Now that the blind auditions have come to a close, season 11 of NBC’s incredible singing competition — The Voice — is officially in full swing,
We’ve quickly become OBSESSED with this cycle of the series that puts the show’s big voices on stage, leaving judges with the option to turn their chair and fight to add the voice to their team. Big voices, big personalities and cheeky sass, the blind auditions get us every single time.
This time around, it seems like the new additions to the coaching panel — 15-time Grammy Award winner Alicia Keys, and pop culture icon Miley Cyrus — have brought out the best vocalists to the show’s stage…perhaps in Voice history! Plus, they know how to fight for the contestants they want.
While there have been a SLEW of top-notch performances throughout this portion of the competition, 10 auditions in particular completely BLEW our minds this season.
Here are our favourite blind auditions from this season of The Voice:
Whitney & Shannon — “Landslide”
The only duo to appear on this season of The Voice instantly captivated us with their stunning rendition of “Landslide.” Choosing to perform The Dixie Chicks version of the iconic Fleetwood Mac track allowed them to highlight their gorgeous harmonies — which sounded even more special coming from the soulful sisters. Simple, delicate and crystal clear, this audition was pure perfection.
Billy Gilman — “When We Were Young”
Former child country star Billy Gilman isn’t a down-home little boy anymore — but what hasn’t changed is his undeniable talent. Billy wowed the coaches with his powerful performance of Adele’s “When We Were Young,” proving he was truly meant to sing any genre of music. He certainly connected with the emotional lyrics, leaving us with chills all OVER the place.
Wé McDonald — “Feeling Good”
As soon as 17 year-old Wé McDonald opened her mouth, our jaws hit the floor. Besides the SHOCKING juxtaposition between her speaking and singing voice, she absolutely SMASHED her blind audition — the deep, rich tone of her voice filled the studio and seriously impressed all four coaches. Her story of dealing with bullies and finding herself through music really resonated with us, making her performance that much more meaningful.
Christian Cuevas — “How Am I Supposed To Live Without You”
Christian selected his audition song in honour of his late father, and boy did it hit us right in the feels. The 20 year-old packed a HUGE punch with his soaring vocals, which featured a ton of beautiful elements — like an emotional growl and big, bold notes held for days.
Maye Thomas — “Roses”
Picking a heavily-produced, contemporary Top 40 hit for your audition is always a risk — but it definitely paid off for indie pop artist Maye Thomas. We can’t wait to see what other Bangerz she takes on next! (See what we did there? ‘Cause she’s on #TeamMiley? Get it?)
Riley Elmore — “The Way You Look Tonight”
DAYUM RILEY! We were floored by the young crooner’s performance. He literally sounds like a vintage standards record — but live. We’re sure the Rat Pack are smiling down on him.
Sa’Rayah — “Drown In My Own Tears”
But seriously, how is Sa’Rayah NOT one of today’s most successful divas?! Talk about an undiscovered talent — this woman’s voice is absolutely insane. Her rendition of this Ray Charles classic was off the charts. SANG IT QUEEN!!!
Ethan Tucker — “Roxanne”
Ethan’s raspy, reggae-infused performance of “Roxanne” by The Police is fresh, funky and modern. His unique style set him apart from a lot of other contestants, which ultimately led both Adam Levine and Blake Shelton to push their buttons.
Halle Tomlinson — “New York State Of Mind”
YAAAAAS HALLE!!! Her haunting delivery of one of Billy Joel’s most legendary songs was simply gorgeous.
Blaine Long — “Have A Little Faith In Me”
One of the competition’s oldest contestants proved to be one of the best vocalists to hit the stage. His folksy, Americana sound just warms your soul — kinda like a big ol’ hug.