By Tom Carr
Image Courtesy Trae Patton/NBCThe seventh season of The Voice premiered Monday night on NBC with the start of the blind auditions.
Veteran coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton were joined by two newcomers: Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams. The foursome kicked off the two-hour broadcast by collaborating on a cover of Gwen’s No Doubt hit “Hella Good,” which was co-written by Pharrell.
Here are the highlights of the blind auditions:
Luke Wade was the first contestant of the new season. He performed “That’s How Strong My Love Is,” made famous by Otis Redding. All of the coaches pressed their buttons. Adam stood up on his chair with excitement, declaring to Luke, “You’re going to win.” Pharrell insisted he knew what to do with Luke’s voice, and pleaded with Luke to let him be his “amplifier.” Gwen joked that while Blake and Adam are mailing it in as veteran coaches, she’s fresh and ready to go. Luke decided to join Pharrell.
Clara Hong was born in South Korea and moved to America when she was 8. All of the coaches except for Blake pressed their buttons as Clara sang “Chuck E’s in Love” by Rickie Lee …read more