The Voice 2 - The Premiere!

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OK. We’re LIVEBLOGGIG The Voice right here! STAND BY!

The best thing about The Voice? They totally admit to casting the show. Carson Daily is driving around handing out invitations to singers to be on the show.  Even actually saying in a voice over– “Here are the people we invited…” Wow. “The Voice: WE LOVE PLANTS. YES WE DO!”.

Nevertheless, an entertaining show tonight. I wish all the episodes were an hour long. It’s perfect. Tomorrow’s 2 hour episode is going to feel so looong.

A couple of notes: Christina needs to STFU. Some of the ribbing is fun. In fact, Simon and company can learn a thing or two from the Voice coaches. They are competitive, but it’s good natured–unlike the uncomfortable mean-spirited and fakeity fake jousting on the X Factor. But my god, XTina, leave well enough alone. She screams at Adam that he wants to be the center of attention. Pot. Kettle. Black. She doesn’t know when to back off.

Tonight’s talent: I liked the rocker chick, Juliette Simms and Jesse Cambell’s voice was as sweet as honey.  Chris Mann, the opera singer is something different, but ultimately, he’ll be eliminated when he attempts to compete with pop singers. He’s a fish out of water. Tony Luca is going to have the female fans swooning.  I’ll bet the fan groups are forming as we speak. Bet he wins the poll I’m about to put up…

UPDATEChris was a Glee Warbler! Check out his blog update HERE and an article from his hometown paper HERE.  

Each of the coaches will have teams of 12. This is going to be a loooong season.

Raelynn – 17 -”Hell on Heels” by Miranda Lambert.  She comes from a farm!  She’s there with her parents.  Uh oh. And she’s hoping Blake turns around. Blake is smiling!  Adam pushes his button right away.   Blake punches his button. This girl sounds REAL nervous.  Gutsy vocals. She’s got grit, which I like.  Adam is trying to convince Raylynn to pick her.  Raylynn says Miranda is her Idol. Cee Lo and Christina compliment her.  Blake says. I CAN MAKE YOU A COUNTRY STAR. Adam: Why wouldn’t you want to be more than that? Oh. Burn. She hesitates, but goes with Blake.  Of course she did. TEAM BLAKE

Jesse Campbell – 42 – “Song For You” – He’s a single dad who became homeless after his wife left him. He sings at churches and weddings. He’s looking for a fresh start. Now he’s crying. Wow. Cee Lo, Xtina and Adam turned around IMMEDIATELY. Adam looks entranced. Blake turned around after a bit too. There’s going to be a fight over this one!. He’s got a very sweet R&B falsetto. Lots of feeling in his delivery. STANDING O. Blake regrets not turning around. Christina will work hard for him. “Your style is strong brother” says Cee Lo. Adam says, “You just blew me away” Adam brags about coaching the winner. Hmf. Not mentioning that the winner’s album TANKED. Jesse picks the first coach who came to his mind–Christina. Team Christina

Daniel Rosa – 20 – “Animal” -  He’s looking for confirmation that he can sing. He’s got some confidence problems!  If they were looking at him, they definitely wouldn’t pick him. He’s  so unsure on stage. But he sounds really really nervous too. Aw. Nobody is turning around. Nobody turned at all. Mom is crying. Daniel is crying. They clap for him. Christina says he was a beautiful singer. Wait…you all thought he was a great singer, but you didn’t turn around? Don’t blow smoke up his ass. Christina and Blake say he needs to improve his pitch and control.  If he had more confidence, he might have been able to pull it off.

Juliette Simms – 25 – “Oh Darling” – Rocker from Florida. She’s been performing live since she was 14. She’s got a nice rasp. Adam and Ceelo turn around when she hits the chorus. Adam is standing up with his fist in the air.  Juliette is crawling around on the floor as she sings. Christina finally turns around. “Hi my name is Adam, I’m going to sell you a car!” – Christina snarking on Adam. Adam says Christina is one of the best singers on earth, but she’s not one of the best coaches. He loves “the dirt” in Juliette’s voice. Christina keeps interrupting Adam. She needs to shut up right now. Ugh. A whole season of Christina the harpie? I hope not.  Cee Lo says,  “You turn me on.” TMI! “I heard the story of my life in that song.” Juliette says she’s humbled…but she’s going to pick…Cee Lo. Oh! After Adam practically creamed over her, I was sure she’d pick him. Team Cee Lo

Carson literally announces that the next singers are plants–those with “experience” they “invited” to be on the show. *cough*

