‘The Voice’ Artist Jordan Smith Wowed In His Blind Audition, But It’s His …

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‘The Voice’ Recap: Wide Range of Artists Kick Off Season 9.

The Voice’s ninth season debuted on NBC tonight, with season-eight coaches Blake Shelton, Adam Levine and Pharrell Williams all returning to their chairs.

Hot on the heels of an Emmy win for outstanding reality competition, The Voice returns for its ninth season Monday night (Sept. 21), and executive producer Audrey Morrissey promises plenty of action in the coming weeks.That’s right—Adam Levine and Blake Shelton return to our TV screens tonight with the season nine premiere of The Voice, and the boys in the swivel chairs haven’t let their summer break diminish their playful teasing. Aside from a few tweaks that have been announced, including a chance for viewers to experience a true blind audition from the coaches’ point of view, there is a new key adviser: Rihanna. Let’s get right to it and go through the night’s auditionees: Of course the season would kick off with a four-chair turn—and a deserving one, at that.

Case in point: Adam’s got a new hair style this fall and Blake isn’t holding back. “If I ever wanted to go out of my way to look like a complete idiot, I may shave my head like Adam,” Blake told E! This pastor’s son was so filled with joy when the first two chairs turned (Adam and Pharrell, in case you were wondering) that it was amazing he didn’t fall off the stage from shock when Blake and Gwen turned, too. Morrissey, who cut her teeth at MTV and the short-lived music program Farmclub, says that keeping the show feeling fresh after nine seasons is a “delicate balance,” adding that you don’t “throw the baby out with the bathwater.” Rather, “You want everything that you freshen up to be for a reason and make sense and authentically try to capture the magic and the excitement that’s going on around the show. News’ Maria Menounos during a recent visit to the set, before launching into a laundry list of bald-headed pop culture figures that he’s compared his BFF to during filming. You hear people talk about this — whether they’re actors or directors talking about the family that formed on a particular movie set or a television show.

It’s a skill, it’s a really weird skill that I think you… that I think was kind of invented by ‘The Voice.’ There aren’t too many mentor based shows. All four made passionate pitches, and Hood ended up changing his mind about Shelton, going with Team Pharrell, which does seem to be the better fit for his jazzy sound.

This rocker chick’s parents are probably the coolest ever—not only have they unquestionably supported their daughter’s dreams of rock stardom, they actually opened a music venue in LA so she could have somewhere to play. She eventually started a rock band called Bad Wolf, but she decided to go more of a soul route for her Blind Audition and sang “Bring It on Home to Me.” Shelton compared her to Cyndi Lauper, but Wade said she has idolized Stefani since she was five years old, so she picked Team Gwen. Or, is Blake moving on so quickly just go to show that their relationship hasn’t been healthy for a long time? “I want to share [the new music], but at the same time, it’s really for me…” I’m just learning from her. He sang Bon Jovi’s “I’ll Be There for You” and got a chair turn from Levine as well as a last-second turn from Stefani, who tried to play her part-Irish card to secure Semple for Team Gwen.

She sang “I Will Remember You” by Sarah McLachlan, and none of the coaches turned their chairs, but she said she would continue to work toward her goal of having a career in music. The next artist, Jordan Smith, sang Sia’s “Chandelier,” which is an ambitious song choice, but he proved to have strong vocal control and secured a quadruple chair turn. Hopefully she’ll be able to bring her soulful sound to some slightly more appropriate song choices in future weeks on Team Pharrell (who beat out Gwen and Blake). This young mom, who won at the Apollo at age 16, got both Blake and Adam to turn with her on-point rendition of “Tightrope.” But then she picked Blake. Braiden Sunshine, at just 15 years old, sang “The Mountains Win Again,” and at first it looked like he wasn’t going to get any coaches to push their buttons, but then Stefani and Pharrell both turned on his very last note.

It’s something that is often talked about in terms of the show — like we haven’t produced a star yet at the level of some of the other artists that have come from other shows. But he also has a back story that should’ve gotten him on the show anyway: He was a skier whose Olympic dreams were dashed by a career-ending injury, so he turned to music.

Following Sunshine, Michael Woolery, the son of long-time game-show host Chuck Woolery, sang “Say” by John Mayer, and the coaches were not impressed enough to turn their chairs. He sang “Angel Eyes,” and all four coaches turned almost immediately. “I’m trying to pioneer a new sound,” Baber told the coaches, expressing an interest in combining country and soul and carving out his own place in music.

This high school drama teacher/dad/husband survived a deadly plane crash as a kid totally crushed “Angel Eyes,” leading to another four-chair turn and intense coaches’ battle.

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