Last night was the premiere episode of The Voice‘s 14th season, with Kelly Clarkson joining the cast of judges. Carson Daly returned as host and a brand new batch of singers took the stage for part 1 of the Blind Auditions. What made things a little difficult for a couple of the judges was the new feature on the show … getting blocked. Each coach has one use of the block, which has the purpose of blocking a fellow judge from being able to bid for a singer to be on their team. Blake Shelton was the first to use his block, during the very first audition, for 17-year-old Britton Buchanan, blocking Adam Levine from trying to bring Buchanan on board for his team.
Tonight, another round of contestants will be featured on part 2 of the Blind Auditions and we will continue to update this post as the show airs. Get to know each of the contestants who have made it through so far, see which team each of them is on, and watch their performances below.
On the premiere episode of The Voice 2018, Britton Buchanan blows the coaches away with his version of Ray LaMontagne’s song “Trouble.” Buchanan, who plays the guitar as well, was 17 years old at the time of his audition and today he is 18. Alicia Keys, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine all turned their chairs around to battle it out for Buchanan, but Levine was blocked by Shelton, leaving him unable to bring Buchanan onto his team. Buchanan actually ends up on Keys’ team.
Cole performs Marcy Playground’s “Sex and Candy” for his blind audition and he ends up with Adam Levine as his coach. According to the Ridgefiled Press, Cole’s real name is Drew Arcoleo and his stage name is Drew Cole. Currently, he resides in Los Angeles and he previously auditioned twice to be on the show. Third time’s a charm.
Rayshun LaMarr was full of life and energy in his blind audition, which really made the judges’ day. He performed “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey, which excited coach Adam Levine before LaMarr even uttered one note. Levine almost immediately hit his button to turn around and Alicia Keys wasn’t far behind. LaMarr became emotional, talking about how he overcame cancer and how he was so happy to be on the show. This brought Kelly Clarkson to tears and she said she wished she had turned her chair around because she loves him so much as a person. LaMarr decided to join Levine’s team for this season.
Johnson performed the Meghan Trainor feat. John Legend song “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” during her blind audition. She was reportedly honoring her deceased grandfather with her performance. Adam Levine quickly turned his chair around for her and he was followed immediately by Kelly Clarkson. Later in the song, Alicia Keys turned her chair as well. Levine said he found her stunning from her image to her voice. Ultimately, Johnson chooses Keys to be her coach.
For her performance on the show, she sang Labrinth feat. Emeli Sandé’s “Beneath Your Beautiful” during her blind audition. Kelly Clarkson was the first judge to turn around her chair for the young singer and Blake Shelton turned his chair at the last second. Clarkson told Cartelli that she is the first artist she has ever turned her chair for on the show and she was very excited at the possibility of working with Cartelli. Much to her excitement, Cartelli told Clarkson she’s been a fan of hers since she was 4 years old and she started singing when she was practically a baby. So, of course, Cartelli joined Clarkson’s team.
For D.R. King’s audition, he performs the song “Believe” by Imagine Dragons and he ends up on Kelly Clarkson’s team. Clarkson was the first to turn around for his performance.
Out the gate, Lee takes the stage performing with his guitar and a delightfully raspy voice with a country tune, so it makes sense that he join Blake Shelton’s team. For his performance, he sang Kenny Chesney’s “Never Wanted Nothing More” and Kelly Clarkson was the first person to turn her chair for the singer. Lee is originally from Kentucky, but currently hails from Florida, but he lived in Nashville for a few years, trying to make it big. He ended up in the corporate world so that he could support his wife and children. Lee said that the reason he went with Shelton is because his kids are big fans.
Kilgore has a deep and sultry singing voice and for his blind audition, he chose to sing Chris Young’s “Tomorrow”. Alicia Keys, Blake Shelton and Kelly Clarkson turned their chairs around for Kilgore, with Adam Levine following towards the end of the performance. Keys chose to implement her block against Shelton and rival Adam Levine couldn’t have been more thrilled. It was a four-chair turn for Kilgore and he ended up going with Kelly Clarkson as his coach.
Growing up in the small town of Buffalo, Texas and getting into cheerleading in school, Kilgore didn’t feel comfortable about being gay. On the show, Kilgore revealed that, “I’ve never been out of the closet when I did country music. The Voice is the first opportunity that I have to be my myself in my entire life.”
Kyle Jade is actually a former backup singer for Jennifer Hudson, who was a judge on season 13 of The Voice. For her blind audition on the show, she blew away the judges with her rendition of Aretha Franklin’s song “See Saw.” Jade’s faith is very important to her. According to Idol Chatter D, she grew up in Topeka, Kansas, and there, she performed in school choirs, as well as the Greater St. Paul Church of God in Christ. At the end of Jade’s audition on The Voice, she ended up on Blake Shelton’s team.