Well summer may be over, but at least we’ve got the newest season of The Voice to keep us warm! Once again, we welcome our favorite coaches back to their swiveling chairs, and settle in for some good singing, great stories, and the best celebrity arguments this side of network television.
This season, everything’s bigger. With the teams expanding to 16 artists per coach, there will be tons of new rules and last minute dramatic twists, but first, the blind auditions!
Actually, first we had to give the coaches a chance to remind us that they’re the real stars. Night one of the the hit reality singing competition started off in true superstar fashion, with all four of the returning judges singing a mixed medley version of The Rolling Stones’s “Start Me Up,” featuring a white peasant blouse number from CeeLo and a teeny sparkly one piece on our favorite diva Christina Aguilera. Ahh, how we missed you guys.
Then it was down to business.
The very first to brave the stage this season was Terry McDermott, a Scottish import who came to the States in 2003 to do his whole “rock star thing,” which nearly 10 years later, still hadn’t worked out for him and his family.
Singing “Baba O’Riley” by The Who, Terry belted out the classic tune like a champ getting Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green, and Blake Shelton to push their buttons. After a few moments of deliberation, Terry went with his fellow accented dude, Blake Shelton, to start off the evening on a high note.
And before we move on, we must acknowledge Cee Lo’s newest animal accessory, a pink cockatoo, aptly named “Lady Bird” which was perched regally atop his shoulder during his one-on-one interview. It’s casual.
Hailing from Chicago, the next hopeful, De’Borah, came from a religious family, with pastors for parents. Even though her unique style and sexuality was a problem for her conservative church community, her parents always supported her, giving her the confidence to be her self proclaimed “misfit” self.
With her bright personality and quirky fashion, it was no surprise that De’Borah wowed the judges with her soulful rendition of Train’s hit “Hey, Soul Sister,” with both Cee Lo Green and Christina turning their chairs. Even though Cee Lo appealed to her offbeat “swag,” De’Borah instead went with judge Christina, who she credited with giving her confidence in her teenage years.
Next up is country hopeful Gracia Harrison. Hoping to set herself apart from the pack, Gracia bet on her unusual yodeling talents to take her to the next round. Singing Patsy Montana’s “I Want to Be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart,” the young yodeler barely got out her first warble before judges Adam Levine and Blake Shelton turned their chairs, with Cee Lo quickly joining suit.
The boys clearly all wanted her, with Adam calling her the “best country singer on the show, by far,” and Cee Lo pleading for her to be his “cowboy sweetheart.” But, the original country crooner, Blake Shelton, swooped in and scored his second recruit, prompting Adam Levine to throw an (utterly adorable) tantrum in response.
Then we had the young hipster legacy, Garrett Gardner. Though he’s only 16, Garrett has lived a painful life, having lost his rockstar father two years ago to cancer. Singing in his father’s memory, Garrett chose “Have You Ever Seen The Rain,” a song which fit his unique gravelly voice. Unfortunately, the judges weren’t convinced, and no chairs turned for the young upstart, even though Adam said he was “better than he was” at that age.
Then we had the reclusive Texas beauty, Devyn Deloera. The homeschooled singer said she found herself through her singing, and was looking for a way to bring that confident side out even more on the show. And confident she was tonight, when the songstress took on Ms. Aguilera’s own hit, “Ain’t No Other Man.” We all know how this could have gone, but Devyn managed to put a fun quirky spin on the diva’s hit, getting all but Cee Lo to turn their chairs. Blake took his borderline flirting to another level, calling her talent “superhuman,” or at least a skirt that flew up like one. Oh Blake, you’re such a charmer. Surprising no one, Devyn chose to go with her inspiration, Christina Aguilera.
With a two-time Grammy winning father, Bronx native Bryan Keith was no stranger to music stardom. But Bryan wanted to make his own way, and sang Bruno Mars’s “It Will Rain” for the judges in a bid to prove himself. And prove himself he did, earning the first four-chair turn of the season.
Judge Christina called him a “signature voice” with a “raw quality,” but Bryan chose coach Adam Levine, making him the first on the Maroon 5 frontman’s team.
Next, a familiar face from last season, Danny Rosa, came back for a second chance on that Voice stage. We’ve got to hand it to this kid, it takes guts to get up there once, but twice is downright bold. Singing Gotye’s hit “Somebody That I Used to Know,” Daniel somehow made the overplayed radio anthem sound new and refreshing. This time, the show was on his side, with both Blake and Cee Lo turning their chairs for this comeback kid. Overwhelmed with the love, it took Daniel a second to compose himself, after which he chose Cee Lo.
22-year-old Anita Antoinette came all the way from Jamaica by way of Boston, to take her shot at stardom. The Berklee Music school grad was hoping to make her mother proud with a beautiful rendition of Bob Marley’s “No Woman No Cry.” But alas, no chairs turned, with Adam pointing out mid song that you had “bring that song,” rather than just “sing” it.
Undeterred, Anita proceeded to sing the tune a capella after getting a ‘no,’ giving the audience and viewers across America chills. Though Christina called the performance “phenomenal,” Anita still left with no team no coach.
Looking like he jumped straight out of the punk version of One Direction, Joe Kirkland came to The Voice with his bandmates behind him hoping to make it as a solo artist.
Singing The All-American Rejects, “Gives You Hell,” Joe pretty much turned the judges into tweenage Directioners, bringing an “aggressive tone” to his already boyish charm, and getting Blake and Adam to turn their chairs. Though Blake appealed to the Texan in Joe, the vested crooner chose Adam as his mentor.
Next up was a hair stylist from North Carolina named Jessica Sharpe. Bathed in a white flowy flower child dress, the angelic southern belle surprised us and showed her wicked side, with a deep and rich rendition of “Son of a Preacher Man.” Unfortunately it didn’t seem to be enough for the judges to press their red buttons. Though none of them felt that “magical moment,” Christina (literally) wiped the contestant’s tears away and told her to try again next year.
And last but certainly not least to take the stage was 18-year-old Trevin Hunte. Born and raised in the harsh neighborhood of Jamaica, Queens, Trevin used music to escape his surroundings, listening to his father’s radio in the basement.
Almost as soon as Trevin hit the stage, chairs were swiveling, with all but Adam pressing their buttons.
The humble Trevin was overwhelmed but managed to pull it together long enough to choose Cee Lo as his coach, who called him a “prodigy” from that one audition alone, giving the youngster a much needed confidence boost.
Don’t fret Voice fans because we’re just getting started! We’re back tomorrow with another round of blind auditions! What did you think of tonight’s performances? Tell us below!