The Blind Auditions (Part 2) of Season 9 of “The Voice” was a night filled with country artists, which, of course, is Coach Blake Shelton’s area of expertise. (Coach Adam Levine has started calling him the head of the “country mafia,” a label given him by Coach Gwen Stefani when describing his sway over country singer contestants.) And one after the other, those country singers chose Team Blake. Each time, Adam Levine did all he could to win over a country singer to his team, vowing after losing to get a country singer this season. And then he did…
The Los Angeles Times reported September 23 that the country artists vying for slots on the four teams of “The Voice” shone Tuesday night. It was also pointed out that one of those artists, “Blind Joe” Bommersbach from Fargo, North Dakota, actually performed — as he said himself — a “truly blind audition.” Born with detached retinas, “Blind Joe” didn’t let his lack of sight get in the way of learning to play guitar, and after belting out Adele’s “If It Hadn’t Been for Love” in an Outlaws-y sort of way, he turned four chairs. And, of course, chose Blake Shelton as his coach.
Team Blake also picked up Jack Seabaugh from Marietta, Georgia. You knew he was headed Team Blake’s way when Shelton mentioned that Travis Tritt was from that area. (In fact, the Atlanta area is swarming with country stars: Alan Jackson, Doug Stone, Colt Ford, Brantley Gilbert, Jason Aldean, Lauren Alaina, Sam Hunt.) He performed Sam Hunt’s hit song “Take Your Time.”
Shelton and Levine had a head-to-head match-up when 16-year-old Emily Ann Roberts performed Lee Ann Womack’s “I Hope You Dance.” Although Levine promised the teen everything except for a permanent position in Maroon 5, Shelton told her it was “common sense” to choose him (especially since country singers — and “The Voice” winners — Danielle Bradbery and Cassadee Pope had come from Team Blake). So she did, leaving Levine swearing he was going to get a country artist this season…
James Dupre, a 30-year-old Louisianan, was the last Blind Audition of the night. He performed Hootie and the Blowfish’s “Let Her Cry.” (Note: The band’s lead singer, Darius Rucker, now leads a very successful country music career.) He got a four-chair turnaround and admitted to being a country singer. And just when you thought Shelton would make a clean sweep of the night, Dupre chose Team Adam.
Adam Levine’s best pitch this year — to the country artists — has been a reverse psychology sort of offer, a join-me-and-let’s-beat-the-country-singer-coach-and-his-corral-of-country-singers, a you’ll-get-lost-in-the-country-artist-shuffle approach. It didn’t seem to be working — until it did. Still, Dupre has his work cut out for him, regardless.
By the end of the night, Coach Gwen Stefani added four more artists to her team, Coach Pharrell Williams added two, Adam added two, and Blake three. All the coaches already had two artists each on their teams from Monday night’s premiere.
The Blind Auditions will continue until all four coaches have filled twelve slots. “The Voice” airs on Monday and Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. (EST) on NBC Television.