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The Voice 2013 Live Recap From the Blind Auditions: Tune-tastic Tuesday

Gather round, Voice fans! It’s the second night of blind auditions in the premiere week of The Voice Season 4. The March 25 premiere got us excited for this massive batch of new talent, and tonight’s show is no exception!

So let’s get started!

Tawnya Reynolds

This 32-year-old country crooner is looking to finally be appreciated in the Nashville community. After her family risked everything to move her to Tennessee, she failed to attract the attention of major record labels.

Hoping to move to the next stage of her career, Tawyna Reynolds took to the stage to sing a twang-happy version of Ed Bruce’s “Mamas Don’t Let Yet Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys.”

Surprisingly, her performance managed to turn every chair except for Blake Shelton’s.

“Blake didn’t turn around, but he should have and he knows it,” Adam Levine told Tawnya.

The remaining coaches fought to be the “next” Blake Shelton. Shakira even pulled out her “Spanish to Country” dictionary saying that she “reckoned” Tawyna should join her team.

Blake Shelton tried to give Usher his seal of approval, but he didn’t pick her so why should she care? Tanya decided to try something new and opted for Team Shakira.

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Josiah Hawley

This sexy stud has made a name for himself as a male model, but music is where his heart is. He studied at Belmont University where he his future wife at the age of 18. That’s right ladies, this crooner is a married man!

And apparently he’s also pretty confident because he decided to sing a Maroon 5 song for blind audition. Singing his own arrangement Adam Levine’s “Sunday Morning,” Josiah managed to get Adam, Blake Shelton, and Usher to turn.

“Anyone who loves and appreciates what we do and then comes out and performs it for us is bold,” Adam said.

Blake said both Josiah’s voice and his hair were “badass,” even sculpting his own ‘do to encourage the singer to join his team.

But it was Usher’s more serious tone that convinced Josiah to join Team Ush.

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Midas Whale

This duo is made up of jokesters Jon Peter Lewis and Ryan Hayes. The Idaho natives are ready to punch America in the face with folk music. They came up with the idea when Jon asked Ryan if he’d like to be in a duo with him and Ryan replied, “Mightas well (Midas Whale).”

The two took to The Voice stage singing Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues,” which garnered an impressive four-chair turn from the coaches.

Blake Shelton tried to get the duo to call themselves country artists, but they liken themselves to folk group Mumford and Sons.

“Country hasn’t reached our state yet,” Ryan joked.

Shakira got another surprise when the boys broke out in fluent Spanish. These vocal Renaissance men were just full of surprises!

In the end, they picked tattooed rocker Adam Levine, who was equally excited calling the group a “real duo.”

Abraham McDonald

This shy man with a big voice was looking to parade his giant blue suit and fuschia tie on The Voice stage. He won a karaoke contest on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and was ready to further his career on The Voice.

But his rendition of Beyonce’s “Best Thing I Never Had” fell short in the coaches’ eyes. Shakira complimented the unique quality of his voice, but ultimately sent the singer packing.

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This New Yorker of Spanish descent is looking to represent her culture on The Voice stage. She chose to sing “No Me Doy por Vencido” by Luis Fonsi entirely in Spanish.

Cáthia recognized the challenges that came with singing a song in a different language. But she worked hard to “emote” and her powerful performance managed to convince Shakira, Usher, and Blake Shelton before she was reduced to tears.

“Woo I cannot believe this, you’re Usher!” she squealed. “Ursher baby!”

Adam Levine admitted that he’d made a mistake in not turning.

“I didn’t turn my chair around because I’m an idiot,” Adam said.

Blake admitted to not understanding one word of Cáthia’s performance, but she covered for him saying, “Music is universal!”

But Shakira tried to use her commonalities with the young singer to get her on her team. And the ploy worked. As the two hugged to Shakira’s tune “Whenever, Wherever,” we envisioned Spanish duets in their future. Felicitaciones!

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Sarah Simmons

This country girl from Memphis, Tenn. studies music in college, but was given official permission to play hooky from the president of the school to audition for The Voice. She puts some of her tough experiences into her sound.

Sarah’s father has been “in and out” of her life while he struggled with addiction to drugs and alcohol. Now she’s 21 and her father’s been clean for several years. But her complicated life comes out in her beautiful sound.

All four coaches turned for her performance of Joan Osborne’s “One of Us.” The rendition was gritty and haunting, and it didn’t go unnoticed by the coaches.

“I only really fight for the ones I’m dying to have,” Adam Levine told her.

Blake Shelton told Sarah that she was in the top three singers he’d ever heard audition for The Voice.

Ultimately, Sarah landed on Team Adam and he promises to “win this thing” with her.

What did you think of tonight’s episode? Tell us below!

03.27.2013 / 06:30 AM EDT by Rachel McRady
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