NBC aired even more of The Voice’s prerecorded blind auditions last evening. According to the show’s rules, Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton are to vie for the competition’s best voices; however, Christina mentioned on numerous occasions that she opted out of swiveling around for a contestant because the guys had already pressed their buttons. It was quite the peculiar spectacle, especially when one of the contestants thrilled with a recreation of one Britney Spears’ songs. The diva rivalry continues?
Melanie Martinez, 17, simultaneously strummed on her guitar and played the tambourine (with her foot) while singing an acoustic rendition of Spears’ “Toxic.” Amazingly original is an understatement for the two-tone haired pin-up. One would expect such an eccentric act to choose Cee Lo, but she chose Adam. With a jazzy delivery similar to Lana Del Rey’s, Melanie should do well even beyond the competition.
Cupid, infamous for the “Cupid Shuffle,” daringly and strategically performed his hit song in hopes of showing off his vocals. Though he showed off his incredible voice, no one pushed their button for him. Cee Lo, who recognized him, loudly pondered why he was auditioning and why he performed that song.
Brian Scartocci, 26, is a single father of two and decided to tug at America’s heartstrings by performing Stevie Wonder’s “Isn’t She Lovely.” There’s definitely potential in his voice, but the performance was mediocre. Adam eventually won Brian over by promising him a duet with Mr. Wonder himself.
Beat Frequency, comprised of husband and wife Natasha and Sean, proved to be an larger-than-life version of Karmin (this is a bad thing, by the way). They made Katy Perry and Kanye West’s “E.T.” remix quite literal. Somehow, their extraterrestrial noise got Christina’s attention early on, and they will unfortunately proceed to the next rounds.
Liz Davis, 25, looked and sounded well beyond her years. The “fireball” roused the judges with a rendition of Grethchen Wilson’s “Here For The Party.” Christina, Adam and Blake turned around, but Blake’s charm (and an ACM award) attracted Liz in his direction.
JR Aquino, 24, is an Alaskan YouTube sensation looking for the limelight in the continental United States. He sang Hawaiian crooner Bruno Mars’ “Just the Way You Are,” and captured the attention of Adam and Christina, followed by Cee Lo. Though Cee Lo pushed his button during the last note, he gave JR constructive criticism, as opposed to false praise. He chose the Soul Machine as his mentor. Did his mother remind anyone of Michael Phelp’s mother?
Nicholas David, 31, is former party hog that is filled with soul. His fiancé and children encouraged him to change his lifestyle and shed a few pounds. He covered Ben E. King’s soul classic “Stand By Me” and did relatively well. Cee Lo and his pink cockatoo have big plans with Nicholas in future rounds.
Alessandra Guercio, 17, attends the distinguished LaGuardia High School of Fame fame, and her well-trained stage presence was apparent during her audition. The mature-looking hopeful covered Miley Cyrus’ “The Climb,” prompting Adam and Cee Lo to push their buttons. Because Cee Lo has been branded the perv of the show, Alessandra left the stage after choosing Adam as her mentor.
Avery Wilson, 16, gave arguably the best audition of the series (certainly of this season). His “discovery” was quite unique–his father overheard him singing and encouraged him to pursue singing. Avery sang David Guetta and Usher’s “Without You,” and easily trumped Usher’s declining vocals. Cee Lo said ‘Avery deserves to be a star’, which probably prompted the young hopeful to choose him as his mentor.
There isn’t enough time in an hour for all the auditions, so some are compiled in a 46-second montage. Adanna Duru, 15, covered Lady Gaga’s “Edge of Glory”; Kelly Crapa, 15, covered Taylor Swift’s “Sparks Fly”; and Paulina covered Cobra Starship’s “You Feel Me.” They went to Adam, Blake and Christina’s teams respectively.
Team Adam: Brian Keith, Joe Kirkland, Samuel Mouton, Loren Allred, Nicolle Nelson, Melanie Martinez, Brian Scartocci, Alessandra Guercio, Adanna Duru
Team Blake: Terry McDermott, Gracia Harrison, Casey Muessigmann, Julio Cesar Castillo, 2 Steel Girls, Liz Davis, Kelly Crapa
Team Cee Lo: Daniel Rosa, Trevin Hunte, Mackenzie Bourg, Domo, JR Aquino, Nicholas David, Avery Wilson
Team Christina: De’Borah, Adriana Louise, Aquile, Nelly’s Echo, Lisa Scinta, MarissaAnn, Beat Frequency, Paulina
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