‘The Voice’ Season 6 Blind Auditions, Pt. 4: The Wicked Game Continues
Morgan Wallen is a Tuesday standout [photo: NBC]
The fourth Blind Auditions episode of "The Voice's" sixth season aired Tuesday, bringing the series' usual assortment of struggling rockers, raspy troubadours, and sob-story survivors. Oh — and there were a couple stellar singers, too. So, you know, just another typical "Voice" episode, And by "typical," I mean "pretty darn good," of course.
Here are the contestants who advanced this Tuesday:
Megan Rüger – I was excited about this Nashville rocker right off the bat. After all, not only did she profess a love for '80s rawk and Joan Jett, but she also had an umlaut in her name, just like all the greats (Mötley Crüe, Motörhead, Queensrÿche, Blue Öyster Cult, Björn Again, Spin̈al Tap, my Twitter account). Umlauts are äwësömë! But then I was a little disäppöïntëd. Megan didn't do a righteously Bic-flicking '80s power ballad like "18 and Life" or "Home Sweet Home," but instead sang Pink's "Just Like a Pill," a more predictable pop-rock song choice. It was hard for her to put her own stamp on it (or top Pink's amazing original), so the performance came across as just very competent karaoke. Still, Usher and Blake Shelton obviously heard something interesting in Megan's voice, and they turned around. Megan decided to go with Blake, apparently because of the Nashville connection, but maybe in the back of her mind she remembered that Blake really championed similarly fauxhawked rock-chick Michaela Paige in Season 3, and maybe that subconsciously affected Megan's decision. As for other memorable Team Blake hopefuls from seasons past, let's hope Blake pulls a page from his Season 5/Cole Vosbury playbook, and has Megan do some Mr. Big or Extreme as this season progresses. That'd be cööl.
MEMBER OF: Team Blake
Morgan Wallen – Another Tennessee contender (this time from Knoxville), Morgan also intrigued me from the start. He had a near-brush with music-biz fame as an 8-year-old, when he placed third in a talent contest and was offered a record deal; however, his family turned down the opportunity so that Morgan could enjoy a normal childhood. Probably a wise decision. But Morgan now seems ready for a record deal, and ready to re-board the talent-contest rollercoaster, judging by his Tuesday performance of Howie Day's "Collide." His sexy, husky voice made Shakira spin almost immediately, with Usher, a coach with an increasingly annoying tendency to take his sweet time when it comes to button-pushing, turning much later. "Your voice is unique. It has this raspy tone, this reedy sound to it, and I think that there are no voices like your voice on today's radio," said Shakira. But game-player Usher one-upped Shakira by saying, "There's not quite a voice like yours on 'The Voice.'" (Side note: But there totally is a voice like this on "American Idol." Morgan sounded a LOT like Phillip Phillips! Like Phillip Phillips with a cold and a pack-a-day habit.) Even though Usher admitted that "there were some moments in your performance that I felt were not properly executed," Morgan still chose to join Usher's team. That surprised me — I thought Shakira's lightning-quick reflexes and unconditional fawning would've given her the edge with this one.
MEMBER OF: Team Usher