Chris Mann – Because We Believe – His mom has pancreatic cancer. Oh. That’s terrible. She wants him to continue to work toward his dream, despite her terminal illness. He’s a pop opera singer. The look on Blake’s face as Chris warbled was pretty priceless. Cee Lo turns around 1st, then Christina. “I loved it!” says Christina. Blake says he couldn’t understand one word he was singing. Cee Lo called it exceptionally beautiful. Chris says for this show he was going to “sing like myself”.  He’s got decent vocals, but he’s so different than the rest of the group, I don’t know how he’ll compete singing pops songs.  I’ll be surprised if he survives the battle rounds.  Chris asks each one what they’d do for him if they were his coach. “I know what to do with real vocalists,” says Christina. And he picks her. Team Christina

Here are a string of auditioners who weren’t picked.

Tony Lucca – “Trouble” – Tony was in the Mickey Mouse club with Xtina, Justin Timberlake and Britney. Unlike that trio, he didn’t hit the big time in Hollywood. Will Xtina recognize his voice? Probably not. Adam turns around for him. Christina turns around and then Blake. Adam gets up out of his chair and punches Cee Lo’s button! Tony has a nice gritty voice. He sings with conviction (and an acoustic guitar). Adam felt real pain and energy in his voice–thinks he’ll have a great career (Like Javier? Sorry, I just can’t let up on the fact that last year’s winner’s album tanked. The coaches can’t brag or promise they can launch careers). LOL XTINA HAS NO F*CKING IDEA WHO HER FORMER CAST MATE IS. Even after she turns around! Her generic compliments make that clear.  Adam is begging to be picked. And Tony picks Adam. After Xtina was TOLD who he was…she hurried backstage to say Hi to him. She said Britney had a crush on him! Hmf. I bet Britney would remember him!  (Supposedly he’s got 500k twitter follows and has been releasing albums for years.)  Team Adam

Entire Episode on Hulu

 
  • Anonymous

    “Unlike other shows, this one focuses only on the voice”…as the judges wait for a reaction from the crowd who can see and watch the performance before making their decision.  

    Also, it’s interesting that they’ve mentioned Adam Levine as the “I won” person multiple times. I don’t recall them mentioning the actual singer who won last year yet.

  • sf3456

    I don’t know how I’m going to watch The Voice and post game stuff.

  • Kylee

    This first girl is like Skylar. Hell on heals and all.

    ETA: not as good as Skylar Laine.

  • http://twitter.com/justsing17 J

    Eh. Her voice is meh. Her personality is kinda meh too. 

  • http://kristentheyellowlab.blogspot.com/ ZsusK

    What the hell? This first girl is just bad. Not ready at all.

  • Anonymous

    I think Blake likes blondes. lol… No I take that back. His sweethearts last season were brunettes. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_I3NQHPT3NA6VGKK22RCMTGOCII Tiffany

    First girl didnt sing the Pistol Annie’s song like Miranda, she sang it like Angelina Pressley, one of the group.  Didnt sing it as well though.  Didnt like her version, too slow.

  • Anonymous

    They probably don’t want to mention Javier since his single/album sales haven’t done well. I’m wondering if he will actually come back to perform this season. Or whether they will brush him aside & ignore him.

  • Anonymous

    I wish these older people would have taken a risk and gone to LA before they were 40 ish.  This guy has a lovely voice. 

  • Kylee

    Meh, Jesse is another Javier.

  • BAPC

    Generic Javier 2.0. I didn’t even like 1.0.

  • Anonymous

    Jesse might be similar to Javier, but I liked Javier and I like Jesse

  • Anonymous

    Was that Jamar Rogers from American idol in the Voice preview?! Man if that was him, he could definitely win the Voice…I was so shocked when he didn’t make the top 32 with Danny Gokey. Yeah he was obsessed with over singing, but he could have gotten better. Can anyone confirm if that was him???

  • Anonymous

    I’m pretty sure Jesse Campbell is an old school Gospel singer who never quite made it.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think that Jesse is Javier 2.0 at all. I don’t think their style is the same. I don’t think the type of music they want to make is the same.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_I3NQHPT3NA6VGKK22RCMTGOCII Tiffany

    I liked Jesse better then Javier.  Javier puts too many runs in his songs for my taste.  Hope he picks Cee Lo, who works post Voice with his team as did Blake.  

