Country sweetheart Savannah Berry, a 17-year-old singer from Houston, helped score a major victory for Team Blake in the final moments of the show with a confident version of Swift’s aptly titled “Safe and Sound.”
The performance wowed Blake Shelton, Shakira and Adam Levine (who scored a major coup Monday night when he snatched away a country singer from Shelton for the first time). Yet Levine seemed to know he was toast when Berry named Shelton’s wife, Miranda Lambert, as one of her musical influences, while Shelton tantalizingly hoisted his wedding ring in the air.
“You’re so good,” Levine pleaded with Berry before she made her choice. “You’re so screwed,” Shelton said to Levine.
Patrick Dodd, 35, a funky father and soul singer from Memphis performed – what else? – “Walking in Memphis.” He said he was trying out for The Voice to answer one question: “Am I bigger than what I’m doing now?” The answer was a resounding yes. Shakira and Levine fought over him before Dodd picked Levine, who praised the “density and rasp” in his voice.
Former Ford model Audrey Karrasch, a 20-year-old singer eager to make it based on her sound alone, fulfilled her dream when both Usher and Shelton pressed their buttons during her fun rendition of “Price Tag.” It barely took her a second to choose Usher.
The heartbreaking moment of the night belonged to Betsy Bartha, 22, a shy busker from Minneapolis, who didn’t entice the judges to press their buttons with her performance of Adele’s “Set Fire to the Rain,” but earned a hug from Levine after her disappointment shined through in her tears.
Other winners included Brandon Roush, 19, a long-haired rocker from Louisville, who earned points for his work with autistic kids and ended up on Shakira’s team. Usher also pressed his button at the last minute for Orlando Dixon, 24, from Washington, D.C., an R&B singer he later dubbed “a diamond in the rough.”
The Voice‘s blind auditions resume Monday.