The first round of ENC’s The Voice singing competition on Oct. 9 began with “blind auditions,” where eight contestants were chosen to sing for the four Senior coaches. The coaches then chose which contestant they wanted to work with. Each coach ended the night with two contestants on his or her team.
Lauren Hammer’s team consisted of Seniors Kelsie Griffes and Cameron Smith. Anthony Germain’s team had Juniors Amber Ervin and Rose Percy. Canaan Hess’s team had Freshman Abbie Dunham and Junior Chris Sibilia. Hannah Welsh’s team had Sophomore Charlie Burkett and Junior Ciara McMahon.
Contestants chose their own songs, singing melodies from “Bleeding Love” by Leona Lewis to “Renegades” by X Ambassadors.
Oct 16. kicked off the Voice round two. Members of each group sang a solo and a duet, and the judges voted for which person should move on to the next round.
Hess’ group went first. Sibilia performed his rendition of “Are You Gonna Be My Girl” by Jet. Dunham played the piano and sang “Let Her Go” by Passenger, garnering a unanimous vote from all judges to put her through to the next round. Dunham and Sibilia sang “Hanging Tree” from The Hunger Games Soundtrack.
Griffes performed “Jesus Take the Wheel” by Carrie Underwood and Smith sang “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Miserables. The judges had a hard time deciding who to save but finally came to the conclusion of saving Smith. Hammer’s contestants sang “I See the Light” from Tangled for their duet.
Next, McMahon sang “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons and Burkett brought out his instrumental talents with the song “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz. The judges decided to put McMahon through to the next round.
Lastly, Percy came on the stage with her ukulele in hand and sang “Like a Star” by Corinne Bailey Rae; Ervin sang “Ho Hey” by the Lumineers. Together the two took on a song by Beyonce, “Best Thing I Never Had.” Percy proceeded to the next round. Burkett was saved.
The Voice finale is Nov. 23 in the RCA.