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The Best Auditions From 'The Voice' Season 7 Premiere

Diana Lee |
October 1, 2014 | 2:13 p.m. PDT

Staff Reporter

'The Voice' judges are looking for the next great artist on the show (The Voice/Instagram)
'The Voice' judges are looking for the next great artist on the show (The Voice/Instagram)
"The Voice" came back for its seventh season, and with a fresh pick of talents. Here are the seven highlights of the blind auditions, part 1 and 2:

Maiya Sykes

Maiya Sykes stole the show with her rendition of the hit song, “Stay with Me” by Sam Smith. The star has quickly risen in the music industry, and Maiya may do just the same. The four judges were quick to press the magic button, and realizing there was intense competition for the contestant-coach duo, presented her with all sorts of incentives to let them be her coachand not all singing-related. The banter was entertaining to watch, and Pharrell came out the winner at the end.

Taylor Phelan

There were quite a few impressive interpretations of popular songs in the blind auditionsand Taylor Phelan had one of the best. His take on “Sweater Weather” by The Neighbourhood had the judges grooving to the music. His originality and star-like stage performance especially touched the judgesall four gave him standing ovations at the end. Pharrell once again won over the sought-after contestant. I would say his team is the one to look out for.

James David Carter

James actually opened a show for Blake a while back. He wowed the judges with his cover of “Nobody Knows,” originally sung by The Tony Project in 1996. His smooth country voice plus his ever-so-natural stage presence captivated the audience, and even more so the judges. It’s no surprise he chose Blake as his coach, considering his past relations with the country singer.

Clara Hong

What’s amazing about Clara’s performance is that her voice was enough alone to convey her talent. She didn’t need any high notes or dramatic hits to draw in the judgesher smooth and effortless tone was actually the highlight. She chose Rickie Lee Jones’ “Chuck E’s in Love,” and it was the perfect choice to showcase her strongest points. She had three judges fighting for her, and she joined Team Adam.

Luke Wade

Luke Wade performed the classic, “That’s How Strong My Love Is.” His soulful voice and heartfelt singing had the judges praising him. His audition even had Adam standing on his chair, rocking out through the performance. And guess which coach he chose? Pharrell, once again. I have to say, he has some mad convincing skills. Is it really his first time on the show?


In one of the most touching blind auditions, Damien channeled a personal story to sing his version of “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday.” His high notes came with ease and showed his strong vocal range, and the judges were struck with how emotional and genuine his performance was. All four judges wanted him to be on their team, and he went Team Adam!

Reagan James

The 15-year-old R&B singer impressed the judges with her take on Ed Sheeran’s “Give Me Love.” Gwen was blown away by the skillful control she had over her voice. The moment Reagan said she would like to work with R&B music, Pharrell hung his head low in disappointment and said he wanted to “turn back the hands of time” to push the red button. After a fierce competition between the judges, she chose Team Blake. 

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