'The Voice' recap: Alicia Keys serenades Lilli Passero for the win, adds four-chair turn Autumn Turner to team
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 03/01/2017
The Voice coaches continued to fight over talent in Tuesday night's episode, with artists Autumn Turner, Lilli Passero and Aliyah Moulden stealing the show.
Last night's one-hour broadcast on NBC featured coaches Adam Levine, Gwen Stefani, Alicia Keys and Blake Shelton battling it out over hopeful contestants in "The Blind Auditions." Five artists were ultimately chosen for a team and will therefore advance to the show's infamous "The Battle Round."
Autumn Turner, a 25-year-old ice skating coach from Montclair, NJ, was formerly part of a girl group that didn't make it in the music industry. Autumn eventually let music go but decided to recently go after her dreams again.
Autumn sang "Last Dance" by Donna Summer and turned all four chairs around. Adam said the amount of grace and soul she exhibits rarely comes around on The Voice and she could win this season. Adam added "she's not from earth." Gwen was blown away by the performance and argued she has so much experience that could translate into teaching the artist.
Alicia is determined to show different styles this season, so she wanted Autumn on her team. Blake called the singer "unbelievable" and insisted he was "dying" for her to be on his team this season. Adam wanted to get the last word in, saying he'd like to bring out the best in her, but then Alicia pointed out that she could guide Autumn in her journey to live in the moment and be free.
Autumn ended up choosing to join "Team Alicia" because the coach was preaching the same messages she happens to teach her skating students.
Aliyah Moulden, a 15-year-old from La Habra, CA, revealed her mother is Mexican and her father is African American, so she grew up with a lot of musical influences. Aliyah, who hoped Alicia would turn around for her, once opened up for Jesse McCartney and got a taste of fame when she was asked to attend the BET Awards.
Aliyah performed a cool rendition of "Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley, and Blake, Gwen and Alicia pressed their buttons for her. Gwen called the artist " one of the cutest things" she's ever seen. Gwen wanted to help this young girl discover the message she wants to give.
Blake argued that although Aliyah may be turned off by the fact he's a country singer, the coach has had major success with young female artists on The Voice -- including previous winners Danielle Bradberry and Cassadee Pope. Alicia noted that the artist sang with edge but is also so pure, adding that she can definitely blossom on The Voice. In the end, Aliyah chose to join Blake's team.
Lilli Passero, a 26-year-old actress, singer and waitress from Los Angeles, CA, performed "A Love Of My Own" by Carla Thomas on the show. Gwen, Blake and Alicia all turned around for her.
Blake said there was something "so classic" about her, and Alicia called the performance "so cool." Alicia hoped to explore her 50s and 60s sound of music and dive into that world together. Alicia told Lilli that classic songs could be her lane. Gwen complimented Lilli's theatrical style and vintage sound.
Alicia probably feared Lilli was going to choose another coach, so she decided to serenade the artist. Lilli was shocked to see the successful singer call her name out through song, and with that, the artist joined Alicia's team.
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Gwen was desperate to snag a young female artist for her team whom she could guide and mentor. That goal came true when Savannah Leighton, a 16-year-old from Spring Garden, AL, took the stage with "Unconditionally" by Katy Perry.
Both Gwen and her boyfriend Blake turned around for her. Gwen's arguments were powerful and came off a little intimidating, but Savannah joined her team for the sake of "girl power."
Jesse Larson, a 34-year-old from Minneapolis, MN, once received a call from Prince asking his band to sing backup for Judith Hill, who won Season 4 of The Voice. It was an amazing four months for Jesse, but he didn't find much success in the music industry afterwards. Jesse sang "Jealous Guy" by John Lennon on the show, and Adam was shocked to be the only coach who turned around for such a talent.