VOICE OVER: NBC's The Voice Season 3 Week 2 Brings Awesome Talent!
Season three of NBC's The Voice hit the ground running last week, and tonight, September 17, marks the start to week two. The talent was top-notch, which meant coaches Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, and Cee Lo Green had to do their best to convince the singers to join their teams.
The night started out with 17-year-old photography genius Melanie Martinez who has been a self-proclaimed "ugly duckling" in the past, now resolved to simply be herself. She felt that she could do so through music. She certainly did just that. She sang Britney Spears's "Toxic" in her own unique style, which can hardly be compared with anyone. She accompanied herself using the guitar and a tambourine, the latter of which she played brilliantly with her feet! That was quite a sight. Blake and Adam pushed their Red Buttons within about five seconds, soon followed by Cee Lo. All three of them had copious amounts of praise to heap upon Melanie, and they even had a mini-feud (as Adam and Blake are prone to do) over who would get her, but she ended up choosing team Adam.
The next contestant was a bit of a shock. Cupid (yes, of the "Cupid Shuffle" fame) sang his one-hit wonder for the coaches. Before his blind audition, Cupid told The Voice host Carson Daly that he wanted to be on The Voice so that rather than a one-hit wonder, he might be a "Two, or three, or four-hit-wonder!" His hope was to sing his famous dance tune better than the original and get the attention of the coaches. However, he did not meet his goal. His performance was better than the original, but it did not catch the ear of anyone. Better luck next time, Cupid. We will probably be dancing to "Cupid Shuffle" at every wedding for the rest of eternity.
Single dad Brian Scartoci had a heart-wrenching story to tell about his broken marriage, but with his family- including his two adorable children- he was determined to redeem this situation. He said his goal was to show his kids that even he could follow his dreams. So Brian sang "Isn't She Lovely," which garnered the attention of first Adam, soon followed by Cee Lo, then Blake. Again, the coaches could not heap enough praise upon this talented guy. In Adam's words, Brian "nailed it," Cee Lo called his voice, "stylistic," and Blake tried to win over Brian on a personal level. He told Brian to choose him based on their supposedly obvious similar interests like wearing jeans with a vest and having a beard. Right at this intense moment, NBC cut to a commercial break, leaving the audience literally on The Edge of their seats wondering who this much-wanted singer would choose. Brian said that coming into the audition, he "Had an idea of who I was sure I was gonna pick," who he said was Cee Lo, "But it's tough." After prolonged suspense, he chose to go with Adam.
After all of these awesome singers, NBC quickly showed a series of duos who did not make it for one reason or another. But then came a duo who really had a chance. Natasha and Shawn, aka, "Beat Frequency," reportedly, "Put everything on the line," to audition for The Voice and sing Katy Perry's "E.T." Well clearly, their risk paid off, because Christina pushed the button without hesitation. None of the guys pushed their Red Buttons, so Beat Frequency became Christina's by default, much to Christina's excitement.
Baseball fan Tyler Lillestol was offered his ticket to The Voice blind auditions via a video message from Carson Daly which he saw on the big screen at the Dodgers stadium after singing "God Bless America" beautifully at a game. Unfortunately, his song choice on The Voice wasn't the best to show off his range, as Christina told him. He sang "U Got it Bad" by Usher, and no judges turned around for him. It was a serious shame, because from the clips that were played of him singing at different times, he seemed to have a genuinely beautiful voice.
After all of these pop singers, a country singer finally came on the scene, much to Blake's excitement. Liz Davis, age 25, called herself a horseback-riding country girl. She dropped out of college at age 19 to seek her fortune as a singer in Nashville, but mostly ended up waiting tables in what she referred to as a difficult music scene. Adam and Christina pushed their Red Buttons first, and Blake waited until the last minute to push his. They used their various methods of persuasion including flattery, begging, and Blake pulled out his ACM award for Best Male Vocalist of the year, to show that he was the obvious pick as a country coach. Much to his chagrin, Liz chose Christina.
JR Aquino, a native Alaskan, told Carson Daly that he felt like he had no way to be heard until YouTube came around. In no time, his YouTube performance videos had earned lots of attention, making him one of the biggest names on the video site. He said, "I wouldn't be here if it weren't for YouTube!" For the coaches, he sang, "Just the Way You Are" by Bruno Mars, which earned the attention of first Christina, then Adam, then Cee Lo. After hearing praise from Christina and Adam, and some surprising constructive criticism from Cee Lo, JR chose Cee Lo as his coach, saying that he thought he could learn a lot from him.
Carson DAly Made a special trip to Agina Algarez's work place to deliver her ticket to the blind auditions. Algina had been part of a hit radio song in the past, but she felt that The Voice could help her reach the full extent of her potential. But during her performance of, "Turn the Beat Around," none of the coaches said, "I want you."
Nicholas David had a big obstacle to overcome before coming to The Voice. That is, working off his extra 100+ pounds he had gained in his young partying years. He arrived at The Voice ready to prove himself as a singer worthy of the approval of these four superstar coaches. His work paid off when Cee Lo pushed his red button before the end of the first chorus, saying that Nicholas's voice really spoke to him. So an excited Nicholas joined team Cee Lo.
Though only 17 years old, Alessandra Guerico was one of the most talented performers the coaches saw tonight. A student at performing arts school Laguardia High School, Alessandra talked about performing at school every day and said that being on The Voice was "The chance of a lifetime." When she was barely through the first stanza of Miley Cyrus's "The Climb," Adam pushed the button, and Cee Lo did the same at the last second. Vying for Alessandra to choose him, Adam told her, "Your voice is very refined especially for your age... There is almost perfect quality to your voice." Not surprisingly, she chose team Adam.
NBC showed quick clips of some more young people who made it through: Kelly Crapa age 15 (team Blake), Adonna Duru age 15 (team Adam), Paulina age 16 (team Christina).
The last performer of the night was the untrained, but gifted 16-year-old Avery Wilson whose original dream had been to be a dancer. However, when encouraged by his dad, he decided to try to be a singer. He sang "Without You," during which Adam was the first to push the red button, followed by Cee Lo and Christina, then Blake at the end. All four coaches were in total awe of this guy's voice and could not say enough good things about him. In the end, he joined team Cee Lo.
So after another night of wide-eyed singers pursuing their wildest dreams, the teams stand thus: Team Cee Lo and Team Blake have seven members, Team Adam and Team Christina have nine. Tune in to NBC on Tuesday night at 8/7c for even more auditions, drama, and entertainment on The Voice!
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