“The Voice” debuted episode 3 of blind auditions Feb. 13, a two-hour parade of talent that kept raising the bar, and consequently, raising the level of performance needed to get the judges to turn their chairs. Many good singers left coach-less and when all was done, Christina Aguilera added two more singers to her team, Cee Lo Green and Blake Shelton each added three, but the big winner of the night was Adam Levine, who added four to his roster, including the heavily-contested Pip.
The 19 year-old Pip sounded a lot more seasoned than he looked, which was why he was excited to do a blind audition so he’d be taken “more seriously.” His rendition of “House of the Rising Sun,” got Levine to turn his chair almost immediately (you other coaches should really note this strategy) with Shelton, Green and Aguilera following soon after.
Y’all know this is going to get ugly, now, right?
Shelton pitched being on a team where he would be one of the few guys, Aguilera tried to sell him on her “time and attention,” Green was his usual smooth self, and Levine lauded his choice to wear a bow tie.
But when Levine cited his track record as the coach who won last season, Aguilera went below the belt again this week, noting that on her track record, she “did have success before Maroon 5 came along.”
Yowza. The rivalry between the two was heated last season, but Aguilera has already gone too far twice now, referring to Levine in the premiere as “trying to be Justin Timberlake.”
Even Pip noted it was a low blow and it seems the strategy backfired with his choice of Levine. You gotta chill on the Adam abuse, girlfriend. Seriously.
And while we’re at it producers, let’s cool it with the gratuitous car placements for your sponsor and the cheesy fake “surprise” invitations. No one is buying it, and your viewers love you for being more real than that other music show. And less spammy with car commercials than one of it’s judges. Ahem.
The rest of Levine’s additions included strong contender Chris Cauley — who tried to get Levine and Green to arm wrestle for him — insurance office worker Katrina Parker, and “underdog” Nathan Parrett. Top pick of the night: Pip.
Team Cee Lo
New singers on Green’s team include androgynous folk singer Sarah Golden, quirky Erin Martin and James Massone, who surprised coaches by being well, white. And who called out Levine for being the only judge not to turn his chair. Top pick of the night: Sarah Golden.
Shelton picked a little rock and roll to go with his country in Brian Fuente, who looks very promising from the abbreviated clip shown on air, as well the final performer on the episode, Jordis,who brought the house down. Also add in Erin Willett singing for her cancer-stricken father, which is bound to provide some emotional moments given Shelton’s recent loss of his father. Top pick of the night: Jordis, but based on only a partial clip of Fuente.
Aguilera picked up former boxer Geoff McBride and the show’s first hip-hop singer Moses Stone, proving she is going for real diversity this year, which was lacking on her team last season. Top pick of the night: McBride, covering Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground.”
This week’s picks for contestants passed over that may get a second chance: Elley Duhe and David Grace.
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