It’s hard to believe it was just two months ago Kelly Clarkson’s Chevel Shepard was walking away as the Season 15 champ. Clarkson returns for Season 16 after claiming back-to-back wins, along with veteran coaches Adam Levin and Blake Shelton. Who rounds out the four-coach panel, you ask? None other than John Legend.
The show opens with a very special First Day of The Voice cameo, featuring Legend’s wife, Chrissy Teigen. After Teigen provides Legend with a country dictionary, ear plugs and tattoos, we’re ready to get into the blinds. We have a feeling you’ll be seeing a lot more of Teigen in the weeks to come.
If you didn’t get a chance to watch both days and all three hours of Week One, here’s a quick recap of where each coach stands. All four coaches have used their blocks. Adam, Kelly and Blake took no chances when it came to Legend, each using their block on him. Legend, however, used his only block on Adam to secure singer Julian King in what appeared to be a photo-finish. To the viewer, it looked like Legend and Adam hit their buttons at the same time but Legend was just a hair quicker. Revenge is a dish best served cold.
Maelyn Jarmon, Lisa Ramey, Matthew Johnson, Savannah Brister, Julian King
Legend won two four-chair battles. First for partially deaf singer Maelyn Jarmon and later for Matthew Johnson. Legend also turned his chair for returning hopeful Lisa Ramey. Despite being blocked by all three of his fellow coaches, he closed out the week by adding five singers to his roster.
Gyth Rigdon, Kim Cherry, Lili Joy, Hannah Kay
In perhaps the most interesting coach-contestant combo of the night, Blake secured singer-rapper Kim Cherry. Cherry performed TLC’s Scrubs and surprised all of the coaches when she transitioned from singing to rapping. Then she chose Blake as her coach.
Lili Joy captured Blake’s attention with her rendition of Gwen Stefani’s Cool. Joy performed in a bright pink wig and played the mandolin, giving viewers the feeling she will be a contender this season.
Karen Galera, Rizzi Meyers, The Bundys
The returning champ positioned herself as a threat again this season after securing the first trio in The Voice history. The Bundys are a sibling group consisting of a brother and two sisters. The coaches weren’t immediately able to hear that there were three distinct voices on the stage, allowing Kelly to snag the group.
Kelly also secured Karen Galera, the only performer to sing an all-Spanish selection so far this season.
Trey Rose, Jimmy Mowery, Domenic Haynes
Both Adam and Blake battled for Trey Rose, but Adam walked away victorious for being the first to turn his chair. Domenic Haynes was a good enough talent for Adam to use his block on Legend. Always the patient coach, Adam has added three unique voices to his team to close out week one.
Week two of The Voice kicks off tomorrow night at 8 PM ET on NBC.
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