The 19-year-old indie-pop singer’s initial dream – submitted to the Make A Wish Foundation last year – was simply to attend a live Voice registration. That wish was not granted, as COVID restrictions meant there was no studio audience last season. But then Berritt’s mother submitted a tape of her son singing to the show’s producers – and it turned out that Tuesday Berritt ended up not in the audience, but on the organiser. And he even landed a spot on Team Blake, after performing Shawn Mendes’ “Mercy” – a performance that saw Blake Shelton declare him “a damn good singer.”
“Not only do I meet [the judges], but I can sing for them too, and it’s a dream come true, ”Berritt exclaimed.
At the age of 8, Berritt was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy – sometimes worryingly referred to as “sudden death disease” – a condition that makes the heart muscle unusually thick and unable to easily pump blood. At 14, he received an implantable cardioverting defibrillator (ICD), a device placed in the chest to detect and stop abnormal heartbeats. “I’m really grateful to be alive,” he said Voice host Carson Daly, as his Make A Wish dream came true in a way he never could have imagined.
“I’m very happy to have Berritt on my team,” said Blake. “He has a cool voice. It has a cool vibrato. Of course, it remains to be seen how much Berritt can do in Season 21, as this round is already very competitive. His audition wasn’t broadcast in full and he only turned one chair (Blake’s, obviously) – while Tuesday’s episode opened with Monday’s resolution. four-hearing for the presidency, when powerhouse Holly Forbes finally chose to join Team Kelly. But no matter how far Berritt has traveled this season, he’s clearly already a winner.
Here are the other blind auditions for Tuesday night:
Bella DeNapoli, 22: “Damaged”
This sassy girl from a big Italian musical family sang a slowed-down, theatrical version of Danity Kane’s mid-aughts pop song, and at first I thought she was doing manner too much. The arrangement was busy and his shopping was everywhere. But somewhere in there, there was no denying that Bella had one bella voice. John Legend liked his “new interesting version” and told him, “You can do anything! Kelly Clarkson described Bella’s voice as “so complex but fluid and emotional.” … There was a lot of heart to it. New coach Ariana Grande has bonded with fellow Italian diva and declared Bella a ‘goddess’ and one of her favorite Season 21 contestants so far.
Who turned around? Ariana, John and Kelly – but it took a while for them to get into Bella’s rhythm.
Results: The Ariana team, of course.
David Vogel, 23 years old: “Breathing”
The grungy indie dude did what he called a “rock influenced” take on Ariana’s pop hit, but it was really more. soft, tenderinfluenced by rock, with a kind of John Mayer vibe. Ironically, despite the song’s title, David didn’t have very good breathing control here. His performance was also lacking in dynamics overall. Ariana claimed to love her “really unique take” of her song, but I think that was a shame.
Who turned around? Just Ariana, at the very last minute.
Results: Team Ariana, by default. David was thrilled, because she has always been his “dream coach” (he is a great admirer of her production and vocal arrangement work). But his Voice the dream may not last very long.
Janora Brown, 22: “My angel”
John gave Janora a standing ovation and said, “Your voice is really great. Kelly was less enthusiastic in her praise, frankly telling Janora where she needed to improve. “It’s a lot of control to do the errands you’ve been doing,” Kelly said. “I feel like I’m really good at knowing when to round off the notes and make them sound really full, and I think I’m a really good coach at that. “
Who turned around? Kelly and John – although I felt like they were more excited about Monica’s “really cool” song choice than the performance itself.
Results: Team legend. Janora went with the safe choice – the coach who generously praised her – instead of the more critical and outspoken coach. We will see if this strategy pays off. Kelly, meanwhile, lamented that her hard love “tactic” had “backfired.”
Kaitlyn Velez, 21: “Please don’t go”
A young ukulele singer-songwriter who had a viral indie hit in the COVID era last year with “FOMO,” Kaitlyn changed that upbeat Mike Posner song and did a mellow, moody version. She quickly established herself as the eccentric girl this season, and I liked her guts and personality, but I’m not sure if this song was the best showcase for her vocal range. However, John liked Kaitlyn’s raw vibrato, and Blake noted, “Immediately as I turned I said, ‘Oh, she’s a songwriter’, comparing her to award-winning ukulele enthusiast Meghan Trainor. of a Grammy.
Who turned around? Blake and Jean.
Results: The Blake team. Kaitlyn admitted that she was so shocked (and grateful) that Blake turned around, she felt she couldn’t refuse it.
Clint Sherman, “Girl with Brown Eyes”
A one-chair ride that received very little airtime, this mounted troubadour is definitely fodder and will likely be mounted in Battle Rounds as well. But Blake seemed happy to recruit Clint, inexplicably declaring, “Team Blake is on fire! “
Who turned around? Just Blake.
Results: The Blake team, of course.
The Cunningham sisters: “Never alone”
Sisters, best friends and church-trained “pop-gospel” singers, Marie (14) and Macie (15) shed their grief at being bullied by biracial children in a small town in this great Tori Kelly / Kirk Franklin cover. They had deep, resonant and elastic voices, like baby Toni Braxtons, and the crowd went wild for them, like it was Apollo Show on a good night. John, who loves Cunninghams is originally from Ohio and started singing in church, was very excited to arrange songs for the girls; Kelly was equally excited, but once again pointed out their (small) room for improvement, explaining how she could help them mix their vocals and learn to let themselves shine during their solos.
Who turned around? Only Kelly and John. I was really surprised it wasn’t a four-chair audition.
Results: Kelly team! This time, Kelly’s tough love actually worked.
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