  • Anonymous

    Ummm , i like Jesse more than Javier actually and the last kid was breaking my heart :(  …. Love this show :)

  • Anonymous

    I feel so bad when no one turns their chair around. I think that’s even worse than when the Idol judges reject you at the audition, because there’s no live audience

  • Anonymous

    pretty sure it was

  • Anonymous

    omg, I loved the rocker chick Juliette!!!! I was hoping she would pick Christina. Doesn’t matter though… She’s awesome.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Damien-Roberts/1284868807 Damien Roberts

    None of these singers hold a candle to anyone on idol…this show is just meh for me!

  • Anonymous

    ha ha Christina is funny tonight!

  • Anonymous

    Yep he’s Javier 2.0, except his radio hit and failed career was in the 90′s instead of more recently. I use to LOVE love love his song, When you cry when I was in highschool…

  • Trina

    I love this show! So annoyed at the lack of mention of Javier though. Uh so what he barely sold 20,000 albums, you’d think they could at least pretend he exists.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know what Javier’s songs were like in the 90′s. I just know what he performed on The Voice. And what he performed on The Voice is not what I think Jesse would perform. Nor do I think Jesse would release the current single that Javier released. 

  • Anonymous

    The rocker chick is kind of interesting.  I’m surprised she didn’t go for Adam Levine.  On the other hand, her low register isn’t very strong.  I think that will be her downfall. 

  • Anonymous

    Geez Christina, can you pull the girls in a little bit?  Ready for a malfunction here.

    Yep, you’ve just blinded Josh Groban v2.  He’s going with the girls.

  • Anonymous

    I like the opera guy too.  He’s also cute.  Maybe one to many super bowl beers on my end.  lol… I’m glad he picked Christina, they seem like a good match.

  • BAPC

    I really liked Chris Mann. He’d be great in a duet with Christina.

    Tony Luca is auditioning?! Crazy. He’s a pretty well known indie artist.

  • Anonymous

    I like how the Voice shows quick snippets of the not so good people.  It seems less mean and a lot less  boring.

  • Anonymous

    Loved opera guy. Hope he can make that work.

  • Anonymous

    Josh Groban wannabe? He can sing, for sure. Not my type of music at all, though

  • GS61

    Loved the rocker chick’s tail!
    (Looks familiar…)

  • falafel

    Dia got a mention on my station during a commercial for Blake’s local tour stop, so there’s that.

    I can already tell that I’m going to change the station during Tony Luccca. He has a great voice, but he makes so many scrunchy faces. It’s too embarrassing (for him, not mre).

    And because I’m drunk enough hat I can’t figure it out on my own, but not drunk enough that I’m over it:: Where do we go on here to complain about the Pats?

  • Anonymous

    Tony Luca is auditioning?! Crazy. He’s a pretty well known indie artist.

    I don’t think they mentioned this.  

  • BAPC

    Tony was great, as expected. He’s a great songwriter as well. I hope he goes far.

  • Anonymous

    Sad to say but true.  While watching The Voice it occurs to me that Simon needs younger judges which means Simon needs to go behind the scenes. lol..

  • Anonymous

    did anyone see the preview of tomorrow night’s episode with danny gokey’s bestie from idol?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_I3NQHPT3NA6VGKK22RCMTGOCII Tiffany

    I love that they get to sing more then a snippet.  Love this show!

  • falafel

    H ewas really very big on the LA indie scene when I lvied there about 10 years ago.

    I feel bad for this, but I”m judging him a little for being on the show, and not in the good way. IDK, it just seems like hs’e slumming or something.

  • Anonymous

    Danny Gokey’s buddy on The Voice….

  • Niall

    Why is he slumming? Dude has a family and is taking one last grab at the brass ring. I doubt being big on the indie scene 10 years ago does much to pay the bills today.

  • http://twitter.com/bentley1530 F E B

    That was a fun hour.  The blind auditions are fun because most of the people can sing a bit and the nervous guy who did not get picked was not terrible so I did not have to feel really terrible for him. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cathy-Knott/563794735 Cathy Knott

    I am so happy that this show is back.   I thought they had several great singers.  I also love the chemistry between the mentors.  I can hardly wait until tomorrow when it is on for 2 hours

  • Anonymous

    I know who the rocker chick is!  She’s in a band called Automatic Loveletter.  She’s been signed by Epic.  She’s got a pretty good career right now. But they’re totally going for these accomplished indie artists this year.  The only thing is that – it’s not like Dia Frampton is suddenly a platinum artist and all.  Just sayin’. 

