The Voice, Season 9, Week 1: Jordan Smith, Blind Joe, James Dupré, Ellie Lawrence, And Others Move Forward

Scott Hough

The first two episodes featuring blind auditions from a host of future talents kept fans of The Voice buzzing this week. The coaches for The Voice's ninth season include Maroon 5 lead vocalist Adam Levine, Grammy Award-winning musician and producer Pharrell, country music legend, Blake Shelton, and Gwen Stefani, known for her rise to fame with No Doubt, as well as her solo musical and fashion design career.

Season 9 of The Voice got underway on Monday night with Jordan Smith from Kentucky setting the pace. Smith performed his rendition of "Chandelier" by Sia.

"Jordan's voice is so high it could easily be mistaken for a woman's," NBC writes, "But his range, power and pitch are all so exquisite." Audience members quickly reacted to Smith's voice with screams and applause. Jordan Smith got the nod from all four judges, opting to join Blake's team.

Monday's excitement on The Voice seemed to roll over into Tuesday with another group of fresh talent taking part in blind auditions.

Fargo, North Dakota native Blind Joe was the first voice to be heard Tuesday evening. Joe performed The SteelDriver's-written, Adele hit "If It Hadn't Been for Love." Audience members quickly reacted to Blind Joe's gravelly, bluesy voice by clapping along and with hoots, screams and applause. Blind Joe was courted by all four judges. He choose Team Blake after some thought.

Roberts was followed by Ellie Lawrence, who sported blue hair and belted out a "powerful" rendition of "We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off" by Jermaine Stewart. Lawrence got to pick from Gwen, Blake and Shelton. After calling Gwen "the Queen of Ska" it become clear who her choice of coaches was going to be, and she joined Team Gwen.

[Screenshot Courtesy The Voice / YouTube]

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