Christina Aguilera’s fabulous comeback, a male contestant openly hitting on Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green’s “head tattoo,” and Blake Shelton’s three-win bragging rights are just some of the highlights from last night’s premiere of The Voice 2013.
Tonight we’re back for round two, and the coaches are hungrier than ever for a fresh batch of talent. Right now the teams are pretty even, but the stakes get higher each night as the blind auditions rage on.
Perhaps Tessanne Chin will destroy the competition. At least, that’s what her rendition of “Try” indicates. The passionate Jamaican singer is just one of the favorites from tonight’s episode.
Let’s get started:
This New Jersey native was looking to take her childhood passion for singing to The Voice stage. Singing Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black,” the small artist had a big sound. Her creative style and professional control convinced Blake and Xtina to turn at the last moment.
Cee Lo Green was obsessed with her boots, but Christina reminded us all that “it’s not called The Boots, it’s called The Voice.”
Christina mocked Blake’s country twang, but Blake told Jacquie that he “specializes in making 16-year-old girls win this thing.”
But ultimately Jacquie’s inner “Fighter” came out and she picked Team Xtina.
Barry made the daring choice to leave the family business to pursue his career in music. Bringing his own flair to The Voice stage, this singer started off his performance playing the horn with his mouth before transitioning into a smooth rendition of “What You Won’t Do For Love.”
With his fedora and acoustic guitar, Barry made us feel like we were sitting seaside with a mojito and a good book. Blake and Adam agreed and quickly turned partly out of curiosity.
“I’m desperate for this man,” Blake declared.
Adam’s pleas weren’t quite as desperate, so Christina Aguilera endorsed her country brother. But it was Adam’s charm that eventually won Barry over.
This rock n’ roller was ready to take his painful childhood and grow as a person and artist on The Voice stage. Mike had plenty of stage presence as he danced around the stage singing The All-American Rejects’ “Dirty Little Secret.”
And though he flipped his hair and sang his guts out, no coaches turned for him.
After Mike complimented Adam’s beard, Adam told him he had “some pretty ass hair.” Pretty boys unite!
Cee Lo declared that he’d made a big mistake in not turning, but Mike brushed it off saying, “That’s OK, I make mistakes all the time!”
Chances are we’ll see him and his pretty ass hair next season.
This working musician is a self-declared country gal who isn’t afraid to sing at biker bars. After working with Alice Cooper in a singing competition, this singer felt she had the experience and talent to compete in the show. And after watching his scary special message to her, we think this girl can endure anything!
Though she’s performed with hard rockers, Destinee opted to sing the ballad “Cowboy Take Me Away.” We were mesmerized by her slight twang and impressive control throughout the entire performance.
Surprisingly, only Christina and Cee Lo turned for the singer, and Xtina was ready to win the cowgirl over. Obviously Cee Lo was ready to bat his eyelashes at the beauty, but the “Beautiful” singer was ready to have a complete, powerful team.
And Destinee was ready to sport some girl power on Team Xtina.
This long-haired singer was mainly looking to impress his grandmother who called herself “the only girl to ever turn down Elvis.” His bluesy rocker sound impressed the coaches by singing “Movin’ On Up.”
In his typical fashion, Cee Lo turned for the unique artist saying he admired his balls for singing The Jeffersons’ theme song. And it seems the Nicholas David look-alike was home on Team Red Zone.
This young student is a hard worker who not only plays instruments, but has always loved to sing. Holly’s parents encouraged her to audition for the show, and this shy singer is ready to take the next step in her career.
Singing “The Scientist,” Holly earned an immediate chair turn from Blake, and Adam and Cee Lo soon followed suit. And in the last moment, Christina pressed her button, much to Blake’s dismay.
“Because of you, I am officially excited about Season 5 of The Voice right now,” Blake told the singer.
Adam loved the artist’s range, saying she already was a member of his team. Cee Lo tapped into the singer’s shyness, commending her for having the courage to get on that stage.
Xtina tried to appeal to Holly’s feminine qualities because she's also, well, a female.
Ultimately Blake appealed to Holly’s inner singer-songwriter, and she joined the country crooner’s team.
This funky fresh performer has overcome adversity to get where he is today. At age 2 he was diagnosed with alopecia, leaving him hairless.
But Sammy took the diagnosis and decided to become an inspiration instead. Grinning and bringing plenty of energy to the stage, Sammy sang his own rendition of “Where Is the Love.” Unfortunately, the artist wasn’t able to master his sound and struggled with breathing as he danced around the stage.
No coaches turned for the singer, but he took plenty of advice from the superstars and we’re sure we’ll see him again.
This singer was looking to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a professional musician. Sadly, Austin’s father committed suicide when Austin was a teen, and now the singer was ready to make his father proud in front of America.
Singing “Simple Man” — a song his father had taught him on the guitar — Austin’s soul and strength attracted Cee Lo and Blake’s attention.
After Austin called himself a “country folk” singer, Blake thought he had it in the bag, but Cee Lo wasn’t ready to let this bearded talent go.
Austin’s story melted the coaches’ hearts, and he was ready to join a team with some real heart. With little hesitation, Austin joined Team Blake.
As a 51-year-old voice-over actor, E.G. Daily was ready to show off her singing voice. After voicing Tommy Pickles in Rugrats and one of the Powerpuff Girls, E.G. decided it was time to chase her dream of being a professional singer.
Singing Faith Hill’s “Breathe,” this seasoned performer took to the stage with confidence and charisma. Her gritty sound and impressive range inspired Blake and Cee Lo to press their buttons.
“It’s not that often a singer comes along that can have that much rasp and be able to hit all those notes you hit,” Blake said.
Cee Lo also liked E.G.’s sound saying, “I like it when rasp is a reality.”
And after E.G. revealed her quirky past, the coaches thought Cee Lo was the natural pick, but E.G. was ready to turn a new leaf and picked Team Blake.
This service man joined the air force right when America went to war, and has used music to help sooth the emotional wounds of battle.
Hoping to join Team Adam, Jonny took to the stage singing The Killers’ “All These Things That I've Done.”
His energetic performance convinced both Adam and Cee Lo to turn. Cee Lo declared that he was Jonny’s “soul brother,” and quickly picked up on that fact that he had both soul and that he was a soldier.
Adam loved Jonny’s different sound and his versatility, and even though he was Jonny’s first pick, the contestant picked Team Cee Lo in a shocking twist.
As a multi-racial Jamaican singer, this eclectic artist was ready to show off her reggae roots and rocker influences. Singing P!nk’s “Try,” Tessanne got a four-chair turn less than halfway through her audition.
“This is gonna be a dirty fight,” Adam declared.
Adam also told the artist that she could “easily win The Voice this year.” Blake leveled with Tessanne saying that winning was hard (he’d know), but that she was already way above the competition.
Adam won the singer over with his love for reggae music, and Christina tried to appeal to Tessanne’s “kind, warm heart.”
Ultimately, Christina’s pleas weren’t enough to best Adam’s raw passion for reggae and Tessanne joined the tattooed rocker’s team.
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