The Voice 2012 Recap of Season 2, Blind Auditions Round 4 on February 20, 2012
The Voice 2012 only gets more challenging as the weeks go on. In the penultimate round of blind auditions, the judges seemed even more picky than last week, and many contestants didn’t get to see a single chair turn.
For those that did, the opportunity could change their lives.
Coming into the competition handlebar mustache first, Ducky was looking to further his music career and potentially put himself in the financial situation to marry his long-term girlfriend.
But his version of “Tighten Up” by The Black Keys wasn’t enough to make the judges push their buttons.
Though Adam commented on his “sweet mustache” and Blake offered him a shot of sarsaparilla, the singer went home empty handed.
This 23-year-old father from Rio de Janeiro was so convincing singing Usher’s “You Got It Bad” that Cee Lo said, “I thought it was a prank. I thought they had Usher up on stage.”
While Cee Lo is typically considered to be the flirtatious one, Christina turned up her charm for this family man, and he fell for the genie in the red chair.
As her perky curls bounced onto the stage, Monique’s rendition of “Mr. Know It All” inspired Christina to turn her chair. The singer has dealt with her mother’s breast cancer diagnosis and hopes to win The Voice to help out her family.
Naia has made a 360 turn from singing on the streets of Hollywood, California to performing on The Voice stage. As she sang Bruno Mars’ “The Lazy Song,” Blake turned around almost immediately.
He tried to keep the other judges away by saying, “I would not turn around if I was you.” But later in the performance, Cee Lo pressed his button. Though Naia admitted her gut reaction was Cee Lo, Blake won her over and she joined his team.
Erick, formerly from Czechoslovakia, wanted to impress the judges by singing “Free Falling.” Unfortunately no one was “falling” over themselves to press their buttons. Blake said he was close to turning, but Christina said the performance was “pretty mellow and just didn’t go anywhere.”
With the threat of never singing again after jaw surgery, Charlotte knew she needed to make an impression the next time she opened her mouth. And she definitely did when all four judges turned their chairs for her.
Christina was quick to comment on Charlotte’s name saying, “I want you ALL the time, Charlotte.” But it was Blake’s mention of his former team member Xenia’s record deal that appealed the most to the performer, and she joined his team.
Sometimes The Voice isn’t an artist’s first big break, but rather a different platform to express their talents. Tony, a 38-year-old Broadway veteran, has starred in Rent and Green Day’s recent Broadway show, American Idiot. He has trained with legendary rock band, Queen, to star in their musical We Will Rock You in London’s West End and its revival in Las Vegas.
Tony was looking for a different stage on which to perform and found it when Cee Lo turned for his rendition of Queen’s “We Will Rock You.”
This pastor’s son has been in his father’s shadow for years. As the son of Dr. Tony Evans, a well-known Dallas pastor, Anthony has always enjoyed performing, but has been slightly self-conscious about it.
Christina was the only judge to turn her chair but commented on Anthony’s raw emotion.
Hailing from Chicago, Illinois, this 22-year-old has spent most of his life working at the local sandwich shop, Potbelly. It looks like he’ll have to put down the pastrami for a chance at fame because both Adam and Cee Lo turned for the performer’s Johnny Cash song.
Jamie was humbled by the opportunity saying, “I make sandwiches for a living so this is awesome.”
Cee Lo responded saying, “You know what man, we should hook up because I eat sandwiches.” Jamie agreed and joined Team Cee Lo.
Though Adam said he was “SO close” to pressing his button, no one turned for this 19-year-old’s version of the late Amy Winehouse’s “Valerie.” Better luck next time!
Up next... The Voice did a brief montage featuring Nathan Anderson, Luna Searles, and Adam Lasher all of which couldn’t get a judge to turn for them.
While we’ve seen Alicia Key’s back-up singer already this season, Justin had an even more personal connection to The Voice having performed in Carson Daly’s house band. He was hoping to use the show to display his lead-vocalist status.
After a fake-out from Adam, Cee Lo turned his chair, and Justin happily joined his team.
Hoping to “redefine” country music by swapping the guitar for a piano, this singer took to The Voice stage in the hopes of letting her talents — vocal and instrumental — shine through.
Despite her country roots, Adam was the only judge to turn for her. Blake said the “nerves” Adam mentioned from her voice had more to do with the Maroon 5 performer than stage fright.
“You [Adam] do that to me. You make me giddy. you make me fall apart. I lose my voice when you’re around,” Blake joked. For Nicolle being on Team Adam was no joke, but rather a dream come true.
The Voice provided another montage, this time not with the judges' rejects but with Ashley De La Rosa, Jordan Rager, Karla Davis, and ALyX who were appointed to Teams Christina, Blake, Adam, and Blake respectively.
Though the show breezed through the judges’ comments, Blake did mention that he found Jordan to be “a real genuine country singer” — high praise from such a respected vocalist in the same genre.
This performer who described himself as a “six-foot, 300-pound white guy who sings soul music” was hoping to impress the judges with his voice when so much emphasis has been placed on his looks in the past.
Unfortunately, the singer who Cee Lo referred to as “Big Dawg” veered too far from the original version of “You Make My Dreams” for the judges and no one turned.
Abandoning her parent’s dreams of her entering the medical field, Mathai hoped to prove to them that she made the right decision going into music. It seems she was right because Adam, Blake, and Cee Lo turned for her version of Adele’s “Rumor Has It.”
Blake immediately said, “Attention, we are looking at a star here.” And it seemed the others agreed as they attempted to persuade the 18-year-old Texan to be on their team. Sticking with last season’s winner, Mathai joined Team Adam.
That’s all for this week! Next week is the final round of blind auditions so be sure to tune in. Think there was a stand out performance from tonight’s round? Tell us below!