On last night's episode of NBC's "The Voice," the last round of blind auditions commenced as coaches Adam Levine, Blake Sheldon, Cee Lo Green, and Christina Aguilera filled the final slots on their respective teams.
Caitlin Michelle of our fair city, Boston, sang Florence + the Machine's "Cosmic Love," sending Adam and Blake twirling around in their chairs. The country crooner continued to scowl through strained laughter as Michelle joined Team Adam. Sorry, Blake. Country ain't country without a little heartache!
Fifteen-year-old Nathalie Hernandez had Blake and Christina spinning within seconds of her performance of Taylor Swift's "White Horse" (watch above), ultimately taking a spot on a fellow pint-size powerhouse's team (yes, we mean Christina).
Moving on, Nashville singer-songwriter, 18-year-old Nicole Johnson, gave a twangy version of Kelly Clarkson's "Mr. Know It All," and finally gave Blake an "A-ha!" moment he can work with. "You had me at 'thang,'" he sweet-talked. Fellow spinner, Cee Lo, is unable to give a compelling argument that makes up for the fact that she's a "country girl" who wants a "country coach." She goes Team Blake. At long last.
New Jersey-bred former Gaga backup singer Chevonne wound up on Team Cee Lo with The Pretenders' "Brass in Pocket," and 17-year-old Kayla Nevarez fought through her back story tears (her father is suffering from a liver disease) to pull off a solid version of "American Boy" by Estelle. Adam, Cee Lo, and Christina spin. She snagged the final spot on Team Adam.
(Editor's note: And this is when we pause and reflect on just how long this show is.)
Celica Westbrook's performance of Christina Perri's "A Thousand Years" put her on Team Christina and Rudy Parris's slightly country version of "Every Breath You Take" landed him on Team Blake.
Finally, Cody Belew grabbed a last-second spot on Cee Lo's team with a kicky performance of "Hard to Handle" (watch above), causing what Adam says was "the best reaction we've ever heard. Ever." Curse words, hugs, violations of Cee Lo's personal space. We love you already, Cody.
And then there were the ones that weren't so lucky: Former boy bander Rod Michael failed to impress with his rendition of Mike Posnerís "Please Donít Go." However, Adam offered the consolation that the crowd was going "all 50 Shades of Gray" for his performance, which we're pretty sure is as high a compliment as a male artist can get. School teacher Kameron Corvet's performance of "Crazy" didn't spin any chairs, and Jessica Cayne's "Good Girl" by Carrie Underwood didn't win her any favor, even after she took off her shoes.
Tomorrow's episode is a recap of the "Best of the Blind Auditions" (in case you haven't had enough already), and next week begins the first round of Battles.
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