  • Anonymous

    Love American Idol. Love The Voice. I’ve got room in my heart for both, but I still loathe the X Factor.

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    I like The Voice, but these are not fresh new artists.  Lots of good talent here and the judges seem to get along good.  I really liked Chris Mann the most.  I need to know more about his background.  This is a show for second (even third) chances.

    I can’t believe Christina didn’t recognize Tony when he said his name.  It’s a good show and I don’t know how DWTS is going to compete with them. 

  • Selena Haney

    I thought that was him! Yes. I loved him, and was completely shocked when Idol cut him.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think they can have current record deals. So she must have either left the band or the label dropped them

  • Selena Haney

    Was that Jamar. Danny Gokey’s best friend in the preview? I hope so! 

  • Anonymous

    Omg…Was that Jermaine Paul in that short clip with Alicia Keys?? Forget Danny’s friend Jamar, Jermaine would definitely win….He has an amazing R&B voice…I would have to vote for him for sure…I don’t know why it’s so hard for him to make it on his on.

    I like this show!…especially the fact that it gives second chances to people that would be considered “plants” on Idol. I guess our girl Stacy Francis tried out for the wrong show…hehe.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_S3ZGXZCUE2YYOS7QV6QSTKM4SA buffynut2001

    Wow, they are really emphasizing that these are not people off the street but rather invited performers! Hmmmm?
    And the winner was Adam Levine! Wow! I thought it was Javier Colon!

  • falafel

    I doubt being big on the indie scene 10 years ago does much to pay the bills today.

    Exactly.

    I don’ want ot rrag on him, he’s got a nice voice and I’m sure he’ll go far. I’ll just be judging him from my living room while he does it. And no tjjust him. Honestly,k I think a reality show is beneath a few of these people.

    On the ohter hand, it’s a sign of how ubiquitous and normal reality shows have become, I ugess. Someone said a while back that we’d reach a day when people who made it in the music biz wihtout at least trying out for a realizaty show would be the minority, and I think we’re approaching that point.

  • Anonymous

    To clarify – I have no problem with indie artists getting a shot.  I’m just wondering if it’s the right move for the indie artist.  You can give up a lot of cred, and not have a hit.  But more power to her – Automatic Loveletter has  a big following, according to my indie-verse friend. 

  • Anonymous

    I do wish The Voice would be more upfront about how most of the auditioners have had record deals in the past and a lot of them have solid careers, even if they never became stars. And that the blind auditions really aren’t blind, since they have been hand picked, for the most part.

    But the level of talent on this show is very strong. Just goes to show how many talented artists there are out there. And I love the fact that they get to sing complete songs, not just snippets

  • Anonymous

    I wouldn’t say that he’s slumming either.  My problem is more with the show not being upfront about who he is, and his background.  It’s like they pick and chose who to be honest about, and who they will admit to contacting and asking them to be on the show.  

    I just looked him up on Google, and Tony Lucca’s career wasn’t just ten years ago, he’s still been pretty active.  He’s released countless albums, had his music used on tv shows like Brothers and Sisters and Friday Night Lights.  And NBC didn’t have to look hard to find him, since he also appeared on an episode of the show Parenthood, where he played himself, so he’s not a total unknown.

  • Kirsten

     

    And the winner was Adam Levine! Wow! I thought it was Javier Colon!

    Trust me. It was definitely Adam.

    5 out of 48 contestants were chosen tonight? How long are these auditions? Wasn’t it a little quicker last year? Or do we have another 9 hours of auditions to go?

  • Anonymous

    wow, Tony Lucca has more than 500,000 followers on twitter…

  • Anonymous

    It was a very good hour , i definitively Jesse, Tony and Chris :) , the judges are a high energy and good chemistry , they arrive to make the criticisme without be harsh ….at least in this first episode. And a like Cristina like judge . :)

  • Anonymous

    Pretty good singers, but nobody special.

  • Anonymous

    No humiliation segments here… The rejects seemed like people who are pretty good normally, but who froze in the clutch.  I really liked Jesse and Tony.  

  • Anonymous

    It’s interesting that none of the judges seem to know who Tony Lucca is, since he is a pretty well known indie artist and has been around for years. But maybe none of them have any interest in indie music, since they are all very mainstream artists

  • Anonymous

    wow, Tony Lucca has more than 500,000 followers on twitter…

    Dang, I just wrote a post on him, but it vanished.  Those 500,000 followers came from still having a very active career.  Besides releasing multiple albums, he’s also written songs for tv shows, like Brothers and Sisters and Friday Night Lights.  He’s opened for N’sync, and two years ago, Justin Timberlake directed a commercial that Tony Lucca starred in.  NBC and The Voice didn’t have to look far to find him, because he’s also been on the NBC show Parenthood, where he played himself.  

