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Season 7 | Episode 4 | “The Blind Auditions Part 4” | Aired Sept 30, 2014

Well, folks, it’s night four of blind auditions. We have another two hours of performances to cover, so pull up a chair, get comfortable, and let’s chat the latest episode of NBC’s The Voice.

I’m on my knees
Our first contestant is Katriz Trinidad, a 15-year-old from San Diego. At first it’s hard to get a handle on her “At Last.” It starts in her lower range, which seems to be lacking energy, but once Katriz starts reaching into her more powerful upper chest range, it gets better and better, showing off a fairly fluid voice. The coaches take note, and her performance inspires three chair turns and a rare hard sell from Pharrell. He even goes so far as to get on his knees, and that uncharacteristic gesture convinces Katriz to make her home on Team Pharrell.

Like Ozzie and Harriet

Next up is 25-year-old Ethan Butler, with a jazzy rendition of “Beneath Your Beautiful.” Ethan’s performance is far from perfect (he seems to be out of breath for much of it), but it’s engaging enough to turn the heads of Adam and Blake. Both coaches work to outsell the other, but Adam seals the deal with some constructive criticism, leading Ethan to join Team Adam. After Ethan leaves the stage, Gwen comments on Blake and Adam’s chemistry, and Adam explains that “Shevine” is just like Ozzie and Harriet. Yes, indeed.

The second time around
Because no episode would be complete without a comeback kid, we meet Tanner Linford, a 17-year-old who auditioned unsuccessfully back in season 6. Although Tanner has improved greatly, his “When You Say Nothing at All” is often problematic, lacking control and artfulness. But it’s impossible not to cheer when Blake finally turns his chair for sweet Tanner, because feelings.

A match made in heaven
The minute you see 29-year-old Jean Kelley, with her striped shirt and winged eyeliner, it’s obvious she would be a great match for Gwen’s aesthetic. Jean’s “Already Gone” is one of the most well-executed vocal performances of the night. When she jumps effortlessly from upper chest to falsetto, I am sold, and I’m surprised that only Blake and Gwen push their buttons. Gwen notes that she and Jean are similar in every way, even down to the hairstyle. While Blake tries to counter that with tales of past victories, you can’t fight fate, and Jean joins the ranks of Team Gwen.

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Constructive criticism as a sales pitch
One of the many tricks up Adam’s sleeve each season is constructive criticism. When everyone else is saying “Great job!” he stands out from the crowd by giving brutally honest feedback. This tactic already yielded him one contestant tonight (Ethan Butler), and he takes the same approach with Chris Jamison, a 20-year-old from Pittsburgh. Chris’s “Gravity” is warm and soulful, my favorite performance this episode. His silky smooth delivery turns all four chairs and inspires a bit of competition between coaches. However, Adam’s advice that Chris do a little less to have a greater impact vocally is compelling enough to win Chris to Team Adam.

Adam’s reaction to this is priceless.


Let’s turn The Voice into a honky-tonk
Listen, Craig Wayne Boyd is great. The 35-year-old musician has a killer fringe jacket and a cool country voice. But his parents are the real stars of this segment. Between his dad’s cowboy hat and enthusiastic “Yeehaw!” and his mom’s hilarious one-liners (“You’d have to give me a bucket to carry a tune!”), it becomes clear that this family is THE BEST. Craig’s “The Whiskey Ain’t Working” earns him a spot on Team Blake (who recommends that they turn The Voice into a honky-tonk). But the real cherry on top is Craig’s mom exclaiming, “I’m a little bit stunned. He just kissed me!” after a hug from Carson Daly. You have won my heart, Craig’s mom. Never change.

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The Pharrell method
Whereas Adam’s primary tactic is constructive criticism, Pharrell’s is the undersell (or what I like to call “the Pharrell method,” where he removes himself from the fray and makes Zen-like statements). He utilizes this expertly with 29-year-old Toia Jones. Her “One and Only” is fiery and infused with enough gospel flair to turn the heads of both Pharrell and Adam. Pharrell praises Adam effusively but says, “If you come on his team, he’s going to lift you. If you come on my team, I’m going to help you lift yourself.” That’s deep, and Toia can’t help but join Team Zen/Pharrell.

You just got Gwen’d
Amanda Lee Peers
, a 21-year-old from Rochester, New York, is one of the most likable contestants tonight as she talks about her struggle to come out to her church family, and the encouragement from her girlfriend to start singing again after a long break. Amanda’s “Put the Gun Down” is a bit rough around the edges, but it’s interesting and high energy, and it lands her a spot on Team Gwen. Adam notes that he got “Gwen’d” as she turned her chair for Amanda. Getting “Gwen’d” looks something like this.


Montage madness
Once again, we’re treated to montages of contestants who made teams but still had their audition whittled into tiny sound bytes for some inexplicable reason: Gianna Salvato (Team Gwen), Rebekah Samarin (Team Adam), and Grant Ganzer (Team Blake).

OMG, we’re meant to be

Our final performer is 22-year-old Jonathan Wyndham, a Cracker Barrel enthusiast with a face that’s made for TV. Jonathan’s “Say Something” is plagued by nerves, but his pretty tone and raw vulnerability are enough to capture the attention of all four coaches. Blake attempts to bond over plaid, leather, blue jeans, and Cracker Barrel, saying, “OMG, we’re meant to be.” But Jonathan can’t resist the draw of Team Adam.

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So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, good night
While we had plenty of happy endings tonight, we also had a couple performers who didn’t make a team. Roem Baur, a 37-year-old from San Francisco, is unable to turn the coaches’ heads with his wild “Pretty Woman.” And Tini Grey’s “Sara Smile” never fully connects with the coaches.

Who were your favorites from episode 4? Least favorites? Leave your thoughts in the comments, and I’ll see you back here after the next episode of The Voice. Thanks for reading!


The Voice airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8/7C on NBC.


TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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