Season Premiere ‘The Voice’


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Judges Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Miley Cyrus, and Alicia Keys pose next to the revamped ‘The Voice’ logo.

Stephen Serrano, Photojournalist

Season 11 of ‘The Voice’ has just kicked off with some breathtaking singers that performed.  The first episode of the blind auditions included singers Wé McDonald and Darby Walker. For the actually premiere, singers Jason Warrior, Dave Moisan, Courtnie Ramirez, Sundance Head, Maggie Renfroe, Ali Caldwell, Riley Elmore, Dana Harper, Gabe Broussard, Chris Cron, and Christian Cuevas took the stage. These dynamic singers sung their hearts out and left it on ‘The Voice’ stage.


Beginning the pre-premiere episode was Wé McDonald who sang “Feeling Good” by Nina Simone which sounded fresh and out of the box compared to other covers on that song. Wé landed a spot on Alicia Keys’ team because of her unique tone and vocal ability. Darby Walker took the stage subsequently, singing “Stand By Me” by Florence + the Machine which turned three chairs (Blake, Miley, and Alicia). After a brief duet with Miley Cyrus, Darby picked her as her coach.


The night of the actual premiere, Jason Warrior sang “Living for the City” by Stevie Wonder earning a spot onto Alicia’s team. Dave Moisan sang “Sex and Candy” by Marcy Playground wowing the audience and landing the first four chair turn of the season. Dave’s piercing falsetto fetches landed him a place on team Alicia. Following the phenomenal performance, Courtnie Ramirez belt out “Mamma Knows Best” by Jessie J which caught Miley’s attention and placed her on team Miley.


Off to great start, Sundance Head kept the momentum alive performing “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” by Otis Redding and choosing Blake as her coach. Unfortunately, Maggie Renfroe unsuccessfully landed any chairs making her the first no of the season. Starting on a better note, Ali Caldwell performed “Dangerous Woman” by Ariana Grande. Ali’s voice made singing that powerful tune look easy, which Miley fell in love ultimately landing the spot on team Miley.


Riley Elmore performed next and sang the crooner song “The Way You Look Tonight” originally by Frank Sinatra. Elmore’s soul from his rendition landed a spot on team Adam. Afterwards, Dana Harper revealed her range by singing Nick Jonas’ “Jealous” which impressed coaches Adam, Alicia, and Blake. When it all came upon Dana, she chose Blake as her coach.


Gabe Broussard was one of the last contestants to show if they got what it takes to be ‘The Voice.’ Gabe sang a country song by Marc Broussard (no relation) entitled “Lonely Night in Georgia” which sparked Blake’s attention leading up to his decision to choose him. Following the stellar rendition was Chris Cron who sang “Never Tear Us Apart” by INXS which did not turn any chairs for him. The judges had told him to come back next season better than ever. Last of the night was Christian Cuevas who performed “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You” by Michael Bolton. This performance in particular felt close to all the judges and ended up choosing Alicia.


YLHS students have had mostly positive feedback about ‘The Voice’ and the auditions. The Voice inspires students to be themselves regardless of what others say. Sarah Frazier (9) commented on this notion saying, “‘The Voice’ focuses on just your voice and not how you look or act. This is important because people are too focused on looks rather than talent.” Wrapping it all up, ‘The Voice’ auditions were some of the best talents the show has seen making it an exciting season to come.