    I really wish that the show was upfront about everyone.

  • Anonymous

    I disagree Damien.  I think some of the singers on the Voice are far superior to many of the idol contestants, not all, but many of the top 10 .
    But to each his own, some prefer the Idol contestants, I think the Voice contestants last season were far better. Of course, the Voice tends to favor and cast those contestants who are more experienced performers and singers, It appears.

  • Anonymous

    No humiliation segments here… The rejects seemed like people who are pretty good normally, but who froze in the clutch.  I really liked Jesse and Tony.

    I’d be humiliated if nobody turned their chair around.  That has to be a sick feeling, even if it is part of the show.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NDYOWBIIPZU6PBRHGOPT2ZZJXQ sweetmm

    Wonderful audition; love watching and especially “hearing” good voices without being subjected to awful noises instead.  It gives us a flavor of what auditions are all about in the real entertainment industry.

  • Anonymous

    Decent show tonight. 
    If I had to pick someone who stood out, it would be the woman who sang “Oh, Darling,” but I wasn’t too blown away by anyone tonight. Judges’ chemistry was right where they left off last season, and there weren’t any drawn-out backstories. Pretty quick pace, but loads of commercials.

  • Kylee

    Some of them on the voice are better than some of them on idol-but when you compare idol’s best with the voice’s best, its no contest. Kelly proved that tonight.

  • itsalleternal

    I thought that was way better than any episode of Idol this season. The 5 that made it all were amazing I thought.

  • Anonymous

    I forgot to say how great a songwriter Paul McCartney was/is.
    I went to YT to hear “Oh Darling” song again, and so many postings already fom people came because they heard it from the show tonight.
    Timeless.

  • Kesia Monteith

    Why is it a must for the contestants to talk about their professional history/past? Is it any of our business? I personally don’t think so…
    I don’t give a rat’s ass where any of these people came from, I care that they SING. Why so much thought to their professional background boggles me. What, it makes them more honest? Why do any of us need to know that? Unless they have a criminal record, I don’t need to know what the contestants have done professionally before. Call them plants all you like, if they don’t want to talk about their past record deals, that is fine by me. I don’t know them, and they certainly don’t know me to give me any explanation. Just sing your heart out.

  • Anonymous

    The show itself makes it a point to bring up the contestants past experience (mouseketeer, wedding singer) but it does not always tell us the whole story.

  • sf3456

    Tony Luca is auditioning?! Crazy. He’s a pretty well known indie artist.

    His fans convinced him to audition after seeing what happened with Javier.

  • Kirsten

     

    His fans convinced him to audition after seeing what happened with Javier.

    Why? Don’t they like him?

  • http://www.facebook.com/masewallace Mase Wallace

    when not a single 1 of the 4 of the biggest names in the industry don’t turn around for you,i might be time to pursue another career,because had that been me,i’d feel like crap even more if i had no confidence or self esteem

    although part of me thinks it was nerves

  • Anonymous

    The Voice has never claimed they are discovering unknowns. That’s American Idol. And I never heard of Tony Lucca before so I’m glad to know his name now. 

  • Anonymous

    I think the Voice is a bit classier than a lot of other reality shows. So I don’t think it’s beneath anyone to be on the show.

  • Kesia Monteith

    But I don’t care for the whole story either. If Tony Lucca was like Stacy Francis, and used a false sob story, I would be upset. But after all her background stuff was revealed, I only cared that she lied about being abused. But the broadway stuff, record deals, et al, whatever, if she is still piss poor, it’s why she did xfactor. 

    So if Tony, or Jesse, sold me some false story, it’s annoying because it is to sell themselves and pander to votes. But not revealing their more professional work…It would have been weird to me to be over 30 and not have some experience in the recording industry to begin with. It is a fluke to be Susan Boyle, have no prior experience at a mature age, and then decide to be a music artist. Yeah, good luck starting from scratch, being older in a young person’s game. 

    So it wouldn’t surprise me that someone like Javiar Colon had past recording experience. I really didn’t have to know, at all.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know why it’s a big deal to know their professional histories, but it is.  Something just seems off about going out and tracking down people who are already established, especially when the show states that it is different from other shows, because they are picking people based on their voices.  There is just something about the whole thing that feels very staged.  I don’t think you get someone like Tony Lucca to try out, unless you tell him that he’ll definitely be picked for someone’s team.

