NBC’s ‘The Voice’ review: Lauren Diaz, Brendan Fletcher, Billy Gillman perform in second audition show

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Tonight, “The Voice” is back with its second full night of Blind Auditions! There are emotional stories, great voices, and hopefully fun coach antics along the way. We’re going to have some other updates live as the show happens, so be sure to refresh the page early and often.

Sa’Rayah – If you’re looking for a uniquely-named contestant this season, look no further! The same goes for one with a wonderfully powerful voice. The thing that impressed us as much as anything is all of the sass and personality she stuck in there. It’s one thing to be able to go out there and perform a big ballad; however, selling yourself beyond that is something special that could make her into a star. Also, it’s easy to root for her given her story. We gotta admit we’re surprised by her coach choice, but going out of your element can sometimes reap big rewards. Team Miley.

Ethan Tucker – Very solid audition, and we especially appreciate the choice here to cover “Roxanne.” There was a nice overall energy and vibe around what he brought to the table, but we have to admit that the latest “Blake laughs at Adam” segment at the end may overshadow much of what we remember about this performance itself. Team Blake.

We McDonald – It’s interesting that we have this included in the show, mostly because she was a part of the post-Olympics preview … and we already knew who she chooses. Team Alicia.

Andrew DeMuro – Kudos to Andrew for bringing Adam Levine another team member, but also some passion and uniqueness. We feel like he’s someone who could make it through and last a while with this coach. Team Adam.

Billy Gilman – Sure, it was somewhat predictable for Billy to pick Adam since the “One Voice” singer is moving away from country. We see these two being almost akin to Adam and Tony Lucca a long time ago, who went all the way to the finale. He’s REALLY good, and he should have an audience out there. Team Adam.

Sophia Urista – Let’s put it this way: After Miley used Dolly Parton to sell herself following the audition, was there any other way Sophia could go? We also do think that they have similar vibes that will serve the two of them well this season. Team Miley.

Brendan Fletcher – His performance continued the trend of Adam getting great artists tonight, and we especially love what he did here with “Jolene.” It may not have been the biggest vocal we’ve heard, but we did appreciate the emotion. Team Adam.

Dan Shafer – We didn’t think he was amazing per se, but it would be fun to see an older contestant actually make it past the Battle Rounds. Fingers crossed. Team Blake.

Lauren Diaz – This was the audition of the night in terms of emotion, even though we’d say that Sophia and Billy were our favorite overall performances. This was sweet just because of the moment she had both with her mentor and her new fiance. Team Alicia.

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