NBC had one mission when airing The Voice’s third episode of blind auditions on Wednesday: isolate and destroy the enemy. And frankly, it was quite effective. Although X Factor (the enemy) offers a bigger winning prize and more production dramatics, America indicated which singing competition show it prefers, which surely gave Simon Cowell a night full of terrors.
Samuel Mouton, 19, kicked off the show with a shockingly cheerful montage. His uncle, who enlisted him into the competition, blatantly said the competition should be good for him, considering he has been a loser all of his life. As soon as he began singing Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song,” Adam Levine swiveled around, followed by Cee Lo Green, followed by Christina Aguilera and followed by Blake Shelton, who was turned around automatically. Although the pizza boy was not geographically connected to Bob as Anita Antoinette, he sailed through to the next round with Adam.
Nelly’s Echo, a 32-year-old Nigerian refugee, sought the American Dream after his father was erroneously imprisoned in his home country. He gave a mildly funky rendition of Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine.” His voice certainly isn’t the strongest, but much like Javier Colon (remember him?), a decent voice, artistic mind and wide smile could get Nelson far. Aguilera’s pitch was harder than Levine’s, so Nelly’s Echo joined the “Your Body” singer’s team.
2 Steel Girls is a lovely country mother/daughter with a not-so lovely backstory. They sold their truck and home in order to compete on The Voice. As they walked on stage, Blake announced they were joining his team. They tackled Carrie Underwood’s “Before He Cheats.” The mother was noticeably better than the daughter, but of course, the judges did not pit them against each other. 2 Steel Girls indeed joined Team Blake, making him a clairvoyant?
I didn’t realize how effective the montages were until Lisa Scinta, MarissaAnn and Loren Allred were given a easily forgettable 30-second features. Lisa and MarissaAnn sang Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” and “Part Of Me” respectively, who both chose Team Christina. Loren chose Levine after her cover of David Guetta and Kelly Rowland’s “When Love Takes Over.”
What do you get when you multiply Christina Aguilera’s ego with Beyoncé’s confidence? Domo, China’s Lady Gaga. The 26-year-old Bronx resident claims to have the moves like Michael and Janet Jackson, and the voice of Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston and Celine Dion. She decided to choose a nice in-between: Nicole Scherzinger’s “Don’t Cha” (well, it’s the Pussycat Doll’s song, but Nicole is the only member vocally recognizable). Cee Lo, who was in heat according to Adam, was quickly smitten by Domo’s interpretation of the song he penned and swiveled around to witness her sex-filled act. In all honesty, X Factor is a more fitting show for D-to-the, O-to-the, but it will be interesting and entertaining to see what Cee Lo does with her (said in the most non-perverted way possible).
When covering “Hallelujah,” singers can do incredibly well or horrendously bad. Self-described hippie, Nicolle Nelson, lives in an old Vermont shoe factory with a group of fellow artists. The beautiful 34-year-old seized the moment when singing the spiritual tune. It wasn’t as great as it could have been, because she was off-tempo throughout most of the song, but it was still “gorgeous,” as Christina defined it. After the judges voiced their respective “organic compost,” she chose Adam as her mentor.
Team Adam: Brian Keith, Joe Kirkland, Samuel Mouton, Loren Allred, Nicolle Nelson
Team Blake: Terry McDermott, Gracia Harrison, Casey Muessigmann, Julio Cesar Castillo, 2 Steel Girls
Team Cee Lo: Daniel Rosa, Trevin Hunte, Mackenzie Bourg, Domo
Team Christina: De’Borah, Adriana Louise, Aquile, Nelly’s Echo, Lisa Scinta, MarissaAnn
Watch The Voice’s Season 3, Episode 3