    With both AI and The Voice, the most important thing is the show, so I guess it doesn’t matter if the show is partially scripted, all that matters is that it is entertaining.  

  • Kylee

    Keep this in mind though-the reason the Voice auditions are more exciting is because of the band, the mics, the audience, the rehearsal time, and of course, the chairs. The idol auditions are always underwhelming due to it being acapella in a small room.

  • sf3456

    Well, yeah.  I guess that’s why they figured that convincing him to audition would help him.  Javier got a second chance.  Sure, the album flopped.  But Tony Lucca’s fans probably aren’t looking at that.  They just want their guy’s name out there.  And since he’s on Team Adam, he might win.

  • Anonymous

    I totally agree with you. I don’t want to here their professional history/ life story. I want to hear them sing. To much time is spent on back stories on all of these shows.
    Not to mention, Cristina talks way to much!!

  • Anonymous

    That was a fun hour. I love these audition rounds!

    Christina got the best ones tonight, except for the last guy(Tony) who picked Adam. I’ve never heard of Tony Lucca before tonight and I could care less about his past musical history. Whatever, just entertain me! :)

  • falafel

    And now, his fans are mad that Christina didn’t recognize him. That’s kind of ridiculous.

    That is ridiculous. It was 20 years ago. He probably looks and sounds really different. Also, I can’t believe I know this, but wasn’t Christina onlyh on MMC for a few episodes? That’s not very much time, and I can’t imagine the 17 year olds, or whatever age the older kids were, spent a lot of time hanging out with the 10 year olds. His fans should be happy that he did such an awesome job and got everyone to turn, not get worked up that someone he barely knew 20 years ago didn’t know who he was.

    I also really liked Juliette Sims, and felt bad that the bowtie guy let his nerves get the best of him. They were probably hoping for another Dia, but he couldn’t hold it together. I did love that they were so nice to him, though. I know it’s very much the kindergaten, you’re-all-special-snowflakes thing I usually hate, but here it makes me feel warm and fuzzy.

    Given the group they’ve put together, it would be nice to see a round where they had the option to sing original songs. Usually that sort of thing is a trainwreck, and I know they’re not all writers, but it seems like most of these people would already have songs that were performance-worthy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cathy-Knott/563794735 Cathy Knott

    I think they have been very upfront that most of these people have had other opportunities.  I, for one, have never been confused

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cathy-Knott/563794735 Cathy Knott

    at least these auditions are interesting

  • Kylee

    I agree, auditions are the best part of this show. Then it all goes downhill when the battle rounds start…

  • http://twitter.com/blkeener Brittany Keener

    Begin rant.

    New game…let’s take a shot every time Adam reminds the world that HE won last year….not his team nor Javier…but ADAM WON. :| Ugh. Dude, your guy won but you have nothing to show for it and YOU were no help. At least Blake supports his girls in some way..even if they have no credit to show for success.

    I’ll give The Voice credit for having some amazing talent…and for technically owning up to “planting” more than half of their contestants. But omg…shut up about blind auditions. You CAST your show ahead of time. Whether cattle call or going out and finding people…you casted a show KNOWING what they look like. Maybe the judges/mentors don’t know what they look like…but the producers who picked them do!

    Take out Christina [and her boobs]…and I rather enjoy the banter & playful fighting between the judges. I do think, in the moment, they do care for these contestants (at least Blake does) and want to see them succeed….on the show (so they-the judge-can win). I just wish I’d see more of it outside of the competition, in the long run. At least their first year. They claim to be mentors, not judges, so why stop when the winner is crowned?

    …and despite Javier’s album fail (which I have to say, though I did not buy it (spotify), I do enjoy some of the songs on the album. He has a lovely voice), I’m disappointed at the lack of mention tonight. Shows disloyalty to past contestants. If you don’t succeed we throw you out of the boat. Tough love. Learn some class, TV.

    Also….I forgive you for being a horrible mentor Adam…bc you are so hot. Grr.

    End rant.

  • http://twitter.com/blkeener Brittany Keener

    Yes. Jamar Rogers. (so excited!)

