The Voice 2013 Live Recap From the Blind Auditions Premiere: Let the Games Begin!
It’s been a long, hard winter away from The Voice, red spinning chairs, and endless talent, but tonight all of that’s changing as the Season 4 premiere is finally here!
And though the loss of coaches Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green is definitely noticeable, one look at Usher’s dazzling smile will have you going, “Who’s Purrfect the Cat?”
Also filling in this season is Colombian pop star, Shakira, and to show America just how ready all four coaches are to be a new unit, they start off the spring season with a rockin’ rendition of The Beatles’ “Come Together.”
But we already knew they were talented. Now on to the next generation of music!
The Morgan Twins
Welcome to Blake Shelton’s best dream. Cara and Rhian Morgan are identical blondes who have been performing together their entire lives. Creepy alert: They always dress alike. But in vibrant red bandage dresses, the gentlemen in the audience don’t seem to have a single complaint.
These ladies take to the stage to show off their flawless harmonies, high notes, and ... ahem ... assets while singing Alicia Keys’ “Fallin’,” which earns them an impressive four-chair turn.
Blake once described the blind auditions like “Christmas morning” and now we know why. Down boy!
But he’s not the only one desperate for those beauties. All of the coaches want a chance to work with this duo. Usher calls them “pitch perfect” while Blake tries to play the family card explaining — for all of you out there who aren’t aware — that his wife, Miranda Lambert, is a country star.
Somehow having a wife in the business makes him a worthy coach in these ladies' eyes and they become the first members of Team Blake.
Ironically, Blake’s bargaining chip is the woman who will probably be least excited for his new contestants, which Adam Levine reminds him of when he says, “Your wife’s going to kill you, man!”
Now that we’re done seeing double, it’s time to focus on hair stylist Jess Kellner. This Texan has used music as a way to channel some of the pain she’s endured from her mother, an alcoholic whose addiction tore their family apart.
Jess sings a soft, melodic rendition of Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” which prompted Usher and Shakira to turn their chairs. And thus, the first battle of the newbies begins!
Despite the competition between Ush and Shak, coach Adam Levine decides to throw in his two cents (shocking!) saying that Jess’s sound is too much like Adele.
Since when is that a negative vocal quality?
And though Shakira stands up for the singer referencing the “haunting timbre” of her voice, Jess, like so many before her, falls for Usher and his radiant smile.
And so the R&B superstar snags his first contestant!
From flirtatious exchanges to heartbreaking tragedy, thus is a day in the life of a Voice viewer. Roofer Mark Andrew used to sing lead in a band, but after his drummer was killed by a drunk driver and his guitarist passed recently, the singer has struggled to move on.
Calling his friend his “guardian angels,” this artist is ready to move to the next phase of his career.
Mark grabs his acoustic guitar and effortlessly moves into his rendition of Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door.” Naturally Adam Levine, lover all of all ‘70s music, is the first to push his button followed closely by newbie Shakira.
Though Adam compliments Mark’s “great control” saying he was “hooked,” Shakira turns up the heat when trying to snag her first contestant.
“I’m so passionate about you. I haven’t felt this way. I mean, I feel this way about my boyfriend. I have beginner’s luck,” she said.
Aye carumba! Shak’s boyfriend, Gerard Pique, better watch out. It looks like things are about to get steamy.
But surprisingly it's Mark’s wife who he says would never forgive him if he didn’t pick the only female coach with the truth-telling hips. And thus Shakira snags her first win!
This Puerto Rican beauty fails to turn any chairs with her rendition of David Guetta’s “Titanium,” but she does manage to win a big bear hug from Adam Levine.
Janetza, you may not be moving forward, but you’ve already knocked off several of our bucket list items!
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By the time some contestants reach The Voice stage, they’ve endured painful heartbreak and loss. But 16-year-old Danielle Bradbery is just a regular teen battling shyness and the occasional bully.
But no one is making fun of her after her flawless Taylor Swift cover of “Mean.” This little lady manages to get three chairs to turn, an impressive feat considering this is her first major performance.
Like RaeLynn and Cassadee Pope before her, Danielle’s youth and pure vocals are sure to appeal to a country audience.
