After nine hours of auditions, we’re finally ready to move on to the battle rounds on NBC’s “The Voice.” All four coaches — Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green, Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton filled their 12-person teams Feb. 27 and the competition really begins now.
And hopefully we can get the poor coaches a change of clothes — that must have been one long taping session if the edit is nine hours long. Even they seemed a bit tired with minimal bickering and fighting over contestants.
“The Voice” now has the coaches pair off members of their teams for direct competition in duets, with the coach picking who advances to the next round when the show goes live. Only six contestants from each team will move on.
Coach highlights for this episode included an Adam/Blake bromance moment when Aguilera was up against Shelton and going on about how she was a true vocalist, with Levine jumping in to defend his BFF.
“First of all, Blake, you are a vocalist and you’re a damn good vocalist.”
“Thank you Adam. Thank you very much. I love you Adam,” Shelton replied.
“I love you too, Blake,” Levine said, then after a pause added, “totally not in a sexual way.”
“I can’t say the same,” Shelton replied.
Pretty much par for these two.
The other sterling Shelton moment was after Lex Land’s audition. Land’s nerves really got the best of her, but she was strong enough to get Levine and Green to turn their chairs fairly quickly, which actually seemed to make her voice shakier. Shelton joined in for a three way battle to bring her to their teams. Just watch the video to see Shelton’s … unique approach to winning her over.
Oh, Miranda Lambert, what you must go through with that one. He’s a handful.
The last highlight of the night was the final audition when Aguilera added her final team member Sera Hill, and was so inspired she joined her onstage for an spur-of-the-moment duet.
Amazing in its own right, even without considering Aguilera had no warm-up.
Shelton added Land, and country singer Addley Stump. Stump gave the best performance of the two, but if Land can conquer her nerves, her low range ability could make her a contender.
Aguilera has some serious diversity this season, adding Lee Koch, who covered — and channeled — Bob Dylan, and Hill. Hill knocked it out of the park, but Koch is certainly talented in his own right. Unfortunately for him, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out he’ll go down quickly with Aguilera making cuts.
Team Cee Lo
Green picked up brother duet The Shields Brothers and R&B artist Wade. Hate to say it, but rock and roll duets, usually don’t go over well, especially two men. But Green likes unconventional things and he certianly has a lot of energy to work with in those two.
Levine picked up Whitney Myer and Orlando Napier, with the two both being among the strongest auditions of the night. Hard call on that one, but Napier seems just a hair more seasoned. As a side note, Levine seems to have thing for men with hats on his team, as this is number three.
“The Voice” airs Mondays on NBC at 8 p.m. ET. Subscribe for updates on the contestants and all the latest video clips. And of course, all the coach drama.
Look out for my interview with Juliet Simms later this week.