The Voice Recap: Will a New Twist Refresh this Tired Series?

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it's hard to believe it, but The Voice Season 15 premiered Monday night. 

Series mainstays Adam Levine and Blake Shelton were joined by Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson for what will probably be another season of the wrong contestant being voted out on a weekly basis, never to hear from the actual winner again. 

In any case, the Blind Auditions always pack a punch in the emotions department because it's great seeing some people get that seal of approval. 

The Voice Season 15 Poster

We learned at the top of the premiere that there would be a significant change, and that allowed Kelsea Ballerini to lend her coaching skills to six singers who did not get a chair turn. 

She then gets the chance to send her two best singers to the Live Playoffs, giving them the opportunity to be instantly saved and added to the team of their choice. 

It all sounds rather convoluted, but that's the name of the game when you're pushing out two seasons a year. 

Let's break down the performances, shall we?

Sarah Grace - “Ball and Chain” - (Team Kelly)

Sarah has got to be one of the bubbliest contestants in the history of this series. She opened up about a condition she was suffering from. Named Synesthesia, it meant she sees colors every time she hears the music. 

Her voice was robust, and that probably explains why Kelly wanted her on her team. 

Sarah Grace on The Voice

Tyshawn Colquitt - “Like I Can” - (Team Jennifer)

Tyshawn's performance started with a whimper and ended with a bang. It's great when that happens, and his dance routine was pretty solid. 

There's a star here, but the true test will be whether Jennifer can coach him in the right direction. 

Tyke James - “Perfect” - (Team Adam)

Tyke looked like a star, but his vocals were not that great. They were shaky, and it made me question what Adam had planned to loosen the contestant up. 

A lot of the best performers let the nerves get the best of them, but Tyke will need to adapt quickly if he wants to pack a punch post-premiere. 

Mercedes Ferreira-Dias, “She Used to Be Mine” (Team Blake)

Mercedes appeared on The Voice Season 14 and failed to get a chair turn from Kelly, but that didn't stop the kid taking another shot at her dream. 

She brought her A-Game to this performance, and Blake Shelton took her under his wing. 

Kelly Clarkson on The Voice Season 14

Radha - “Mamma Knows Best” - (Team Adam)

It's always difficult to assess who will make it from the premiere all the way to the finale, but there was something about Radha that oozed star quality. 

Maybe it was the fact that she never stopped for a breath. She was phenomenal. 

Kameron Marlowe - “One Number Away” - (Team Blake)

Kameron had a lot to offer, and that's why it was unsurprising that his vocals were on top form. The 21-year-old has a unique voice, good looks, and a great stage presence. That will likely secure him a lot of votes. 

Mikele Buck - “She Used to Be Mine” - (Team Kelly)

It's surprising that there are so many good performers off the bat. Mikele appeared with his guitar and got to work with a performance that packed an emotional punch. 

While it was surprising the judges never turned straight away, it was clear they were impressed by this man's Brooks & Dunn cover. 

Adam Levine on The Voice Season 14

Patrique Fortson - “Get Here” - (Team Jennifer)

The moment Patrique opened his mouth to sing this Oleta Adams cover, one thing was clear:

His voice is up there as one of the series' finest. Thankfully, Jennifer agreed, saying:

"When your voice opened up, “the gates of heaven opened up.”

Kennedy Holmes - “Turning Tables” - (Team Jennifer)

This 13-year-old appeared on stage, conquered and then some. She's like a seasoned artist, despite her age and there's not much Jennifer will need to change to make her marketable. 

What are your thoughts on the first night of the Blind Auditions?

Hit the comments below. 

The Voice continues tonight at 8/7c on NBC. 

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