Pull up a chair, because The Voice is officially back for their seventh season!
The Voice veterans, (and founding members of TV’s best bromance) Adam Levine and Blake Shelton are back, and this time they've brought two new faced to the Emmy award-winning series: No Doubt's leading lady, Gwen Stefani, and the man who creates all the songs that get stuck in your head, producer Pharrell Williams.
To kick off the new season and celebrate the first night of blind auditions, the musically-inclined foursome took the stage to gift fans with a cover of Gwen and Pharrell’s 2001 hit, “Hella Good.” All in all it was a pretty good performance, but we wanted to rip our hair out when Gwen kept making the audience sing the obnoxious “Ooo! Ooo!” call-and-answer. Come on, Gwen — it’s not the early 2000’s anymore.
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Now let's get to know the sensational singers that the coaches fought over in the Season 7 premiere of The Voice…
Team Adam: The Maroon 5 front-man scored a true gem with Clara Hong, a gifted singer who moved to the USA from Korea and used music growing up to learn how to speak English. Her version of Ricki Lee Jones' "Chuck E.’s In Love" blew three out of the four coaches away (not Blake), and Parrell crooned that her voice is "like silk." However, it was Adam who won her over in the end.
TSA agent Damien delivered one of the best, and most emotional performances of the night, which caused him to snag all four coaches' chairs and attention. Following his performance of "It's So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday," Damien broke down in tears from happiness. After a tender moment with Gwen, and receiving lavish praise from the coaches, Damien decided Adam was the coach for him.
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Team Gwen: 16-year-old Bryana Salaz fell in love with music at an early age and she chose to sing Ariana Grande's summer hit, "Problems" to show off her powerful voice. Adam, Gwen and Blake were stunned when they turned their chairs, and each fought hard to win the singer over. However it was Gwen, who played the "girl card" who connected with Bryana the best.
Taylor John Williams says that music has always been his first love, but since it doesn't pay the bills quite yet, he works at a dog hotel in Portland. However, all of that could change thanks to his version of "Heartless" that wowed both Adam and Gwen. Pharrell offered his advice to John telling him, "Adam understands your voice, but Gwen understands your future." In the end, this swayed Taylor to choose Team Gwen, and he happily accepted one of the adorable t-shirts she had made.
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Team Pharrell: Soul singer, Luke Wade was the very first singer to take the stage, and he scored an impressive four-chair-turn with his rendition of Otis Redding's "That's Show Strong My Love Is." Despite an accident with a paintball gun that left him blind in the right eye, Luke never gave up on his dreams, and he has spent the past ten years trying to catch his big break. Despite some intense campaigning from Gwen, Luke decided Pharrell was his best fit.
Elyjuh Rene has been singing in church since age three, and music became his main outlet after his parents separated when he was a kid. The divo-in-training put his spin on Beyonce's "XO" and snagged a two-chair-turn with Pharrell and Adam interested. However, it was Pharrell’s knowledge of what to do with Elyjuh’s voice that drew the singer to his team.
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Team Blake: If at first you don’t succeed, audition for The Voice again! That’s exactly what country singer Allison Bray did after auditioning for the first time in season six. The blonde beauty sang Kacey Musgraves' country hit, "Merry Go Round" and won the attention of Adam, Gwen and Blake. Although it looked like Adam was thisclose to winning her over, Allison decided to go the safe route with country superstar Blake.
Closing out the show was country lover James David Carter, who has been the opening acts for many big names such as Dwight Yoakam, Trace Adkins, Brad Paisley, and even Blake Shelton. James' country crooning with "Nobody Knows" was so impressive that he made all four chairs turn, but he happily chose to be apart of Team Blake.
What was your favorite blind audition of The Voice's season 7 premiere? Sing your thoughts in the comments below!