Usher and Shakira may be chomping at the bit for a victory on "The Voice," but reigning champ Adam made clear at blind auditions Tuesday night that his clout as a potential coach is no small thing to contend with -- at least when some of the show's most coveted contestants are involved.
Adam started the night strong when he picked up Delvin Choice, the erstwhile Starbucks barista with the unique braided pompadour who had failed to turn a chair in season five. Delvin turned all four chairs Tuesday night with his rich, powerful take on Donny Hathaway's "A Song For You," triggering a ferocious round of fighting among the coaches. Despite Usher's heartfelt appeal (and love of the song choice), Delvin picked one of the men who'd spurned him last season as his coach -- none other than that season's champ, Adam.
Usher picked up a team member of his own with Madilyn Page, the Utah-bred 16-year-old who was ready to shift her focus from making short films to performing music. Her rendition of David Guetta's "Titanium" won over both him and Shakira, whose low-key, plaintive sales pitch fell short. (But then, she didn't have the success of a certain teen pop star prodigy to tout like Usher not-so-subtly did.)
Blake got a team member of his own next, with Noah Lis, the dapper crooner of throwback American Songbook jazz standards who was improbably only 22 years old. Noah suffered through most of his performance of the soul song "Me and Mrs. Jones" while staring at the backs of four red chairs -- but at the very end, both Blake and Adam turned, and he wound up choosing Blake as his coach.
That left just Shakira with no new team members Tuesday night -- but she won one with Deja Hall, a 16-year-old military brat who cited music as the one constant in her life and vowed to be as tenacious and competitive a "Voice" contestant as she is an athlete. Deja floored Shakira, Blake and Usher -- who pressed his button in the nick of time -- alike with her slow-burning, powerful take on the Cyndi Lauper ballad "True Colors," and she picked Shakira to helm her "Voice" tenure.
For those successes by the show's sophomore coaches, though, the last big win of the night went, again, to Adam -- who bested all his fellow coaches and scored the contestant everybody must have thought was a surefire Team Blake wannabe. Wyoming-by-way-of-Alabama country singer and mom Cary Laine turned all four coaches' chairs with her growling take on The Band Perry's "Better Dig Two" -- but despite a game of musical red chairs, in which all the fawning coaches offered her up their seats, she chose Adam as her coach.
Just one contestant went home Tuesday night disappointed: Indie rocker Keith Shuskie, he of the intensely waxed mustache and suspenders, whose take on a Keane hit failed to prompt any coaches to turn.
Next week, "The Voice" coaches will keep stocking up their teams with rosters of top talent as blind auditions continue, and if Tuesday night is any indication, they'll have their sights set on picking off prospective members of what's shaping up to be a formidable Team Adam.
"The Voice" airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8/7c.