And so begins another round of blind auditions! With the teams nearly full, tonight’s contestants had to put their best voice forward and give the four superstars something worthy of that coveted red button press.
This time, the producers did their homework, managing to get everyone from a pig farmer to Pete Wentz’s mentee, all ready to rock out on that stage for a chance to become the next “Voice.”
So let’s get down to it!
Born in Egypt and raised in America, Sylvia Yacoub got both her talent and inspiration from her mother. Though mom wasn’t allowed to sing at all in her home country, her daughter came to The Voice to prove that she could, this time in front of the whole country.
Singing Rihanna’s “Only Girl (In The World)” she started off the show with a sassy kick, getting Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton, and Cee Lo Green to turn around. Cee Lo latched onto the bright singer, calling her his “only girl in the world” while Blake said that they could work with Sylvia as a country star moniker. But the boys were no match for Christina, who nabbed the spunky kindred spirit.
A farm boy with the voice of a pre-teen girl was up next on the docket. IJ Quinn left his pigs and chickens behind in North Carolina to take his turn in front (or behind?) the judges. Taking on Jamiroquai’s “Virtual Insanity,” the high pitched version was energetic but a bit strained and didn’t manage to convince any of the coaches to turn around. Looks like it’s back to hog day afternoons for this one.
Charlie Rey was one of the lucky few this season to receive a hand delivered, “not at all staged,” personal invitation from probably the most expensive messenger alive, Carson Daly. Though he got the invite at work in his father’s body shop, the adorable smog technician ditched the motor oil for some little hair gel, and we got to say, the dude sure cleaned up nice.
Singing an earnest, mellow version of “Home,” the Long Beach native got some button love from Blake Shelton and Adam Levine, the reality of which made him fall to his knees after he finished. The boys may have liked him, but the ladies loved him, nearly drowning out Adam and Blake as they bickered back and forth over Charlie with their screams. But, in the end, it was Blake who beckoned Charlie “home” and onto his team.
Though she grew up in the church on gospel music, once Amanda Brown got a taste of different artists like Radiohead, she branched out musically, making it all the way to being Adele’s background singer. But she was ready to step out from behind the shadows, with her take on Amy Winehouse’s “Valerie” The funky version that got better as it kept going almost went by without a button press, but Cee Lo Green finally got it together, and without any competition, easily picked up another artist.
Strutting down that long hallway next was Yolanda Barber. The oldest hopeful, clocking in at 55, looked fabulous in a slinky black sequin number, and sounded even better with her version of Oleta Adams’s “Get Here.” Though the bus driver by day was flawless in every sense of the word, the coaches were suffering from temporary insanity, and didn’t turn their chairs, claiming that they needed a little something extra. And with that, Yolanda sauntered off, still managing to kill it even in the face of rejection. Now, that’s talent.
Mentored by Fall Out Boy lead singer Pete Wentz and already a success as part of the band Hey Monday, Cassadee Pope already seemed like a superstar. But since she left the band to pursue a solo career, things haven’t been so easy, and the singer was hoping to use The Voice to get her name back out there. With her version of Natalie Imbruglia’s “Torn,” it was clear that Cassadee still had that pop singer quality from her band days, looking at home on the stage.
And it was clear to the coaches too, who all turned around. With all four on the hunt, the claws came out as we got a bit of that Adam/Christina slightly aggressive banter from seasons past. Oh we missed you two. But, as Cassadee made her decision, it was Blake with the steal, leaving the rest to pout as Blake (literally) laughed in their faces.
With only two spots left for each team, next week’s final round of auditions will have to be the best yet, so stay tuned! What did you think of tonight’s auditions? Sound off in the comments below!