After months away, “The Voice” has finally returned to NBC. Monday night saw the returning judges scrap for talent during the first round of blind auditions. As Season 8 begins, fans and coaches alike are marveling at some of the immense talent taking the stage already.
Coaches Adam Levine, Pharrell Williams, Blake Shelton and, returning to the show after taking a break to have her second child, Christina Aguilera were forced to sit with their backs to the stage and use only their ear for talent to decide if they wanted to coach them. If any of the four liked what they heard, they could turn their chair around and lay eyes on their next candidate to be the 2015 “Voice” winner.
With the big Season 8 premiere behind, and the second round of blind auditions ready to kick off on Tuesday, below are some of the best performances from last night’s premiere:
Although Pharell Williams and Christina Aguilera have never performed on “The Voice” stage together, the moment the foursome took to the stage to sing “Are You Gonna Go My Way” by Lenny Kravitz felt a lot like a very special reunion.
Those who watched the big premiere last night will know that no audition was quite as much fun as seeing Adam Levine fail to get one single singer on his team. Fans will remember that the last time the Maroon 5 singer was on “The Voice” stage, he had to watch his rival Blake Shelton’s one and only singer, Craig Wayne Boyd, beat out three of team members to take home the Season 7 title. Within two seconds of Cody Wickline's song, Levine knew he wanted him – so when he didn’t get him, his frustration was kind of hilarious.
“The Voice” has something special in 15-year-old Sawyer Fredericks. “The Voice” producers discovered him on YouTube and invited him to audition for the show. He blew everyone in the house completely away with his very unique choice to cover the song “I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow,” which The Wrap reports was featured in the 2000 George Clooney film “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”
Four Chair Turnaround
It was an incredible night full of talent, but no performer was more fun than Sarah Potenza. This rocker’s throaty rendition of The Faces’ “Stay With Me,” absolutely stunned all four judges. Her voice is unlike anyone else on the show thus far and, while it’s too soon to tell who will be a front runner and who won’t, Potenza’s fun voice is certainly worth tuning in to the remainder of the season.
If you think stages like “The Voice” or “American Idol” don’t seem like a place for a classic crooner like Lowell Oakley, you’re dead wrong. The young singer invoked thoughts of Sinatra during his performance of “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” by Duke Ellington. While his gimmick may not propel him to the very end of the competition, at the very least there’s something unique for people to get excited about.
“The Voice” will air its second episode of blind auditions on Tuesday, Feb. 24 at 8 p.m. EST.