Kristen Merlin, 29 The singer-songwriter from Boston – who was teased as a child for her tomboyish looks – hopes to use her passion for music to help others who’ve been bullied for their physical appearance.
Christina Grimmie, 20 Grimmie, who has more than 2 million subscribers on YouTube, opened for on tour. But it was her version of another former Disney darling’s hit – “Wrecking Ball” – that won her a spot on Team Adam.
Kat Perkins, 33 She started a rock band with her husband, though the pair divorced six months later. After jamming with a family of five for whom she was a full-time nanny, she’s going solo for the first time.
T.J. Wilkins, 23 Growing up in South Central Los Angeles, Wilkins stayed on the straight and narrow thanks to his mom, who encouraged him to focus on music. Now he hopes to hit it big – and move his No. 1 fan to a safer environment.