Meet the Artists Advancing from Last Night's THE VOICE
The following artists made it through the blind auditions on last night's THE VOICE.
Audra McLaughlin (Team Blake) - Philadelphia, PA
Audra is a hard-working college student who's overcome a learning disability to earn a 3.5 GPA. A former victim of bullying, Audra is very involved with anti-bullying campaigns and has performed at several charity events. Through her music, she hopes to inspire others who have been victims of bullying. Follow Audra on Twitter at @AudraLynn21.
Dani Moz (Team Shakira) - Los Angeles, CA
Dani has always focused on musical theatre. After graduating high school, she got a communications degree in Boston. For three years, she worked at a public relations office during the day and gigged at night. She recently moved to LA to focus on music, and hopes The Voice will make the move worth it. Follow Dani on Twitter at @danimozmusic.
Emily B (Team Shakira) - American Falls, ID
Emily grew up in Idaho and was a part of the local music scene. She wanted to pursue music further and moved to Los Angeles where she worked as a session singer. One day at a routine eye exam, she was told she had VHL, a condition that led to two brain surgeries and four eye surgeries. After overcoming these obstacles, Emily is ready to continue pushing forward with her singing career. Follow Emily on Twitter at @emilybemusic.
Lexi Luca (Team Blake) - Wellington, FL
Lexi has always loved music, but started taking it more seriously two years ago when she wrote and performed a song in memory of a close friend. Since then, she has built a following on Youtube with her music videos and covers. She hopes The Voice will help her reach her dreams in honor of her passed friend. Follow Lexi on Twitter at @LexiLucaMusic.
Megan Rüger (Team Blake) - Nashville, TN
Megan has performed at state fairs and local talent shows since she was seven years old. At 20, she moved to Nashville and has been performing on Broadway Street every night. She's hoping The Voice will help her launch her career. Follow Megan on Twitter at @meganruger.
Morgan Wallen (Team Usher) - Knoxville, TN
Morgan had big dreams of playing professional baseball and was headed in that direction until he suffered a serious elbow injury. His injury led him to pursue his other passion, singing, and he's on The Voice to inspire others to never give up. Follow Morgan on Twitter at @morgancwallen.
Music Box (Team Shakira) - Federal Way, WA
Music Box is a single mother trying to make it as a full-time singer. She dealt with stage fright until she was 18, when she adopted the name "Music Box." She wants to grow as an artist and to be an inspiration to her son. Follow Music Box on Twitter at @iammusicbox.
Stevie Jo (Team Usher) - Tyler, TX
Stevie's parents both played in heavy metal bands when he was younger and always dreamt of making it big. His parents may have influenced his love for music, but not the genre: Stevie loves to sing R&B. Music has always been a source of inspiration for him, and he's on The Voice to make his parents' dream his reality. Follow Stevie on Twitter at @TheStevieJo.
The Voice airs Mondays (8-10 p.m. ET) and Tuesdays (8-9 p.m. ET) on NBC
"The Voice" returns with the strongest vocalists from across the country invited to compete in the blockbuster vocal competition show's sixth season. Celebrity musicians and coaches Adam Levine, Shakira, Usher and Blake Shelton return, while Carson Daly continues to serve as host.
The show's innovative format features four stages of competition: the first begins with the blind auditions, then the battle rounds, the knockouts and finally, the live performance shows.
During the blind auditions, the decisions from the musician coaches are based solely on voice and not on looks. The coaches hear the artists perform, but they don't get to see them -- thanks to rotating chairs. If a coach is impressed by the artist's voice, he/she pushes a button to select the artist for his/her team. At this point, the coach's chair will swivel so that he/she can face the artist he/she has selected. If more than one coach pushes his/her button, the power then shifts to the artists to choose which coach they want to work with. If no coach pushes his/her button, the artist is eliminated from the competition.
Once the teams are set, the battle is on. Coaches will dedicate themselves to developing their team of artists, giving them advice, and sharing the secrets of their success, along with help from their celebrity advisers. During the battle rounds, the coaches will pit two of their own team members against each other to sing the same song together in front of a studio audience.
After the vocal battle, the coach must choose which of his/her singers will advance to the next round of competition, while the losing artist is available to be stolen by another coach. Each coach has two steals available during the battle rounds.
At the end of the battles, only the strongest members of each coach's roster remain and proceed to the knockout rounds. The artists will be paired again with a member of their own teams, but this time they find out only minutes before performing with whom they are competing. The artists each select their own songs to perform individually, while their direct competitor watches and waits. They are vying for their coach's confidence and decision to take them to the live shows. Their coach will choose the winner and the artist not selected will be sent home.
In the final live performance phase of the competition, the top artists from each team will compete each week against each other during a live broadcast. The television audience will vote to save their favorite artists and the two artists with the lowest number of votes will be sent home each week. In the end, one will be named "The Voice" and will receive the grand prize of a recording contract.
"The Voice" is a presentation of Mark Burnett's One Three Inc., Talpa Media USA Inc. and Warner Horizon Television. The series is created by John de Mol, who executive-produces along with Burnett, Audrey Morrissey, Stijn Bakkers and Lee Metzger.