‘The Voice’ recap: ‘Blind Auditions, Part 6’
We’re approaching the tail end of the blind auditioning process for The Voice‘s 12th season, and to hear Adam Levine talk, each team has got at least one possible winner in the making. Adam’s known to speak in hyperbole here and there, of course, but he’s not wrong about this. Among Malik Davage and JChosen and Gaby Borromeo and Mark Isaiah and… the list goes on, there’s a lot of goodness coming through this season already. It’s going to be very, very interesting to see which of the various styles holds the voters’ attention through to the end this time.
Here’s who got added to the roster during this penultimate round of the blind auditions for Adam, Gwen Stefani, Alicia Keys, and Blake Shelton.
Kenny P (30 – Cleveland, OH)
“Hello, It’s Me” by Todd Rundgren
Kenny P might have a rad Captain Hook mustache and hipster flair, but on The Voice, none of that visual appeal helps to turn a chair. And while he does have some consistency issues in certain moments of his performance, what he has going through the vocal pipelines — a mixed batch of country blues runs and rocker elevation — is compelling enough to grab both Gwen and Blake’s attention. This invites the requisite lovebird quarrel, which is somehow deflected onto Adam and his ever-mockable striped sweater, but ultimately allows Gwen to point out that she fully understands what it means to make a statement with your sound and appearance, unlike her cowboy two chairs down.
Enid Ortiz (25 – Tampa, FL)
“All I Ask” by Adele
Thanks to her lifelong struggle with misconceptions about her skin depigmentation disorder, called vitiligo, Enid Ortiz is used to people judging her by appearances and finds that The Voice is, by its very nature, the perfect show for her to try out a potential future in music. She’s currently singing with a reggae-funk-rock group, but she’s ready to try a different vibe with her voice, and the old soul love story zen of Adele offers a new audio aesthetic for her to play with. Unfortunately, the first half of her performance is prohibitively shaky, but once the chorus sets in, she really finds her groove and attracts the ear of Gwen, who’s caught whispering to her beau that Enid here is good enough for the show. Blake thanks her for the observation by tamping his button just as the song ends and scooping up the songstress for his own team, much to Gwen’s chagrin.