NBC’s ‘The Voice’ review: Nolan Neal, Halle Tomlinson, Aaron Gibson perform in audition show #4

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After a special one-hour version of “The Voice” on Monday (blame the Presidential election for that), we’re getting something a little different here on Thursday night: A full two-hour show jammed packed full of auditions! Of course, the funny part of this is that one of these auditions is probably one you saw on YouTube before tonight, while the other is one highlighted during NBC’s Olympics showcase earlier this summer.

Aaron Gibson – Our first artist in Aaron is the performer whose “Losing My Religion” cover was highlighted on YouTube. He’s really good! There is a southern rock / soul / hybrid country sound to his voice, which is really haunting and he can do some cool things with it with the right song. Miley Cyrus did fight with him the hardest, and we like this in many ways because he is the complete opposite of his mentor. She’s loud, and can hopefully bring that personality out of him. Team Miley.

Simone Gundy – You don’t sing “I Who Have Nothing” unless you mean business. Simone’s very good. We would say that at times she got a little off-key hitting some of the larger notes, but the fact that she had the gusto to go for those so early in the show says something. We also like the choice here in terms of someone who could help push her to make mainstream song choices and get her personality out there. Team Adam.

Josh Gallagher – Judging from his friends and family’s reaction when Blake Shelton turned around, it was pretty darn clear who he was picking. We actually do have to say, though, that Blake really did genuinely fight to get Josh on his team over Alicia, and that was smart since he does have a really good voice for this particular style. Team Blake.

Gabriel Violett – He’s a onesie model! One of the funniest jobs we’ve ever seen on the show, and we gotta say that he’s got a pretty lovely voice to go along with that. This was almost as predictable a battle as the one before it. Gabe’s performed on Broadway; Alicia Keys performs “Empire State of Mind.” Team Alicia.

Michael Sanchez – Dude’s got blues! We also agree with Miley — with that raps, we would’ve thought that he had a beard, as well. That just makes a whole lot more sense for him. Team Alicia.

Darby Walker – We saw her during the Olympics special, and she chose Miley. For those unaware, she also has a history appearing on “Girl Meets World.” Team Miley.

Austin Allsup – This one was fairly fun given that Blake was already familiar with the guy, so to end up on his team can more or less be considered icing on the cake. Team Blake.

Khaliya Kimberlie – Miley’s got herself another team member! This one is really perfect for her, since she’s someone with a lot of energy, and someone who is very likable and fun to watch. If she makes it to the live shows, she could be dangerous. Team Miley.

Halle Tomlinson – Anyone who performs a Billy Joel song during their audition deserves an extra bit of love, and therefore cheers for Halle! Really good audition, and there was another fun sort of symmetry here seeing Halle choose someone famous for “Empire State of Mind” to be her coach. Team Alicia.

Nolan Neal – Good for Nolan! He performed last year and got no chairs to turn, but he clearly improved and chose a better song this time. As a result, everyone turned around! We’re a little shocked about his choice only because the trend sometimes is to go with someone who wasn’t there to shun you the time before.

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