It’s The Voice 3 Premiere Part 2! And it’s only 1 hour tonight. I’ll be live blogging right here. The highlights from tonight’s hour long Blind Auditions included the big voiced and vivacious Adrianna Louise–easily my favorite singer tonight. Although, I don’t think I found my favorite in tonight’s bunch. Aquile has a fantastically warm tone, but I’m not convinced he has star power yet. We’ll see.
Adrianna Louise – Domino – Brooklyn, NY – When she was 9 years old, a gang robbed her father’s store. It turned into a home invasion. YIKES. Music is the thing that saved her. Adam and Cee Lo turn around immediately. I think they could tell she’s hot. Heh. Christina turns around and then finally, Blake. She’s got a big, clear voice and performs with verve and f energy. Christina says, “We belong together…I want you on my team.” Cee Lo says she performs like a “consummate professional.” Adam says her live vocals have that nice recorded quality. Blake loves the middle part of her range. “It makes me smile.” Christina is pushing hard for her! She points to Cee Lo, “He’s pervy!” And of course, Adrianna chooses Team Christina
Casey Mussigmann – “Sweet Home Alabama” – His passion is music and wrestling. He actually wrestles. He messed up his knee in college and gained 100 pounds. He got into music and it turned his life around. Casey has a clear, sweet, strong voice. Very pure and on point. He would sound awesome on the radio. He’s a big, sloppy looking guy, but the image stuff can be fixed. Blake turns around first, then Cee L0, who likes that he gave the song country swagger, but he sings with soul too. Blake dug the ass spanking. Ha. Blake says he really wants to bring a country singer to the finals. The producers must tell the contestants to pause before they choose a coach, even if they know who they want–to create tension. Cause, you know Casey wanted Blake. Of course, Casey chooses Team Blake.
Aquile – “Your Song” – Bi-racial African American grew up in Wyoming, with his white mom, around mostly white people. He encountered racism there. His jaw was broken after he was hit in the mouth. After his mouth was wired shut, he learned to play guitar. Aquile has a strong John Legend vibe going on. He’s got a great tone, but his phrasing could have been more dynamic. I was a little bored by the end of his performance. Christina and Adam turn around right away. Cee Lo turns around at the very last minute. Adam loves the “Rich unique buttery consistency” of Aquile’s vocals. Christina says she “got him” as a vocalist. She wants a private concert. Heh. Cee Lo asks Aquile what he wants. He says he’s looking to be challenged. Cee Lo says he’ll help him “color outside of the lines.” Aquile chooses Team Christina
Ryan Fogarty – 28 – “Tomorrow” – He is the tour coordinator for Leann Rimes. Leann realized he could sing at karaoke. She appears in his video package to vouch for him. Uh. He’s not that great. His vocals are wobbly. Perhaps he’s nervous. Total karaoke, for sure. So far, no one is turning around. Oh Leann! Giving your boy false hope. NOBODY turned around. Christina says the vocal lacked consistency. Blake says his interpretation was too much like the original. He needs more development, says Blake.
Brett Hite, Jamie Lampert, Matt Carr, got no love. The latter two were especially horrible.
Mackenzie Bourg – 19 – “Pumped Up Kicks” – Only a young man, he contracted a horrible virus that nearly killed him. His body shut down. He was in a coma. He woke up the night before Superbowl Sunday. After seeing The Voice commercial, His family encouraged him to try out. Dude has a quirky charm, but I’m with Christian, he didn’t really take the song anywhere. Cee Lo turns around first. Christina was waiting for the song to go somewhere, and it didn’t get there for her. She compares his smile to Justin Bieber. He’d rather be compared to Harry Potter. Mackenzie is on Team Cee Lo.
Julio Castill0 – “La Bamba” – Oh. He was a tiny mariachi singer at one time. Mariachi is how he supports his family. e. His epileptic dad can’t find a job. He’s going to sing an entire song in Spanish. “La Bamba” is an obvious choice, but it was probably smart to choose a song the coaches would likely recognize. In fact, a look of pleased recognition crosses Blake’s face as soon as he begins singing. So it was smart. Julio has a pure, clean voice, but I don’t know how far he can get singing Latin music. But you never know. It’s niche, but he might find an audience. Blake turns around right away with a HUGE grin on his face. Cee Lo turns around at the very last minute. Blake thinks he has a strong, technically strong voice. Blake REALLY wants this guy. He sings a little Mariachi. Adam’s impersonation of Blake is hilarious “I see a gymnasium, with a kitty cat and a horse in it.” Heh. “Different is what I do,” says Cee Lo. Julio chooses Team Blake
Adam picked up NO singers tonight.