The blind auditions for The Voice 2012 season 2 reached week 3 last night but the excitement was just as high as for the premiere. And the competition was even tougher as the coaches only have a limited number of spaces on their teams and those spaces are getting filled.
We got off to a great start with Sarah Golden who said she has already had some interest from several record labels, but they always asked her to change her appearance. The Voice seemed made for her!
Sarah’s version of Lady Gaga’s You and I had Cee Lo Green and Blake Shelton turning around for her. Cee Lo’s sassy comeback of “Oh, you can’t handle us both baby” when Sarah said she wanted them both convinced her to go with his team.
I loved Blake’s bitter retort, claiming Cee Lo is asleep behind his shades during the majority of the show.
Elley Duhe (19) dropped out of school to follow her passion for performing, but that decision may have been a little hasty. Her original version of Duffy’s Mercy had the judges interested, but not enough to turn around. Next!
Pip Andrews had everyone going crazy and turning around. The 19-year-old’s performance of The House of the Rising Sun was stunning and it shows just how valuable a show The Voice is, because all the judges said that Pip’s appearance didn’t quite match his voice. ON another singing show, he may have lost out because of that.
After some scrapping among the judges and Christina Aguilera’s offer to mother him, Pip chose Team Adam.
Erin Willett had the back story to match her raw emotion and passionate voice. Her father, her big supporter) has been diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer. She put all that pain into a great performance of The Jackson 5’s I Want You Back. I was surprised that Blake was the only judge to press his button. I thought Cee Lo and Christina would have loved her and Blake wasted no time in calling Christina out for “screwing up.”
David Grace sparked a yelling match between Blake and Adam, shouting across the judges’ chairs at each other to press their respective buttons, but no one picked the Texan.
Katrina Parker had been personally invited to the blind auditions by Carson Daly. The former performer had had to give up singing due to a mold-related illness. Now she is back singing after a frustrating couple of years, but only Blake wanted to give her a shot on his team after hearing her sing One of Us. Carson comforted Katrina’s family by saying Adam was the “pickiest” of the judges and that his selection was a real honor.
Geoff McBride seemed to be channelling Stevie Wonder after a boxing injury left him with a damaged retina and he said it’s “not a cool factor” that he wears sunglasses the whole time now. Appropriately, Geoff sang Stevie’s Higher Ground and had Christina and Cee Lo turn around. In a move that will surprise many people, Geoff chose Christina.
Erin Martin, who describes herself as an “Egyptian warrior princess” set out to prove she is more than a pretty face. But Cee Lo concentrated on flattering her looks to win her away from Blake.
“You look like a wonderful creature of a woman. You look beautiful … I mean, quite naturally you belong to me, don’t you agree?” he said.
It worked and Erin joined Team Cee Lo.
James Massone shocked the judges with his performance of Find Your Love by Drake. They expected him to be black.
James was left speechless when Christina, Blake, and Cee Lo all turned around but when he regained his voice proved he has personality as well as a good singing voice.
“Adam what happened with you?” he teased.
But he went with Cee Lo, whom he said was his “first choice.”
Winter Rae ooked like a rocker with her blue hair and tattoos but she is in to R&B and sang Rihanna’s Take a Bow. Unfortunately, despite bringing along her celebrity friend Perez Hilton, she failed to get the judges to turn around.
Chris Cauley is inspired by his grandma but he ignored his country roots to sing the Bruno Mars song Grenade, which caused Cee Lo and Adam to turn their chairs. Not wanting to make the decision himself, Chris suggested Adam and Cee Lo arm wrestle. Adam admitted he would lose in that competition, but ended up winning Chris for his team.
After Chris’ performance we see Nathan Parrett go to Team Adam, Brian Fuente join Blake’s team and Moses Stone opt for Team Christina. None of them had a choice about it as only one judge turned for them so it will be interesting to see how well they shape up beside the more popular competitors with the judges.
Jordis Unga. Aside from having a fabulous name, gave a superb, physical performance. Blake, Christina, and Cee Lo all turned around almost immediately, but it’s Blake who bagged her in the end.
So that’s it for another edition of The Voice 2012 blind auditions. Who were the stand out performers for you?