love to work with you.”
Fernanda Bosch, 17, hails from a Venezuelan family and calls music a big part of her culture and everyday life. While Fernanda said she loves her job working as a special needs swimming coach, she ultimately wants to pursue a career in music. While Fernanda’s performance of Macy Gray’s “I Try” had the coaches immediately recognize her as a youth, she ultimately impressed Gwen and Blake with her raspy sound.
“You have that natural, sandpaper, gravel rasp,” Blake said. “It’s so team Blake, it really is.”
Despite Gwen’s dual interest, Fernanda chose Blake as her adviser.
Beth Spangler, 30, said she was willing to leave her job working as a senior pediatric radiographer to pursue her dream of singing. A self-described soulful pop performer, Beth had all four judges turning their chairs for her rendition of Beyoncé's “Best Thing I Never Had.” Ultimately, Beth went with her gut and chose Adam who asked her to fill his last spot on his team.
“We can make you the absolutely best version of yourself,” Adam said. “I love and I want you on my team so bad.”
Griffin, 23, said his childhood dreams of moving to Nashville and becoming a singer were squashed by his family's inability to fund his relocation. As an adult, Griffin, a patient account representative for a senior living facility, said he started a tie company in order to pursue his singing career. His performance of Michael Buble's "It's a Beautiful Day" caught the interest of Blake, Gwen and Pharrell. After expressing his affinity for Pharrell's fashion sense, Griffin chose the "Happy" singer as his coach.
“I pushed the button because I couldn’t believe your range," Pharrell said. “I would love to have you on my team.... It's about how can I bring more color to your world and your voice.”
"The Voice" airs Monday and Tuesday nights on NBC at 8 p.m. EDT.