The Voice contestant Chris Jamison is apparently quite popular with the ladies. And so to maximize his vote-getting, coach Adam Levine assigned him the Marvin Gaye classic, "Sexual Healing." Which Chris then sang from inside a red neon multi-layered subliminal message.
The beauty/horror of a live competition show is that anything can happen. While that mostly takes the form of either amazing or rancid belty notes, sometimes you come in two beats early, as Luke Wade did last night. And sometimes, if you're Blake Shelton, Adam Levine makes suggestive jokes about your mom.
We've reached the Live Rounds of The Voice, and if this show is a) as committed to democracy as it claims to be; b) going to start off the episode with a performance of Maroon 5's new single, then it is our constitutional right to be afforded a mechanism by which to eliminate Adam Levine. Maybe that's what the app is for?
Given that the contestants on The Voice didn't know that Taylor Swift would be their guest mentor for the Knockout Rounds, Blessing Offor's decision to sing "Your Body Is a Wonderland" by Taylor's well-known ex probably wasn't deliberately shady. Or perhaps behind that charming smile and fantastic attitude he's actually a psychic evil genius?
If you ever noticed a particularly intense look on Taylor Swift's face, it's probably because she was busy shooting out laser beams from her eyes, or cultivating bold, hurt dejected looks to use as "sniper shots." When she passes on this apparent trick of the trade to contestant Ricky Manning, Pharrell is scared…but also excited.
Some among you may have scoffed upon hearing the news that Taylor Swift was slated to give advice to singers on a singing competition. But as it turns out she's kind of awesome, as in this clip where she nudges teenage contestant Tanner Linford ever closer to puberty simply by calling him "cute."
Of all of the coaches on The Voice, none has engaged in the battle rounds with as much verve and emotion as Gwen Stefani. Yes, her eyes well with tears when contestants are eliminated, but even more impressive are her stealth last-minute steals, which reached their sneaky apex last night.
Stevie Nicks wanted to be an R&B singer when she was young, and so she's thrilled (in a customarily monotone Stevie Nicks way) when contestants Kelli Douglas and Damien duet on the classic "Knock on Wood." Before their battle, she issues one warning to the coaches. A warning that they do not heed.
On last night's episode of The Voice, Gwen Stefani showed her true genius by pairing cool reggae guy Menlik Zergabachew with enthusiastic dork Troy Ritchie to sing the classic Hall and Oates hit, "Maneater." The result was so mesmerizing that it made Adam Levine do an '80s dance.
When soulful one-eyed guy Luke Wade starts into Paul McCartney's "Maybe I'm Amazed," you have to feel bad for his Battle Round competition, soulful one-named guy Griffin. Until Griffin starts singing, that is, and ALSO blows everyone away with his insane falsetto. Can Team Pharrell please just morph into one big supergroup?
As the only coach with a slot left on his team, Blake Shelton was very excited to nab silky-voiced Massapequa teenager Justin Johnes. So excited, in fact, that he gave Justin a special "Blake's Boo" t-shirt. Quoth Adam Levine, " Blake, I'm still not sure you know exactly what that word means. You might want to, like, look it up."
Eminently huggable 17-year-old Tanner Linford was rejected in season six of The Voice, but has returned two inches taller and with more performing experience. Now watch this sweet young man visibly lose hope as the coaches remain unturned through the very last note of his song.
John Martin is a 25-year old pastor's son, forklift operator, skilled whistler, and rather attractive human. And in a three-way bidding war, he is ogled outwardly by Blake and subliminally by Gwen, who gets very descriptive in explaining why she wants him on her team.
Maiya Sykes was a triple-major at Yale, loves her mom, and has sung at nearly every Armenian wedding in Los Angeles. And now, watch this 36-year-old blow the roof off of The Voice auditions, prompting a bidding war amongst the coaches in which Gwen Stefani attempts to bribe her with L.A.M.B. handbags and merchandise.
Elyjuh René walked into The Voice wearing braces, a shirt that matched his mom's, and some sort of magical heart-stealing apparatus that makes you want to quit your job, become his best friend, and just sit sit around all day singing Beyoncé songs together. Maybe some Diana Ross, too!