The Voice returned last night with a second night of blind auditions equally as entertaining as Sunday’s season premiere.
I’m just loving the chemistry between the judges as they encourage each other to turn around for the worst acts. Oh and Blake taking bows after his good looks are complimented. One of my favorite comments was from Blake, disgruntled that Christina was getting chosen a lot. They’re all being “fooled by flash and boobs” he said. I kind of agree but it’s fun anyway.
Monday night was another two-hour show packed with talent.
Like Sunday night, the talent kept pouring in over the course of this two-hour event, as each coach picked up two more team members before the night was through. How do the teams stack up? And how are the judges doing at convincing the contestants to pick them? Let’s take a look.
Team Christina was comprised of Jesse Campbell, Chris Mann, The Line and Lindsey Pavao by the end of the night.
The first auditionee of the night went to her, with The Line, a country duo of Hailey and Leland from Nashville. Everyone was blown away by their version of American Girl. Super tight harmonies, but it would have been good to hear Hailey sing a solo part before it was a done deal. What I can’t understand is, why they didn’t pick Blake as their coach. He’s a country singer too and he turned around first.
Christina also picked up Lindsey Pavao later on. She thinks of herself as a song writer, and enjoys doing new takes on songs, as she did with Say Aah. Her interesting and original tone had Christina, Cee Lo and Blake turning around, but she chose Christina.
Team Cee Lo bagged Juliet Simms, Jamar Rogers and Angie Johnson by the end of the evening. Jamar’s nice mix of smooth R&B and raspy rocker tone only had Cee Lo to choose from. But he was always going to choose Cee Lo anyway because he’s a huge fan. I liked his take on Seven Nation Army and he has an inspirational back story, fighting back from homelessness and crystal meth addiction. I’m surprised more judges didn’t turn around but he got who he wanted so it’s all good.
Cee Lo was a lone voice again later in the evening, being the only one to turn around for Angie Johnson. She sang Heartbreaker by Adele, which got a million YouTube hits so far.
Team Blake was made up of RaeLynn, Gwen Sebastian and Jermaine Paul by the end of last night’s show.
I liked Gwen Sebastian’s quirky vibe but I hope she can show a wider range. Blake, Adam, and Cee Lo all turned around for her version of Stay but she chose Blake.
Blake also later added 33 year old Jermaine Paul to his team. Jermaine worries me a bit. He has been opening for Alicia Keyes on tour for years. Isn’t that enough of a platform to make it on your own if you are good enough? But the guy has bags of confidence. He did give a great version of Complicated, but I just thing there’s some reason he hasn’t already made it.
Team Adam comprised Tony Lucca, Kim Yarbrough and Angel Taylor by the time we were done last night. Kim was great on Tell Me Something Good. Angel Taylor was less impressive on Someone Like You, and she bailed on using her upper register. Maybe she doesn’t have one. I was a bit surprised that Adam, Blake and Cee Lo all turned around, but she went with Adam even though she admitted to having a huge crush on Blake.
Maybe there will be a wildcard round like there was last year to give the unsuccessful auditionees another chance. Did you spot anyone worth a second look? How do you think the teams are shaping up so far? Oh and should Cee Lo ditch the cat a la the Bond baddy look?