The Voice Blind Auditions, Night 4: Brittany Kennell, Laith Al-Saadi Lead the Night


With just a precious few spots left on each coach’s roster, the final night of The Voice Blind Auditions will send a lucky few onto their next competition. As we head into Night 4, Blake Shelton, Adam Levine and Pharrell Williams have used up their steals, leaving Christina Aguilera to choose which of tonight’s contestants she wants to add to her team. So let’s get into the final night of The Voice Blind Auditions:

First Battle: Laith Al-Saadi vs. Matt Tedder (Team Adam)

Adam and Tori Kelly await Laith Al-Saadi and Matt Tedder. They arrive and before they enter the room, the two musicians have come up with their own bluesy arrangement of the suggested Rolling Stones song “Honky Tonk Woman.” Tori says she loves how both musicians connect to their instruments. She suggests that they find a way to end on the same note. Adam says he feels both are guitar players who sing, but to advance it will be who is the better singer who plays guitar. During the final rehearsal, Tori thinks Matt has upped his presence and they work out the last kinks.

Matt starts off the song with a bluesy vibe, but once Laith joins in, it’s clear he has the bigger voice. It’s a unique rendition that definitely stands out. Blake says the performance was so different and he has much respect for the guitar playing of both musicians. He says Matt has a voice he identifies with, while Laith’s voice takes over the room. Blake says from a singing standpoint, he picks Laith. Christina says she was entertained, and if she were to choose Laith’s soul and grown would be her choice. Pharrell says Laith’s grown comes with ease and it’s like he’s floating when he’s playing, while Matt is a star. He says he would pick Laith, but knows it’s a tough decision. Adam says it was a perfect match. He feels that Matt really picked things up, while Laith was more seasoned. He applauds both, but eventually chooses Laith.

Second Battle: Caity Peters vs. Joe Vivona (Team Pharrell)

Joe Vivona and Caity Peters arrive and see Diddy and immediately Joe gets nervous. Pharrell says he feels that they’re both emotional singers and he gives them Billy Joel’s “Honesty” to sing. Pharrell says that Joe’s biggest issue is his nerves. Diddy tells Caity that she needs to forget the Billy Joel version and find a way to make it her own. During final rehearsals, Diddy gives Joe a hug before they start. Joe has made some improvements, but Pharrell wants him to work on certain notes. Diddy wants Caity to get into the song, and he says Joe with confidence is much better.

When it comes to the performance, both singers have a breathiness to their sound, but it’s not necessarily connecting. Later in the song, both match each other’s growl, but Joe sounds a bit smoother in his vocal approach while Caity feels more strained. Adam says both singers have original tones to their voices, but he says both vocalists had a lack of control. Blake initially thought Caity had the more unique voice, but Joe also had some things he never heard before. Christina says she could feel the struggle and didn’t connect as much with the emotion presented. She’s the only one who offers a definitive choice, saying Caity felt a little less strained. Pharrell says it was a struggle for Caity given her range and where the song was, but he felt she really dug in. He reveals that Joe had extreme nerves beforehand and stepped up and belted with no fear. His choice is Caity.

In the night’s montage segment, we get brief glimpses of three advancing singers. Peyton Parker bests Gina Castanzo on a performance of Madonna’s “Borderline” to continue her run on Team Blake. Christina Aguilera favored Joe Maye‘s charisma over Ayanna Jahnee on the George Michael / Aretha Franklin duet “I Knew You Were Waiting.” And Owen Danoff‘s navigation of the high parts curried favor with Adam Levine in his battle round with John Gilman on “Runaway.”

Third Battle: Brittany Kennell vs. Trey O’Dell (Team Blake)

Blake and advisor Gwen Stefani welcome Brittany Kennell and Trey O’Dell and Blake gives them Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain,” a track that falls in between the strong points for both artists.  Gwen tells Brittany she’s a little too happy for the song and needs to investigate the lyric. Meanwhile, Trey feels more like he’s in it. After their practice, they meet for the final rehearsal. Blake tells Brittany she needs to find a way to stay present, while Gwen suggests they get rid of the mic stands. After that, they feel more in line with the emotion of the song.

Trey starts the song with a more clear vocal, whereas Brittany’s opening notes come with more range. But as the song advances, Joe gets a little more attitude in his performance, and even hits his upper register. Meanwhile, Brittany is more consistent throughout. Christina says Trey had a great falsetto, while Brittany had a great vibrato that reminded her of Gwen Stefani. Pharrell says Brittany has a really strong vibrato, while Trey showed great range. Adam says Brittany’s voice is weird and wonderful and he loves that, while his note to Trey is that he came across more tight. He says he would choose Brittany. Blake says Trey sounded great all the way through, while he loves how Brittany can hold her notes unlike anybody else. He picks Brittany, but Christina uses the final steal on Trey.

So there you have it, the final night of The Voice Blind Auditions. Let’s take a look at how they ranked on the evening:

THE VOICE -- Brittany Kennell -- (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC)
THE VOICE — Brittany Kennell — (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC)

4. Caity Peters (Team Pharrell)
3. Trey O’Dell (Team Christina)
2. Brittany Kennell (Team Blake)
1. Laith Al-Saadi (Team Adam)

Come back next Monday at 8PM ET/PT on NBC for the start of The Voice Knockout Rounds.

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