‘The Voice’ season 23 episode 4 recap: Coaches discover new talent on ‘The Blind Auditions, Part 4’ [UPDATING LIVE BLOG]

The Voice Season 23 Episode 4 Recap: Coaches Discover New Talent on The Blind Auditions, Part 4

The Voice Blind Auditions

The Blind Auditions for Season 23 of “The Voice” continued on March 14 with coaches Blake Shelton, Niall Horan, Chance the Rapper, and Kelly Clarkson all vying to discover and coach the next singing phenomenon. The innovative format of the show features five stages of competition: Blind Auditions, Battle Rounds, Knockouts, Playoffs, and Live Performance Shows. This season marks Blake Shelton’s last as a coach, and he aims to secure his tenth championship before bidding farewell to the show.

Coaches and Teams

As the Blind Auditions progressed in Episode 4, each coach added talented artists to their respective teams. Here are the artists who joined each coach’s team:

  • Team Blake: Neil Salsich, Tasha Jessen, Alex Whalen, Carlos Rising, Walker Wilson, EJ Michels
  • Team Niall: Ross Clayton, Michael B., Kala Banham, Ryley Tate Wilson, Jerome Godwin III, Laura Littleton
  • Team Chance: Sorelle, Noivas, Magnus, Jamar Langley, Manasseh Samone
  • Team Kelly: Holly Brand, D.Smooth, Sheer Element, Allie Keck, ALI

Recap of the Blind Auditions

Let’s dive into the minute-by-minute recap of Episode 4 of “The Voice” Season 23 to find out what happened on Tuesday, March 14 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. The Emmy-winning host Carson Daly guided viewers through the auditions.

The Auditions

The night started with Kate Cosentino’s audition. She put her own unique twist on “I Say a Little Prayer” and immediately caught the attention of coaches Kelly, Chance, and Niall, who turned their chairs. Kate’s eclectic “clown couture” style and her guitar skills impressed the coaches. Chance praised her joyful voice, Kelly loved her “pretty alto register,” and Niall saw the potential of a star in her. Ultimately, Kate chose to join Team Niall, following the path of her ancestors.

Next up was Al Boogie, whose band had slowed down from gigging recently, giving him the opportunity to audition for “The Voice.” Unfortunately, his rendition of “T-R-O-U-B-L-E” didn’t earn him a chair turn. Blake acknowledged that Al performed the song well, but it didn’t reach the level he desired. Kelly attributed the lack of dynamics in his performance to her decision not to turn her chair.

Track and field athlete Chloe Abbott took a break from training for the 2024 Olympics to audition with her rendition of “How Deep Is Your Love.” Only Chance turned his chair for Chloe, impressed by her amazing breath control and comparing her to Anita Baker and Norah Jones. Blake, jokingly claiming he had been training for the Olympics too, was put to the test when Kelly and Carson brought out a lie detector. Blake failed when asked if he used his block on Kelly and if she was his favorite coach.

Marcos Covos auditioned, sharing that he had repaired fractured family relationships after coming out as gay. His performance of “Tu Solo Tu” caught Kelly’s attention, but Blake turned his chair at the last second. Kelly praised Marcos’ passion and vibrato, while Blake highlighted the strong audience reaction Marcos generated. Despite being a long-time fan of Blake, Marcos chose to join Team Kelly.

Tiana Goss had a second chance to audition after her first attempt in Season 22. John Legend had informed her of a stylistic mismatch during that season, so Tiana hoped to fix that with her performance of “Emotion.” Niall was the only coach to turn his chair, impressed by Tiana’s falsetto and runs in the song. He believed she chose the perfect song to showcase her voice’s various aspects.

The final audition of the night came from Mary Kate Connor. As a young kid watching “The Voice,” she first heard her song “Stars.” Her parents, watching from the side stage, hoped Blake would turn his chair, and their wish came true when both Blake and Kelly hit their buttons simultaneously. Kelly praised Mary Kate’s beautiful and tender approach, comparing her to Brandi Carlile. Blake described her voice as soft and angelic, and though he got her home state wrong, he noted her true Americana voice. Mary Kate ultimately chose to join Team Blake, becoming the latest addition to his final team.

Looking Forward

As the Blind Auditions continue, the coaches are assembling their teams and discovering new talent. Fans of “The Voice” eagerly anticipate the upcoming Battle Rounds, where the artists will compete against each other for a chance to advance to the next stage of the competition.

Stay tuned as “The Voice” Season 23 unfolds, and be sure to root for your favorite artists and coaches as they strive to make their mark on the show and join the esteemed list of winners.

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