Soulful Duvall singer Austin Jenckes and Tacoma’s Stephanie Johnson have both made it through to the live rounds of “The Voice,” NBC’s singing competition where the contestants are coached by celebrity artists Cee-lo Green, Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine.
Monday’s show featured Team Blake (whose team members have won three times in five seasons) and Team Adam, with Aguilera and Green getting a chance to see their team members square off tonight. Final voting results for this week’s round will be broadcast Thursday.
Until then, check out where Monday’s contestants rank and hop back here tomorrow for a recap of Tuesday’s show. Unlike the judges — who amazingly forget how to be critical during their first live show of the year — we won’t pull any punches. Rankings after the jump.
Monday show power rankings
1. Tessanne Chin (Team Adam) — Chin burned down “The Voice” stage with “Many Rivers to Cross,” by Jimmy Cliff. Her voice has incredible depth and range, and she threw down the gauntlet Monday as the one to beat despite breaking down in tears at the song’s end. “You crying? Good tears?” host Carson Daly asked. Well-deserved tears of joy.
2. Preston Pohl (Team Adam) — “Nothin’ On You” by B.o.B. continued Pohl’s strong run. He can really sing, but perhaps just as important as Pohl’s smoky voice is that he’s a natural on stage as well.
3. Austin Jenckes (Team Blake) — Jenckes chose a Black Crowes song, “She Talks to Angels,” and it worked for him. Ballads work really well for Jenckes because they give him a chance to emote and use his impressive range. He got ragged on for riding a moped, but as Shelton said, “It takes a confident man to ride a moped.”
4. James Wolpert (Team Adam) — The former Apple Store employee said in his pre-performance interview that he feels naked without his guitar. It certainly helped an acoustic version of Joni Mitchell’s “A Case of You” come to life. He’s one to watch.
5. Will Champlin (Team Adam) — One Republic’s “Secrets” allowed Champlin a chance to display his pleasing tenor. It’s no wonder that Levine likes him — they have similar voices.
6. Shelbie Z (Team Blake) — It makes sense that Shelbie Z, an Alabama native who sings brash outlaw country, is a member of country superstar Blake Shelton’s team. She might be a little one-dimensional, but she nailed “Fancy” by Reba McEntire and was complimented by Aguilera for her ability to “growl.”
7. Cole Vosbury (Team Blake) — Lot of beards on “The Voice” this year, but none better than Vosbury’s magnificent mane. Oh, and he can sing a little, too, causing Levine to regret not choosing him for his team with a strong version of Rod Stewart’s “Maggie May.”
8. Ray Boudreaux (Team Blake) — Another Southern-influenced vocalist, Boudreaux used “Home” by Marc Broussard to wow the crowd and judges. He’s a good singer but there’s a certain blandness to his voice, and when he tried to spice it up on his final notes Monday the result was not great.
9. Grey (Team Adam) — Just another case of the judges sparing feelings and not delivering the truth, which is that Grey turned in a pitchy, off-kilter version of Paramore’s “Still Into You.” Like or hate Hayley Williams’ music, the Paramore lead singer has a great voice. The comparison was not kind.
10. Nic Hawk (Team Blake) — Hawk chose to perform one of the biggest hits of 2013, Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines.” With any singing competition, there’s the risk of heading into bad karaoke territory, and unfortunately Hawk’s thin, needy voice couldn’t elevate the song beyond it.