‘The Voice’ Recap: Coaches Can’t Steal Country Artists from Blake Shelton, But They Try

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The Voice aired a special Thursday-night episode featuring round three of season 12’s Blind Auditions. Six artists auditioned in front of coaches Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, Adam Levine and Alicia Keys, but not all had what it takes to advance to the next round.

First up was Ashley Levin singing “Let Him Fly” by Patty Griffin. She set the bar for the night, getting Stefani, Shelton and Keys to turn with her pretty tone and strong technical skills. Shelton relied on his go-to pitch for country artists, touting his team as the path to success for any country singer. But Stefani didn’t back down, reiterating her relationship with Shelton and the fact that she recently recorded a country song with him. Levine tried to persuade Levin to go with Keys, who said she could hear Levin’s soul in her singing. But Levin ultimately didn’t deliver any plot twists: She joined Team Blake. “Boring!” Levine declared.

Firefighter Brandon Royal followed with an energetic and smooth performance of “Master Blaster (Jammin’)” by Stevie Wonder, delivering a strong reggae sound. Shelton and Stefani found themselves facing off again, both impressed by the talented artist. Shelton once again highlighted his winning record. Gwen’s pitch focused on how Royal shows versatility and could sing lots of different types of music. Team Gwen…