Adam Levine tries to woo the singer with the idea of a pop/country crossover, while Blake sits back confident that he has this one in the bag. Seeing the teen before him, Usher pulls out the Justin Bieber card, hoping to make a Belieber out of Danielle.
But he misses the mark when he accidentally calls Nashville a “state.” Smooth move, Ush!
Danny clicks her cowboy boots right onto Team Blake without a backwards glance (but with a hair flip or two).
Next we move from a carefree teen to a trouble young adult battling plenty of demons while also trying to move forward musically. Singer Vedo talks of his mother’s battle with Stage IV cancer soon after a 3-year stint living on the streets.
With tears in his eyes, Vedo recalls his mother’s demand that he audition for the show, saying her illness isn’t worth him missing this opportunity.
Can someone please stop cutting that onion? We need more tissues and ice cream, please!
Vedo takes to the stage to sing Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend,” hoping coach (and personal idol) Usher will turn.
But he could sing anything and we’d be pressing our buttons. Not only does this 19-year-old pull at our heartstrings, but he also has some amazing pipes! And with his mom jumping up and down for him backstage as Usher pushes his button, we’re sold.
Umm, we’re probably going to need a minute.
Ush is the only one to turn, but all of the coaches seem to know who Vedo would have picked anyway. We’re ready for these two to sing duets and give each other on-stage high fives. Now please!
The next artist helps us put down the tissues and turn up the heat. This self-proclaimed “bar singer” decided to try a more creative approach to the LMFAO hit “Sexy and I Know It.”
And the instant he started to “wiggle wiggle wiggle wiggle wiggle” we were hooked. Strumming his acoustic guitar and flashing a winning smile, this singer gets three chairs to turn, with Adam Levine admitting he wasn’t cool enough to press his button.
“The women were going so crazy. It was like Magic Mike up there,” Usher says. Sigh, if only, and if only you’d joined in, Ush.
Ultimately, Christian opts for Team Blake, after the country-singing coach compliments his imagination and creativity.
Up next we get a highlight reel from a gaggle of contestants who don’t quite have “the chops” to make it on The Voice, including adopted 15-year-old Leah Lewis. But the new Paula Abdul of The Voice, Adam Levine, offers the singer plenty of encouragement when he says, “If you’re 99 percent amazing and you’re 15, you’ve got nothing to worry about sweetheart.”
This 27-year-old Tennessee native comes from a religious upbringing where gospel music is key. But after a record deal fell through, he turned to alcohol to help fight his deep depression. Unfortunately, this dependency resulted in full-fledged alcoholism, which led to Kris driving his car into someone’s house one night.
Now the singer is sober and dedicated to getting his life back on track. But the judges don’t know about this when he takes to the stage. They’re also blatantly unaware of the fact that Kris is, in fact, a man.
Shakira ends up being the only coach to turn for this artist, but the rest of the guys are blown away by his range and lack of lady parts.
“I wish I knew you were a guy!” Adam exclaims.
Sigh, you win some (men) and you lose some.
Up next is another crippling tale of heartbreak from singer James Irwin. This Missouri native and his wife gave birth to two twin girls, but complications in the delivery only allowed them 10 minutes with their darling daughters before they died.
James and his wife struggled through the pain and eventually gave birth to baby Aidan last year. And now it’s a toss up as to who is crying more — James or us.
But unfortunately the tears won’t stop when James’s rendition of “The Man Who Can’t Be Moved” fails to turn any chairs. He is sent home with some encouraging words from Shakira.
“Life is full of second and third chances, and I think you should try it again,” she says. Hey, her hips don’t lie and neither do her words!
To end the evening, former Michael Jackson backup singer Judith Hill takes The Voice stage by storm. With her afro, funky sound, and creative arrangement of Christina Aguilera’s “What a Girl Wants,” Judith effortlessly manages to turn all four chairs.
Adam Levine even stands atop his revolving chair as an extra vote of confidence. And his pleas of desperation don’t stop there.
“As far as competition goes, I am a monster, and I’m going to claw everyone’s face until you realize that I’m your friggin’ coach,” Adam says. “I’m going to light myself on fire to make sure you are on my team."
And though all of the coaches have their opportunity to persuade the talented artist, Adam’s endless attempts to win her eventually seal the deal.
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