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Gwen and Pharrell out-nice each other on the final night of 'The Voice' blind auditions

Season 7 | Episode 5 | “The Blind Auditions Part 5” | Aired Oct 6, 2014

Last week:
Pharrell perfected the art of the undersell, while Adam utilized tough love to acquire contestants. Blake showed off his ability to use acronyms like “OMG” and “LOL” with ease, and we all got “Gwen’d.” Now let’s see who will fill each team’s final two slots on this week’s The Voice.

“Collaboration” might be my middle name
Our first contestant is Matt McAndrew, a tattooed 23-year-old from Philadelphia. Matt’s “A Thousand Years” is lovely (despite some nerves), showcasing a delicate, expressive tone and inspiring three button-pushes and fierce competition amongst the coaches. This ultimately turns into a tug-of-war between Pharrell and Adam over who is the most collaborative. Adam’s insistence that collaboration is “his middle name” seals the deal, and Matt joins Team Adam.

They’re gonna nice each other to death
Next up is Brittany Butler, a striking 21-year-old music major. She chooses to give “The Girl from Ipanema” a jazz treatment. Although it’s a little overstylized at times, her quirky vocals and sporadic scatting are enough to turn the chairs of both Gwen and Pharrell. Blake predicts the two are going to “nice each other to death” over Brittany, and he’s right, as Pharrell gives Gwen the floor (“The first handful of cotton candy has been thrown!”). They then have the most polite battle for a contestant in seven seasons of the show, and Pharrell gently undersells his way into adding Brittany to his team.


Boy-band boot camp
Ryan Sill, a 21-year-old from Sterling, VA, looks a little like Malibu Ken and sounds like he would be right at home in a boy band. His “Secrets” is a touch shaky to start, but he gains control and reveals a pleasing, radio-friendly voice that turns the heads (and chairs) of Gwen and Blake. Despite Blake’s insistence that there is no one like Ryan on his team, Gwen pours on the charm and snags Ryan for Team Gwen.

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Swim lessons or win lessons?
Before she even begins her audition, Fernanda Bosch’s background segment makes it clear she is winning at life when it shows her teaching special-needs kids how to swim (Do you feel like an underachiever yet? Yeah, me too!). Fernanda’s “I Try” is a bit uneven but also interesting, with a distinctive tone ranging from breathy to raspy in her high chest voice, inspiring button-pushes from Gwen and Blake. Gwen bonds with her over her age (17 was when she started No Doubt!) and her swimming (Gwen also taught swim lessons!), but Blake’s hard sell ultimately convinces Fernanda to make a home on Team Blake. This inspires something akin to dancing from Blake.


Take my shirt!
Another contestant winning at life is Beth Spangler, a soft-spoken 30-year-old radiographer for a children’s hospital in Aiken, SC (where she works in pediatrics and is basically awesome). Beth’s “Best Thing I Never Had” is surprisingly pop. While her nerves dominate the top of the performance, you can still hear a big, versatile voice shining through, and she seems to gain confidence as the song goes on. That potential is more than enough to turn all four chairs. While Pharrell tries to win her by standing, and Gwen tries to bribe her with free clothes (again with this!), Adam wins Beth to his team by literally offering her the shirt off his back. Hey, could you resist that offer? I didn’t think so.

Stalking Michael Buble via Blake Shelton
Griffin is a 23-year-old Nashville transplant and bow-tie entrepreneur. His “It’s a Beautiful Day” is expansive, stylized, and really colorful despite a few minor pitch issues, turning around Blake, Pharrell, and Gwen. Blake immediately tries to butter him up by talking about texting Michael Buble, seeing his shows, and generally stalking him all over the country. Naturally, this sends Griffin into the arms of Team Pharrell.

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
Our second-to-last contestant is Mayra Alvarez, a 26-year-old who shares a hometown with last season’s Jake Worthington (the better half of “Shake and Blake”). ”Human Nature” is a smart song choice. While the verses are too low in Mayra’s range, she quickly recovers and settles into her sweet spot, inspiring button-pushes from Blake and Gwen. Gwen immediately plays the girl card, and Blake notes, “This is not the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants; this is The Voice.” However, when Blake invites Mayra to join his Team Blake family, Gwen counters, “I’m not looking for family members. I’m looking for stars.” And Mayra joins Team Gwen.

Blake’s boo
The final blind audition this season belongs to Justin Johnes, a 15-year-old from Massapequa, NY, who was inspired to sing and dance thanks to a tape of ‘N Sync live. Justin’s “Let Her Go” isn’t the best performance this season, but his voice is flexible and enjoyably raspy in some unexpected places. He seems to struggle with breath control a little, but the tone is enough to earn Justin the final spot on Team Blake. Blake responds by giving him a T-shirt that says “Blake’s Boo.”


So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, good night
While we have plenty of happy endings tonight, we also have a few performers who don’t make a team. Evan Watson’s brilliant song choice (“The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”) and mad facial hair aren’t enough to turn the coaches’ heads. Chandra Knudsen’s adorable love of Batman memorabilia can’t save her “Hard to Love,” and Erin Kim is unable to lock in to his version of “Latch.” We’re also treated to a montage of Luka Niccoli (“Sing”), Nikki Rene (“Something to Talk About”) and Bradley McKee (“Me and My Broken Heart”).

Next week: Battles (i.e., awkward duets) begin! And how did Adam get Stevie Nicks to show up? ‘Cuz, hot dayum.


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

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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