  • sf3456

    That is ridiculous. It was 20 years ago. He probably looks and sounds
    really different. Also, I can’t believe I know this, but wasn’t
    Christina onlyh on MMC for a few episodes? That’s not very much time,
    and I can’t imagine the 17 year olds, or whatever age the older kids
    were, spent a lot of time hanging out with the 10 year olds. His fans
    should be happy that he did such an awesome job and got everyone to
    turn, not get worked up that someone he barely knew 20 years ago didn’t
    know who he was.

    That is truly ridiculous.  Like you said, it was 20 years ago.  Do you remember someone from when you were 10 or 11 years old?  Probably not.  I didn’t watch the MMC, but I’m sure he looks and sounds different.  And I think Christina was on for a season.  But yes, his fans should be happy that he did an awesome job and got on Team Adam, which will probably lead him to a win.

  • Anonymous

    Ha! I said yesterday in a post these singers were “invited”. I can’t wait to see Jordis Unga. I love her. While I don’t have a problem with the premise of the show, I want to know why they think these folks can have a BIG career if they haven’t been picked up (steadily) already. Javier is evidence of that. I liked Tony the best of last nights bunch. And yes, Idol can take a few tips from the judges here.

  • Anonymous

    I really enjoyed last night episode. The judges ( excluding Christina… seriously she needs to just shut it sometimes) were great, the talent was good, even if most of them are professionals. Honestly the show was more entertaining than anything I’ve seen on Idol so far.

    Oh and I remember Jamar, Danny Gokey’s friend! I can’t wait to see his performance, I liked him back in S8. 

  • Anonymous

    I thought that The Voice was good last night. I enjoyed watching it.

  • Anonymous

    It was fun.  As MJ said, they were honest and it was all good-natured.  This show is the best for a purely musical listen, because so many of them are so good.  I loved some of the singers; on Idol it takes the competition a long while to get there and I think it will suffer in the competition with The Voice.

  • Anonymous

    Is Jordis Unga going to be a contestant?  Luv her.  Loved RS.

  • Kirsten

    The look on Blake’s face as Chris warbled was pretty priceless.

    Was that an intentional choice of words? Chris was a Warbler on Glee last year.

    http://www.chrismannmusic.com/2010/11/glee-warblers-dead-bodies/

  • hcpoirot

    I am really confused why people hate The Voice for not mentioning Javier Colon. Had you watched all the singing talent shows (apart from the Sing Off). Idol did not even bother to mention Lee D and have him sing as guess star in season 10. Its like suddenly season 9 winner is NO ONE. America Got Talent also did not mentioned any UNFAMOUS winner and not asked them to perform again the show.

    THis is the nature of this kind of show. Mention only the famous singers and forget all not so success ones.

    X factor also the same.

  • Kirsten

    I am really confused why people hate The Voice for not mentioning Javier
    Colon. Had you watched all the singing talent shows (apart from the
    Sing Off). Idol did not even bother to mention Lee D and have him sing as guess star in season 10.

    Lee DeWyze sang “Beautiful Like You” on the top 12 results night (the same night as the BEPs). His picture was prominently displayed in the audition room (contestants entered an exited between a photo of Lee and a photo of Kelly). Lee got an extended shot in the opening credits.

    Lee was definitely mentioned in Season 10. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2v5uXeKXqo

    Meanwhile, one could be forgiven for thinking that Adam was actually a contestant on the show last year given the number of times he’s crowed about winning without ever letting the name “Javier” cross his lips.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t have any problems with how the voice pics there contestants.  They at least give you people who are interesting to hear and who show a lot of diversity in look and talent, unlike say AI where nearly every girl looks the same. I still love Idol but I deplore its lack of diversity in style.  I think that is where both the Voice and XF are better shows. 

  • SaSa8

    To me, Season 10 of American Idol was very diverse with it’s top 13 contestants.  Lots of different genres of music were represented.  Sure, the final two were both country but that was what American voted to be the final two.  And I love that the contestants on AI are really starting at the beginning of a career and are being discovered vs. already being in the music business (maybe with the exception of Paul McDonaled on AI who was already in a band). 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    I’ve said plenty times but oldschool hardcore Idol fans like to live in denial: X-Factor and the Voice auditions are way better than Idol auditions. Through ANY perspective. It’s a fact, not an opinion anymore. idol still a better show, but X-Factor and the Voice auditions are just a show!!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I just finished watching my recording of the show.  I thought that it was entertaining, good contestants (not great) and amusing banter between the mentors.  I’m already a bit bugged about Adam repeatedly bragging about how “he” won the show last year and Christina’s interruptions are getting old already, but Blake and Cee Lo made up for that.  I hope that Adam and Christina tone it down.  I didn’t think that Chris Mann has such a great voice that he needs to suppress it.  lol  He’s definitely a Josh Groban very lite singer.  The others are fine, but no one really stood out to me.

