With each of the coaches’ teams filling up quickly, the four superstar judges had to get a little pickier tonight on The Voice Season 3. While up to this point, most of the singers chosen were too young to have remembered Cee Lo Green’s time with Goodie Mob or even Christina Aguilera’s “Genie In A Bottle” days, some of tonight’s not-so-young hopefuls had a few extra years on them, along with an extra helping of talent. Ranging from wild and crazy to smooth and controlled, they proved that they could still hang with the best (and youngest) of them.
First up was 33-year-old Trevanne Howell from the Bronx, N.Y. A receptionist who became a mother at 17 (but didn't look a day over 21) came to the show hoping to prove to her two children where hard work can get you. Singing Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing,” Trevanne fell into the classic reality show singing trap of trying to outdo a song that can’t be outdone.
Despite clearly being talented, the judges felt she she was too “ambitious” with the song and didn’t turn their chairs. We’ve actually got to side with Carson Daly (for once) on this one, and say that this time the judges may have gotten it wrong.
Next up was a singer who put everything on the line for his audition. An NYU grad student who dropped out of school to pursue music, Collin McLoughlin was looking to show his parents that he made the right decision. No pressure.
With a guitar and a sweet, easy voice, Collin floated effortlessly through Cat Stevens’s “Wild World,” catching the ear and buttons of coaches Cee Lo Green, Blake Shelton, and Adam Levine. The boys threw jabs and rallied for Collin, with Adam calling him one of the “purest voices” he had heard yet. Adam’s compliment seemed to have worked, because the former student who finally proved his parents wrong went with Adam.
Born premature with neurological deficiencies, a young Joselyn Rivera used singing to advance her mental development, and now hoped to take it to the next level on The Voice. Tackling Kelly Clarkson’s powerhouse hit, “Stronger,” the 17-year-old started off a little shaky, but hit a few high notes that got Christina Aguilera to turn, and then, following at the last minute, Blake Shelton.
At first, the “Your Body” singer didn’t even realize she had competition, but wasn’t ready to concede, even after Blake pulled out his claws falsely claiming Christina was a bit “abusive” to her singers. Despite Blake’s smear campaign, Joselyn wasn’t swayed and joined Team Xtina.
Next up was a former race car driver whose love of music (and lack of money) forced him off the track and onto The Voice stage. The 24-year-old immediately impressed, singing “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” with confidence and a killer wail that made both Adam Levine and Cee Lo Green turn their chairs. Adam appreciated his range, saying that he could “wind up winning this thing,” while Cee Lo was “at a loss for words,” pretty much vibing on Benji’s unique vocal style with an original happy feet dance. But alas, the happy feet dance did little to charm Benji, who went with coach Adam Levine.
But Cee Lo got a chance to beef up his team soon after, picking up three artists: Todd Kessler, Ben Taub, and Emily Earle — surely enough to get him back on his happy feet dance.
Someone who had no problem getting her dance on was Lorraine Ferro. Clocking in at 52 years young, she was the oldest hopeful yet, but somehow ironically had the most enthusiasm and energy, hopping around the green room and her pre-interviews like a contestant half her age. And she kept that, let’s say, youthful energy as she took to the stage singing Demi Lovato’s “Skyscraper.”
What she lacked in vocal control, she made up for in pure character, even after failing to get any coaches to turn around. Acting like she won the lottery and not like she had just gotten rejected on national television, she skipped off the stage undaunted. Whatever keeps you young, girl.
Last up this week was Mycle Wastman. The 40-year-old Washington native had been bouncing around jobs for most of life, but thought he had found what he was looking for tonight. And though he had just lost his grandfather a week before, Mycle sauntered on stage with a smooth and soulful version of the Al Green baby-making classic, “Let’s Stay Together.”
In a matter of seconds, all of the boys turned their chairs, with Adam even giving him a standing ovation after the performance. The judges played two truths and lie with this one, with Adam calling him “incredible” (truth), Blake saying he was the “best of the night” (truth), and Cee Lo Green claiming that Al Green was his godfather (lie). The strange approach seemed to work though, because Cee Lo scooped up the singer, edging out Blake, who scored zilch tonight.
What did you think of tonight’s performances? Did the older contestants outdo the youngsters? Sound off in the comments below!