“The Voice” Recap: Blake Busts a Move

Cool cat Blake Shelton showed his claws on the final night of The Voice’s blind auditions, proving he’s willing to fight chair-mates Adam Levine, Shakira and especially Usher to get the best singer to fill his final spot on his 12-person team.

The big question seemed to be whether or not would Blake lose any more country artists to his fellow coaches. But it turned out he wasn’t interested in a country artist, but rather Jacqui Sandell, a 24-year-old ballet dancer-turned-frontwoman for the band My Arcadia whose version of Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” had Blake quickly pushing his button. Usher followed suit, but Blake’s impassioned plea (“We both have tattoos, it could make for a deadly combination!”) won out. Blake was so pleased with himself that he broke out into some Usher-inspired victory dance moves.

The gloating was short-lived, however. With Blake all out of spaces on his team, 19-year-old Texan Amber Carrington took the stage singing Carrie Underwood’s “Good Girl.” Blake exclaimed she “nailed it” and already set his sights on stealing her from Team Adam when the Battle Rounds begin next week.

The night wrapped up with Shakira showing off her best Usher impression to ultimately win a showdown with the R&B star over 24-year-old Luke Edgemon, a one-time backup singer for Mary J. Blige and Queen Latifah. Usher’s loss was also his gain, though, when he rounded out his team with the adorable powerhouse Jessica Childress, 26, who blew everyone away with her rendition of “Marry You” by Bruno Mars.

Not that Blake’s worried, mind you. He expressed his utter confidence that he’s going to three-peat.

Next up: Sheryl Crow, Hillary Scott, Joel Madden and Pharrell Williams join the show as mentors when the Battle Rounds begin on Monday.

So what do you think? Does Team Blake have the most talent?


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