  • amadcow2

    I enjoy The Voice, and I’m glad that they are not trying to be like the rest.  It’s really a second/third/fourth chance show.  The real ‘show’ here is the coach interaction.

    So, is it just me, or was Carson Daily less annoying last night (as compared to last season), or did Steve Jones just set the bar so low that Carson shines by comparrison?

  • Anonymous

    I don’t see how the voice can survive without finding a successful winner…idol shined because it had an amazing first winner that went on to become a Mega star..and melanie amaro has gotten 10 times as much press and promotion than Javier had which I think will turn into decent sales for her album..I think if the voice’s second winner flops too then the show will be in trouble

  • Tess

    Sorry…I don’t consider myself living in denial.  The Voice “auditions” are pre rehearsed performances that are being critiqued…and X-Factor allows accompaniment and almost full songs.  I think comparing either of them to the 30 second a’capella auditions that are the mainstay of Idol is pretty much pickles and chocolate cake.  It’s pretty tough to hide flaws when its just a voice being judged as opposed to having someone use the crutch of instruments and styling to keep them on tune and on timing.  Some peeps may like all the bells and whistles the first time they “hear” someone, but I, personally, like the fact that Idol does keep it real.

  • Anonymous

    The X-Factor auditions were almost impossible for me to watch.  I like “The Voice” because the premise that they cannot see the contestants is a nice touch – it doesn’t bother me if it is their second or third or 50th chance…because I have never heard of any of them, personally – that’s all that matters to me.   And I bet that is true for most of the viewing audience.
    Whether or not Javier is successful; well, Adam Levine isn’t going to run out and buy 100,000 copies of his album – Javier got his exposure through the show.  If he can’t capitalize on that, then he’ll have to figure out what he wants to do with his music career.  That’s not on Adam.   It would be nice if his name was mentioned, but the only thing that may do is lead to an artificial spike of iTunes sales.

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    I like that they scout for seasoned contestants. They’re more likely to end up with people who have developed their own a style and know who they are.

    This is such a fun show to watch. The vibe is positive and everyone seems to be having a good time. Last night’s show was very good IMO.

    That said, I don’t think I’ll be sticking around past auditions. I don’t want to get attached to anyone only to see them get abandoned after the show is over. For me personally, that is the show’s achillies heel.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    Well, 99,99% of the music we hear are a voice followed by instruments. If a flaw can’t be detected because of instruments (which i can say, being a musician, is a non-sense idea), then it shouldn’t even be considered a flaw because it would make no difference for the listener. At the end of the day people want to know how that voice sounds WITH accompaniment, so the judges on The Voice are just judging the right thing.

  • Lovesyesha

    Why is it that people are so harsh on female talent judges? Honestly, Christina is one of the best out there right now. She can joke around with the guys, she makes sense when she talks, and seems genuinely sweet. Also, she is talented, know her stuff, and is relevant. I don’t see the problem. I actually love all of the voice judges.

  • Lovesyesha

    Also, from the video it seemed Christina was not TOLD who he was, but instead recognized him as he walked by her at the end. She took the initiative to go backstage and say hi, which she did NOT have to do. I just wish people would lay off her, she is great on this show.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SYFK77IYLRQIVATQ2MJKSW2J7Y Pam

    Moved

  • Anonymous

    What’s wrong with the show just being entertainment?  I enjoyed it.  Nuff said.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SYFK77IYLRQIVATQ2MJKSW2J7Y Pam

    tbh, I actually like the Voice better than this season of Idol so far.  These four as judges seem to be better spotters of talent than AI’s current crop of judges.  They do seem to have great chemistry together as a team but I too have a problem with the fact that those who make it all the way to the end seem to be forgotten about once the season is over.  The promo opportunities for these folks really seem to be lacking.  I do like the blind auditions better after seeing the full episode though and at least I wasn’t put to sleep out of boredom.  (Thanks for the vid mj).

  • Kylee

    I think the idol judge have a really good ability to spot talent-last year’s crop was really good, and based on the top 24 spoilers, this year’s looks good also.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VCEZD3N6FHT6AVC6TG7VKTBONQ Raftrap

    “I wish all the episodes were an hour long. It’s perfect. Tomorrow’s 2 hour episode is going to feel so looong.” These were my exact thoughts, completely agree MJ.